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Old 09-15-08, 09:08 AM   #1
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riding terrain on a 700c road bike

i come from the world of bmx freestyle, so i am a n00b when it comes to big bikes. bear with me.

i might buy a 2007 GT Legato 3.0 from a friend mostly as a commuter bike but i would like to use this bike for some recreational off-road riding as well. some companies make 700-28 knobbies, so what kind of riding could i do with this bike off-road? how aggressive of trails could i tackle with this bike? if it can't handle a little trails, i don't want to break it.

after doing a little more research, it looks like i basically want to turn my presumptive Legato into a cyclocross bike. would this work or should i look for a stronger bike?

it's the 2007 version of this bike- http://www.gtbicycles.com/usa/eng/Pr...rchived=t#5612

sorry for the double-post, but i am going to re-post this in the cyclocross forum.

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Old 09-15-08, 09:19 AM   #2
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It looks like it might work for hard packed trials, fire roads things like that. Single track and mountain trails might be a stretch.
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Old 09-15-08, 01:12 PM   #3
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Although the need for narrower than typical cross tires will limit you, I ride all the easy mountain bike trails around here on a cross bike. No big hits though, and the lines you have to hold get pretty skinny.
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Just go do it and see what works. I rode an old Peugeot AO8 (my '70s college bike) on fire roads and some trails for a year or so before I could afford a mountain bike. Large, low pressure tires are a help (can you fit 35s?). You may find that you become a better rider for the experience: I still have my first mountain bike, a late-'80s rigid Bridgestone. It's set up as a commuter now, with 1.5 tires and fenders, but sometimes I ride it offroad just to freshen up all those old skills.
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700c and 29 inch mtn. wheels are the same diameter.

You could ride something like that on 'nature trails' or anything you could safely jog on.
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