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    I did it! I bought a road bike, to better myself on the MTB

    I never thought the day would come.... I can even remember myself saying, and I quote "I'll never ride a road bike"...

    In the spirit of getting faster on the mountain bike, I figured a road bike was the next logical choice. To be honest, I'm pretty excited about it.

    Picked it up at my LBS, and got a great deal (right now is the perfect time to grab remaining 2014 stock on clearance).

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    Nice bike. Have fun on it!

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    Nice. When I shed some more pounds I'm adding one to my garage.

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    Cool. Just don't say you like it too much around this forum. lol
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    Enjoy it. Wise choice for certain types of riding. I love my road bike when I can't get to a trail or even when I can and want something different to ride.

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    really nice ride, op. enjoy and be safe out there!

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    Road bikes make for awesome training and definitely open some doors to different riding experiences.
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    Watch out for cars, dogs, small children, and branches laying on the side of the road. It works and does make you faster on the MB. I really didn't think I would like riding the road bike but you can make it fun to a point.
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    Good for endurance cardio. I do some commuting by bike as well.

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    I bought a Synapse 6 about three years ago since I was recovering from a spine injury. It is a good bike and I think you will enjoy it. Road riding can be fun, but definitely not as engaging as mountain biking. Enjoy it, especially when it is too wet to ride the trails!
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    I used to commute on a road bike. It kept me in great shape and encouraged a more consistent and relentless cadence on the MTB. I tried to ride the road bike for leisure/fitness a few times and I could never get into it.

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    Nice bike. You will appreciate how nice it is to roll out of your driveway and go for a ride. Also, the pure speed is addicting.

    I think both types of riding complement each other and both have a place in the garage.

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    I did it! I bought a road bike, to better myself on the MTB

    Riding a road bike to become a better mountain biker is like eating cauliflower to get better at eating pizza.

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    If you get a chance, join a riding group. Pack riding is a whole different experience than MTB and I think is the best way to enjoy road biking. Shaving your legs is optional

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    We had so much rain over the winter that kept the trails closed I bit the bullet and bought a road bike in January. As much as I hated to admit it eventually I couldn't deny that it was helping with conditioning and endurance for trail riding. I'll echo what falconpunch said about finding a group to ride with.
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    Nice Bike...that carbon frame should be one smooth ride. enjoy

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    Congratulations.

    I add a road bike just about 2 year ago. I was very happy I did as is great way to get some nice miles in right out of the house mid week. Not as fun as mtn bike, but better than sitting on my rear or hitting trainer in the gym.
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    Thanks guys, really looking forward to my first ride tomorrow morning at 6am. Here goes nothing lol
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    Road biking is all about keeping your cadence. You never really want to stop pedaling unless it's on a descent. Like others have said, riding with a group helps tremendously.
    Solo, and you tend to get lazy. let us know how that thing rides.. I'm jealous of the carbon frame.

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    I notice that my road bike works me in a slightly different way. My legs get more work but I have a hard time getting my heart rate up where I like it.

    It helps my MTB racing because I get used to the higher average speed of a road bike and tend to want to mimic that speed on the dirt. (That does get my heart rate up)

    Road biking is way more dangerous IMO so be careful.
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    Awesome!

    It's nice to experience the other forms of riding. Doing the same old, same old, gets...Old! I also, believe it makes for a complete cyclist.
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    My first road ride is in the books! I can't get over how different it is, compared to mtbing.

    I was so exited to hit the road this morning, in all the preparing I forgot to put my water bottle in my water bottle cage. 20 mins into the ride I reached down and "oh sh!t" hahaha. Thus cutting my maiden ride a little short. But it turned out for the best. By the time I rolled back into my garage I was pretty gassed (and thirsty lol).

    Looking forward to getting out there when it's a little warmer. It was only 12 degrees here in London Ontario this morning.

