Newbie question

Discussion in 'Cycling Training' started by crear21, Aug 10, 2004.

  1. crear21

    crear21 New Member

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    I have never ridden a road bike before and I'm going to buy one. I have a following question: what increase in average speed should I expect, changing from mountain bike to road bike? (in % or in mph). On a mtb I rode approx 13mph. Thanks in advance for all answers.
     
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  2. TriMan

    TriMan New Member

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    I've just gone through this exercise whilst trying to sort myself out the best bike option for my first triathlon. To start with I went from MTB knoblie tyres to MTB slick tyres which made on average about a 2-3mph difference. I then managed to get my hands on a mid range road bike which again increased speed by a further 2-3mph over the MTB with slicks, so all up over a MTB your looking at roughly 4-6 mph speed advantage. Obviously there are factors that effect the speed gain e.g. weight of the road bike etc but from a mid range MTB to a mid range road bike that is the difference I found. I've just moved up to a higher spec road bike that is much lighter and once the weather clears up am looking forward to seeing if there is another speed gain to be had.
     
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