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    Dirt/Gravel Roads @ 380 lbs?

    I've been thinking of riding my comfort bike (wide-ish tires @ 65psi, no mods to bike) on well-maintained dirt/gravel roads. I'm a bit concerned that it'll wear it out really fast, or even collapse under me, though.

    Anyone have experience with this?
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    I'm 360ish and went mountain bike racing a couple weeks ago

    I ride a '07 Specialized Hardrock sport and.. I beat the crap out of it. Seriously, log crossings (think jump/riding over a stack of logs), roots, rocks... took it all. No problems .

    I took my Trek 7.3FX several hundred miles on a crushed limestone trail over the past summer.

    So yeah, you should be coo

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    Just clean off the dirt after you ride and you should be fine.

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    No worries, just ride it and clean the dust off of it when you're done.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BeckyW
    I've been thinking of riding my comfort bike (wide-ish tires @ 65psi, no mods to bike) on well-maintained dirt/gravel roads. I'm a bit concerned that it'll wear it out really fast, or even collapse under me, though.

    Anyone have experience with this?
    You don't have any choice do you? Do they have pavement in North West Arkansas?

    I live in the Ozarks part of Missouri {southwest** so I hear all the jokes as well.

    Your bike should do well on dirt and gravel {smallish pebbles**.
    I'm not totally useless....I can be used as a BAD example.

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    You will do great Beck. The hardest part will be control gravel turns, and that won't be too hard at all. Let us know how the rides go.

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    My Giant Suede looks like a cruiser/comfortbike and does well on gravel, sand, etc. If I'm mainly on non-pavement, I let the air pressure go down below the 65 psi (which is the max for my tires) to 50 so I have more traction.

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    Do it, do it, do it!!! Besides, you won't know how much fun it is till you try.

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    ok.. I did it! And it is DIFFERENT! What appeared for the first 50 yards or so to be a well-maintained dirt road was.. hmm.. .not. But fun nonetheless, just went slow enough to avoid the big rocks and potholes, not slip on the smaller rocks, and enjoy the birds singing and the shade, and cool fresh air... And when I'd gone about 3/4 mile on the dirt, I found... another paved road! It's as if a whole new world has opened up.

    I'm not sure I love getting off the beaten (paved!) path - though it does have its perks - but I do love riding and following the urge to find out where THIS road goes! It'll be good not to feel like I have to turn around where the pavement ends.

    Ironically, met 3 cars on this little lane, which is 1 more than I met on the 4 miles of paved roads I took getting there!

    Thanks all, for the advice. Blizz - NWA is SO much more civilized than SWMO
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    Becky, last month, I did the fire trail roads up on the Upper Peninsula with a skinny tire road bike, pulling a trailer on tour. 32MM wide road tires and sandy hardpack and dirt make it an interesting ride, especially 105 miles of it and your bike and gear weight alone is 105 pounds! I only saw one PERSON in three days!
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    Tom - that's impressive! How long did it take you? I've been thinking that touring sounds like a lot of fun, when I get in better shape...
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    Quote Originally Posted by BeckyW
    Tom - that's impressive! How long did it take you? I've been thinking that touring sounds like a lot of fun, when I get in better shape...
    3 days. It was great fun, except for one little part, where I was almost dinner!
    http://theamazingshrinkingman.blogsp...-eaten-by.html

    I also have some pics up there as well, in a slideshow, turn on your speakers and catch the tune as well!
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    Quote Originally Posted by BeckyW
    I found.. another paved road! It's as if a whole new world has opened up.
    I'm not sure I love getting off the beaten (paved!) path - though it does have its perks - but I do love riding and following the urge to find out where THIS road goes!
    Some of the very best rides I have been on are ones that don't have a specific destination to arrive at, just meander{NWA word** around exploring new roads and seeing new sights. No specific distance or speed in mind.
    Blizz - NWA is SO much more civilized than SWMO
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