RUNCANTRELL If you are interested in comfort you canít beat a recumbent. I made the switch from my road to a recumbent late last year after a 520-mile 8-day ride and I love it! But you cannot take it off-road and Iím not sure about using it for tri. Looks like you have several options available to you. Good luck with making a good selection.
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Fitness Minutes: (0) Posts: 239 4/23/07 12:56 A
I am sure there are other difference, in terms of frame geometry, but the most obvious one will be that a hybrid usually as straight handlebars, similar to a mountain bike, and the cyclocross will have drop handlebars, like a raod bike. So if you think you are going to eventually go to a road bike for triathlons, it will help you get comfortable with the positioning from the start.
Fitness Minutes: (14,538) Posts: 796 4/21/07 7:35 P
Another kind of bike to consider is a cyclocross.It is designed for trails and grass, with small obstacles. It has drop handlebars, which made the transistion to a road bike very easy for me. although I am usually on my road bike, i can't imagine giving up my cyclocross. The only thing I can't do is singletrack and serious obstacles--essentailly "true" mountain biking.
I agree that if you do decide to do a triathlon, you won't want to do it on a mountain bike, even if you don't plan on being competitive. And tris are fun--you should do it!
Fitness Minutes: (14,538) Posts: 796 4/21/07 6:48 P
Maybe down the road I will just have to end up with two bikes. Since the triathlon is still in fantasy mode for me, I don't have a set time frame for doing one, and in the mean time, I think a mountain bike is better suited for me.
I will definitely go to a good bike store and get fitted with a proper bike.
I definitely think you should go talk to the bike shop guys to see about fitting. I know everybody else has pushed for mtn bikes and I mostly agree except that if you are serious about doing Triathlons a road bike uses less energy to move at the same speed on roads due to less resistance from the tires. I've rode both a hybrid and a road bike on pavement and asphalt I can definitely tell the difference!
As well I would have to say moutain bike. I have a mountain bike, a road bike and have had others. For all around comfort, versatility, etc. The mountain bike is the way to go. The important thing is to go to your bike shop and be properly sized. If you get the wrong size it could hurt in areas it should not. Every manufacture as well is a little different so the same size in with different manufactures could fit you differently. The bike shop will help you with that.
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Fitness Minutes: (180) Posts: 86 4/21/07 9:04 A
I have to second the mountain bike. It's not great for the longer road ride, but if you're just riding around town, commuting, and want the flexibility to take it off road, you must go mountain.
I actually have a 29" mountain bike (29" wheels instead of the typical 26" mtb wheels). Not appropriate for everybody, but perfect for me. And I'm 5'4", so you don't need to be tall to ride one. Aside from the advantages I experience on singletrack, the advantage in a 'general use' situation is that the bigger wheels make it much faster on the road. If you get a chance to test ride one, you should give it a go.
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Fitness Minutes: (14,538) Posts: 796 4/21/07 2:19 A
I'm partial to the mtn bike when it comes to a person wanting a bike that's good for a lot of situations. Hybrids are fine and dandy, but not hot if you do decide you'd like to hit some singletrack or other fun offroad stuff. Whilst a mtn bike can do that and still be good for a cruise on good ole pavement. My first decent mtn bike was used for everything. I rode it all over town, then I decided to ride on some trails, which it turned out that I LOVED, and I even took it on road rides that Dave hosted quite some time ago, before we even started dating. Later I decided I did want a road bike and got one. I think a hybrid would have frustrated me should I have tried to take it on trails.
And so that's my rambling .02. I think a hardtail mtn bike would be a good consideraton for you. Test ride some at your local bike shop and see if anything tickles your fancy. I'm partial to Marins when it comes to a nice mountain bike.
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Fitness Minutes: (14,538) Posts: 796 4/20/07 11:33 P
I just joined this group because I have recently rekindled my interest in cycling. I used to have a great mountain bike that I used a fair amount, but it was really too big for me and never comfortable, so when I got pregnant with my first daughter (6 years ago) I gave it up.
I have not ridden a bike outdoors since. But I recently have started going to the spinning classes at my gym and it has reminded me how much I like cycling. For Mother's Day, I told my husband I want a new bike, but I am not sure what kind will best suit my needs.
My general cycling goals are fairly broad. I will be living near an extensive network of bike trails and will primarily use those for cycling. I love to run and would like to eventually train for a triathlon, most likely next year. I don't need something that is suited for speed, as I am just interested in being fit, and not winning any races. The most important thing, obviously, is comfort. As I said, my last bike was terribly uncomfortable, due to improper fit. I had a women's gel pad, and I wore bike shorts AND still suffered immensely.
So, do I go back to the mountain bike, but one that is the right size for me? Or a hybrid? I tend to not have any interest in a road bike, but won't object to hearing the thoughts of others.
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