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26x1.5" on an MTB and I pass lycra clad roadies all over the place :D

I'd have gone for 37 or even 40s

you the man :)

i get get passed my grannies walking so the Lycra is everything :D:run:

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Far from it, just that most roadies around here are of the "born again" type and haven't ridden further than the corner shop in the last 20 years :D

To be honest I've never noticed much difference from tyre width alone RE rolling resistance, the only major difference is the weight and I'm not sure I could notice 100g.

I have 26c on the road bike and they're neither comfortable or fast :D

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I think I fall In your "born again" camp, haven't ridden for 20 years and am now trying to get my fitness back.

i guess its like hifi, I'm trying to find the right combo to cover comfort and speed to go some serious distances.

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Not aimed at you, but I think a lot of newcomers to cycling put too much emphasis on the gear far too soon. You can get fit and ride long distances on any bike that fits and is set up right.

If you belong to any cycling forum then you'll know that they're usually inundated with first time posters who've just bought a swanky road bike and want to know how to make it more comfortable and how to fit lower gears, marketing and sales pitch at it's finest :D

One of the main problems is trend, people don't want to buy something that looks like you could ride around the world on it, they want to buy something that Wiggo rides, whether they can ride it or not.

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Not aimed at you, but I think a lot of newcomers to cycling put too much emphasis on the gear far too soon. You can get fit and ride long distances on any bike that fits and is set up right.

If you belong to any cycling forum then you'll know that they're usually inundated with first time posters who've just bought a swanky road bike and want to know how to make it more comfortable and how to fit lower gears, marketing and sales pitch at it's finest :D

One of the main problems is trend, people don't want to buy something that looks like you could ride around the world on it, they want to buy something that Wiggo rides, whether they can ride it or not.

Good post, I've been there myself, which is why I ride mtb's, far more comfortable to ride all day on, and in my hands only 1-2 mph slower than a roadie!

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Good post, I've been there myself, which is why I ride mtb's, far more comfortable to ride all day on, and in my hands only 1-2 mph slower than a roadie!

+1 :^

I'm just not that quick so the road bike is good for me. Having said that I do wish I'd bought a quick hybrid as I'm learning that my back doesn't like being on the drops. Its a good adventure from my perspective as I learn as I ride and the best thing is I've got my whole family into cycling :)

I'll get there one day!

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Good post, I've been there myself, which is why I ride mtb's, far more comfortable to ride all day on, and in my hands only 1-2 mph slower than a roadie!

If you use a mtb and are after mid range bread and butter parts Merlin are doing a Shimano slx 11 / 36 cassette and chain for £29.99 delivered. Just ordered a couple for the parts bin as I no longer see the point in xt xtr stuff.

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Good post, I've been there myself, which is why I ride mtb's, far more comfortable to ride all day on, and in my hands only 1-2 mph slower than a roadie!

Dana, a could you explain what type of MTB's you ride and what makes you as quick as a roadie (putting your own strength to one side).

the reason I ask is i am going to change my MTB next month so I within reason I can buy the right choice (I have a specialized carve 29er which is brilliant, I'm just struggling to ride it again after my recent accident, psychological crap I know but it's there and I can't shift it). If I use cycle2work the budget is £1k rrp but if there is a better option 2nd hand or ex dem I'll happily consider it :)

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Mine was just an £80 2nd hand cro-mo Trek rigid MTB, I was on the look out for an old school MTB that had all the braze-ons to take racks and mudguards so I could convert it into a touring bike, I stripped it down to frame and fork, had it powder coated and built it back up with my own parts. This is the bike I do most of my riding on and the bike I went past 4 roadies on yesterday with a cheery tongue-in-cheek "afternoon".

TBH these aren't proper club riders I'm talking about, they'd have no problem leaving me for dust, I'm talking about the 'All the gear with no idea' crew.

It's a beast, it weighs a ton but weight is of little importance apart from climbing hills, it bangs along at 17-20mph just like any other bike.

