Hey Don. I grew up in Binghamton. Moved to Windsor when I was 12 and spent most of my life there. I worked at Gault Toyota for about 12 yrs. I miss the place (except the Winters). Small world eh? Picked up and moved my family down here to NC just after the Flood. Alex
Yep, sounds like you've got the road bike bug! :-)
Welcome to the Team! FWIW my ride is a Specialized Tricross which was recommended to me by my local bike shop. I've been VERY pleased with it as a road bike even though it is a cyclocross bike. Couple weeks ago I had the pleasure of nailing 140 miles in a weekend around Seneca Lake (Finger Lakes, upstate New York).
For me there is nothing that can compare to the fun and freedom of cutting loose on the open roads!
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Thanks for all the advice and support. I am pretty sure a Road bike is in my near future. I love the fact that I can leave my front door ride 10 to 15 mile and be home in less than an hour. I enjoy the scenery and the feeling of speed on the fast parts as well as accomplishment after a BIG hill. The auto traffic does not really bother me... I like to think that all the peeps driving past me are envious of my freedom and grinning sweaty face. I am also afraid I am outgrowing my favorite loop. its a 10 mile loop in the country and a bit of town, but I can do it in less than 40 min. now without feeling really tired. My wife jogs about 1.5 miles every night so, I tag along with her as a cool down. Mostly rolling circles around her talking too much and being a bit of a nuisance. Make her smile though. Alex
There are huge differences between riding road bikes and riding mountain bikes. I agree with all the advice you have had so far.
I couldn't make up my mind which kind of biking I liked best, so I have 2 bikes. I ride my mountain bike when I want the quiet and peace of off-road trails and don't mind LOTS of climbing. (Our terrain here is VERY rolling and hilly)
I ride my road bike when I want to go fast and traffic levels are low, since our local drivers can be impatient and a bit hostile to bikes on the road.
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Try a trail or two with your mountain bike. It goes much slower on the road than a road bike, as it is made for paths and trails. However, just check out the road bikes at your l.b.s. and test them out. Get to know local cyclists as they are a wealth of information, as to how, what, why, etc. And they are great to ride with! There are mountain bike clinics for women, here. I learned from good friends, who were willing to go slow and teach me what I needed to know. Just learn, ride and learn more.
i think that there are some great trails around your area. ashville is a place that people travel to to ride trails. i have a mtb and a road bike. i would say i enjoy mtb'ing on trails more than road biking, but i probably ride my road bike more because i can go from my house and there are several months here that the trails are too muddy. i think that since you live in a great area for mtbing and it sounds like you have a sence of adventure, give trail riding a try. you may be hooked.
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Fitness Minutes: (14,408) Posts: 464 6/22/11 12:51 A
Welcome to the world of cycling. To answer your question in a short and sweet version. There is a huge difference between road bikes and mountain bikes. The tires, tire pressure and gear ratio make riding a road bike much faster. I just walked in from a quick road ride and I averaged 20.5 mph for a little over an hour (rolly terrain). Before you jumped into a road bike, find out what is best for your needs. If you enjoy your Giant, keep riding it, because all that matters is that you are happy and you want to ride. I personally believe you should keep the Giant and find out what you want to do in the world of bikes. After a few months then re-evaluate if you want a road bike.
Fitness Minutes: (3,933) Posts: 3 6/21/11 10:08 P
Hello. I am new to cycling.... wanted to be a runner but my old knees wouldn't have it (43yrs today!). So I decided to try Cycling to see if it hurt and if I enjoyed it. Well, no pain and I am having a Blast. I have an old Giant mountain bike. I put some 1.5 flack jacket road tires on it cleaned up the chain and derailers and have been doing 10 to 15 miles a day. I live in North Carolina (Greensboro area) and have discovered that there are no flat roads in NC! lol. I am a bit curious of how big a difference there is between my MTB and a real road bike? I imagine it would roll easier and have more top end but, is there any reason I should switch to a road bike sooner than later? I hope to purchase one at the end of the summer. Being new to the sport I feel a bit overwhelmed at all the choices and prices of road bikes.
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