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Josh wants me to get a MTB...

Poll Results: Should I do a 200k on a MTB?

Poll expired: Oct 20, 2010  
  • 33% (2)
    It can be done, just not by you.
  • 66% (4)
    A MTB in the City of Chicago?
6 Total Votes  
post #1 of 27
Thread Starter 

...but I'm afraid it will lead to this;

Pugsley.jpg

 

Pugsley2.jpg

 

 

200k on a Pugsley

post #2 of 27

You need to get one just on name alone. 

post #3 of 27

 

FLAWED.

 

^Does not include Snow Tires and Ski Rack option.

 

brian-pugsley-2.jpg

post #4 of 27
Thread Starter 

Can I get aero bars on that?

post #5 of 27

Dear Wildcat.

 

Yes, but only in Canada.

 

Nestle_Aero_Milk_Bars_2oz_(45g)_5000189532113.jpg

post #6 of 27
Thread Starter 

Just for the sake of clarification: Josh does want me to get a MTB, but for off-road use. Josh not only could ride a Pugsley in a 200k, he would be faster than me on my road bike. Of course, if you know who Josh is, you already know this.


Edited by WILDCAT - 8/22/10 at 9:14am
post #7 of 27
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Originally Posted by WILDCAT View Post

Just for the sake of clarification: Josh does want me to get a MTB, but for off-road use. Josh not only could ride a Pugsley in a 200k, he would be faster than me on my road bike. Of course, if you know who Josh is, you already know this.

 

on pugsley no way. Those things are faster than people think but I am sure Id want to shoot myself after 120 miles on one. Id think I chose my road bike for a 200k road ride so I can live though the day.

 

post #8 of 27

Don't the wheels on that thing weigh more than a whole road bike? The reason to get a pug is to ride on loose stuff, sand, snow, etc...

post #9 of 27

I love the juxtaposition of the guy on the aero wheels with the tires on that thing.  And Josh, I'm surprised by your comment above -- I was sure you'd want to ride that beast so that you wouldn't have an issue with the potholes here and there.  I was sure you'd take it as a challenge to ride that beast the whole way as a pumper.

 

Mike

post #10 of 27

I just spent 5 days in Chicago mainly around the Loop. A significant number of the bikes I saw were mountain bikes which seem idea for taking curbs and potholes.

post #11 of 27
Thread Starter 
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I just spent 5 days in Chicago mainly around the Loop. A significant number of the bikes I saw were mountain bikes which seem idea for taking curbs and potholes.


Hi Rio,

 

Josh is passionate about MTB (and road bikes) while I have a a few road bikes and a Cyclocross bike. I don't ride off-road and I enjoy long distance rides, so a road bike is ideal for me.

 

A MTB can be used in the city for shorter rides and they can handle the potholes and broken glass better than a road bike. But I avoid that kind of riding. Give me a smooth suburban or rural road and a fast bike ...  :-)

 

post #12 of 27


 

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Give me a smooth suburban or rural road and a fast bike ...  :-)

 


What's the fun in that?  Personally, I like to be on paths without large motorized vehicles thus my preference for mountain bikes.

 

I am curious, where in the Chicago area do you live?  My fiance's son lives near the Andersonville area so we'll probably be visiting every so often (which doesn't bother me one bit since I love visiting Chicago.)  We'll have to get together for beers my next visit preferably at a German restaurant in the Lincoln Street area.

post #13 of 27


SPEED

 

and the airy lightness of being that goes with it.

 

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What's the fun in that?

post #14 of 27


 

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and the airy lightness of being that goes with it.

 


I get it.  You're endorphin junkies.

post #15 of 27

I think you should get an MTB, just because every avid cyclist should have one.  But there really isn't much terrain in Chicago area that couldn't be ridden on a cyclocross bike.

 

Palos is pretty much the best, close to the city.

http://cambr.org/SMF/index.php?topic=359.0

 

This summer has been incredibly wet up till now and most of the sanctioned trails have been closed a large portion of the time. 

 

I ride a 29r with my dog, every morning at dawn, year round.  For me, it offers the best performance in the variable conditions. My dog doesn't ride much road. 

post #16 of 27
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by RioView Post

 

 

I am curious, where in the Chicago area do you live?  My fiance's son lives near the Andersonville area so we'll probably be visiting every so often (which doesn't bother me one bit since I love visiting Chicago.)  We'll have to get together for beers my next visit preferably at a German restaurant in the Lincoln Street area.


