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    Road bike for recreational riding in Mississauga?

    Hi,

    I'm looking to buy a used bike to do some recreational riding (off paved roads) in the Mississauga area.

    I'm just beginning to familiarize myself with trails, but my question is, will I need a mountain bike or at least a hybrid for trails in the area? Are there trails or paths that can be done on a road bike?

    I'm looking to do a 10 to 20km loop off paved roads, away from road traffic. I've seen people bike along the Credit and it seems smooth enough for a road bike, but not sure if it stays that way for 10 or 20km.

    Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by acowlikeobject View Post
    Hi,

    I'm looking to buy a used bike to do some recreational riding (off paved roads) in the Mississauga area.

    I'm just beginning to familiarize myself with trails, but my question is, will I need a mountain bike or at least a hybrid for trails in the area? Are there trails or paths that can be done on a road bike?

    I'm looking to do a 10 to 20km loop off paved roads, away from road traffic. I've seen people bike along the Credit and it seems smooth enough for a road bike, but not sure if it stays that way for 10 or 20km.

    Thanks!
    I would not get a road bike for paths/trails. They are not as nimble as mountain or hybrid bikes, mainly due to how the bike is designed and how you sit on it. I think a hardtail mountain bike is a good choice, and that gives you options to try gravel paths/rail trails, dirt roads, and singletrack trails. Look for a bike shop in your area that will take the time to talk to you about bikes in general. I started this way and then got hooked...good luck!

    Also, I suggest heading over to the mtbr forums as there is more activity in the Eastern Canada forum...And lots of good beginner information in the beginner forum. I think you'll get more value spending your time there versus these forums.

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    Quote Originally Posted by acowlikeobject View Post
    Hi,

    I'm looking to buy a used bike to do some recreational riding (off paved roads) in the Mississauga area.

    I'm just beginning to familiarize myself with trails, but my question is, will I need a mountain bike or at least a hybrid for trails in the area? Are there trails or paths that can be done on a road bike?

    I'm looking to do a 10 to 20km loop off paved roads, away from road traffic. I've seen people bike along the Credit and it seems smooth enough for a road bike, but not sure if it stays that way for 10 or 20km.

    Thanks!
    Have a look at Cannondale synapse

    That bike is design for enough roads and it rides really well

    I tested one for 2 weeks and its one of the softest road bikes I ever been on.

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