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Do you ride on unpaved roads?(5 posts)

Do you ride on unpaved roads?AllUpHill
Apr 1, 2003 5:57 PM
With a road bike, that is. Once upon a time, I was barely comfortable riding on more or less flat, smooth dirt roads. I would do it when necessary to complete a nice loop. But eventually I grew into using even fairly steep and unrefined ones, and now I'm hooked. The more dirt roads a route has, the better -- especially for a night road ride.

I suppose I like the slight challenge of handling the narrow tires on such a varied surface--takes some practice before you can get up to speed with confidence. (and more fun than cheating with a mtb :-) Also takes some skill to keep traction when you start climbing. Or maybe the best part is that the unpaved roads tend to take you to the most unusual, interesting, and isolated places -- especially in the rural area where I'm from.

Some of my riding buddies loathe getting off the pavement. Others love it, and when the road goes dirty we take off in a wild scramble of attacks till the next paved section.
As often as we can. nmMB1
Apr 2, 2003 7:43 AM
never intentionally nmDougSloan
Apr 2, 2003 7:45 AM
Probably half my time and ~25 percent of my milesretro
Apr 2, 2003 9:08 AM
I live near a national forest, and there's lots of open country and undeveloped sections within 10 miles or so of downtown (not for long--the bulldozers are rumbling). The road bike works better on the dirt than the mountain bike works on pavement, so that's what I use unless we set out specifically to do a dirt ride.
You sound about ready for a 'cross bike...The Walrus
Apr 2, 2003 1:35 PM
I prefer rides that are a mix of pavement and dirt (fireroads and singletrack), and getting my first 'cross bike (a VooDoo Wazoo) was a true epiphany. It does require relearning the basic handling skills that atrophy due to riding a full suspension MTB, but ultimately you'll be a sharper, stronger rider.

You're right about the unpaved roads taking you to the best places--on a lot of rides, the paved sections seem like interruptions between the periods of "real" riding.