Here it is fully loaded with all my camping and cooking gear:

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Dana, a could you explain what type of MTB's you ride and what makes you as quick as a roadie (putting your own strength to one side).

the reason I ask is i am going to change my MTB next month so I within reason I can buy the right choice (I have a specialized carve 29er which is brilliant, I'm just struggling to ride it again after my recent accident, psychological crap I know but it's there and I can't shift it). If I use cycle2work the budget is £1k rrp but if there is a better option 2nd hand or ex dem I'll happily consider it :)

Haha, I'm not actually that quick a rider, at my advanced years i find I have more stamina than speed these days...

In my mid 40's I decided that I needed to get back to road cycling and bought a Spesh Allez something, with an Alu frame, it was actually quite comfortable, and I enjoyed riding it...

I then decided to upgrade this, and mistakenly bought a Giant TCR carbon, with light and very narrow wheels/tyres and a more aggressive set-up... God it was hideously uncomfortable despite being correctly fitted at the dealers etc, back hurt, elbows, wrist, neck etc,etc.. Plus it had a bone hard ride, that made me see double at speed! It also managed to scare the shit out of me as the hard ride caused a nasty wobble when descending at speed, which felt like you were going to be thrown off it!

Eek no more, I sold it asap, and returned to my Whyte mtb, which was the PRST-1 which I bought in 2000, and is still going strong with no problems, in fact I can descend off-road in that quicker than I felt comfortable on the Giant on-road!

So is it quicker, well no... My avg speed on the roadie was 17-18 mph, over say an hour or so, and the equivalent on the mtb is 15-17, however its much safer, more comfortable, the suspension allows you to brake hard and control the bike much better, and after an hour I want to continue riding, whereas on the road bike, I needed a physio..

So old age, being sensible, and a genuine love of riding off road ( I think its safer btw), Ive even ridden down the alps at Zermatt!

I think road bikes really score if you can ride over 18-20 mph where the aero position makes a difference.

Ive got a full suspension, and a hard tail mtb, bot run semi-slicks, are fine on most surfaces except mud, and are really light, and practical everyday runabouts... Hybrids are good also, but they can't do the more adventurous off-roads as well..

Hope that answers your question? :D

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Dana, a could you explain what type of MTB's you ride and what makes you as quick as a roadie (putting your own strength to one side).

the reason I ask is i am going to change my MTB next month so I within reason I can buy the right choice (I have a specialized carve 29er which is brilliant, I'm just struggling to ride it again after my recent accident, psychological crap I know but it's there and I can't shift it). If I use cycle2work the budget is £1k rrp but if there is a better option 2nd hand or ex dem I'll happily consider it :)

Here you go mucker

http://www.kinesisbikes.co.uk/ff29/

I am a big 29er fan and fun a couple of ktm 29ers and a Pivot 429 bouncer but if I was doing a new build I would use this frame. Some of my mates run them and they can handle Inners / Golfie / Ft Bill no prob. I think you can run a 120mm fork as well.

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Thanks both that's fantastic :^

Firstly im really glad to see the average MPH as I'm not too far off that, I had all of you guys pegged as super cyclists averaging 25-30mph so felt quite inadequate (I'm not joking BTW).

All of the various body part pains (wrist, back, neck etc) really put me off getting the carbon road bike and knowing I can setup a MTB that isn't far off is great news - I'll take a look at your tip EMS as I can see this being the focus for May ;-)

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Super Wammer

I've a specialised Roubaix which I find very comfortable for riding long days and a giant SCR (now known as Defy) for commuting

Most manufacturers will do a 'race' frame and a 'sportive' frame and I would always go for the 'sportive'

ie taking Specialised for example Tarmac/Allez etc uncomfortable for commuting/ longer rides Roubaix fine

It's the geometry mainly I think though they go on about shock absorbing inserts etc

Tyre wise I go for puncture resistance esp commuting - Shwalbe Marathon Plus 25s

Have tried GPS 4000 on my 'sportive' and they seem pretty puncture resistant so far

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Good job Gasrai, All the deals on 25mm GP4000s seem to have dried up for the time being. Unless someone on here knows different!

I think this may be connected to the arrival of a new model - GP4000S2.

An equivalent at a decent price seems to be Michelin Pro4 Service Course.

http://www.merlincycles.com/pair-michelin-pro-4-service-course-folding-tyres-54991.html for a pair of 23mm or http://www.merlincycles.com/michelin-pro-4-service-course-folding-tyre-54988.html for ones including 25mm.

Paul

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