Despite my advanced degenerative arthritis and a knee surgery....give me mountain biking and I will suck up the pain. LOL! I love off-road mtn biking in Alaska's wilderness! Remote and alone as possible!
....though I admit that I"m dying to try cyclocross but gotta get a bit fitter and lighter first...
Hmm . . . I felt as if I was "forced to choose" several years back. I chose to get off of the road with skinny tires and get onto the trails with fat tires. I find that many of the motorists in the city I live in aren't respectful to roadies (a colleague came to work this morning and indicated that a driver had actually swerved at him). I feel it is far too dangerous to ride the roads in this city. Lots of people do, though I'm convinced they must have nerves of steel, incredible riding skills, and faith in a "higher power."
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um...well, you started this thread with "if you were forced to choose..."
I just followed along.
I bought a Trek Domane (5.2). It's a humble little bicycle, but I enjoy every minute (almost) I spend cycling on it. I'm especially enjoying riding in organized road cycling events, and, really, that's why I chose a road-specific bicycle. Maybe someday I'll broaden my horizons, but for now, I'm hooked.
HA HA....I WAS forced to choose....about a year and a half ago, I was inspired to try cycling. I volunteered to help with an organized (road) cycling event, and I was mesmerized by the whole vibe there. Since I don't have the income to support the purchase of several bicycles, I chose a road bike. I bought the best I could afford, and I haven't looked back. I feel fortunate. I feel ever so grateful. I'm doing more now than I've done in many years to get up and move, and it's a great feeling! Pounds are slow to drop off, but I am not in a hurry. I love my bike, and I love the thoughts of cycling on a quiet road.
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I love getting out into the countryside, pedalling hard and looking at the map and really knowing I have covered some distance. I am a regular hiker too, and love the feeling of how much faster cycling is.
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I'm a roadie, first and foremost. I enjoy going off road and I appreciate that fat knobby tires can take me places skinny tires cannot. But to never again hear the whisper of a skinny tire on velvety-smooth asphalt? Banish the thought! If forced to chose, skinny tires would win without hesitation.
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between all the possible disciplines and permutations of cycling and could do no other forever. Which would it be? For me, XC mountain biking, even though most of my current riding is utility/commuting. There is just something very special about it for me. How about you?
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