I bought a Scattante x-330 cyclocross bike (somewhat impulsively) and I'd like to set it up as my commuter, but I'd also still like to be able to take it off-road. We have a large forest with trails at the end of our street. My hope is to be able to sell my other bikes (Univega Specialissima anyone?) and get down to just this bike with two sets of wheels (one with the knobbies that came on it and another set of smooth tires for commuting).
So, what I'm wondering is if I install my planet bike fenders that I already have (they are the full coverage type), will I still be able to run the knobbies and go off-road, or am I asking for trouble? I don't want to have to be taking the fenders on and off all of the time. If riding gravel, dirt, stick, stump trails with a set of fenders is a bad idea then I may need to buy some clip on fenders- so I'm open to suggestions and the best kind.
Also open to suggestions for good trails to ride on the SW Portland area.