Two weeks ago, I hit you guys up with a simple question in relation to those skinny tired machines that don’t like to get dirty…road bikes. Basically, do you ride one or not and a little bit more detail into why given the questions that were presented. To be honest, the results surprised me a little bit, so let’s dive in and take a look at what we came up with.
What do the road biking poll results say?
- An overwhelming majority of you (me included in this group at 51%) answered yes to the question and you ride your road bike pretty frequently.
- 20% of you use your road bike as a cycling outlet when the trails are either wet or closed for some other reason.
- 19% of you are interested, but with limited funds available for pedal induced motion, the dirtier side of things gets the love from the wallet.
- The remaining 10% just aren’t interested.
Why didn’t I expect these results?
I was really expecting the bottom 10% to be higher. Until several years ago, I was a 100% dirt guy. The thought of putting on spandex and hitting the road was not a priority and I was happy being a dirt only kind of rider. After awhile, I started looking for ways to get over that fitness plateau and road biking is where I went to get that fitness. Why not be on the bike if I am just trying to get into better shape right?
Something weird happened at that point. I realized that I could mimic the feeling of being on a motorcycle in the mountains while still increasing fitness at the same time. This same kind of 40+ mph adrenaline rush came without the aid of a motor and completely changed how I looked at the skinny tired bicycle. When done right, I can get that same feeling I do on dirt…on the road. That is when my complete bias towards road biking ended and I became a convert.
It is good to see that so many of you are using the road bike as another form of cycling obsession even if it is just a tool to keep the stoke going. 71% of you use a road bike on a regular basis and that goes against the myth that mountain bikers are not interested in being roadies.
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