I live in Southern, NH and on some of the routes that I like to ride, I encounter some gravel/dirt roads that have lots of pits/potholes in them (due to winter freeze/thaw and springtime washouts). i have been using my older Trek 800 mountain bike (steel frame, built like a tank) on many of these roads, but I would like to take my lighter Giant OCR3 road bike on these roads. The OCR3 is sort of a sporty road bike, but I would like to use it as a light touring bike.
the problem is that the OCR3 is equipped with some very thin, high pressure road tires and wheels. Is it advisable to ride on rough roads with this type of tires? I try and keep the pressure in the tires at the recommended level (110 PSI) but the other day when i took the bike out for a ride, I hit lots of little rough spots and I'm concerned about the durability of the wheels.
I like riding the OCR3 because it's lighter and I can ride much farther than I can with the heavy all steel trek. However, I am concerned about a few streches where the roads are pretty rough.