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New Push Bike: Road Or Mountain

Sat Jul 22, 2006 4:39 am

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.

I'm about 5"4

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RE: New Push Bike: Road Or Mountain

Sat Jul 22, 2006 5:39 am

A Mountain Bike can be used on both road and terrain...

A Road bike can only be used on the road...

Seems like a simple decision to me...
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RE: New Push Bike: Road Or Mountain

Sat Jul 22, 2006 5:54 am

Quoting BA787 (Thread starter):
buy a road bike to run alongside.

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RE: New Push Bike: Road Or Mountain

Sat Jul 22, 2006 6:06 am

Quoting BA787 (Thread starter):
buy a road bike to run alongside.

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RE: New Push Bike: Road Or Mountain

Sat Jul 22, 2006 7:07 am

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:

You can check them out here:

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.

Hope that helps...


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RE: New Push Bike: Road Or Mountain

Sat Jul 22, 2006 7:22 am

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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RE: New Push Bike: Road Or Mountain

Sat Jul 22, 2006 7:47 am

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-
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 Big grin
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.

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RE: New Push Bike: Road Or Mountain

Sat Jul 22, 2006 8:13 pm

Quoting 2H4 (Reply 4):

Very helpful, cheers

Quoting Wingscrubber (Reply 6):

Nice bikes, love the top one. I will probably look at road bikes, i just dont know whether to buy a better mountain bike, seeing as I do both and dont go overly fast, nothing over 40

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RE: New Push Bike: Road Or Mountain

Sun Jul 23, 2006 2:43 am

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.
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