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I disagree with Philip's view of road bikes. I spent 4 years mountain biking in the rockies and loved it, the bike was also very comfortable for its purpose (mountain biking). I then moved to a place without mountains and threw slicks on my bike and joined some roadies for bi-weekly rides. Although I was able to keep up, my back was killing me by the end of each ride. I purchased one of the guy's old road bike and all the pains went away and I actually enjoyed the rides. I now only bike for commuting purposes and the mountain bike is rarely used and I feel my body is better off. Mountain Bikes are for mountains, Road bikes for pavement. Its as simple as that.