Trust me, it's not a good feeling when I'm cruising at 16mph, and, get passed by a mountain bike. Gut observation is that a road bike is 2mph faster than a mountain bike on the paved roads I ride.
Another first world problem, is that I secretly covet a beater road bike to cover shot distances at the summer home. Maybe a little basket on the front, fatter tires and, a 5 speed gear system.
Not a good feeling, and not fair, because the MTB rider is usually 35 - 40 years younger. I have some fond memories of getting passed by an mtb rider and speeding up to 20-22 for a mile or two, an effort for me but the MTB kids will typically need to stop and check his bike or something before I have to show down. Lynn just laughs at me.
Rather than beater road bike, get an older mountain bike/cross bike and put better wheels and skinnier tubeless ready tires on it. Maybe an easy rolling tire like the 2.0 Kenda Karma would give you an around town at the beach bike and also allow some off pavement trail riding. I probably spend 90% of the time in the middle chainring on the 9 speed mountain bike. I think that is a 32 tooth -- it's made out of steel while the big and the small chainrings are expected to be less used and are made out of aluminum.
Last Edit: Jul 21, 2014 19:08:25 GMT -7 by JimRatliff
That was our 160 km (100 mile) ride, the last 20 against a stiff head wind. Lynn had been drafting me for the last leg, and then passed and dropped me in the last 100 yards. (Not really, I missed a traffic light coming into the finish line).
The bear requested that I not video him and threatened to confiscate my phone. I felt compelled to oblige.
Last Edit: Jul 22, 2014 15:21:34 GMT -7 by JimRatliff
Trust me, it's not a good feeling when I'm cruising at 16mph, and, get passed by a mountain bike.
Follow-up question for LP: with their different aerodynamics, do MTBers leave a bigger draft for roadies they pass to luxuriate in? I have no first-hand knowledge of the matter , but perhaps you do .
I think it's safe to say that I'd draft behind a mountain bike about as often as you would take PSIA instruction. The noise pollution, alone, from the tires would ruin my ride, and, the shame would be more than I could bear. Drafting in a group is one of cycling's little pleasures. At the back, you have to do almost nothing to ride at 20 mph. I laugh when my daughter tells me that in her gym, she can ride a spin bike at 30 mph which is about twice my average.
Now, now LP. Don't be like that. Despite being a rather uncouth lot at times, some of us mountain bikers are actually quite pleasant and friendly. No shame in rubbing shoulders with us. We'd be more than happy to break wind in front of a roadie any time . But the smell may be more than they could bear, they being of rather delicate and fragile constitution.
I must be lazier than LP, because I'll take "breaking the wind" help wherever I can get it. Of course, whenever I drop in behind a mtb'er they invariably take it as a challenge to their manhood and speed up -- and I sometimes feel that I then have to defend the honor of the road biking community.
Todd, did I hear correctly that yu are going for your PSIA Level II this fall?
livingproof: Philly is an ice rink this morning, freezing rain over very cold streets. Weather is putting a dent into my ski season.
Jan 5, 2014 9:39:28 GMT -7
svend: LP - we had a three-day ice storm here just before Christmas, so I know well what you're dealing with. Not fun. Hope there's no damage in Philly. Take care.
Jan 5, 2014 20:23:02 GMT -7
livingproof: Philly weather warm fog last night, 8 inches of new snow = history! 8 degrees F tomorrow morning. Should be some great local boilerplate!
Jan 6, 2014 7:42:34 GMT -7
meput: - 22° F the other morning. +54° today. Forcast 0° tonight. Temperature rollercoaster at my home. The 'loaf got RAIN with the warm up. Looking forward to skiing on shaved ice
Jan 6, 2014 16:28:43 GMT -7
svend: Same story here...25 cm snow last night, some more freezing rain, and now there's 80 km/hr winds and -25 C temps. Wind chill is pushing -40 C. Supposed to continue all day tomorrow too. Whacky weather.
Jan 6, 2014 20:52:30 GMT -7
ToddW: -20° F on the drive up to VT on Friday. Freezing rain and heavy fog Sunday night made for an 8 hour return trip. Record low at home this morning. 40s and rain by Friday. What's up with the weather?
Jan 7, 2014 18:04:52 GMT -7
svend: Polar vortex is back. -26 C this morning. Will need a block heater in the car if this keeps up. Poor thing barely cranked this morning.
Jan 22, 2014 7:30:05 GMT -7
JimRatliff: Polar Vortex??? Is that the new Head all-mountain carving ski I've been hearing so much about?
Jan 22, 2014 9:04:03 GMT -7
JimRatliff: That's pretty chilly. 7F (-13C) in Central Park. Glad you didn't send the real cold air down.
Jan 22, 2014 9:04:58 GMT -7
JimRatliff: OK, but I still think "Polar Vortex" and "Polar Express" could be the start of a great family of ski names.
Jan 22, 2014 10:45:22 GMT -7
svend: I like it! Blizzard should take those on. Fits with their name. Easier to say than "Viva Ultrasonic Full Suspension IQ", or some such ridiculousness. Who can remember all that?
Jan 22, 2014 20:29:13 GMT -7
livingproof: Another round of Philly area snow....we're ground zero this season. Please start sending any future storms north.
Mar 2, 2014 8:15:55 GMT -7
svend: Neverending winter here in Ontario. More snow last night. Cold temps coming this week. Word on the street is that some local ski hills may be open until May. Remarkable and unprecedented.
Mar 22, 2014 9:03:22 GMT -7
superbman: we were supposed to make it to next weekend, but they put out that we're closing tomorrow. Bummer.
Mar 28, 2014 9:06:50 GMT -7
JimRatliff: I think most local places here are closing as well. Yesterday was last at Elk.
Mar 30, 2014 4:17:15 GMT -7
livingproof: My Blue Mtn home is planning to open next weekend (closed midweek). Spring temps are finally here, not sure if I'll make a final trip.
Mar 30, 2014 6:00:04 GMT -7
ToddW: Surefire way to scare away family skiers, from the Killington conditions page: "Expect huge bumps on Superstar for the Killington Triathlon."
May 2, 2014 13:22:58 GMT -7
JimRatliff: I just wanted to wish all a Happy Holidays. Amazing how quickly Christmas follows Thanksgiving.
Dec 13, 2014 14:53:23 GMT -7
superbman: I was looking at the reviews on real skiers for the Kastle FX 85 and FX 85HP…both interested me greatly, how similar are these to the FX 84 (if you have skied both..or is the 85 the 84??)
Sept 13, 2015 14:52:00 GMT -7