    All and all, the bike did great! I did mediocre at best lol, but I bought it to get better! Looking forward to watching the road bike slowly speed me up on the trails. Maybe even enter my first xc race at our local ski club this fall!
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    Congratulations on joining the roadie club! I resisted for a while but finally broke down and bought a road bike at the end of last year for riding when the trails are no good. I must admit, I often times find myself reaching for the road bike even when I could head to the trails. I generally ride solo for conveniences sake but like others have said, having people of similar fitness/skill as you to ride with can be a good time. It has definitely helped with speed and endurance on the trails too.

    Enjoy it and stay safe out there, there's a lot of crazies on the roads.

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    I did it! I bought a road bike, to better myself on the MTB

    Congratulations

    I also have a road bike for cross training, i have it for two months now.
    When weather is really bad i ride it on the rollers.
    Its tougher than it looks though.

    I felt that my cadence and stroke improved though.
    But still cant get used to the drops haha


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    Congrats on the first ride

    I just got my first road bike as a graduation present in May. The closest trails to me are 40 minutes away so it's nice being able to rack up some road miles during the week. I'm definitely getting in better shape from riding so often now.

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    Get a computer with cadence and heart rate to help you keep your spin and bpms in a good range.
    I ride DH and use trail/XC and road to keep in cardio shape to do long runs. And may take up yoga to help develop the core to help whip the bike around.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lopaka View Post
    Road biking is way more dangerous IMO so be careful.
    Be careful. A coworker was an avid competitive roadie (and way faster than me) was riding with her partner who was hit by a car and sustained a brain injury. She has given up cycling all together. I'm trying to get her to try mountain biking.

    Good luck. I bought a road bike three years ago but never could get the passion for it. Sold it this year. I do have a second set of wheels for my Rip9 with road tires in case I get the itch.
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    This year I've gotten clipped by a car on my roadie and had a pretty decent crash on the MTB. Either could have gone a lot worse for me. Neither have stopped me from riding. You just do your best to be safe doing the things you enjoy or you stay at home and be 'safe'.

    FWIW I think roadie does help you keep your pace on non-technical and is easier to work on cardio. Mental discipline too. And you can usually do it out your front door vs driving somewhere so that's a plus.

    Quote Originally Posted by h82crash View Post
    Be careful. A coworker was an avid competitive roadie (and way faster than me) was riding with her partner who was hit by a car and sustained a brain injury. She has given up cycling all together. I'm trying to get her to try mountain biking.

    Good luck. I bought a road bike three years ago but never could get the passion for it. Sold it this year. I do have a second set of wheels for my Rip9 with road tires in case I get the itch.

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    Re: I did it! I bought a road bike, to better myself on the MTB

    Congrats! I also got my first road bike earlier this summer and I love it! It's really helped with my fitness and has also helped my tech riding indirectly (takes more time to get gassed on the MTB). Fortunately there's a 115 mile paved bike path a few minutes from my house so I don't have to worry about cars when I'm out there. Be careful and always wear bright clothing and/or a light

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    Quote Originally Posted by h82crash View Post
    Be careful. A coworker was an avid competitive roadie (and way faster than me) was riding with her partner who was hit by a car and sustained a brain injury. She has given up cycling all together. I'm trying to get her to try mountain biking.
    I've known many people who were killed in all sorts of situations. You can't avoid it when it's your time. Walking across a stree can get you killed or injured. Sorry, for your friend... loss is hard. He didn't die but, he did.

    O.p.

    As for riding on the city streets and roadways. Act like a car and most drivers will see you as one, instead of some slow ass, slowing them down on their big hurry to get nowhere.

    I suggest buying a good and bright tail light. Use it even in the day time.
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    I did it! I bought a road bike, to better myself on the MTB

    Congrats on the road bike! As a dedicated road/cyclocross rider I've gone in the opposite direction, going for my first ride on a mountain bike today (local demo event) in aim of adding a mountain bike to the stable to improve my bike handling for CX. Plus it just looks like (and was) a whole lot of fun!


