Using a MTB for road fitness?

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markhewitt1978
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Using a MTB for road fitness?

Postby markhewitt1978 » Sun Oct 27, 2013 17:24 pm

Due to the hours I do at work cycling at times others than the weekends is tricky. However I have time at lunchtimes so considering getting a bike to ride at work. I don't want to take my road bike to work for various reasons.

Which means another bike but does it matter what sort? If I'm looking to improve my road fitness could I ride a MTB (with slicks) on the road and gain a benefit from it? As getting a cheap MTB is a lot cheaper than a cheap road bike.
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Re: Using a MTB for road fitness?

Postby bagz3 » Sun Oct 27, 2013 17:56 pm

Depends on your budget i guess, but i'm sure you could get a cheap road bike.
MTB or road bike, you're still gonna be pedalling so there of course will be a benefit.

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Re: Using a MTB for road fitness?

Postby ravenvrider » Sun Oct 27, 2013 18:00 pm

Any pedalling is better than no pedalling....bike choice depends on the best training terrain near to your work, ie which gives you the most variety to do things like hill repeats etc.

Get a second hand bike

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Re: Using a MTB for road fitness?

Postby markhewitt1978 » Sun Oct 27, 2013 18:07 pm

ravenvrider wrote:Any pedalling is better than no pedalling....bike choice depends on the best training terrain near to your work, ie which gives you the most variety to do things like hill repeats etc.


Mostly cycle paths a few hills including one with a narrow but nothing massive.

Get a second hand bike


Yes I was expecting that response. But I've searched for second hand many times but after you've narrowed down sensible pickup distance, bike type, bike size, sensible price. You have a choice of zero every time.

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Re: Using a MTB for road fitness?

Postby Carbonator » Sun Oct 27, 2013 18:38 pm

Personally I would get a hybrid (a cross would be best but they are expensive) as an MTB just does not sound suitable for uses you have stated.

I think you are better off getting a bike suitable for the type of riding you are doing and riding it hard, rather than getting a bike that is hard to ride.

Even with road tyres it will be a pig to ride on roads and paths/trails.

I find swapping between drop and flat bars a pain, so how about considering a cross bike? They are the most versatile of any bike type.
Does your work operate any type of cycle scheme?

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Re: Using a MTB for road fitness?

Postby Monty Dog » Sun Oct 27, 2013 18:50 pm

If going cheap mtb better going for rigid forks that buying something with heavy, flexy suspension forks that do nothing but rob your energy. Probably worth swapping to a narrower flat bar with bar ends rather than a 700mm riser bar that is currently in favour, offering the aerodynamic qualities of a barn door
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Re: Using a MTB for road fitness?

Postby markhewitt1978 » Sun Oct 27, 2013 19:10 pm

Hybrid is another option but they do tend to cost a little more. CX would be ideal but you're talking £600 instead of £300. There's no C2W option.

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Re: Using a MTB for road fitness?

Postby andrew_s » Sun Oct 27, 2013 20:47 pm

markhewitt1978 wrote:could I ride a MTB (with slicks) on the road and gain a benefit from it?

Yes.
Try to set it up to replicate your road bike position as closely as possible. This may require additional expenditure, such as a different stem.
It doesn't matter that you may be slower for the same effort - the point of training is to do some work, not go as fast as possible.

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Re: Using a MTB for road fitness?

Postby markhewitt1978 » Mon Oct 28, 2013 08:25 am

Cheers, as ever the problem is time. Between work, family life, and sleep I have no time during the week for cycling, and at the weekends only Sunday mornings.

But at work I have an hour for lunch where I normally walk for about 4 miles, but it would do me more good if I'm cycling instead. The process of getting changed, getting my bike set up etc will probably mean I have about 45 minutes riding time available, and during that time I'd like to get the best workout I can in that time.

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Re: Using a MTB for road fitness?

