2 years ago I wrote this on our local club site
Havent ridden a road bike for 20 yrs. Recently borrowed one, and went
out with other half today for a 50 miler.
Well, that's saved me a grand. WTF do people see in road riding? Maybe
I have too short an attention span but theres none of the pay-off for
all of the effort. The act of riding itself is boring, theres no skill
or technique at taking a bend slower than I can on a 500lb motorbike,
so there's no mental stimulation to distract from thinking "this bike
is uncomfortable", "I hurt", "I'm hungry" "f*ck me this is tedious"...
theres no reward from conquering a climb as any thrilling speed on the
down is lost to headwind. You expend all your energy slogging into
wind as youre more exposed than you are on tree lined singletrack and
travelling at higher speed (drag goes with V squared, so power needed
to overcome drag goes with V cubed, and yes you have time to think
about this sh1t). And this is before you end up on some busy A-road
microns away from articulated death.
I used to describe myself as a cyclist. I'm not. I'm a mountain
In the last 18 months I've ridden my road bike (second one Ive bought in that time) more often than my MTBs and my R1 combined, and my best day on 2 wheels this year was the Ronde Van Calderdale road sportif in April (crazy steep cobbled climbs in Yorkshire).