Wow, that is all very close to where I live. Lincoln Square is one of my favorite areas. PM the next time you are in Chicago, beers are on me.

 

Michael


Edited by WILDCAT - 8/27/10 at 7:25am
post #17 of 27

The unasked question in this thread is: did Bush spec the bike you should buy? FS plus top line Sram seems like overkill for Chi town. It's an issue I've been pondering for a long time as access to good trails where I live is meager.

 

His specs, your wallet!

 

Seriously, I know you have built up some very cost effective road bikes, but, that is a much harder trick on a mountain bike. For sure, you don't want your most expensive bike as the one you ride the least.

post #18 of 27
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The unasked question in this thread is: did Bush spec the bike you should buy? FS plus top line Sram seems like overkill for Chi town. It's an issue I've been pondering for a long time as access to good trails where I live is meager.

 

His specs, your wallet!

 

Seriously, I know you have built up some very cost effective road bikes, but, that is a much harder trick on a mountain bike. For sure, you don't want your most expensive bike as the one you ride the least.

 

actually I told him to get a SS hardtail 29er. Roughly a 1000 dollars for something more than workable. its flat very flat and mike is more than strong enough to make it up short hills on a SS. 

 

I like simple when cost is an issue go hardtail maybe cut out the gears, heck maybe even go fully rigid. You dont need a super nice bike to have fun. 

 

If cost is no issue by all means get a fully blinged out SRAM XX Pivot, Ibis, or turner.
 

 

Living Proof for you Id ask around the local guys. Starting off with a hardtail with X9/XTR components is always a good start. 

post #19 of 27
Thread Starter 

Yeah Josh is very practical, and his suggestions are very good. I just don't have enough time or easy access to trails. So for now, I'm sticking to the road.

post #20 of 27
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Living Proof for you Id ask around the local guys. Starting off with a hardtail with X9/XTR components is always a good start. 


I'd rather ride a full with SLX than a hardtail with XTR.

post #21 of 27
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I'd rather ride a full with SLX than a hardtail with XTR.


Depends on how tech / nontech the trails are. Also a steel HT is much more rideable than alu.
 

post #22 of 27
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Depends on how tech / nontech the trails are. Also a steel HT is much more rideable than alu.
 


Humbug. I've owned ti, carbon, steel and alu hardtails. I'll never go back.

post #23 of 27

Good for you. And I tend to agree for most of the riding I do. But there are some times, some trails where a steel HT woudl really be alot of fun.

post #24 of 27
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But there are some times, some trails where a steel HT woudl really be alot of fun.


They're all fun. Somehow it was still fun back in the day before we even knew what suspension was. Before disc brakes or even v-brakes. It was fun with 150mm stems, narrow bars and toeclips.

post #25 of 27
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They're all fun. Somehow it was still fun back in the day before we even knew what suspension was. Before disc brakes or even v-brakes. It was fun with 150mm stems, narrow bars and toeclips.


Hmmm, Epic - Are you flip-flopping or just remembering the good old days of your youth?

 

Like Wildcat, I don't need a mountain bike, where I ride is some of the flattest land in America. In the fall, I will have the option of doing some MTB terrain, and, at some point, I'll pull the plug and jump-in at a very low $$$ point. If it's as much fun, we'll take it from there.

post #26 of 27
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Hmmm, Epic - Are you flip-flopping or just remembering the good old days of your youth?

 

Like Wildcat, I don't need a mountain bike, where I ride is some of the flattest land in America. In the fall, I will have the option of doing some MTB terrain, and, at some point, I'll pull the plug and jump-in at a very low $$$ point. If it's as much fun, we'll take it from there.


Not flip-flopping. Just saying mountain biking is fun. Even when your bike is a piece of %^&*.

post #27 of 27
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Not flip-flopping. Just saying mountain biking is fun. Even when your bike is a piece of %^&*.


well a hardtail isnt as nice as a FS but its not a piece of shit either.

 

going to take the wagon wheeler up to see if it truly is better on rock.

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