Mountain Bike Reviews Forum banner
1 - 14 of 14 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
3 Posts
Discussion Starter · #1 ·
Hi all.

I haven't really Mountain Biked since i was a teenager. And i only did that sparingly, mainly due to the fact i kept getting bikes stolen or getting hit by cars (usually with me still on the bike) In fact currently i don't even own a bike, hence the reason for this post.

Along with several other amateurs i have signed up for a 200km bike ride in support of Cancer research. You may have heard of it. It's basically Toronto to Niagara Falls. Most if not all of it will be road based.

So i am on the market for a bike. Despite the ride is mostly on the road i want to purchase a good mountain bike as i am planning on using it more than just 1 weekend in June. I am not interested in a road bike because i enjoy the off road cycling more.

I have heard people say you can buy a mountain bike and customize it for the road. Examples such as installing slick tires, changing the pedals and adjusting the sensitivity of the suspension have been mentioned.

I do plan on going to a specialist cycle store but wanted to start my research early.

I plan on spending approximately $500-600. If i seriously take up off road biking i might invest in a more expensive bike, but this year i have more pressing financial obligations.

Thanks in advance!

Lee.

P.S. I am a beginner/newbie so i am going to struggle with technical terms or slang. Please be patient.
 

·
Banned
Joined
·
19,198 Posts
lee1001 said:
Hi all.

I haven't really Mountain Biked since i was a teenager. And i only did that sparingly, mainly due to the fact i kept getting bikes stolen or getting hit by cars (usually with me still on the bike) In fact currently i don't even own a bike, hence the reason for this post.

Along with several other amateurs i have signed up for a 200km bike ride in support of Cancer research. You may have heard of it. It's basically Toronto to Niagara Falls. Most if not all of it will be road based.

So i am on the market for a bike. Despite the ride is mostly on the road i want to purchase a good mountain bike as i am planning on using it more than just 1 weekend in June. I am not interested in a road bike because i enjoy the off road cycling more.

I have heard people say you can buy a mountain bike and customize it for the road. Examples such as installing slick tires, changing the pedals and adjusting the sensitivity of the suspension have been mentioned.

I do plan on going to a specialist cycle store but wanted to start my research early.

I plan on spending approximately $500-600. If i seriously take up off road biking i might invest in a more expensive bike, but this year i have more pressing financial obligations.

Thanks in advance!

Lee.
A 29er would make it easy to convert to road duty .
 

·
Banned
Joined
·
19,198 Posts
It is both a type and a size , to make it road worthy you change the tires . Check out your local bike shops , as many as you can . Stick to the major manufacturers , make sure it fits .
 

·
I Have Cookies
Joined
·
2,644 Posts
5-600$ is gonna cut it pretty close for a 29"er. I'd go 26"er for that price and just install some good slicks (puncture proof) and get it fitted!!!
 

·
Can't feel my legs
Joined
·
852 Posts
lee1001 said:
Can you recommend a manufacturer or model within my price range?

For a 200k ride comfort and endurance are factors so I need to bare that in mind.
In your price range, I would suggest any upper entry level hardtail, from any major manufacturer.
Throw a set of slicks on it, and you're ready to go:thumbsup:
After your charity ride, replace the slicks with the stock tires, ride off-road, and prepare to become addicted:D
 

·
Banned
Joined
·
19,198 Posts
Yes , I overlooked your price range , I appologize for that . If you can find a 29er in your price range , that would be ideal , otherwise JPark's advice is sound . Again I appologize , sometimes reading comprehension escapes me .
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
10,052 Posts
buy a cheap windsor roadbike off ebay and sell it after the event. i bought mine for 350 shipped and sold it for 350 (didnt fit right).. or even a used bike. ended up buying a better road bike in addition to my mountain bikes, as it really is pretty fun :)

a converted mountain bike isnt nearly as good on road as an actual road bike. 200km is a lot, especially on flat bars with a converted mtb.. thats a pretty serious ride, it would suck to make it 50km in and realize the position the bike puts you in is painful.

i very very strongly recommend against a mountain bike for such a long road ride.. but either way, thats cool stuff. i did a 75km for cancer and about 40 miles for diabetes research.. i think we raised 1.5 million that day for cancer, was good stuff.
 

·
Can't feel my legs
Joined
·
852 Posts
One Pivot said:
buy a cheap windsor roadbike off ebay and sell it after the event. i bought mine for 350 shipped and sold it for 350 (didnt fit right).. or even a used bike. ended up buying a better road bike in addition to my mountain bikes, as it really is pretty fun :)

a converted mountain bike isnt nearly as good on road as an actual road bike. 200km is a lot, especially on flat bars with a converted mtb.. thats a pretty serious ride, it would suck to make it 50km in and realize the position the bike puts you in is painful.

i very very strongly recommend against a mountain bike for such a long road ride.. but either way, thats cool stuff. i did a 75km for cancer and about 40 miles for diabetes research.. i think we raised 1.5 million that day for cancer, was good stuff.
I could be wrong, but I would think that this is not a single day ride. If it is, then I agree with One Pivot, as this would require an epic performance, just to complete.
If not, A MTB would not only be sufficient, but the only logical choice for a beginner cyclist.
Though slower(aerodynamically) the upright position is the only logical choice for a novice cyclist on a first epic adventure.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
10,052 Posts
i dont think anyone could just hop on a bike and do 200k. even over 4 days thats a fairly good effort.. over 2 days it would be a strong intermediate effort.

i was more referring to the upright position more than speed.. that upright position puts a lot of weight on your ass, it'll get you pretty quick. the drop bars and versatility of hand position start paying off huge about 25-30+ miles in.
 

·
Can't feel my legs
Joined
·
852 Posts
One Pivot said:
i dont think anyone could just hop on a bike and do 200k. even over 4 days thats a fairly good effort.. over 2 days it would be a strong intermediate effort.

i was more referring to the upright position more than speed.. that upright position puts a lot of weight on your ass, it'll get you pretty quick. the drop bars and versatility of hand position start paying off huge about 25-30+ miles in.
Yes this will be an effort(major/painful) but totally do-able. No matter what, the first couple of training rides will be painful to the "ass" region. Unless you are un-naturally strong in the wrists(and awkwardly placed on your machine), most of your weight will fall to your southern region, you will get used to it.
Given the OP's goals(both present and future) I stand by my original advice.
 
1 - 14 of 14 Posts
This is an older thread, you may not receive a response, and could be reviving an old thread. Please consider creating a new thread.
Top