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I have been visiting this forum long enough to come to the conclusion that a good percentage of mountain-bikers also ride road bikes. I ride 5000-6000 miles on the road each year and do so for several reasons. One is the convenience; rather than having to load up and drive to a trail system, I simply hop aboard my bike and hit the road. That encourages me to ride more often than I would if I did not have a road bike.

I find that putting lots of miles on the road makes me stronger on my mountain bike. I also ride a road bike when the trails are too wet to mountain bike. Still, I am a trailie at heart.

With that said, I think its time we mountain-bikers bring our road bikes out of the closets for the world to see and I'll go first with my three.

Happy trails everyone :D :D :D

This 10-speed LeMond Croix de Fer has a steel frame and is my favorite road bike. I really take care of my bikes so the condition you see is not indicative of its age. I ride this one more than my other two combined. It has a classic look not seen in todays plastic bikes. Steel is real!!


My serious mountain-climbing road bike is a 9-speed steel-frame LeMond Alpe D' Huez with a triple up front and a mountain bike deraillieur with 12-34 cassette out back. It has conquered Assault on Mount Mitchell twice and it is my favorite for riding anytime a lot of climbing is involved.


This 17-pound Cervelo R3 iis my Sunday-go-to meeting bike. I bought it because I wanted to try carbon fiber plus the fact that its geometry is much like that of my two LeMonds. It sprints like a rocket but since I am not into racing a lot of its qualities are wasted on me. When I bought it I figured my times for various distances would be a bit quicker but it takes me just as long to ride a century on it as on either of my two LeMonds. Absorbs road buzz much better than an aluminum frame but is no more comfortable than a steel frame.


Okay, you've seen mine now let me see yours. :eekster:
 

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Here are my road bikes, first is a Schwinn Gt built for Harley-Davidson, leather grips, seat, nexus 7 speed hub/grip shifter, carbon look fenders/chain guard, drum brake rear, disc front.

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Then my real road bike, a 2005 Harley-Davidson with a Harbor Freight trailer for the mountain bikes..

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The Trailer

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Don't know.....been pretty damn happy with my "plastic" bike.

 

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This here's my bike trail, slight commute, and bike polo machine :thumbsup: Some changes have been made since this picture was taken (last summer), will post updated pics soon.

 

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Okay, leaders in these categories so far are (drum roll please);

Prettiest Category
White Cannondale

Most Likely To Be Noticed By Hot Chicks On Road Category
Red & White Giant with "pea-green?" wheels

One You Won't See Everyday Category
Schwinn GT by Harley Davidson

One I Would Most Likely Steal Category
White Vintage Bike With Red Tires
 

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This bike serves several purposes. Cyclocross, commute, and road.

My Rocky Mountain Solo CX - shown equipped with 700x26c slicks and fenders.
 

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My Rocky Mountain Solo CX - shown equipped with 700x26c slicks and fenders

RKJ---What brand of fenders? I see the braces at the rear but how do they attach to the bike toward the front?

Have you seen fenders made of various exotic woods? Friend of mine has them in mahogany on his bike.
 

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bwheelin said:
i've been hearing that the steel frames are more forgiving than the lightweight carbon and stuff.
I would have believed that when I first started riding carbon fiber but after becoming accustomed to its different handling characteristics, I find very little difference. My Cervelo responds more quickly to shifts in body weight but I don't consider that to be less forgiving.

One big advantage to steel is it is easier and less expensive to repair than carbon fiber. The ability to dampen road buzz is about equal between the two materials but steel does a better job of smoothing out undulations in the road.

Since a carbon fiber bike is lighter than steel, it is better for racing, epecially when sprinting, but for the general riding that I do, it offers no real advantage. My Cervelo is about four pounds lighter than my two LeMonds but regardless of whether I ride 25 miles or 100 miles, my average speed will be the same on either bike. When I first bought the Cervelo I figured I would at least be faster in the mountains but I have not found that to be true. I know all of this because I have kept a detailed ledger that contains all sorts of information on every ride I have done since I got into cycling.

A younger rider who is into racing may be a bit faster on the lighter bike but for the average rider like me, one is as good as the other.

I used to think steel bikes were prettier than plastic bikes and I still like their classic look, but you only have to look at the various bikes posted on this thread to see pretty bikes of both types.
 

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stumpbumper said:
My Rocky Mountain Solo CX - shown equipped with 700x26c slicks and fenders

RKJ---What brand of fenders? I see the braces at the rear but how do they attach to the bike toward the front?

Have you seen fenders made of various exotic woods? Friend of mine has them in mahogany on his bike.
The fenders are Axiom Rainrunner Trekk Reflex. The fenders mount pretty easily to the frame with all the supplied hardware. There are holes through the arch of the fork, and the bridge between the chainstays, as well as the bridge between the seatstays. Bolts, washers, nuts, and you're done. Notice the hardware on the fenders pictured below.



Wood fenders are often flat, allowing the water to splash to the sides onto your legs and feet. More for fashion than function.
 
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