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    Mtb commuter 26" mpd?

    I am curious to those who ride a MTB 26" tires for commuting how many miles do you ride round trip a day to work?

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    I'm on 29ers now, but I used to ride a 26" 6 miles to work (one way) every day. It's really not that big of a difference.
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    17 miles one way
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    About 15 miles round trip, running WTB Weirwolf 2.1's at the moment. Planning on slicker tires or maybe even a 700c conversion (since apparently they'll fit on my old Trek) sometime soon.
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    so far I am getting results I didn't expect. I thought most people who ride MTB would be in the 5-10 total range.

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    12.5 miles each way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by scribble79 View Post
    so far I am getting results I didn't expect. I thought most people who ride MTB would be in the 5-10 total range.
    Polling sample is likely biased given the nature of the site

    Also, older CroMo 26" MTB's make great commuters and seem fairly popular among those here (including myself).
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    Quote Originally Posted by scribble79 View Post
    so far I am getting results I didn't expect. I thought most people who ride MTB would be in the 5-10 total range.
    When you say "26" MTB tires", do you mean you're looking for folks riding knobby trail tires, or just 26" tires in general? I'm sure a lot of the higher mileage results are people using street slicks or similar.
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    I was referring more to the 26" tire size. I was not being picky about type of 26" tires used. I was thinking most people commuting over 10 miles round trip would be more Road Bike usage. I have an old rigid Univega I am planning on setting up for commuting for my 22 mile round trip. I won't be there physically till next year at my given rate but I will have it ready by then.

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    Mine's 25 miles round trip. I ride both 26" & 700c but in the winter I ride the 26" bikes every day. Even on a 12.5 mile leg the time difference between taking a road bike and a mountain bike is minimal. On my flat route, no wind I can manage 19mph on the road bike for a commute time of about 39.5 minutes. At about the same effort I do it at 17mph on the mountain bike for a commute time of 44 min.

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    The vast majority of commuters out there are probably riding too-small 26" walmart MTBs with bar ends sticking straight up, on the sidewalk... but they'll never show up in this forum to talk about it
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    8 miles each way on bonty slicks. Nice ride, keeps me acquainted with the bike when I actually get to ride it on a trail.

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    College commute gets me a nice effortless 5km round trip... that's why I do it on a cheap FS bike during winter with 26" wheels, and mostly using knobbies since I feel more at home. But I tend to keep it cheap, so I got a few 1.95 Kenda tires for the front, which I find quite decent even in snow (considering it's a cheap and not wide tire) and I even DIY studded one for winter.

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    On the rear I tend to go with the widest, most mud shredder one I can find in my tire pile for the winter and I usually use the generic type Kenda ones in 1.9 during summer. The one I used last winter and gave me very impressive results was the Duro Maverik Demolition in 2.3". I also studded this tire and while the traction on an ice skating ring was okay, it really made a difference between clearing a steep climb on hard pack snow/slushy pavement or having to push the bike.

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    But if I were to commute on a longer distance, I'd go for slick tires, maybe something along a 1.9 or 2.0 to account for the rainy days. Though I had good success this summer using a semi-knobby one in 1.95" for both traction and rolling resistance.

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    I have well over a year of commuting between 6 to 8 miles each way on 26" tires. I don't know if there is that much of a difference. I have ridden plenty of metric centuries (62+ miles) on 26" tires. I even have a buddy that accompanied me on an imperial century (about 116 miles) on 26" tires.
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    Did a minimum of 7 miles round trip for over 3 years on a 26er, starting with knobbies then moving to slicks. Now it's a minimum round trip of 9 miles on my 29er with slicks (I say minimum as I usually choose to ride more)

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    12 miles one way.

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    in the past I did an infrequent bike commute on my FS mtb that was in the 12mi one way range. It was hilly and quite a scenic route.

    I didn't do it often, though, because the roads were narrow with no shoulder to let cars pass and I had many close calls with school buses in relatively few rides. I just wasn't comfortable with the route.

    Usually, my commutes have been shorter. My current one which is about 7mi RT, I did at first on a 26" mtb. The bike was really set up for trail use. I could have modified it for more efficient use on the roads (better road tires, rigid fork, more aero riding position, taller gearing) but decided I'd rather just build up a whole bike and so I wound up with 700c wheels. Same 7mi commute, though.

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