ROAD BIKE VS MOUNTAIN BIKE – WHY MOUNTAIN BIKING IS BETTER THAN ROAD BIKING

MTB Photo: Andrii Lenchuk

 

ROAD BIKE VS MOUNTAIN BIKE

Why I Prefer Mountain Biking To Road Biking

No, I’m not another mountain biker trying to start another road bike vs mountain bike debate. For most of my life, my idea of physical activity was to throw people around the wrestling matt covered with another man’s sweat. For a long time, regardless whether it was a road bike or mountain bike, cycling was only an extra tool to help me build a better cardio.

But even though I think the below reasons of why mountain biking can be better for you than road biking are quite fair and objective, It would be a lie if I said I wrote this article not being influenced by personal feelings. I grew up in the mountains, I love nature, I like a little bit of adrenaline and I can’t live without a hard dose of exercise. I’ve always prefered WRC to Formula One, so yes, a robust bike with thick wide tires is my hobby now. Here are 10 reasons why you also might prefer mountain biking to road biking.
 


 
 



 
 

MY 10 REASONS WHY MOUNTAIN BIKING IS BETTER THAN ROAD BIKING

 

 

1) No Cars

Reason No 1 for favouring mountain biking to road cycling has a lot to do with cars and other vehicles. I hate them and it’s not just about the noise. We all know that car drivers don’t really love us. To me, there’s nothing relaxing about road biking when you have to worry about an idiot whizzing 15 inches away from you at 70 miles an hour.
 

ROAD BIKE VS MOUNTAIN BIKE
 
 
 
 

 

2) Mountain Biking is Better Than Road Biking For General Health.

Being away from CO2-emitting vehicles is also better for your health. I’m sure your lungs will appreciate it. The outdoor workout away from busy city roads has plenty of other benefits too.
 

MOUNTAIN BIKING WITH FAMILY
 
 
 
 

 

3) Mountain Biking Gives You More Versatile Workout

Riding on the road predominantly addresses your cardiovascular fitness for spinning at a steady cadence for a long time. Riding off-road will challenge your dynamic fitness more often, and it will engage many more muscle groups. Jumping, dodging obstecles, tackling bumpy terrain on the uphills… Mountain biking engages your whole body in the very specific way that allows you to work on dynamic as well as isometric strength in many other muscles. It will also require more skills and agility. All these makes mtbing a great add on to your sport specific training. Read More…
 

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4) MTB is an Ultimate Bike

Unlike a road bike that is good only on human-made asphalt roads, a mountain bike is an ultimate machine that will do the job on both: on the road and off-road. Yes, Cycle Cross Bike might tackle a little bit of dirt, but it can take you only so far.
 


 
 
 
 

 

5) Quiet, Solitude, Nature

If you are someone who enjoys riding remote, peaceful places, where you can be close to nature, MTB is for you. You will rarely get such opportunities riding skinny tires.
 

Why I Preffer Mountain Biking To Road Biking
 
 
 
 

 

6) Views

Another reason where road bike vs mountain bike goes in favour of mountain biking. You can find a few asphalt roads that will take you to amazing spots, but if you want to see the best of the best while peddling, you can only get it on the off-rode machine.
 

MOUNTAIN BIKING AMAZING MOUNTAIN VIEWS
 
 
 
 

 

7) Adrenaline, Chalange

Nobody says speeding downhill on your 3T Strada at 100 km/h does not give you an adrenaline rush. But try to go 1/4 that speed on a steep, rocky, exposed slope that is covered with the mud.
 

DANGEROUS MTB RIDE - STEEP HILL
 
 
 
 

 

8) Bikes

This one is purely personal. I just prefer the way mountain bikes look more than road bikes. It’s like choosing between a catwalk model and fitness model :)
 


 
 
 
 

 

9) You Can Ride On The Snow

Unlike regular roadies, mountain bikes can relatively easily be tweaked to ride during the winter. Studded tires and off you go enjoying snowy slopes. Fat Bikes can be here even more fun.
 

MOUNTAIN BIKE RIDING ON SNOW
 
 
 
 

 

10) MTB Is More Exciting To Watch

Come-on. You have to admit that watching UCI Downhill or Red Bull Rampage series is much more exciting than a bunch of dudes in lycra riding in the peloton.
 

MTB BACKFLIP
 
 
 
 

 

ALL THESE = MORE FUN

 

 



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