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    What is your ratio of road biking to mountain biking?

    Right now for me it is 0 to 1. I'm in the shopping process of my first road bike.

    I'm never going to forget the dirt, it's just the convenience of a road bike is too appealing.

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    Road biking is a method for me to get from point A to B where much of mine is pulling a Burley or on our city bike but I do road bike rides for fitness.

    Dirt riding is a method to build smiles and it's limited by rain and juggling family, owning a business and time spent trail building.

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    For me its a 0:1 ratio. Too many crazy drivers out there.
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    I ride road 150 miles a week on my daily commute, so that throws it off.

    On weekend rides, throughout the year, the ratio is probably 1:1 road/mountain.
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    0:1, unless you count the couple of miles I occasionally ride on pavement to get to a trail.

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    with all the trails in 100miles underwater, my ratio is 1:0. for the year it's probably like 50:1. been a rough year so far for riding offroad, plus i commute so that skews things a bit.
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    Probably about 1:3, as I still enjoy a road ride about once a week.

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    Miles, hours, or rides?

    I am first and foremost a mountain biker, but find myself on the road bike for a change of pace, when the trails are muddy, or when I need to get some miles in. I probably get four or five mtb rides for every road ride, but the road rides are always for more miles.

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    1:3:2 as in road:mountain:barcruizer... Barcruizer is a must in NL. Wether that is road or offroad depends on the direction (to or from the bar ).

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    Quote Originally Posted by merijn101
    1:3:2 as in road:mountain:barcruizer... Barcruizer is a must in NL. Wether that is road or offroad depends on the direction (to or from the bar ).
    lol. Is that entirely legal?

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    No its not legal, but I'd still prefer a drunk guy riding a bike as opposed to one in a car.

    For me I would say for about every 25 mountain bike rides I take I will have one road ride in there. I like how I can cover so much ground on the road bike and that there are many more roads than trails but like a previous poster said I dont like being at the whim of someone who's talking on a cell phone, fiddling with the radio knob, while trying to get around me with another car coming in the opposite lane.
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    Well, officialy you can be arrested for "public drunkeness" (English translation is hard to give). But the coppers don't give you a hard time as long as you are not herassing people. They'll fine you for not having lights on your bike at night, and for not having an ID on you (that's one sinds a couple of years in NL). But as long as you don't barf on their suits, they're good about the drinking....

    I had many long epic rides on my barcruizer. Most memorable is the one where my buddy was riding on the backrack and my bother on the bars. The 3 of us ended up being coverd in bruizes, leaves and branches by the time we made it home .

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    It has been 4:1 lately. I spend most of my exercise time on the road bike as it is quicker and easier to get out on. Our good trails are 40 minutes away and in that time I can be at our local road hill doing repeats. (the old racer in me keeps coming back.)

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    I road biked my FS rig the other day. It was somewhat painful...

    But it started with a fun ride on an old railroad grade for about 20 or so miles, the FS allowed me to haul on it, was hitting around 25-30 in the flats. (gps at least, mileage may vary with that info)

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    When not flodded out, 3:1 not counting errands. I have to drive about 40 min to trails, so a lot of times I just hit the local paved paths.

    I've been taking my brand new 29er FS out with road tires. Not too painfull, a little loss to pedal-bob but I'm not exactly out to compete with the roadies Nobody has mocked me yet...yet

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    usually about 5-1 Mountain to road (I don't count commuting with the roady as a ride)
    I figure thats about right, considering my bike ratio is 3-1 Mtn vs road...
    though the ratio is looking like it will change in favor of the road, between gas prices, and my getting involved a little with the local college race team.
    shaved legs in the future? Maybe, we'll see. Lord knows I look good in lycra.
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    Well err...

    no road bike as of right now and for the past 6 years...so 100% mountain bike. Have been considering a touring bike or cross bike though... just love the woods and no cars.
    There are two paths you can go by but in the long run........

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    About 1:10 road to mtb. I ride the roadie for the endurance it offers, but really can't get right with the roads and drivers here in Atlanta. I'll ride the gaps in N. GA and some of the area centuries ... but that's about it. Dirt rules!

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    these days i'm averaging three road rides for each dirt ride as it is just a lot more convienent to ride out my door. i probably put in the same amount of time on each though.

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    I am on the road bike ~200 miles (~10hours) a week and on the mountain bike for ~4 hours or whenever I get the chance. I would rather be riding off road but work doesn't agree...

    I would like to bump up my time on a bike to 20 hours a week sometime this summer (hopefully that would be an expansion of the mountain bike side of things)

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    I only mountain bike right now, but I bought a used Felt F1 race frame a month ago. I hope to build it up so I can start road biking by next Spring. The remainder of my biking expenses this season will go to more armor.

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    Quote Originally Posted by crash_test_dummy
    About 1:10 road to mtb. I ride the roadie for the endurance it offers, but really can't get right with the roads and drivers here in Atlanta. I'll ride the gaps in N. GA and some of the area centuries ... but that's about it. Dirt rules!
    I feel your pain. I've got a road biking friend who goes to Tech and he says the drivers are out to kill him.

    You ever go to Yellow River?

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    For me, riding road is a means of transportation to work and school but nothing else. Mountain biking is my re-creation, my passion and my motivator through the week. Long years as a messenger burned the fun out of road riding for me, now when I'm on the commute I'm all business in the city (head on a swivel sizing up every parked vehicle, intersection and doorway for trouble, constantly doing the unconscious time/speed/distance math of survival). I enjoy the exercise and it's more fun than the bus ride with a load of junkies, zombies, dealers and hookers (oh yeah, I have to take the fun route when I ride the shame train) but it's hardly an end to itself.

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    Summer is probably 4:3 in favor of road.

    Winter is probably 05:95 in heavy favor of MTB.

    Spring and fall are transition, and heavily dependent on weather, mood and hours of light.


    With gas prices rising, I have been riding road mostly on the weekend, as I can ride form my door and get a great ride in, versus driving 20-30 miles to singletrack. During the week, I put the bike in the car before work and ride singletrack on the way home, only having to go a few miles out of my way.

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    For me, 80% of my riding and training is on the road. The other 20% is dirt time with the mountain bike. All of my racing is on the mountain bike, and does not figure into the above numbers. My training rides are pretty specific...so that is the reason for riding the road so much.

    Plus, the views are just as good!

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    It varies by season. In the early spring, the weather turns nice, but the trails are all mud, so all of my riding is on the road. In the summer, it is mostly MTB. In the fall, it is a mix. In the winter, it is trainer or MTB.
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    almost 1:1 since i started biking to work.

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    Kerkovej, that's some awesome footage man. I'd love to take my bike to an area like that. I bet the air isn't too friendly up there.

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    I had been 100% mountain bike (I am lucky enough to have a trail head within 1/3 mile of my house - and the entrance to a state park within 2 miles).

    However, this weekend I bought my first road bike and did 80 miles, testing out my commute ride each day. So I am hoping to start commuting on it 3 times a week. 20 miles each way. I figure it can not hurt with gas prices and can only help for fitness on mountain biking.

    Surprising how painful the steep climbs can be with no small chain ring..LOL

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