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    Quote Originally Posted by KevinGT View Post
    Riding a road bike to become a better mountain biker is like eating cauliflower to get better at eating pizza.
    Competitive hotdog eaters actually "train" by consuming large quantities of vegetables to stretch their stomach.

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    Meh. You can ride a fat bike on the street lol

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    I did it! I bought a road bike, to better myself on the MTB

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    Riding a road bike to become a better mountain biker is like eating cauliflower to get better at eating pizza.
    Plenty of pro MTB racers (DH, XC, Enduro) train on the road.

    Maybe, just maybe, it works for them?


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    Nice - I was actually thinking of doing the same thing. How do you like the Carbon 6 Synapse? I was looking at the Carbon 4 myself. Looks like the exact same frame but with SRAM components. There's pretty good deals on them now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ScubaM View Post
    Nice - I was actually thinking of doing the same thing. How do you like the Carbon 6 Synapse? I was looking at the Carbon 4 myself. Looks like the exact same frame but with SRAM components. There's pretty good deals on them now.
    I believe you're right, the frames are the same, it's a matter of components. The 4 is much better . Honestly I can't compare the bike to anything else (as this is my first road bike) but what I can tell you is that it's comfortable, and a hell of a lot of fun! I compared it to the Trek Domane and at the end of the day, the Synapse was the right choice. Like you said, the price is right right now. I say go for it! The Cannondale Synapse Carbon 5 (in between the 4 and 6) won bike of the year with a Bike Radar.

    Went for a ride this morning on her and can't get over how much I enjoy it. Biggest difference I find compared to the mtb is how high my heart rate gets on the road bike... And stays high! Pumping non-stop! It's been great
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    Around here we have lots of paved over rail trails that are quite scenic and enjoyable to ride. Plodding around on them with a MTB just isn't that much fun though. Having a nice light road or urban bike to cruise these on skinny, smooth tires is just the trick. I like having the option to do either trails or pavement depending on my mood.

    I used to ride the streets in urban areas all the time. Mostly Boston, NYC and Austin (where I lived). Just don't care to deal with the cars anymore. Dodging cars and watching out for drivers distracts me from the pleasure of gliding along and breathing the air.

    Congrats and have fun with your new road bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Le Duke View Post
    Plenty of pro MTB racers (DH, XC, Enduro) train on the road.

    Maybe, just maybe, it works for them?


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    Re: I did it! I bought a road bike, to better myself on the MTB

    Semantics, but there is a big difference between being faster on a mountain bike, and being better on a mountain bike. All things being equal, faster is better, obviously.

    I've always wondered why mountain bikers don't just ride urban, instead of road bikes, when trails are wet. That's what I do, and if you're a creative, you will progress faster in the skills department riding urban versus trails.

    This is neither here nor there, though. Enjoy your new bike. :thumbup:

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    I ride trails once a week, if that. Depending on when the GF is off work, really. So I'll ride road a lot in the meantime. If you cant get your HR up to where you want on the road bike, you're doing it wrong. Riding both makes me stronger on both, that's for sure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AllMountin' View Post

    I've always wondered why mountain bikers don't just ride urban, instead of road bikes, when trails are wet. That's what I do, and if you're a creative, you will progress faster in the skills department riding urban versus trails.
    Helps with skills but not so much on cardio.

    It's up to everyone to decide what it's best for them, I think.

    Also, you develop some other skills that make you a better cyclist (if that is your thing).

    Personally, I ride both as I please. I have tried the local velodrome and it's just another animal and type of cycling that it's just a delight to ride.


    I like MTB for the skills, adrenaline, contact with nature, the technical development of bikes, etc.
    I like road cycling because of the freedom of just riding from my driveway with a waterbottle and a tube, the joy of zipping around and riding with others, helping or racing each other. There is much more teamwork involved in riding in a pack.
    I like the track for the pure shot of adrenaline and the idea of measuring myself (unsuccessfully, I might add) against others and clock. Taking a banked turn at 30mph inches away from other riders is just nuts!

