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Definitely. +1 to the previous posters who suggested the possibility of getting smoother "city" tires, 26x1.50 or similar. My fitness/utility bike is basically a mountain bike with the tires I described. Good luck!
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Hey MRSNEHL - All of these folks are offering good advice. The best advice of all is get out and ride, and have fun. The beauty of having a mountain bike is it can go anywhere. If you see a dirt road or trail heading into the woods, jump on it and see where it goes. Welcome to the team!
It will work just great and in fact you will get a great work out. If you will be riding on paved roads more than dirt roads or trails you may want to get a smoother tire and stay away from the knobby ones. It will ride a bit better and be much quieter. I prefer to ride rail to trails and dirt roads, much less traffic and fewer dogs.
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Great advice from folks here...! Super to have you joining our Team! Once you get going on your bike for a bit you'll get a better sense of what works for you. Some folks like to stick to road cycling, others head for the dirt & trails...and of course some like ALL of the various types of cycling. I prefer road cycling, but a number of our club members hit the road on their mountain bikes without any problems and then they can enjoy their trail riding better off the road.
Looking forward to hearing more about your adventures on two wheels! :-)
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Welcome aboard! As Alec said, just get out and ride. I have a $50 used Huffy hybrid and it works just fine for my needs. Now that I am riding more and more and know what I want I will start looking around for the right bike for me. Once you start to ride more and find out what kind of riding you like to do then start looking for the right type of bike and the right fit. But first and foremost, just get out and enjoy your bike.
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If you only ride on pavement or multi use trails you may want to think of getting narrow slick tires. I only have a mountain bike but switch between 26x2.1 knobbies for off road and 26x1.25 slicks for road use. The slicks have a noticeably lower rolling resistance but ruffer ride due to higher pressure.
your mt. bike will work great for your fitness goals. the main thing is to just get out and ride. i use a recumbent trike and try to spent 20 to 30 minutes per day riding. works for me.
Good for you! Get out and find your groove.
Hi from Texas! I'm new to the cycling for fitness bit, but very excited about it. I only have a mountain bike and was wondering if that was ok for road use for fitness.....for now that is :)