Riding a road bike – the differences?
I’ll have a few rides to get used to it, then a 110k ride to try and complete . . .
I’ll have my worn in saddle and own pedals etc, but I’m hiring the road bike . . .
So won’t be used to it . . .
What can i expect?
Ow and do Road bikes fit into the boot of a car just as well as a mountain bike?Posted 5 years ago
You’ll probably turn into a bitter faced dick head.
I’m not letting anybody in a car pass me on a narrow road,…that is a certain fact.
I caught two people on road bikes up the other day, as soon as i got to them they said, ow we’re just taking it easy today . . .lol . . i should have said so am i . .Posted 5 years agojambonMember
110k is nowt.
Did the Dunwich Dynamo on an MTB a few years back. 120miles through the night and had about 20Kg of crap in my panniers for the missus who did it too.
No training either.
Couldn’t walk properly for a week after but on a road bike it’ll be a breeze.
If you hit a wall at some point, you will get through it. Keep eating LOTS of carbs and don’t drink too much otherwise you’ll be wanting to pee too much.Posted 5 years agooldgitMember
I’m sure you’ll be fine, of course there are lots of factors. Dreadful weather can really speed up the onset of tiredness.Posted 5 years ago
On the other hand, whilst we were in France last year one of the guys got out of the support car, grabbed a spare bike and just rode 140 miles of our 180 mile day, just like that, no training nothing.napesneedleMember
I agree with Taxi25 you will learn to embrace the positive comments made by car drivers!! (ive ditched mine in favour of a crosser :D)Posted 5 years ago
Seriously if you have never been on a road bike and intend to do a sportif of 100k+ expect to have a sore back for a few days afterwards despite your set up, its a different ball game to a mountain bike. However you will be fine just eat your way round.thisisnotaspoonMember
It’s a bike, pedals go round etc etc etc.
If you’re taking an MTB saddle you might want to set it up slightly nose down, or at least take a tool with you to adjust it after the first 20 miles. There’s a reason a lot of roadies have big holes down the middle of their saddles.
The biggest differences I find are that you have to pedal to move, there’s no pumping or anything like that, so you pedal at a nice constant pace. And the gears work, none of that MTB shift up 2, down one to change, click the lever and the chain jumps across.
Twitchy? Nope, try a BMX, that’s ‘twitchy’, if a road bike’s twitchy you’re not pedaling hard enough.
Most of you seem to have crap calipers and or pads on your road bikes as my brakes are ace, loads of power!
That or your mechanically challenged an cannot set them up!
+1, I swapped my brakes for Planet-X forged calipers to shed soem weight, not in the same power leagues as Shimano groupset stoppers, but still more than adequate. Road brakes are plenty powerfull.
110k isn’t much, most clubs do similar distances on Sundays by the time you’ve ridden to the meeting point. Stop for cake and a coffee half way round and it’ll fly by.
The only tips I’d give you is don’t half wheel the guy in front, drafting is fine (and makes the distance easy), but if ever your front wheel overlaps his rear you can gaurentee he’ll pull out round a pothole and you’ll be using your face as a brake. That and don’t brake, it’s bad for the guy behind you and the tyres have way more grip than you could ever imagine (unless they hit diesel or a manhole cover, or paint).Posted 5 years agoboxxer7Member
Headwinds suck big time! Brakes aren’t as bad as people say, if you grab them hard mind they will lock the wheels and then it gets fun! The ride is hard with 100+psi the roads are terrible and so is people’s driving! Other than that I find it huge fun with my five tens and baggy shorts 😀Posted 5 years agotakisawa2Subscriber
First thing that struck me, apart from the daft bint on Bowling Green Island in the Ford Focus, was how quick you move for relatively slow pedalling cadence. Best thing is dropping a gear & climbing out of the saddle. I hate spinning like a hamster. The brakes aren’t as good in the wet, in the dry I thought they were actually quite good. Harsh as hell best describes the ride, even on a steel frame.Posted 5 years ago
60 miles will fly by in a morning, you’ll be surprised. If your tempted to carry a pack, put it on a rack, & when it’s wet full guards are lovely.esher shoreMember
could not agree more!
we get loads of road bikes into our workshop with worn out brake pads, filthy rims covered in road grime, corroded cables and the brakes have terrible adjustment, yet the customers are complaining “cannot stop!”
I run Dura-Ace pads on Ultegra caliper brakes, Mavic Open Pro rims, keep them clean (once a week using Iso Alcohol, grit paper and a stanley blade to pick out metal pieces) and well adjusted and never had any issues stopping even in the pissing rain going down a steep hill when a motorist has suddenly pulled out in front..
my other bike is a mountain bike with hydraulic disc brakes running 185mm rotors, in comparisonPosted 5 years agoGrahamSSubscriber
All this brake stuff is exactly why…Posted 5 years ago
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