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I have a road bike that is too small and was thinking about getting another one if i can justify going on road more.
 

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The majority of riders on here seem to ride a bit of road in addition to mtb'ing. I too have a road bike. As soon as I got the road bike, I began to appreciate the mountain bike a whole lot more. I don't know any numbers, but I'd say the mtb saw at least four to five times as much use as the road bike in a two-month span last October-November.
 

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Riding on the road is a great training aid for MTB and an alternative for when the trails are in poor condition. Depending on how far your local trailhead is from your home, a road bike can make for great workouts when time is limited.

Many days I have 2 hrs, door to door, to ride and live 30 minutes from the good trails in the area.These days I'd rather get a full 2 hr road ride in versus sitting in the car for an hour.

The miserable weather this season (and proportionate time spent on the road) actually prompted me to purchase a road bike that is on par (qualitywise) with my MTB. I've been paying it off this winter and should be picking it up this week.

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Riding on the road is a great training aid for MTB and an alternative for when the trails are in poor condition. Depending on how far your local trailhead is from your home, a road bike can make for great workouts when time is limited.

Many days I have 2 hrs, door to door, to ride and live 30 minutes from the good trails in the area.These days I'd rather get a full 2 hr road ride in versus sitting in the car for an hour.

The miserable weather this season (and proportionate time spent on the road) actually prompted me to purchase a road bike that is on par (qualitywise) with my MTB. I've been paying it off this winter and should be picking it up this week.

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what did you get?
 

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I have a road bike, but only put on about 150 miles on it last year. Hoping to get closer to a 1000 miles on the road bike alone this year.
 

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what did you get?
Hey BW,

I bought a fuji cross pro earlier this season and was impressed with the value and quality that Fuji offers so I decided to upgrade my road bike from a colnago masterlight (full record but dated) to a new Fuji SST full carbon frame with ultegra components. It is a standard SST frame but painted in the colors of the footon/servetto team which are metallic gold/black/white. I usually don't go for "team" anything but the paint on this thing is just incredible. The plan once I pay off my balance this week is to start saving for a set of reynolds strike wheels, rotorq crank and rings, along with some other carbon bits here and there (hbars, stem, pedals, etc).

There is a pic of one on google images that I'll try and post here.

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How many miles?...Depends.

All of last year I was working out of town with no place to MTB and had nothing but time to road ride so I was putting on 150-200 a week. Looks like I'm not going to have as much play time on my hands this year once the weather is more favorable to ride so I'll shoot for 100-150/wk. My "short" ride is 30 miles, if I have more time I'll do 40, 50 maybe 60. Once the singletrack dries, the road miles will go down and the dirt miles will go up:thumbsup: .
 

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I bought a road bike this year for the same reasons MrRodgers did. We have trails that you can't ride when they are wet and sometimes I don't have the time to driver to/from a trail and I have a nice road bike trail right out my door.

FWIW - The road bike has been the reason my mountain biking has improved this year. It is fantastic cross training and could tell a noticible difference within two months. It's not as fun as mountain biking but few things are. However, once I got my fit exactly right, I really have enjoyed knocking out the miles. Road bikes have come a long way in the past 20 years are actually comfortable to ride. Tire technology has improved and Stan's has even creeped into the roadie world.
 

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I have had a road bike for many years. I bought the road bike to improve my endurance. I probably ride my road bike 3 times as much but my true love is mtn biking. Leaving from my door for 90 minutes on a road bike is a lot more efficient than driving to the trails. I probably put 1500 miles on it last year.
 

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I'd echo what others have said about road riding being a bit more boring than MTB, however, descending a monster hill on a road bike can get pretty wild (especially with the head/tailwinds being what they have this week in the NE). This weekend I was doing a local loop in NY that I haven't ridden in years and hit 51mph at the bottom (yes, im sure my comp is properly calibrated :D ). Other than hitting the mid 50's a few years back in the mountains, I haven't gone nearly this fast on 2 wheels in years.

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I sold my road bike last year. From April 2008 until April 2009 I had ridden it 7,200 miles, 70% of those miles were commute miles. I sold it since I found that I love mountain biking more than road biking.
 

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MrRogers1935 said:
Hey BW,

I bought a fuji cross pro earlier this season and was impressed with the value and quality that Fuji offers so I decided to upgrade my road bike from a colnago masterlight (full record but dated) to a new Fuji SST full carbon frame with ultegra components. It is a standard SST frame but painted in the colors of the footon/servetto team which are metallic gold/black/white. I usually don't go for "team" anything but the paint on this thing is just incredible. The plan once I pay off my balance this week is to start saving for a set of reynolds strike wheels, rotorq crank and rings, along with some other carbon bits here and there (hbars, stem, pedals, etc).

There is a pic of one on google images that I'll try and post here.

mrr
Man, you've got the disease bad! Careful, you might turn into a full-fledged roadie! I kid, I kid; but in all honestly, once you start dreaming of reynolds wheels and carbon fiber bits, its time to admit you're in it for more than the cross training! :D I know it's happening to me...
 

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Man, you've got the disease bad! Careful, you might turn into a full-fledged roadie! I kid, I kid; but in all honestly, once you start dreaming of reynolds wheels and carbon fiber bits, its time to admit you're in it for more than the cross training! :D I know it's happening to me...
Haha, you clocked me gbug. I've also started signing up for some criteriums in the summer. As long as my legs have hair, I'll still consider myself a MTB'er that rides (and soon races) on the road.

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I spend more time on road than on dirt, from commuting to towing a Burley to just riding. I probably average 2:1 road to dirt miles.
 

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Yup I recently shaved my legs, something I swore I would never do. And my first road race season starts in a week, so I'm guilty of more than cross training as well.

But back on topic- I usually put about 75-120 miles on the road bike per week.
 

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200/250 miles per week on a road bike , weather permitting .
 

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yes..100-150 a week..

Its just so much more convenient..
i'm going to agree with you. i don't have access to alot of trails close by so a road bike is alot more convenient with many more options for me. i like both and would mtn bike more but i just don't have that option where i live.
 
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