|> I have an MTB and feel the need to do Road riding in order
|> to increase my stamina, strength, etc. I am not looking to spend a
|> lot of money, and am wondering if i should buy an inexpensive or
|> maybe used road bike to serve my (exercise) need - or should i
|> look into buying a new set of wheels, so as to minimize the amount
|> of work i have to do in order to switch between riding on/off road ?
|> I would appreciate any past experiences/ recommendations and also
|> since i am very new to biking in general, i would appreciate any
|> recommended stores/mail order places, etc where i could pick up
|> either (a used/ inexpensive raod bike, or set of wheels).
|> Incidentally i have a TREK 830.
I was wondering this earlier this spring myself. I had the opportunity to pick
up a reasonable road bike fairly inexpensively. I discussed it with a local store
owner (and damn good off-roader) and his opinion was that it was better to get
a second set of wheels for the mountain bike rather than a second (road) bike.
His reasoning was that if you were concentrating on off-roading then:
- different riding technique style etc between the bikes and that riding a road
bike may improve fitness but won't improve mountain bike handling in the same
way that riding the mountain bike all the time will.
- already have one (expensive/quality) bike set up the way you want, and
sooner or later you will want to equip the road bike similarly (ie clipless
pedals, computer, lights, saddles etc) wi=hich drives up the cost of the
once inexpensive bike.
- 2nd bike to maintain throughly (disadvantage to some)
He, being a hop owner, was riding an expensive carbon fiber bike with Dura-Ace STI
and all the bells and whistles. He said that after a riding it for a while he found
himself more and more riding the mountain bike anyways.
My personal opinion is to get the second set of wheels and put slicks on them. I
currently do this and I am going to build another set for my wife's bike (sometime).
Besides, if you taco a wheel off-roading, then you have a spare on hand.