I seem to have defaulted to be a Roadie…
Nope. Dull as dishwater.
Edit; don’t get me wrong, there is loads within an hours drive but adding a couple of hours to a ride does not make for a happy home at the mo. with the road bike a two/three hour ride is exactly that. Two or three hours, done and dusted.Posted 4 years agocubicboyMember
As some of the others have said, for those with very little time, road riding is an inviting option. I have a family, so I’m rationed to four hours on Saturday morning (which is quite generous). I live in Nottingham, so Hope Valley is 1hr20 to get there and kitted up giving me just over an hour to ride… hardly worth it. Alternatively, I just pop on my road gear and I’m away on a four hour ride. No, it’s not exciting, but at least I’m riding… I actually love it.Posted 4 years agosputnikMember
Same here! Done 2300 miles since the beginning of the year of which 15 miles was on my MTB.Posted 4 years ago
Don’t find road boring at all, live 15 minutes from Box Hill which I ride up beginning and end of my ride with the beautiful Surrey lanes to bulk up the ride’s middle part.
Every now and then I plan to do a MTB ride but then it mysteriously starts to rain for a day or two!bolMember
Glad it’s not just me. I’ve lost the will to ride the same local trails over and over again. I love mountainbiking, but road is so much less of a faff when you’re short of time and a cross bike is more of a challenge on the local stuff.
I’m looking at a house right across the road from my favourite local cheekies this afternoon, so maybe a move would help me re-find my MTB mojo.Posted 4 years agoAlexSubscriber
Not me. Commuting it was fine, had a purpose. Since I stopped that not ridden my road bike for 18 momths. Am doing 100k tomorrow apparently on wiggle wye valley sportive. Be happy to get out alive. agree with crazy tho, cross bikes ROCK. Fast way to get to and from dirt trails, great fun while you’re there.
Check out the classifieds tomorrow night for a nice Carbon boardman road bike for sale. Unless I’ve set fire to it first.Posted 4 years agor17anmMember
I wish i could open my front door and go mountain biking but cant so end up on the road a lot recently.Posted 4 years ago
I also seem to take ages to get my mtb kit together nowadays ( mo kit mo problems ) and no matter how early i try and start it always ends up taking up a whole day.mattbibbingsMember
I have not been able to ride my MTB for over a year since smashing both my wrists so its been skinny tyres all the way for me. I even did 1000 miles on my turbo in my cellar during last summer in the early days of the injuries (leaning on elbow rests).
I’m hoping to get back on the MTB soon (maybe even today, maybe).
Whatever you reason though, riding is riding so just give in and call yourself a cyclist.Posted 4 years agomintimperialSubscriber
Still doing quite a bit of MTB but I have to confess that when it’s been weeing it down for ages like today I find it much easier to just jump on the road bike and get some dry miles in instead.
It was lovely off road the other week though, when everything dried out for our annual five day long summer, can’t wait till next April!Posted 4 years agochicoMember
I Have dabbled in the dark side actually enjoying it. no traveling for over an hour each way to hills, no filthy bike to clean when I get home. No kit covered in thick mud and grit. On the down side I have been knocked of by a car resulting in 18 days in hospital and being told ill not be walking for at about 6 months. I will defo be getting back on the MTB not sure about road yet as lost my MoJo.Posted 4 years agosmogmonsterSubscriber
OP, yep im in the same boat, having done a grand total of 250 miles offroad, but 20 times that on the road in the last 18 months. Same reasons as well, its easier to squeeze in a road ride than the faff of packing the mtb in the car, driving to the nearest trails worth riding (20 minutes or so), get the bike out, get your shit together, and repeat on the way back, thats 1 1/2 hrs wasted, not to mention the 4 or 5 hours needed to get some decent miles in. Compare that to riding from the front door on the road bike and its no contest these days…Posted 4 years ago_tom_Member
I ride my road bike every day and the mtb maybe once every week or two depending what I’m working and whether I can be arsed with driving to some good trails. Bmx gets more use than the mtb as well as we have loads of good skateparks around here. Not really sure why I’m building up another mtb to be honest 😕 I suppose I keep telling myself that if i get a light hardtail then I’ll be more likely to ride local stuff (main bike is a dh/fr full sus) but I know when it comes down to it I’ll be more likely to say to myself “actually I’ll just go out on the roadie instead, it’ll be less of a boring slog and better exercise.”Posted 4 years agonukeSubscriber
Absolutely zero interest in riding on the road…I see it as a failing of my route planning if I even need to ride on the road to connect sections of offroad. The reason is because its the countryside I want and not the cycling: I love the countryside and if I couldn’t ride in the countryside, I’d walk/run in the countryside instead rather than taking up road cycling.
It’s not the lack of sweet hips and kickers and berms that put me off road riding,, it’s the never ending supply of people in cars trying their best to kill you. That isn’t fun, and for that reason , I’m out.
+ 1Posted 4 years agoglobaltiMember
I had 22 years of brilliant fun being an obsessed mountain biker. Did Polarises and loads of night rding and had a ball. Now I’ve lost interest in the mud and the constant attrition on kit and gone for the greater fitness and more subtle pleasures of the road. It definitely helps that I live on the edge of a huge empty area called the Ribble Valley and the Bowland Fells; if I lived in a town it might be different.Posted 4 years agostanfreeMember
Same here my YTD miles are 1177 and of those only about 180 off those are on mountainbikes. Just cant be arsed with having to clean my mountain bike for the sake of a muddy 15 mile trudge in dodgy weather. Even when the weather is not great my road bike and clothes never get that filthy. Its also great for building stamina as well.Posted 4 years ago
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