BA787 From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2006, 2596 posts, RR: 6 Posted (9 years 6 months 3 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 1974 times:
I currently own a Raleigh Stonefly 21speed Mountain bike. I am either going to replace it with another mountain bike or buy a road bike to run alongside.
I do mainly road biking but use my mountain bike on holidays. I have around 200-400 pounds to spend and would appreciate any advice.
2H4 From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 8957 posts, RR: 58
Reply 4, posted (9 years 6 months 3 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 1949 times:
Quoting Kaddyuk (Reply 1): A Mountain Bike can be used on both road and terrain...
Although this is true, doing so would be similar to going running in hiking boots. Can it be done? Sure. The difference, however, is immense.
Mountain biking and road biking are two very different sports.
Mountain biking is a sport in which you suit up and go into battle. There is a lot of struggling, aggressive terrain that must be negotiated, and because the rider must constantly adjust his/her weight distribution, it tends to be more of a total-body workout. In addition, mountain biking tends to resemble more of an interval workout, in which the rider works very hard while climbing, catches their breath while descending, and tackles a climb all over again.
Road biking, on the other hand, is comparitively tranquil, and can be compared to running. On one hand, it can be physically demanding, but on the other hand, the rider can relax, clear their mind, and collect their thoughts. Road biking is also much less abusive on the rider's body, both in terms of there being less impact and beating, and in terms of there generally being fewer crashes overall.
It's important to bear in mind that these aren't the only two segments of cycling. Road is one extreme, and mountain is another. There is an extremely popular segment of bikes in between, known as "pavement" or "urban" bikes.
This segment is designed for people who want to get into fitness riding on the pavement, with some cross-training on dirt roads and groomed paths. The bikes are variations on "hybrids", but are tuned toward lighter weight and higher performance. They can be considered lightweight, fast mountain bikes, or beefy road bikes with flat handlebars and wider tires.
The nicest bikes of this category (in my opinion) are Trek's FX bikes:
Prices (all I know are USD) range from about $350 to $1200. The 7.5FX pictured above has really nice, lightweight wheels, and retails for about $650. It's also available with disc brakes for better all-weather braking.
PlymSpotter From Spain, joined Jun 2004, 12094 posts, RR: 58
Reply 5, posted (9 years 6 months 3 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 1943 times:
If you are actually getting rid of your old bike or part exchanging it then go for another mountain bike or you will really regret not having the freedom to leave well paved roads.
If though you are keeping your current bike and its working fine and you like it then I'd say go for a road bike so you can have the best of both worlds.
I ride a Saracen Awol and while it does perfectly for riding over moorland and across rivers and rocks, get it onto the road though and it becomes a bit of a pig to accelerate without serious effort, plus the noise of those big fat tyres on the tarmac once you get over about 35mph is really annoying, constant high pitched whirrrrrrrrr in your ears. Having said that, the extra grip is useful when on wet roads and shiny surfaces like concrete.
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Wingscrubber From UK - England, joined Sep 2001, 860 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (9 years 6 months 3 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 1931 times:
You can have best of both worlds with a HYBRID bike. Think carefully about what sort of off-road riding you'll be doing and how robust the bike needs to be. I've been working in a bike shop for the past three years while I was studying and most people wanted something like this- http://www.evanscycles.com/product.jsp?style=60629
These are called hybrids for the following reasons-
-From road bikes, they take the lighter 700c diameter wheels with narrower tyres (less rolling resistance than MTB tyres, lighter + bigger geared so you can go faster on the road)
-From mountain bikes, they take the upright riding position, in some cases a short travel suspension fork and/or seatpost and the robust frame.
These bikes aren't as fast as a pure road bike, nor as tough as a pure mountain bike, but generally joe public isn't riding pure road or pure MTB so these are great as a general all rounder.
Take it from somebody who knows - buy a SPECIALIZED or a TREK, they are good, and for gods sake call the bike shop before you go to see one, don't just expect to walk in and take one there and then.
EDIT: Since we're on the subject, here's my bikes
My bighit, £2000 ish
On the left is my Mountain Cycle Moho which I built myself, one of those from the shops is £3500, and my Trek 1000 road bike on the right just £500.
Superfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 40298 posts, RR: 73
Reply 8, posted (9 years 6 months 2 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 1882 times:
I like te hybrid bike idea. That's what I ride the most.
I own three bikes; a mountian bike, hybrid and road bike.
Living in San Francisco, the hybrid bike is the most ideal. My mountian bike is heavier due to the shocks and fatter tires. It also doesn't go as fast because of the knobby tires. The road bike has very narrow tires and often gets flats because of the trolley tracks and potholes here in the city. The bike is light as a feather but too delicate for city riding. I take that out to open roads out in the country or along the coastline to ride.