Trail bike for road use?

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OilyMTBshark
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Trail bike for road use?

Postby OilyMTBshark » Fri Oct 11, 2019 17:46 pm

Hi peeps,

I'm new to MB and have trail MTB was just wondering it this is ok to use generally for riding around anywhere or is strictly for trails only.

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Re: Trail bike for road use?

Postby Moonbiker » Fri Oct 11, 2019 18:04 pm

No its illegal on a tarmac road, but allowed on pavements if you wear a hoody and can do wheelies.

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Re: Trail bike for road use?

Postby steve_sordy » Fri Oct 11, 2019 19:36 pm

OilyMTBshark wrote:Hi peeps,

I'm new to MB and have trail MTB was just wondering it this is ok to use generally for riding around anywhere or is strictly for trails only.


Very funny @Moonbiker. :)

@OilyMTBshark You can ride your trail bike anywhere you have the ability. Whether you ride it legally or illegally is up to you. Trail Bikes are set up to do what they do and that is not travelling easily and efficiently at speed on tarmac. The soft knobbly tyres will slow you down, the suspension bobbing up and down will rob your energy. The gearing will be wrong for fast travel and your tyres will wear out more quickly. But you will cream the cobbles, steps and kerbs!

But hey, most of us only have one bike so if you need to ride on tarmac then do it! If most of your riding is on the trails then optimise the bike for that. But if most of your rides are on tarmac (maybe you commute to work), then you really ought to be thinking about some alternatives. As a minimum, pump your tyres up high for the commute, then low again for the trails. Better still have a spare wheelset with completely different tyres, slicks instead of knobblies.


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