That's a tight fit!
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9/3/07 at 6:27am
Yeti ASR sl - mountain race bike
Ted Wojcik - custom hard tail race bike
Ted Wojcik - custom trail bike
Orbea Orca - road race bike
Orbea Ordu - Time Trial race bike
Colnago - 1980 Mexico (converted to city track bike)
Gary Fisher - Hoo Koo eee Koo (last year before TREK 1992) bad weather bike
OK, I am a bit obsessed. But be it road, mountian, race or leisure - it is all zen when you get in that zone...
... just like when you have two boards strapped to your feet and ad floating down BOOK ENDS at Snowbird in chest high powder - SSWWWEEEEETTTT!!!!
Were you riding with Haley and a Golden today at LM? I think you may have passed us just before the entrance to Rocky Gap while we were waiting for the rest of the group to catch up.
I was, actually. This weekend, both Sat and Sun were two of the busiest days of this summer/fall, by far. Were you on Rocky Gap when I passed you waiting for two to catch up? If so, I actually think I know two of the people who were with you, though I don't know that they would remember me.
I (unfortunately) will be out of town these next two weekends, and weeknights are becoming tough with daylight, but we should get a ride together some time.
Hey TC....you know we have 2 roadies? Becky also has one. If you got one too, most of our regular ride group could do some road riding (snore...).
Road all the way. I ride 4000-5000 miles a year, all on a road bike. I have a mountain bike and it sits in the basement gathering dust. Here are some reasons to get a road bike.....Unless you live near a trail, you're going to have to drive your car to get to the trail in order to MTB. So figure in the time it will take you to get all your gear ready, load up your bike, drive there, unload etc etc. In the time you took to get to the trail head, I've already ridden 10 miles on the road.
Second, if your goal is purely aerobic fitness, its much easier to accomplish on a road bike. You have much more control over your workouts, distance, heart rate, intervals etc. With a MTB, you are either going uphill at max HR or downhill at resting HR. There is not a lot of steady 60-80% on a mountain bike. Plus it requires a lot more concentration because you have to deal with rocks, trees etc.
Road biking is also more social. Once you learn to paceline, you ride with a group, you can talk, eat, stop for coffee etc. Your rides take you places and you will find yourself using your road bike to do short errands or just zip across town.
Mountain bikes are deathly slow on the road. The other thing about mountain biking, if you care about the environment is that MTB is extremely destructive to terrain and trails. Especially when knuckleheads ride in the mud. Like snowboards, I doubt mountain bikes will ever go away, but road bike sales are climbing every year and mountain bike sales have flattened out.