Thoughest terrain where you had driven your cyclo-cross bike
I'm deciding between a modified mountain bike (tweaked for better performance when running on paved roads), or a cyclo-cross bike. I need to know what are the limits that you can handle with a cyclo-cross bike when running offroads. Please give me an example of the thoughst, harshet, roughest terrain where you have ridden.
I'm not planning to ride super technical-aggressive-hardcore-downhill offroads but the dirt trails where I'm planning to ride can get pretty bumpy sometimes.
Most of the cyclocross bike models that I had check have only two chainrings in the front, how good are those bikes going uphills for persons like me, that dosn't have perfect physical condition. There are lots of hills where I live on paved roads and offroads.
Service on the local bike shops in my area that I have found so far, is very bad. I need to determine the right bike size by myself and I notice that cyclocross frames are a bit different than road frames (top tube lenght shorter, etc). On web sites like http://www.wrenchscience.com
you input you body measurements and you got a recommendation on proper size for ATB and road bikes. Do you know of a web site like that but for cyclocross bikes?
I will appretiate your help!