Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: St. Paul, MN
Bikes: Cannondale CAAD9, Ritchey Breakaway Cross, Nashbar X-frame bike.
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A cross bike could serve you well...but whether it's worth the expense is up to you. The roads are atrocious, and in some areas the army drivers on them are as dangerous as anything else you may encounter there. You can ride the perimeter road, depending on what security edicts have been passed.
Getting the bike to and from your bunk and/or other places will be a lot like cyclocross, actually. In many areas the ground has been covered in pea gravel...a pain to walk on and impossible to ride through. The pea gravel was put down, however, to keep you from trudging through the dirt...which turns to mud in rainy season. The mud is like peanut butter the way it sticks to things, and after walking 100 yards through it you're practically six inches taller with the platform boots you've grown on that trek.
There are cheap, crappy AAFES bikes available.
Out of curiosity, how did you propose getting an entire bicycle there and back?
Good night...and good luck