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road bike off road(14 posts)

road bike off roadSpinchick
Aug 31, 2001 4:47 AM
To follow-up on the thread below, what size tire is really necessary (minimally) to ride on dirt/gravelly stuff (like towpath)? And is it necessary to get a whole new wheel or just put it on your original rim? I realize there is the pain in the yahoo of changing out the tires every time, but other than that?
The biggest tire your frame will accept.MB1
Aug 31, 2001 4:55 AM
You can ride off road on any size tire. You and your rims will be happier with a wider tire. I run 700X28 on my race bike in the dirt and 700X38 on my cyclocrosser.

If you are going to ride a lot in the dirt a different set of wheels with lower gearing, more spokes and sturdier rims and tires is a nice thing.

Whatever, lets get dirty!
Alrighty then...Spinchick
Aug 31, 2001 5:19 AM
I'll get the bigger tires and be ready for the 70 miles on the 14th! Hubby said "go for it."
Don't forget low gears.MB1
Aug 31, 2001 6:13 AM
While you are buying your wide tires you might want to look into a low end cassette. Whatever your bike will accept.
Don't forget low gears.Spinchick
Aug 31, 2001 6:24 AM
I've got a (GASP) triple. Happy to report I've never used it. I'll use it if it keeps me from getting my a** kicked by a bunch of crazy cyclists...
At last...full use of your assets.MB1
Aug 31, 2001 6:36 AM
The only asses we kick are our own. I'll get you the ride info as soon as I have it-probably mid next week.
Sounds like a plan. Looking forward to it! nmSpinchick
Aug 31, 2001 7:26 AM
re: road bike off roadMJ
Aug 31, 2001 4:58 AM
in a very simplistic approach - the more tyre - the better the traction

a 30 is a good, wide enough tyre, obviously depending on the tread... but I have no concerns with my 23 'road' tyres going off road - though I count on not having traction in some circumstances due to width and tread - sometimes that's fun

most standard rims/wheels should be able to take the 'off road' tyre (Michelin Sprints (or Muds) for example are great tyres)

if you're serious about things a set off off road and on road wheels with appropriate tyres is how alot of cyclocrossers approach the problem - you're right it's a pain to change the treads

I think for a (reasonably well groomed) towpath your normal road tyres should be fine

good luck
Big tires...Greg Taylor
Aug 31, 2001 5:23 AM
Like the others have said, just slap on a set of bigger tires. Go cheap -- Michelin Axial Sports are on blowout at Nasbar for about $10 each. The one caveat that I have is that I wouldn't take a really nice, special, fast-Sunday-rides-where-I-want-to-inflict-pain-on-others wheelset out in the dirt. Just wouldn't.

I have a beater wheelset that I use for cross/off road excursions on my commuter rig. 36 spokes, matched up with some Ritchey "Trail Mix" tires that I scrounged from (gasp!) a hybrid. Works pretty good.
thanks for the tip, I'll try Nasbar....nmSpinchick
Aug 31, 2001 5:45 AM
By the way...Greg Taylor
Aug 31, 2001 5:56 AM
I think that the screen-name "Spinchick" is really pretty cool. If I was going to start a line of women's cycling goods, THAT's the name that I would use...
What a great idea for a business...Spinchick
Aug 31, 2001 6:26 AM
now maybe I'll never have to go back to work!
generallynee Spoke Wrench
Aug 31, 2001 5:44 AM
If you have typical road bike caliper brakes, generally a 28mm tire is the widest you can squeeze between the brakes. You can cheat a little bit on this if you don't inflate the tire until after its mounted on the bike.
Road Bikes on Dirt Rulechar
Aug 31, 2001 6:48 PM

You will achieve much greatness with this new way of thinking, you are on the right [tow]path. Roadbikes on dirt actually work pretty darn good, you just have to keep it easy on steep downhills. But if you have road tires on, just cruise up on the trails and descend on the pavement, it is my preferred choice. I've been using Continental ultra 2000 wire beads, either 25c or 28c depending on availability, around $21, they are good for 3-4 months of hard riding, I use them for commuting to work with alternative [trail] options. Ride on Spinchick.