||02-04-13 02:57 PM
Specialized Sirrus, off road
A guy on BF donated a pair of cyclocross tires, and I went off road with them on my Specialized Sirrus (mainly used for commuting thus far). This was my first time off road, and I had a blast. Couple of photos here:
Before yesterday, my bike used to look like this:
Anyone from the Bay Area, CA care to comment on the Laurelwood creek trail? Does it count as anything other than easy dirt trail? But that isn't what I'm here for, though I would like to know the answer :)
My main reason for posting here:
I liked riding off road, much more than I had thought I would. Will start saving up for a mountain bike - probably something off BD though I will visit LBSes before making the call. But money is tight and I will take at least 3-4 months to save up for a new bike. In the meantime, I would like to keep riding my Sirrus on the trails. I already have SPD pedals/shoes and 28mm cyclocross tires. Are there any other (relatively inexpensive) modifications I can do? More importantly, what should I stay away from? There will be plenty of off-road situations I should not try on my Sirrus, and I'd really appreciate it if you guys could help me understand what to avoid.