I have to agree with the first post,l have tried the road on fantastic bikes but don 't get it. the lads l ride with have road bikes as do all the guys l coach. They use them to improve their fitness for xc racing,but try as much as l can it still sucks. Maybe some of us will never get it. My riding mates put it down to my distain of all things roadie.
so what is it about road riding...
I'd guess that a lot of mountain bikers are put off road riding purely because it's not mountain biking. No real reason to dislike it other than they think they are supposed to.
We are all cyclists.
On a road bike you can pootle along enjoying the countryside and stopping for tea and cakes. Because you tend to stay in the saddle for much longer than on the mountain bike you will get aches and pains and numbness but you will get fitter.
Or you can choose a shorter route, go with a well-matched buddy and ride your bollocks off competitively for 90 minutes, take a few risks and come home feeling absolutely beasted and pumped full of endorphins.
Ive just started road biking, and like yourself love my mountain biking. It took me a couple of weeks to get the bike set up to the way i like it but now thats sorted im enjoying it more and more.. great for fitness and everytime i go out on any specific routes i just try and do it a bit quicker. I still love that adrenaline rush when your coming down a fast techy descent on a mountain bike though!
Yes and no. If you're still getting used to the bike and it might not be 100% set up for you yet then no, worry about the fit first.
On the other hand, the local segments may help you find some nice quiet routes.
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