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Notes From The Fat Tire Saddle

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In a departure this morning, I decided to take the fat tire bike out for a spin.  I’ve explained a hundred times over that I’m a speed freak, and therefore love my road bike.  I still maintain an affinity for my mountain bike but it doesn’t get near the attention that it did last summer.  Every once in a while, for my recovery rides, I love to take it out for a spin around the block – as I wrote a couple of posts ago, riding the fat tire bike just takes the expectation of cruising down the road at top speed out of the equation.  On the plate for this morning was something around a 15 mile cruise down the dirt roads.  There are a few things I noticed along the way.

1.  I forgot how nice the minimal traffic was – I think I saw four cars the whole hour I was gone.

2.  I also forgot what a workout on the glutes the fat tire bike is – holy cats!  Where the road bike is far more elegant, graceful and dynamic, the mountain bike is more about brute force.

3.  I was prepared to write that I’d actually lost a step or two by concentrating so much on the road bike – the first five miles headed south seemed incredibly slow, even taking the wider tires into account – then I realized I was headed into the breeze – lo how I missed our lady of aerodynamics – already.  On examining the data after my ride, they were actually fairly decent, considering the wind:  3:45 to 4:08.

4.  I missed the bumps.  I didn’t miss the soft saddle – the first ten miles were lovely, the last five and a half, not so much.

5.  I like the position of my back on the mountain bike – straight as a board.  I have to hunch ever so slightly to get lower on the road bike.

6.  The shorter crank arms felt weird!

7.  I enjoyed the scenery on the back roads a lot more – mostly because I wasn’t worrying about traffic.

I’ve written before that if one is looking to tone the legs and butt, then a mountain bike is the way to go if you don’t have a care either way which style of bike you ride (mountain or road).  For the purposes of this blog I don’t (and won’t) even talk about the leisure bike – daddy don’t do leisure, that’s for vacations.  Today’s ride really confirmed that, the posture on a mountain bike is more conducive to a toned butt – I’m in fantastic road bike shape, but that ride really worked my keister.

Overall Notes 15.46 miles in 57m:38s = 16.1 mph average.  Max speed 21 mph.


4 Comments

  1. bikevcar says:

    Getting away from cars and fumes sounds good. But you’ve disappointed your readers by not providing a nice photo of your fantastic, toned butt. Haha 😉

  2. beechcreekproject says:

    A couple of years ago I bought a Trek 4500 mountain bike and have been hooked ever since. I ride for everything – road and trail. I’ve never ridden a newer road bike so I don’t really know what I’m missing and am afraid if I did I might never go back. My wife would never be convinced that I needed two bikes for different surfaces. I ride for the exercise so I figure I’m getting it with the fat tire bike. 2 years ago I was 260 and now I’m down to 195 so I’m heading the right direction. Love your blog and your insights. Keep up the good work and good luck on you future rides.

    • bgddyjim says:

      Thank you for the kind words, it’s greatly appreciated… My wife was really reasonable about my first road bike – she said, “hey, if it keeps you healthy and with me I’m good with it”. The Trek, yeah that was a little uglier – and I bought that one used too. You will get a better workout on the mountain bike anyway. Road biking, in my opinion, is much more expensive. On the other hand, at least for me, it’s five times more fun.

      If you’re happy, why change? Going this route, if you ever get bored, you’ll be able to explain that you’ve rode the wheels off of your mountain bike and you’ve grown bored – that you’d like to take cycling to the next level – if she doesn’t jump at your picking up a road bike I’d be amazed.

      Congratulations on your weight loss – that’s absolutely fantastic.

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