Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Silver Spring, MD (MABRA/MAC)
Bikes: Cannondale Cyclocross, Specialized Langster, Giant TCR-C2 Composite
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Stupid amounts of fun, if of course, you allow yourself to have stupid amounts of fun on a bicycle. I've raced road and mountain bikes in the past, and while I haven't raced 'cross (yet?), I have way too much fun on my 'cross bike. I live in Washington DC, where there are endless miles of every kind of paved and unpaved surfaces imaginable. On any whim, I can go from flat-out cruising on a nicely-paved path, then turn off and tackle a steep grassy incline (up and down), fumble around in a cobbled back ally, and play around on the twists and turns of the National mall.
As for bikes, you might be able to squeeze some 700x28cc 'cross tires onto your bike, 30cc if you're lucky, just make sure that your rims and spokes are pretty beefy first. As for the hesitation, just counter it with some patience. Give your bike handleing skills develop before you start pushing your bike past it's pavement limits onto the off-road world.