I got transferred to new building at work. Behind the main campus is a really extensive dirt trail system. I've done a couple of rides on it with my 29er, but that bike is a bit overkill for a basically flat trail system and kind of a pain to transport to/from work since I usually ride it on the weeknds.
"n + 1" is obviously the answer (ie, Cyclocross bike), but I'd like to try riding on a drop-bar road bike to see if I even like it.
One of my bikes (that I could leave at work) is a Rival-equipped Fuji Newest 1.0. Has anyone run the 700x28 Kenda Karv knobby tires with success? Other tire suggestions welcome.
All-City Mr. Pink, Specialized Langster, Specialized Hardrock Sport
I have a set on my All-City Mr. Pink and I love them. They've got good traction and I haven't had a flat in the 500+ miles I've put on them. They're the first tires I've had on my bike, so I'm not sure how the rolling resistance is compared to others, but I still feel pretty fast! They've survived gravel, glass, and pretty much any common issue that slick tires would never survive. I highly recommend!
I was running the 700x28 Randonneurs at 85 psi. I put back on the 700x23 4 Seasons for now, once the rain kicks in I'll switch back. Disc brakes are nice. Very nice. Yes they add a bit of weight but once you get used to the modulation and go back to rim brakes, you realize what you're missing.