New Bike or New Wheels ?

New Bike or New Wheels ?

Post by Arif Padar » Wed, 08 Jun 1994 23:35:32


Hi,
        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.

Thanks,

Arif Padaria

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New Bike or New Wheels ?

Post by Stuart Paynt » Thu, 09 Jun 1994 00:33:42


|> Hi,
|>   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.

Cheers...Stuart

 
 
 

New Bike or New Wheels ?

Post by Bjoern Larss » Thu, 09 Jun 1994 09:54:57

Quote:


>|> Hi,
>|>       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.
>Cheers...Stuart

I totally have to agree with the above.  I had an old bike after I got
the bike I currently ride (Diamond Back Axis team) and I thought I'd
be a good idea to equip my old bike with a pair of slicks for road
biking.  I gave up on that quick enough though, since
1: I didn't like the feel of the bike after getting used to the
geometry of my DB
2: I didn't feel like maintaining 2 bikes

Therefore I'd get me a second set of wheel and just use your mtn bike.

Go nuts...

Bjoern

P.S: If you really want to improve your endurance ride on your
knobbies.  I used to ride on a dart and a smoke and let me tell you it
wears you out quickly -- you only have to ride half as far and you get
twice the workout.  Saves time :)
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New Bike or New Wheels ?

Post by Daniel Conviss » Thu, 09 Jun 1994 11:17:20

Get Neither.  I ride my mountain bike on road most of the time, I live in
NYC and ride everywhere I go... errands, training, goofing off,
messengering, tours...   I don't even change the tires.  I ride tires
with big knobbies, like Grand Canyons or Farmer Johns.  These handle on
road better than slicks handle off road.  Small knobbies are wobblie on
road and cause mushy handling.

Saves money and time.

ENJOY!
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New Bike or New Wheels ?

Post by andrew coo » Thu, 09 Jun 1994 21:29:35

        even if you get a different rear block on your road wheels
        you aren't going to have the higher gears you'd get on a
        road bike.  perhaps that's not a problem but on longish
        (and not that steep) road descents i don't have high enough
        gears on my mtb - your problem will be worse with faster tyres
        and (possibly) aero bars.  since my mtb is not really for the
        road (the hill i have in mind is on the way to my favourite
        piece of desert :-) i just roll along, but i'd be a little
        frustrated if that was my main ride....

        so if you've got the money, i'd go for a road bike.  the only
        `extras' i'd bother with are a new rear light and extra clamps so
        i can move front light + computer from one bike to the other.

        andrew

        p.s.  also i find a longer road frame more comfortable.

 
 
 

New Bike or New Wheels ?

Post by William Dav » Fri, 10 Jun 1994 02:42:22

: Hi,
:       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

Why not spend $0.00, use your mtn bike with existing tires ???

You'll get a better workout than with road tires, save the expense
of either a new bike or wheels/tires, and you'll have the opportunity
to buy better mtn tires that much sooner.

 
 
 

New Bike or New Wheels ?

Post by ye05.. » Sat, 11 Jun 1994 19:18:10

Quote:


> : Hi,
> :  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

> Why not spend $0.00, use your mtn bike with existing tires ???

> You'll get a better workout than with road tires, save the expense
> of either a new bike or wheels/tires, and you'll have the opportunity
> to buy better mtn tires that much sooner.

Yeah, and a numb crotch and palms from the vibrations. Road tyres cost next to
nothing - you can get competent slicks for $10. Why suffer?

-- J