    There are no bad forms of riding! All of them are beautiful and again, all of them make you a better cyclist.

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    I bought one too, sort of. Mine is more of an aggressive commuter bike. I needed it because I am commonly too busy to drive to the dirt to ride. With my new "pavement roller" (I'm NOT a "roadie!!!), I can blast off from my area and JUST GO.

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    Re: I did it! I bought a road bike, to better myself on the MTB

    Quote Originally Posted by Hawg View Post
    I bought one too, sort of. Mine is more of an aggressive commuter bike. I needed it because I am commonly too busy to drive to the dirt to ride. With my new "pavement roller" (I'm NOT a "roadie!!!), I can blast off from my area and JUST GO.
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    The road cycling is infectious. I've already bought a bib and road jersey.... Now to go as far as to shave my legs....???? Not quite there yet . Just got back from my first mtb ride since owning the road bike. I can't get over how much I could feel the front fork and rear shock working (after a few rips on the hard riding road bike). I love both bikes for different reasons..... Still a happy camper!
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    Another conversion!

    I started on the road. So I guess I'm a roadie who mountain bikes? Or perhaps a mountain biker who road rides? A fat biker who cyclocrosses? A singlespeeder with geared bikes?

    For someone who has lots of nice bikes, it's pretty easy to get caught up in the "stuff" but keep your focus on the ride. Any excuse to ride a bike is a good one. Crossing disciplines is good for your cycling technique and overall fitness.

    If you can get outta bed, go out for an early AM, before the sun is up kinda ride. It's an amazing time. Spin along and watch the neighborhood slowly come awake. Love that.

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    I love riding my mountain bike on the road. In fact, I very often ride from my house to trail-heads. I have worn a heart rate monitor before, and my heart rate gets plenty high when pushing on the road. I can average about 16mph on my mountain riding the hills in my area. Not as fast as on a road bike, but I sold my carbon fiber road bike, bought a nice used mountain bike, and have never looked back. I've even contemplated picking up a 29er hardtail to ride the gravel roads in my area. I think I just prefer the more upright ride of a flatbar bike.

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    I walked out of the door of the bike shop and I saw a Cannondale with that same paint scheme being loaded onto a car. I was practically yelling at them-"Wow! Nice bike!" Got a big smile out of the customer and the salesman. That is a really neat looking bike!

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    I think everyone should have AT LEAST one MTB, one CX bike, one fat bike and one road bike.
    Training on a road bike is easier because you can do structured intervals and measure power output....on a MTB terrain usually dictates the length and intensity of the intervals. To me it is also much easier to practice on hills on the road bikes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by donn12 View Post
    I think everyone should have AT LEAST one MTB, one CX bike, one fat bike and one road bike.
    Training on a road bike is easier because you can do structured intervals and measure power output....on a MTB terrain usually dictates the length and intensity of the intervals. To me it is also much easier to practice on hills on the road bikes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hawg View Post
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    it is funny but I am actually thinking about a steel roadie like a colnago master or derosa, a TT bike so I can do maybe 3 TTs a year an a nice road bike with disc brakes for bad weather rides...only problem is the money!
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    + a touring bike and dedicated winter commuting bikes.

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    Nice bike. Very cool. Wishing to buy new one too. Congrats.

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    Quote Originally Posted by misterbill View Post
    I walked out of the door of the bike shop and I saw a Cannondale with that same paint scheme being loaded onto a car. I was practically yelling at them-"Wow! Nice bike!" Got a big smile out of the customer and the salesman. That is a really neat looking bike!
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    quickcolin, nice bike and best of luck raising your fitness, stick with it and I'd reckon it'll work for you

    First road bike, I've got a year on you and I'm coming from the same background. I found I enjoyed the road hugely and didn't ride the mtb at all through the shocker of a wet winter we had here. The fitness improved noticeably and when the mtb finally came back back out in the spring I was a bit disappointed it didn't translate to big improvements on the still pretty wet trails. I've ended up on the road for the most part this summer.

