What is easier to bring on long road trips, mountain or road bike?

Discussion in 'Road Cycling' started by Meth, Jun 21, 2020.

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Which bike should I bring?

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  1. Meth

    Meth New Member

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    Me and my friend come from a high mountainous area and we're planning to go to a beach that's 100-120 km away from our start point, I'm wondering if its better to use a road or mountain bike on this trip because some of the roads are a bit rough and there are lots of ups and downs going there, and I mean a lot and most are pretty steep. Also any tips on what to bring gear wise?
     


  2. Germanrazor

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    Well, I am a road biker and if the roads are paved and everyone’s grading a roads quality is rather subjective, it would depend. Have you ever watched road bikers run cobblestone? That’s as rough as I can think of, but if you mean serious potholes and major separations with edges, well that is another matter.

    Without knowing the road it is hard to say. I have had road cyclist whine about a road and when I ride it I don’t find it too bad, so hard to know and give an opinion.

    But I will say this, I have ridden both disciplines, road cycling to me is like a drug of happiness and mountain biking too laborious to me.
     
  3. Mr. Beanz

    Mr. Beanz Well-Known Member

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    All depends on your ability imo.

    I have heard some forum members call a short 100 yard climb at 6% A WALL! :D


    What do you consider steep? 6% for 8 miles?

    3% for 1/4 mile?

    Or 16% on a 6 mile climb with 2,500 feet if gain averaging about 8%?

    I myself on a 60 mile ride would prefer a road bike. I did a 114 mile ride with 12,000 ft of elevation gain on a ride with this road included. I hated it but still not a problem on the road bike. I'd still rather ride the road bike since there was mostly a large portion on better roads.

    I have to say it sucked, but still preferred the roadie. :p

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    I'D PROBABLY ONLY PREFER THE MTB IF IT WERE RAINING !!!
     
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    Froze Well-Known Member

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    Well 120 km is not that far, in America that's only 74 miles, either bike will work. Either bike can do paved roads, but if some of the area you'll be riding on is gravel, dirt etc then take the mountain bike. If your leg strength is a bit weak the mountain bike will make climbing steep pave grades a bit easier, but I assume that shouldn't be the case with you since you ride in a mountainous area, so other than road surface I don't know why you couldn't take a road bike.
     
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