Dirt Bikes to Mountain Bikes?

Discussion in 'Sports' started by mikem9, Dec 9, 2010.

  1. GalvinBrown

    GalvinBrown n00b

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    looked at getting 1 but i have had little problems with there dirt bike and none of it is over streghned but just a simple and as cheap as depends on what you want the bike for but no need to listen to every 1 make up your own mind and dont rush in to anything now
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  2. Green Stainz

    Green Stainz Long timer

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    Did ok. Since I live at 9k above sea level all my training was done on a stationary bike due to snow,etc. Anyway I was so looking forward to racing in warm weather. At starting line it was 38 degrees. I finished I didn't do that great in my age level but it felt good. Sure my legs were sore so I decided to punish myself with another 35 mile single track race in June. This time it was 92 degrees and improved my time came in tenth place. The other category is doing 60 miles of single track. Those men and women are very impressive. You sure see a lot of nice mountain bikes at these races.
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  3. mikem9

    mikem9 Wanderer

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    I've been riding my rigid hybrid more lately vs. my mountain bike. Can leave right from my door - and kind of do suburban/urban exploration rides for cross- training and enjoyment.

    It's early Fall here - highs in the mid to high 70's, with lower humidity in the air. Beautiful days. I was reminded yesterday that one of the things I like about bicycling is less gear. You can feel the wind better. Just less encumbered with "stuff". I like the simplicity of it.
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  4. jpcussen

    jpcussen Jpcussen Cape Town

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    Been riding both for some years… Just can't get over the 80-20 rule in Mountain biking. 80% uphill shite and 20% downhill fun…. whereas with enduro / trail riding on dirt bike you have the 100% rule - pure big smiles 100% up or down!! Only reason for the 80% uphill on MTB is to get fitter for the 5 hour enduro race on the dirt bike. FACT
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  5. N.Penley

    N.Penley Been here awhile

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    The primary advantage to the bicycle is taking my little 1 year old daughter with me. The cheap Bell baby seat from Walmart has been a blast. Dad gets a workout and little lady gets out of the house. The rails-to-trails thing is very popular in NE Tennessee area and we have enough choices to keep us entertained. The trails are not the tough single track that I still love but at least I am outside with my girl.

    How old will she have to be before I get to buy a little pw50 for her?
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  6. chippertheripper

    chippertheripper motorcycle junkie

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    Nice bump.

    4yo.
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  7. N.Penley

    N.Penley Been here awhile

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    Dang my bad. I found this thread through google and didn't read before replying. That's what happens when I have nothing to do at work.
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  8. 2whlrcr

    2whlrcr gooligan

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    I think they both suck.:1drink
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  9. dazzlingdroopy

    dazzlingdroopy Adventurer

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    Hi, my preference would be a Mountain Bike. I believe that mountain bikes performs better and suited to different activities when it comes to travelling compared to dirt bikes. We have been using our Mountain bikes for several years already.
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  10. Flynn_

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    Let me just say before I start, although I am already a member on here I found this thread thru Google. I have recently rediscovered bicycling and was feeling conflicted because motorcycling was always the ultimate goal when I was a teenager, now I have finally got an M/C I have also rediscovered bicycling.

    For short distances, which are mainly what I use my moto for, I feel that the efficiency of a bicycle makes my moto kind of pointless, for longer distances I prefer a car to a moto, so how can I justify my moto as anything other than a toy?

    The opposite for me, as I was saying above mountain biking was a substitute for off road motorcycling when I was unable to access a motorcycle bike in my teens and 20s. I would say downhill mountain biking is my main interest with regards to cycling, stuff with hills in it will always be more fun on a moto, but downhill I would say bicycling could be almost as much fun. And a major plus is that it doesn't burn any fuel.

    I had the exact same outlook as you did when I was a teenager and until the last month actually.

    When I got my first car, I thought I would never go back to anything without an engine.

    But I have been forced to use a bicycle out of necessity (hey, it's more fun and cheaper than the bus for distances under 10 miles) and I actually quite enjoy it.

    The main thing is unlike a car or motorbike it is free every time you use it, it doesn't use fuel. And I often find that I don't even feel like I have done a workout, I don't get massively hungry afterwards.

    But as I was saying to the other guy, downhill mountain biking is the only thing that comes close to the thrill of a moto for me.

    On the road I like cycling for the efficiency and fitness, it can also be like riding a supermoto in a small way if you cycle on the road using a mountain bike as well with regards to jumping up/down curbs and on things.

