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Modifying bike for offroad riding??(5 posts)

Modifying bike for offroad riding??Fez
Jan 21, 2003 7:43 PM
Anyone here ride on gravel or dirt paths with the roadbike? I want to go off the pavement, but nothing too technical.

Sold my mtn bike and don't want to get another. I might even want to try cyclocross in the future.

Do you need to adjust the bar height since I figure less time will be spent in the drops?

Any other changes I should consider besides 700x28 tires and SPDs?
lower tire pressure, maybe fendersContinental
Jan 22, 2003 7:14 AM
Reduce tire pressure, probably by 10-20 psig.
This will really help on gravel. Consider fenders (gasp) to keep the dust and dirt from covering you and the bike.
Works surprisingly wellSilverback
Jan 22, 2003 8:52 AM
Years ago--20 or so--when I couldn't afford a mountain bike, I used to ride my old touring bike in almost all offroad conditions. Even now, I use my Atlantis on gravel roads and fire trails a lot.
Tires are the first thing to swap, and I'd say 28s are too small if you can fit anything bigger (many frames can't). I use 35s most of the time, switching to 32s or 28s only for long road rides. Paselas at 70-75 psi work great for me at 225 pounds. If your frame will fit cyclocross tires, those work well, too, but they're not much fun on pavement. I wouldn't bother with fenders in dry conditions, though they're really nice if you get a lot of rain. Gearing is easy to change if you have to (I have a 46-36-26 triple, which is perfect for me; I can't push a 53-11 anyway). My bars are about level with my saddle for all riding, and I like them that way--it's no slower and much more comfortable.
FWIW, I enjoy riding a simple, no-suspension bike in the dirt. Reminds me of the old days, hones my skills, keeps me honest--what's not to like?
For a little inspiration...The Walrus
Jan 22, 2003 11:17 AM
...you might want to look at the "Dirt Drops, yeah" thread on the Cyclocross board (1/18), as well as a couple of hummu's earlier posts.
re: dats 'noughcyclopathic
Jan 22, 2003 1:44 PM
28mm tires work o'k a bit sketchy on gravel. Cross tires would be the best if you could only fit them; problem is road brakes/frame don't have enough clearance you can't fit more then 28. SPDs/lugged shoes are good.. And yes don't bother with bar height; just get used to riding hoods good luck