Fitting in with the cool kids (road cycling on an MTB)

montevideoguy Posts: 2,271
edited June 2009 in Road beginners
Hey people,
Wondering if you can advise on something. I've signed up for an off road event in September and as it's my first I'm needing to put down a lot of miles to get the stamina up (and the fat down) As I'm needing to pull in some road miles as I think that's better for endurance I'm wanting to perhaps join a cycle club type thing in Glasgow). Only prob with that I can see is that I'm using a hardtail MTB. Would that be an issue with me wanting to do this (i.e. not having a road specific bike)?

Any advice would be appreciated :)
Formally known as Coatbridgeguy


  • STEFANOS4784
    STEFANOS4784 Posts: 4,109
    Put some slick tyres on there and you'll be fine. I recall many people on this forum stating that they've joined clubs on heavy ol' MTB's.
    However get a road bike if you can afford it cos they're sooooooooo great :D
  • markos1963
    markos1963 Posts: 3,724
    The only problem might be your average speed as some clubs won't be too happy to hang around. Most beginner rides average 15mph for about 40 miles, if you can do this solo then you should have no problem in a club ride.
  • Meds1962
    Meds1962 Posts: 391
    Find out if the club you're interested in has groups of varying fitness / ability. You will find it difficult to keep up with a rider of equal fitness ridng a racer if you're on a mountain bike even if you get slick tyres for it.
    O na bawn i fel LA
  • MrChuck
    MrChuck Posts: 1,663
    Depends on you and the group I suppose... with slicks you'd be OK with some groups, with others you might find yourself a bit under-geared. People do do it though, you'll just have to get out there and see how it goes!
  • montevideoguy
    montevideoguy Posts: 2,271
    Thanks for the replies. I might be a little off the pace now (averaging about 10-12mph) so will look to improve on that first. I'd be inclined to buy a road bike but the government (aka the wife) would probably put me to death
    Formally known as Coatbridgeguy
  • Acelliott
    Acelliott Posts: 50
    I used a mountain bike for some time
    1. road tyres
    2. 50- 53 tooth ring at the front
    3. 175m crank (I would just stick a road crank set on it)
    4. 25-11 cassette at the back
    5. Lose any bouncy bits
    and you might stand a chance but they might wounder why you spent a load of cash on giving your bike a sex change :lol:

    just find an old road bike in the friday ad and service the barings it will be cheaper :wink:

    I did not mind spending loads of money on my MTB coz all the road parts got donated to my road bike when it was ready
  • Acelliott
    Acelliott Posts: 50
    I must add that no matter what you do to your bike the contrast will always be massive

    I thought after doing all of the above there would only be weight left and could surely not be a great difference

    and when i had finished my road bike, having the same crank set i did not expect the difference I ended up with

    IT WAS SOOOOOOO different
  • Acelliott
    Acelliott Posts: 50
    Before i modded my MTB I was averaging 10-12 mph over my usual 8.2 mile sprint
    after modds 14-16 mph
    On my racer 19-24 mph

    note this is an easy little sprint with only mild climbs and not to be used as my average speed just a good example of the bike!!!