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roadies....off the road???(8 posts)

roadies....off the road???soulsurfer104
Feb 4, 2004 5:50 PM
i am a roadie and am a natural climber, but still want to increase my climbing abilities. is MTBing a good way to make you a better climber? are there other benefits?
no just more climbing!andy02
Feb 4, 2004 6:57 PM
Keep your weight down and stick to a hard training plan on the road. that is the best way
re: roadies....off the road???TNRyder
Feb 4, 2004 8:38 PM
Road Riding will help your Mtnbiking!
re: roadies....off the road???divve
Feb 4, 2004 8:55 PM
It's more the other way round. What you normally need for the road is a long continuous load in order to train. MTB is usually more interval type of activity and lots of very high level aerobic up to max. It's difficult to find a long enough stretch off-road for a steady load. Generally speaking there's just too much variation in the terrain. Great for intensity and handling skills though.
Do repeats, both mashing and spinning.hrv
Feb 5, 2004 7:57 AM
Pick a hill that you want to improve on. Do a bunch of repeats in a big gear, cadence 50 - 60. A couple of days later do some repeats spinning. Keep it up for a few weeks, then rest. Will develop strength and spin, allowing you to climb faster, hopefully!

hrv
re: roadies....off the road???Bulldozer
Feb 5, 2004 8:45 AM
Mountain biking will mainly do two things for you. One, give you better handling skills at slow speeds. Two, give you a more efficient pedal stroke. The obstacles that you encounter on the trail can force you to pedal over them thus forcing you to have a smoother pedal stroke.
The main reason MTB pedal stroke can be more efficient...Tig
Feb 8, 2004 8:40 PM
The main reason MTB riders (better ones at least) have excellent pedal stroke when climbing is due to traction demands. If you climb up loose rocks, slippery dirt or mud, or over roots, mashing will cause the rear tire to spin. OK, poor fore/aft positioning can cause it too, but a smooth application of power throughout the pedal stroke limits tire slip.

Riding MTB helps me handle the occasional near-crash situation or accidental off road trip when on the road bike. Rides on gravel roads are much easier with MTB skills under your belt.

Besides, riding an excellent single track trail can be the most fun you can have on a bike of any kind!
MTBing does help!Marcus75
Feb 6, 2004 11:51 AM
I just got into road biking (been a MTBer for many years) and I do definately think MTB helps! Mainly MTB require you to climb steep mountains for long distances. Plus because of the loose and uneven surfaces, your handling and balancing skills are enhanced!