"Discover Cooking, Discuss Life."

Go Back   Discuss Cooking - Cooking Forums > The Back Porch > Off Topic Discussions
Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
 
Old 05-06-2008, 11:36 AM   #1
Chief Eating Officer
 
GB's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: USA,Massachusetts
Posts: 25,509
Who knows about bikes?

I have two mountain bikes that I have not used in a few years. I want to start riding again, but I want to do street riding with my kids and wife instead of mountain biking. One bike has front suspension and the other bike is full suspension.

I have two questions that hopefully someone here will be able to answer.

1. Can I convert my mountain bikes to road bikes somehow, maybe by just putting on different tires?

2. Would I be able to have a kid seat or kid carrier on either of these bikes? I am guessing the one with just front suspension might be able to take a kid seat or carrier. I am not sure about the full suspension one though.

__________________

__________________
You know you can't resist clicking
this link. Your eyes will thank you. VISUAL BLISS
GB is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-06-2008, 11:39 AM   #2
Chef Extraordinaire
 
suziquzie's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: MN
Posts: 11,488
Send a message via AIM to suziquzie
I don't know much about bikes, but my husband hated his mountain bike once we were just on the road and with a kid seat. the suspension made it difficult to use.
He gave his away and got a "regular" bike. Much better (to him anyway) with the seat.
__________________

__________________
Not that there's anything wrong with that.....
suziquzie is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-06-2008, 11:39 AM   #3
The Dude Abides
 
TATTRAT's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Bermuda Native in D.C./NoVA
Posts: 5,324
Send a message via AIM to TATTRAT Send a message via Yahoo to TATTRAT Send a message via Skype™ to TATTRAT
Quote:
Originally Posted by GB View Post
1. Can I convert my mountain bikes to road bikes somehow, maybe by just putting on different tires?

2. Would I be able to have a kid seat or kid carrier on either of these bikes? I am guessing the one with just front suspension might be able to take a kid seat or carrier. I am not sure about the full suspension one though.
1= yes

2=yes, get a carrier or tag along bike that mounts to your seat post, and trails behind you.

like this
__________________
flickr
TATTRAT is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-06-2008, 11:43 AM   #4
Chief Eating Officer
 
GB's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: USA,Massachusetts
Posts: 25,509
Thank you both.

Suzi, I looked into getting a road bike, but it is more money than I want to spend right now. It was between that or a new mattress. The mattress won out.

Tatt thanks. I am looking for something for younger kids though. My 3 year old might be able to handle that, but probably not. My 8 month old sure couldn't though unless I used duct tape
__________________
You know you can't resist clicking
this link. Your eyes will thank you. VISUAL BLISS
GB is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-06-2008, 11:45 AM   #5
The Dude Abides
 
TATTRAT's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Bermuda Native in D.C./NoVA
Posts: 5,324
Send a message via AIM to TATTRAT Send a message via Yahoo to TATTRAT Send a message via Skype™ to TATTRAT
lol, that is a funny mental image!

They also make tow behind carriers, that attach like the image above. Some of them are covered to keep the sun from bronzing your baby too.
__________________
flickr
TATTRAT is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-06-2008, 11:59 AM   #6
Chief Eating Officer
 
GB's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: USA,Massachusetts
Posts: 25,509
Yeah that is exactly what I was thinking of. I just was not sure where they attach. If they attach like the picture above then that could work great. Thanks!
__________________
You know you can't resist clicking
this link. Your eyes will thank you. VISUAL BLISS
GB is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-06-2008, 12:02 PM   #7
The Dude Abides
 
TATTRAT's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Bermuda Native in D.C./NoVA
Posts: 5,324
Send a message via AIM to TATTRAT Send a message via Yahoo to TATTRAT Send a message via Skype™ to TATTRAT
also, there are center mounted ones, that mount on the back bone(top bar) of your bike, in between the seat and the handlebars.
__________________
flickr
TATTRAT is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-06-2008, 12:21 PM   #8
Master Chef
 
jennyema's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2002
Location: Boston
Posts: 9,277
Depending on how much riding you are going to do and the kind of workout you want you don't even have to switch out the tires.

Switching to smooth tires will provide less drag and a smoother ride, but it's not necessary.

I ride my mountain bike on the road all the time.

As far as the kid seat, though. I would depend on how your bike is set up. Mine, for example (like the one below but older) probably could not accomodate a center-mounted one.

Bring your bike to a good, full service bike shop and let them guide you.

__________________
Less is not more. More is more and more is fabulous.
jennyema is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-06-2008, 12:39 PM   #9
Chief Eating Officer
 
GB's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: USA,Massachusetts
Posts: 25,509
I have used to ride my bike on the road, but the drag was just too great. The only way I would really use it on the road is if I had road tires.

I have never seen the center mounted kind. I will have to look into those.
__________________
You know you can't resist clicking
this link. Your eyes will thank you. VISUAL BLISS
GB is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-06-2008, 12:40 PM   #10
Head Chef
 
Saphellae's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Kingston, Ontario
Posts: 1,611
I'm not sure. I have a new mountain bike and it has back suspension. The gears make it amazing for road riding as well. So easy. I guess it depends on the make of the bike and how you use the gears. Some are made for one thing, others for both.
__________________

__________________
Saphellae is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



» Discuss Cooking on Facebook

Our Communities

Our communities encompass many different hobbies and interests, but each one is built on friendly, intelligent membership.

» More about our Communities

Automotive Communities

Our Automotive communities encompass many different makes and models. From U.S. domestics to European Saloons.

» More about our Automotive Communities

Marine Communities

Our Marine websites focus on Cruising and Sailing Vessels, including forums and the largest cruising Wiki project on the web today.

» More about our Marine Communities


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 01:17 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 4
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.