    Went out last week for the first time in a month and the trails have finally dried out. 16 KoM's in two 20 mile rides! The road miles made a difference after all :-)

    Keep it up and I'm sure you'll notice a difference this time next year

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    Quote Originally Posted by defride View Post
    quickcolin, nice bike and best of luck raising your fitness, stick with it and I'd reckon it'll work for you

    First road bike, I've got a year on you and I'm coming from the same background. I found I enjoyed the road hugely and didn't ride the mtb at all through the shocker of a wet winter we had here. The fitness improved noticeably and when the mtb finally came back back out in the spring I was a bit disappointed it didn't translate to big improvements on the still pretty wet trails. I've ended up on the road for the most part this summer.

    Went out last week for the first time in a month and the trails have finally dried out. 16 KoM's in two 20 mile rides! The road miles made a difference after all :-)

    Keep it up and I'm sure you'll notice a difference this time next year
    Thanks for the feedback, defride. Glad to hear all the hard work on the road bike translates into improvement on the mtb! I'm really enjoying the road bike. Just did a 30km ride the other day, felt great!!
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    I just wanted to jump back on this thread and say that I've been riding my new CX bike on mixed gravel/paved rides. It's really fun because the climbs aren't as steep or technical at all and you can really fine tune your heart rate which you just don't usually have the option to do on a trail.

    I actually enjoyed the extra speed and mileage, and love not having to ride a shoulder with cars whizzing by.

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    Just a quick update for everyone. I'm LOVING the road bike (don't hate me )... it's been a lot of fun. The ability to just roll out of the garage and hit the road has been really nice. I have just over 300km on the ol' girl already (doing 25-30km rides pretty routinely) I can feel myself getting stronger - and I'm really looking forward to that translating into faster times on the mtb!

    A few pics from the last ride, overlooking London, ON Canada.

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    Excellent. I've been mtb'ing for over 20 years, and recently got a road bike. No regrets at all and love being on the road at a nice pace for many miles at a time. I may join the local roadie organization next spring and check out some racing.
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    It's fun! You get stoked on the road bike for a while then you get on the mtb and fall in love again. Just did a road ride tonight and had a blast, this weekend I'll hit the trails and have a great time. It's all riding and it's all good. I'm lucky to have several great road routes within 2 blocks of my house that are 90% car free. One is in Griffith park. A steep climb and a super fun switch back down hill.

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    Quote Originally Posted by quikcolin View Post

    A few pics from the last ride, overlooking London, ON Canada.

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    looks like a great spot for riding



    snap - less than 2hrs riding from central London - England

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    I did it! I bought a road bike, to better myself on the MTB

    Gotta admit that thing looks pretty sharp! Glad you're enjoying it. I just bought a touring bike about 2 weeks ago. Been racking up the miles. First and only road bike I've ever had and the first with drop bars too.
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    Got back on the mtb today for the first time in a week. Felt super weird. The squishy seat, tires and fork felt like I was riding a sofa.

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    Quote Originally Posted by defride View Post
    looks like a great spot for riding



    snap - less than 2hrs riding from central London - England
    London England and London Ontario . Heck we even have a Thames River running through our city! Great photo!
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    Quote Originally Posted by shining_trapezoid View Post
    Gotta admit that thing looks pretty sharp! Glad you're enjoying it. I just bought a touring bike about 2 weeks ago. Been racking up the miles. First and only road bike I've ever had and the first with drop bars too.
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    Got back on the mtb today for the first time in a week. Felt super weird. The squishy seat, tires and fork felt like I was riding a sofa.
    Couldn't agree with you more. The suspension and soft tires on the mrb felt so funny after a few rides in the road bike!
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