Postby lewiskinch » Mon Oct 28, 2013 09:15 am

A second hand bike is easily the most sensible option. Sounds silly that you can't find one, where do you live? £300 will get you a decent bike second hand, or a piece of shoot new.

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Re: Using a MTB for road fitness?

Postby markhewitt1978 » Mon Oct 28, 2013 09:23 am

Durham area :)

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Re: Using a MTB for road fitness?

Postby BrindleScoops » Mon Oct 28, 2013 09:33 am

Last year when I was training for Ride London, I bought a single speed MTB and fitted slicks (you can pick one of for a few hundred), I can promise you, 20 miles on that is one hell of a workout and a fairly quick exercise session, I am convinced it was the single thing that made the biggest improvement to my fitness, especially on climbs.
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Re: Using a MTB for road fitness?

Postby markhewitt1978 » Mon Oct 28, 2013 09:35 am

BrindleScoops wrote:Last year when I was training for Ride London, I bought a single speed MTB and fitted slicks (you can pick one of for a few hundred), I can promise you, 20 miles on that is one hell of a workout and a fairly quick exercise session, I am convinced it was the single thing that made the biggest improvement to my fitness, especially on climbs.


I'm finding my main issue when riding with others, club runs, sportives etc, is them leaving me behind on the hills, now I don't think it's leg strength that's the issue as my legs feel good, it's my CV fitness, so that's what I'm looking to improve. I guess I could solve that by going running at lunchtimes - but I hate running!

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Re: Using a MTB for road fitness?

Postby mpatts » Mon Oct 28, 2013 09:40 am

For keeping up your CV fitness, a 30-45 min run is perfect. Other than that, a cheap hack bike is a good idea. Get yourself to the local tip shop and pick up something that fits!
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Re: Using a MTB for road fitness?

Postby markhewitt1978 » Mon Oct 28, 2013 09:45 am

I was looking at this http://www.evanscycles.com/products/tre ... 336#select
Trek 3500 for £275 seems a good deal.

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Re: Using a MTB for road fitness?

Postby Bordersroadie » Mon Oct 28, 2013 12:45 pm

markhewitt1978 wrote:Cheers, as ever the problem is time. Between work, family life, and sleep I have no time during the week for cycling, and at the weekends only Sunday mornings.


I share your lifestyle. My solution is a good front light and regular night riding, after the kids are in bed. A good hard one hour (ish) hilly time trial (did you say Durham? Good place for rural hilly routes) on a regular basis is great training.

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Re: Using a MTB for road fitness?

Postby trek_dan » Mon Oct 28, 2013 16:39 pm

Go running, can do a good workout in an hour which will really help CV fitness. Unless your doing hard sprint intervals an hour bike ride isn't going to help. Once you get over the initial aches and pains you'll probably quite enjoy it - just don't go too far or too fast too soon.

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Re: Using a MTB for road fitness?

Postby markhewitt1978 » Mon Oct 28, 2013 16:40 pm

trek_dan wrote:Go running, can do a good workout in an hour which will really help CV fitness. Unless your doing hard sprint intervals an hour bike ride isn't going to help. Once you get over the initial aches and pains you'll probably quite enjoy it - just don't go too far or too fast too soon.


Yes I know running is the obvious thing, I've tried again and again and again, including today in fact. But I bloody hate it! With sprinting between lampposts it's just about tollerable and I'm hoping to keep up doing half an hour of that per day but it's still not pleasant; I'm hoping - perhaps - it'll get better if I do it more!

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Re: Using a MTB for road fitness?

Postby trek_dan » Mon Oct 28, 2013 17:12 pm

Have you got a decent pair of trainers? Certainly enhanced my enjoyment and stopped most of the foot pain when I splashed out on a nicer pair.

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Re: Using a MTB for road fitness?

Postby kwi » Mon Oct 28, 2013 19:20 pm

^^That.
Go to a running shop and they'll look at your running and recommend shoes for you. (Sort of a trainer fit.)


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