    Where I cycle is mostly flat, for going uphill bicycles are hard and boring though:D

    The thrill of motorcycling is something like that though, using an all terrain machine to explore places that would otherwise be hard to reach. I am not sure I would describe it as a thrill of "intruding" though, that sounds too aggressive to me.

    Also I felt the same on my mountain bike but without the thrill of having a load of power at my demand.

    I agree with you though that you can generally legally go nearly anywhere on a bicycle, so far all of my off roading has been "under the radar" on my supermoto, England is as if not more restrictive with regards to motor vehicles off road.

    I dunno, sometimes having a heavy machine (my dual sport is around 330lb) really cushions the bumps.

    From my very limited moto off road experience I have often seen an obstacle and thought "this is gonna hurt" but it just romps over it with no trouble and that's with 17 inchers on.

    Mind you, I have never had a proper mountain bike, only basic ones, so that could be why.

    For me riding moto is more about hearing the combination of the environment and the machine as well though. I really like the machine just for itself rather than just because of what it does, although I know that sounds odd as it would be pointless if it just stood there looking pretty.

    Ha, that is one of the first things I plan to do when I put on knobblies. Those sand trap berm thingies...gotta try jumping a few of them at 50 MPH!


    I see it as a means to an end as well, the fitness, cheapness and accessibility is great, in that each time you use a bicycle it isn't costing you money, but it can't replace off road motorcycling. I see a mountain bike and I love how it looks but it always looks like something is missing to me.

    I would really like to see a picture of these machines.

    God damn those people are annoying! I didn't realise they have proliferated state side as well...what a shame. They are really boring and sad people.

    This 100%.

    So in summary, bicycling does fill a role, although I find that as soon as you add up hills or rough flat terrain the thrill factor drops dramatically, hence my interest in downhill mountain biking mainly. Also cycling on flat roads for distances under 10 miles (which was the catalyst for me getting back into cycling) is hugely efficient and free each time, compared to a car/motorcycle/bus.
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  11. chippertheripper

    chippertheripper motorcycle junkie

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    It sounds like you need to add a couple different types of bicycles to your fleet. For posterity and shit.
    A downhill rig, a grocery getter, an actual fast road bike really gets rid of some of the monotony, an adventure bike, a fat bike, this could go on for a long time.
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  12. UngaWunga

    UngaWunga Mosquito bait

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    I'm down to one motorcycle ( from... 5 or 6 ) and up to 4 bicycles... :lol3
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  13. Gummee!

    Gummee! That's MR. Toothless

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    Its certainly easier to recover from a small slip-up

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  14. Gummee!

    Gummee! That's MR. Toothless

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    I'm back up to 10 or so* bicycles

    1 moto that runs (Duc ST3)
    1 moto that don't (TE250/450)

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    I just inherited a pair of bent/broken bikes: Masi Nuovo Strada and a Niner SIR9. The SIR9 is getting fixt as we type. Single Speed here I come!
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  15. 2whlrcr

    2whlrcr gooligan

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    I see you haven't added a trials bike to that list yet.
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  16. chippertheripper

    chippertheripper motorcycle junkie

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    If I get a trials bike, it's gonna have a motor.
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  17. rd400racer

    rd400racer Been here awhile

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    I have tried like hell to get into mountain biking. My son and brother are complete freaks about it. My son even designs trails since he is taking GIS as his college major and he and my brother build them. We had a regular Tuesday afternoon ride that I participated in and the two of them built me a sweet Titus bike out of all the parts they had laying around. I even went as far as building a bicycle carrier for my GS because I wanted to participate in this sport since I had such great support from the two of them...

    And every time I go out with them, all I think is how much more fun this would be on my YZ250!

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  18. chippertheripper

    chippertheripper motorcycle junkie

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    I don't find one more fun than the other, personally. I've said before (maybe in this thread) that I use one to cross train for the other...fitness vs line finesse at speed. 2yrs ago I'd have told you dirtybikes all the way, but I've spent a LOT of time and money maintaining my 300 over 2+ race seasons, and in theory, a bicycle is a bunch more user friendly.
    I'm gonna race more bicycles this season just for something different, but I still love both.
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  19. 2whlrcr

    2whlrcr gooligan

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    I agree

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  20. pixilated

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    23 miles, 3k feet of ascending & this at the top....Just makes me feel a little more accomplished at the end of the day. I like earning it.
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