- Road bikes are ace!
danielgroves – Member
I recently got my first road bike, I was amazed by the speed of the thing. Awesome for munching the miles, but
notjust as much fun as ripping dusty trails (or, being in the UK, getting covered in mud).
…leaving me with a quandary, a winter road bike or Kinesis FF29…. 😐Posted 4 years agogeoffjSubscriber
Had a meeting down the road this morning and was planning to go on the cross/commuter, but noticed a cracked chain plate as I was giving it the once over.
So a last minute change of plans saw me grab the good (It’s all relative, believe me!) road bike and set off over the back lanes. This is it’s first outing this year, and I’d forgotten just what a pleasure riding a skinny-tyred lightweight road bike can be – even when dressed in meeting atire rather than bike-specific getup.
I might take it out for another spin tonight 😀Posted 4 years agoGrahamSSubscriber
cx bikes with road tyres are even more ace
Works for me – no room in my shed for a MTB, winter commuter, summer commuter, and delicate road bike. Much as I’d like them.
So instead it is MTB (doubling as deep winter commuter with snow tyres) and CX bike (doubling as summer commuter and road bike with a pair of 28c Conti GP 4 Seasons on).
Okay it’s not a thoroughbred “racing” road bike, but it can still happily munch through 60 mile+ road rides when the urge takes me.Posted 4 years agokcalSubscriber
What Graham said. I did buy a ‘proper’ (well, entry level if you’re a serious roadie) road bike last year, but found it:
@ too big (or I was too short for it)
@ just a bit too hash for bimbling spins
@ too delicate to pop down a little track to see where it goes, or even just use the numerous back roads, some of which are pretty agricultural.
So I sold it, and then waited for a year for an “all roads” or “rough touring” bike – which is lovely.. Doesn’t quite lend itself to caning it on the road, but long explores of the local county are definitely back on the agenda.Posted 4 years agogarage-dwellerSubscriber
Even a £5-600 roadbike is good fun. My cheapo Bianchi with £40 worth of conti tyre upgrade slips along nicely. Its not the same kind of fun as the mtb but if you haven’t got trails from the door then its a very good alternative.
For real flexibility I would like to get a tourer that will handle some tracks etc without being too slow.Posted 4 years ago
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