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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).

    2014 Cannondale Synapse Carbon 6. Nothing too fancy, but it's all "road bike"... now I just need to figure out how to ride the damn thing lol.

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    MTB: 2011 Trek HiFi Pro 29er
    ROAD:2014 Cannondale Synapse Carbon 6

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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.
    I guide and rent bikes in Northern Utah

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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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    Wear neon. Always.
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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.
    I live with fear and danger every day. And on the weekends she lets me go mountain biking.

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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.
    It's such a fine line between idiocy and genius.

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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.
    Consciousness, that annoying time between bike rides.

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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.
    Where there is a hill, there's a way!

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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!
    MTB: 2011 Trek HiFi Pro 29er
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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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