Mountain or Road Bike??

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  1. gilwood

    gilwood Senior member

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    I can't decide whether I should buy a mountain or road bike. The last few times I used my bike were on the road. I prefer to only own one bike. I did go mountain biking once like 5 years ago.

    What do you own?
     


  2. globetrotter

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    I own a mountain bike and wish I had bought a road bike.
     


  3. jkw

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    Unless you actually mountain bike you'll be happier with a roadie. It just depends whether you plan to ride for fitness on the road or on trails for fun. Look into cyclocross bikes for a happy compromise.
     


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    I own road and mtn but haven't ridden my mtn bike in years since I got a cyclocross bike too.

    A cyclocross is a good candidate for the one bike.
    You can put fattish knobby tires and ride in dirt should you desire.
    Or put skinny road tires on it for road riding.
    They also have enough clearance that you can fit fenders on them for winter road riding.
     


  5. JayJay

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    I have a road bike.
     


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    I own road and mtn but haven't ridden my mtn bike in years since I got a cyclocross bike too. A cyclocross is a good candidate for the one bike. You can put fattish knobby tires and ride in dirt should you desire. Or put skinny road tires on it for road riding. They also have enough clearance that you can fit fenders on them for winter road riding.
    +1. If you ride long distances out in the open, then a road bike. If you like to bike in the woods, then a mountain bike. But a cyclocross is good all around bike. It's almost as fast as a pure road bike, and almost as versatile as a mountain bike. If you're an urban rider (especially in NYC), it gives you the best of both worlds. I think my next urban all-around bike will be a cross singlespeed.
     


  7. BDC2823

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    I ended up with this after contemplating the same question...

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  8. zippyh

    zippyh Senior member

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    I think my next urban all-around bike will be a cross singlespeed.

    I got a Bianchi San Jose single speed a few years ago. It's great.
    It's become my winter bike. I run 25mm gatorskins with full fenders.
    The gearing somewhat limits my routes since it's kind of hilly in Seattle but not having to mess with maintenance of the gears is a big plus. In the summer I put cyclocross tires back on it and use it to ride the unpaved rail trails around here. That's the closest I do to mtn bike riding.

    It's kind of heavy but it was relatively cheap.
     


  9. JayJay

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    I got a Bianchi San Jose single speed a few years ago. It's great.
    It's become my winter bike. I run 25mm gatorskins with full fenders.
    The gearing somewhat limits my routes since it's kind of hilly in Seattle but not having to mess with maintenance of the gears is a big plus. In the summer I put cyclocross tires back on it and use it to ride the unpaved rail trails around here. That's the closest I do to mtn bike riding.

    It's kind of heavy but it was relatively cheap.

    I'm a fan of Bianchi. Mine is heavy also, but I wouldn't get rid of it for anything else.
     


  10. jakejake

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    I ended up with this after contemplating the same question...

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    What is it called and where can I get it in the US?
     


  11. BDC2823

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    What is it called and where can I get it in the US?

    Trek Allant and I found it at a local bike shop.
     


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    Cleav Senior member Dubiously Honored Moderator

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  13. JayJay

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    Mountains - Get a goat!
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    I've got both because I do both kinds of riding. It's really simple. If you're always going to be on smooth pavement, and your goal is fitness and speed, then nothing but a road bike will do. But if there's even a remote chance that you will go off road, then a mountain bike or possibly a cyclocross bike is a better choice. Simply put, you can make do with a mountain bike on the road, but a road bike on the mountain (or even loose gravel for that matter) would not be a pleasant experience.
     


  15. Southern-Nupe

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    I've got both because I do both kinds of riding.
    It's good to see I'm not the only one. There are times when I find road cycling slightly unexciting, and instead would prefer to be at one with nature, and in those cases, my moutain bike suits me better. There are other moments in time when I look forward to riding with the club, hoping to travel at a good steady pace, and do my best to not get dropped, for those moments I ride road.

    I'm not sure I could only commit to one.
     


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