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    I put slicks on my old mountain bike and use that on the road, but for me, its a second rate thing to do when I can't mountain bike (time or trail conditions). It is a great way to get a workout and it really is fun.

    I would bet that a road bike would make it even more efficient, but slicks pumped up to 60 PSI offer a ton less resistance than mountain bike tires. That said, if you think about it, if you are riding purely for fitness and only by yourself (like I do) why do you need lower rolling resistance? You don't need to keep up to anyone, you just need a workout. More efficiency means you cover more ground in less time, not a better workout. If you never ride on slicks you don't know what you're missing (I didn't for years).

    My wife has been riding a similarly set up mountain bike and is about to buy a road bike - she is buying one at a bike shop though, so she gets a professional fit - you can certainly use a calculator to give you a good idea of frame size, keep in mind that because you are spending a lot more time sitting when you're on a road bike, the fit is way more important on a road bike than a mountain bike.

    Two wheels, two skis, two feet, whatever...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jisch View Post
    I would bet that a road bike would make it even more efficient, but slicks pumped up to 60 PSI offer a ton less resistance than mountain bike tires. That said, if you think about it, if you are riding purely for fitness and only by yourself (like I do) why do you need lower rolling resistance? You don't need to keep up to anyone, you just need a workout. More efficiency means you cover more ground in less time, not a better workout. If you never ride on slicks you don't know what you're missing (I didn't for years).
    Excellent point. If I'm not looking to ride with groups or do any races, it probably doesn't matter in the long run if I'm on a MTB or something else, as long as I'm comfortable enough for what I'm doing. Maybe I'll wait and see how it goes on my MTB again before making any decisions. Been too many months to recall exactly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by severine View Post
    Excellent point. If I'm not looking to ride with groups or do any races, it probably doesn't matter in the long run if I'm on a MTB or something else, as long as I'm comfortable enough for what I'm doing. Maybe I'll wait and see how it goes on my MTB again before making any decisions. Been too many months to recall exactly.
    Yes, you can...it will work...but it's akin to using a big stiff GS race ski to ski the bumps. The right tool for the job will certainly make it easier and more enjoyable. Plus, speed is cool....and fat tires, smooth or not just have more drag. (Plus...the aerodynamic seating position of a road frame). It depends on what you want to do really. How much you want to try. I think an investment of an extra 400 bills now...(600 cost of new bike - 200 for new slick wheels) will do a big difference. You can still hop on your mtn bike..but having a "real" road bike will really make it that much better, IMHO. Lots of good ideas of how to find a good 2nd hand bike in this thread....
    Last edited by marcski; Mar 7, 2011 at 1:15 PM. Reason: added aerodynamic road frame sentence

  4. #14
    I bought a road bike last year for fitness. My theory was more speed=more miles=more scenery = less boredom = more fitness. It worked...

  5. #15
    Quote Originally Posted by john1200c View Post
    I bought a road bike last year for fitness. My theory was more speed=more miles=more scenery = less boredom = more fitness. It worked...
    That's the theory we are banking on with my wife's new road bike purchase.
    Two wheels, two skis, two feet, whatever...

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    FWIW I took my mountain bike with "city tires" on a few 25-milers and a 50-miler with my son last summer. I'm sure that a road bike would have been easier but with the smooth tires the mountain bike wasn't too bad. I rarely use my mountain bike for its intended purpose so I just swapped out the tires (and tubes) that were originally on the bike.

  7. #17
    I have a CX bike from Bikes Direct and love it. Slicks for road and triathlon. Knobbies for CX and trail riding (nothing technical).

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    Quote Originally Posted by andyaxa View Post
    I have a CX bike from Bikes Direct and love it. Slicks for road and triathlon. Knobbies for CX and trail riding (nothing technical).
    I love my road bikes but If I had to own just one bike a Cyclocross bike would be it. I put fenders on mine and use it to extend the season. I rode it Saturday on lots of sandy and wet roads and didn't get splashed at all. Great for touring or for forest roads too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bvibert View Post
    Yeah, she has a friend who is okay with adjustments. Not convinced on Bikes Direct though, might be worth looking into.
    I got my bike from BD and it has been great. The bikes are legit (though I suspect the really cheap ones you get what you pay for). You just are rolling the dice on fit. If you know your size and geo preferences, BD is a good deal. Just depends how comfortable you are with buying a bike without riding it first and the associated risks of not matching up the geo with your body's needs.

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