We decided to open up a can of worms. Because we're organising the Kona Dirty Weekend at the moment, one of our favourite debates is Road Cycling vs. Mountain Biking. Here's what the staff from Bike SA had to say.
The Mountain Biker - Christian Haag
Our CEO Christian Haag is a keen mountain biker, and prefers Cudlee Creek over Norton Summit any day. Here’s why he thinks Mountain Biking wins:
1. Ah the serenity - Off road riding is much more conducive to giving me my Serenity Moment…dealing with impatient hills drivers doesn’t get me to where I want to go – also I’m a jeans and t-shirt guy – if it was good enough in the 70’s, its good enough for the 10’s.
2. Dirt tastes better than bitumen: Coming off a mountain bike (which I have a habit of doing) means that I prefer the taste of dirt over bitumen. There’s a reason roadies shave their legs….
3. Sabai-Sabai: The Thais have a saying which pretty much sums up my draw on riding our sweet single track networks. Its all goooooood.
The Roadie - Sam Drummond
Bike SA’s Sam Drummond is a mad roadie. He’s often up Norton Summit or racing down it. Here’s why he thinks Road Cycling is the way to go.
1. You can go faster – Try cycling up one of Adelaide’s big summits, and then go down. The speed is nothing short of exhilarating. You’re not going to get that on a mountain bike. Ever heard the expression, “A mountain bike is like your buddy. A road bike is your lover’. Enough said.
2. Road cycling is way more social - Try riding two abreast on a single track trail… it ain't going to happen. When you’re on the road, there’s small talk, there’s banter and did we forget to mention you can actually stop for a coffee along the way? Try doing that out in the bush.
3. There’s way more choice – Road cycling means you have so much choice. In the Adelaide hills alone you’ve got 100 kilometres of roads to choose from. And don’t believe what the Mountain Bikers say: you can cycle on loads of roads without seeing a car for miles.
What do you think? Leave some comments below.
Even better, come and join us for the Kona Dirty Weekend on the first weekend of May. You can ride solo, in pairs or teams of four for 6,12 or 24 hours. It's an adventure, and above all a hello of a good time. We promise you that we've got cyclists that transcend both tribes.