I want to get another bike that I can (1) use as a commuter around town and 2) use on trails with crushed limestone (like Katy trail). I would like to get a single speed/fixie, steel frame, (possibly Kona PW) but I don't know if I am strong enough to ride it on trails like the Katy and would I be "better off" with a cyclocross bike, i.e., gears.
I ride a Scott CR1 Pro on the road, but I want to expand my riding to include some offroad trails plus I want to bike more in town to run errands, etc. I ride my Scott quite a bit, around 100 miles a week, so am fairly strong I think but if the trails are very hilly I'll probably be in trouble.
Another issue is tires if I get a ss. The tires I'll need to ride trails like Katy (crushed limestone) will not work as well on the road for commuting (be slower) and vice versa.
I really think I would like a ss but am afraid it won't work well for me on the trails and I'll have to listen to my husband say I told you so... (he thinks I should get a cyclocross). I don't want to spend a lot of $$ so obviously a ss would be better for the budget but only if it works for both uses (trails/commuter).
Any advice would be appreciated.