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  • by pjm (639) on 2006.06.14 19:42 (#48200)
    If the road bike is at the upper end of the market you should notice a *huge* difference; I recently bought a Giant TCR1 Euro (circa 2.5K US dollars) to augment my aging Norco mountain bike, and the change in efficiency is quite extreme.

    The upsides are (1) hill-climbing, which is now grin-inducing instead of grimace-inducing, (2) speed on the flat, which is much easier to maintain, and --once you get used to it-- (3) the handling, which feels a little skittish at first, but is actually much more precise than on the mountain bike. I'm still pushing way too hard (ie, cadence about 25% below what it should be) but will adjust over time. Oh yeah, the downsides: not much really, but your hands take a bigger beating through those skinny little tyres and rigid frame, so a pair of padded gloves is a must for longer rides.

    • The mountain bike I have now does not have a suspension and I do currently wear gloves (and bib shorts with tons of padding, which feels like a diaper) so I'm not sure how much more I'll feel bumps than now. (We'll see though.) And I don't think I'll be quite at your end of the money range, but I'm saying that now, before the real equipment lust has set in :-) Our team leader actually just picked up a new bike the day before this ride, a Trek Medone S2 (IIRC) plus a couple of notch-below supernice wheels, s