What is the difference between cycling and mountain biking?

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2. Posted by leics2 (Travel Guru 4641 posts) 7w Star this if you like it!

This is the factual difference in language:

You can cycle anywhere. 'Cycling' just means the action of riding a bicycle....any sort of bicycle.

'Mountain biking' means riding a specialist bicycle over very rough ground, not on roads or surfaced tracks. 'Mountain bikes' have stronger (but lighter) frames, wider tyres and deeper tyre treads than ordinary bikes.

If you don't have that type of specialist bike you are 'cycling in the mountains' or 'riding in the mountains'. If you have a specialist bike you are 'mountain biking'.

Hope that helps.

[ Edit: Edited on 9 Aug 2022, 07:50 GMT by leics2 ]

3. Posted by AndyF (Moderator 2638 posts) 7w Star this if you like it!

Why are you using a fake profile picture?

And you have already told us you have a mountain bike in the previous thread you started and then never returned to.

This makes me think you're setting up some spam about mountain bikes.

4. Posted by sejalsmith (Inactive 2 posts) 7w Star this if you like it!

Quoting AndyF

Why are you using a fake profile picture?

And you have already told us you have a mountain bike in the previous thread you started and then never returned to.

This makes me think you're setting up some spam about mountain bikes.

Hello, friend actually I have 3 years' experience in mountain biking and also I am interested in mountain bikes and mountain biking that's why I posted here that if anyone has any problem then he can answer his queries from here.

5. Posted by josephtony (Budding Member 6 posts) 7w Star this if you like it!

Usually any bike with narrow tires are for the road. With a mountain bike, the wheels have larger fatter tires that eliminates a majority of the bumpiness and gives a wider area to kick up over bumps.

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7. Posted by goodfish (Full Member 299 posts) 7w Star this if you like it!

Interesting, sejalsmith, that you're all over the net with biking advice and questions, including being deleted from some sites for lack of detail.

That said, I own a mountain bike with narrow, slick tires. I've done 150-milers with it, and riding it IS "cycling" so no different that way than any other bike. Most of my riding has been on pavement or groomed trails but if you want rougher off-road stuff, you'll want something different.

But given your online presence on the subject, not sure why you're even asking the question?

8. Posted by emafia (Budding Member 8 posts) 7w Star this if you like it!

The cycling is the bike for the road bike and long term high speed riding, Otherside MTB's is not the road bike or long term riding bike.

9. Posted by goodfish (Full Member 299 posts) 7w Star this if you like it!

To backup Leics, this is the Oxford Dictionary's definition of cycling:

"The sport or activity of riding a bicycle"

That's ANY kind of bicycle: mountain, touring, recumbent, etc. And yes, you certainly CAN ride long distances on a mountain bike, and some riders DO. A simple google will bring up all sorts of articles and advice.

10. Posted by emafia (Budding Member 8 posts) 7w Star this if you like it!

You are right, BUt one thing is the mountain bike long term riding is not comfortable. Thats why I just sayed MTB's not long term riding bike. I hope you understand.