Mountain bike / Road Bike

Discussion in 'Cycling Equipment' started by dlgrant, Oct 3, 2003.

  1. dlgrant

    dlgrant New Member

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    I am new to the road bike scene, however I do have an older Trek 850 Mountain Bike. I'm wanting to start road biking but can't justify getting road bike yet. My question is what can I do to make my Trek 850 due for now? I've already changed to road tires. Are the clippless pedals interchangable so if I get a roadbike I can switch. Any other info would be greatly appreciated.
     
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  2. Wally

    Wally New Member

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    Yes most all pedals are interchangable on all bikes. When I first got a road bike I installed MTB clipless pedals because they where easier to "clip" in and out of and you can actually "walk" with the shoes on.
     
  3. dobber

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    Tires are probably the biggest bang for buck item. I went from knobs to semis and got a 2 mph delta on my 20 mile circuit (bike path, slightly hilly)

    If you don't have them, look at some bar ends. A better seat. I like clipless on my roadie and single speed, but have left the Mtn bike with clips/straps as its more convient for quick errands, etc.

    Maybe a cassette change on the rear wheel. With the tire upgrade, you'll get more efficiency from the drive train and will probably run out of gears....terrain dependent of course. I was running a 14 for the smallest cog, went down to an 11.
     
  4. Kevin in KY

    Kevin in KY New Member

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    Going from knobbies to road slicks made the difference for me.

    I'm using IRC Metro 1.5 and love them. Gotta love 100 PSI too!
     
  5. Feanor

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    Agree with all above, and narrow high pressure slicks are definitely the most important change if you're looking for an interim step between the mountain bike and the road bike, but beware... Once you get bitten by the road bug you'll just do as I did and rush out and get that road bike straightaway... If that's the case you'll be out the money for the slicks you got for the mountain bike so just hold off on all that, watch a few TdF DvDs and then get the road bike :)

    If that still won't get you moving toward roadie, maybe you could buy full USPS pro-kit complete with Aero Time Trial helmet and wear that while on your mountain bike :)

    Have a good one!

    Feanor
     
  6. Sidi

    Sidi New Member

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    I have Ritchey MTB pedals on road bike that i switch back and forth between the bikes.
    Beats paying for two pedals.
     
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