Transform into a Mountain bike?
Okay. It's time for me to ask something stupid.
I recently bought a bike I love. A Marin Coast Trail. It's the first bike I've owned in my adult life. I'm 28. I picked that one because it's some what veratile, but for the most part, a dirt path/road bike to ride around the neighborhood with my 6 year old boy that just learned how to ride.
Because of my curiosity, I ended up seeing how it would handle on some heavy off-roading. Meh. So so, as you could imagine.
I'm not ready to buy a second bike (yet) and my question is probabyl difficult, but if I get some new rims and mountain bike tires, would I be some what more capable of handling rough terrain? I've examined mountain bike frames compared to the frame of mine and what seems to be the biggest difference is the way the handle bars are raised and slightly angled.
Some of you experts could tell me -- what makes the largest difference between the two bike types that would hold me back?
In the future when my boy is more able-bodied on the bike, I'll get a true mountain bike. But for now, am I just wasting my thoughts on trying to suffice?