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Old 05-12-08, 08:40 PM
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Insight 1

Me and my wife picked up a pair of Diamondback Insight 1 bikes recently. We were looking to back in shape and get out with our kids while we do it this summer. We also have a in-step 3rd wheel and a kid trailer for a younger one. It made sense at the time to get a hybrid bike, however as we've been riding a bit more I've seen a few gravel roads and dirt paths we want to try out. Specifically there is a few sections of the C&O Trail in Maryland we'd like to try. The problem is the insight bikes do not have any suspension at all, and from what little I know the tires are not intended for any offroad. My question is can the tires on this bike be switched out easily/economically to something a bit more light duty off road capable? I assume it's not possible to swap out the fork bikes like this? Is there any other options to get some light duty off pavement time from our new sport?

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Technically I would think the fork itself should be wide enough to handle the wider mountain tires, but it seems like the wheels are designed for 700x32, which means that they're designed for the larger, narrower road tires. You could try using cyclocross since they're still narrow but also treaded.

I'd just get a cheap mountain bike and off-road that way.

And suspensions is for pansies... you have your knees and elbows... use 'em or lose 'em.

I don't know how well a hybrid frame would hold up to offroading use though... I'd like to see what other people think about cyclocross tires on a hybrid..
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I have a hybrid bike and use it off-road all the time. For suspension, all you need is a Brooks Champion Flyer saddle, and also, you could upgrade your wheels one size wider, although I too run 32's on mine, and they're fine.

Your bikes will be fine too. Get out and ride.
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Old 05-13-08, 05:12 AM
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Trail Surface: Crushed Stone, gravel, dirt

Trail Difficulty: Easy
I ridden 50+ miles on crushed gravel with 38 slicks and no suspension.
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Thanks for the suggestions. I'll look into that saddle. Can someone point me to a place that explains wheels and their sizes? I know the 700x32 is correct ( it's written right on my wheels ). But can a bike take different size tires? Do you just plug in a new tire/hub all in one and adjust the break spacing?

50+ Miles on gravel is exactly what I was thinking.. Now toss in 60 pounds of dead weight in the kid trailer Thanks for the reply's, I've got a bunch to learn.
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Everything you ever wanted to know about tires.

I occasionally ride on gravel paths with my 700x23mm slicks, although I doubt I could pull a trailer doing it I think you will find 32mm tires will work fine, although you may want to get some with a bit of tread - like a cyclocross tire.

As for the shocks, they really aren't necessary for regular trails and they will add a lot of weight to your bike.
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Originally Posted by ljewett View Post
Thanks for the suggestions. I'll look into that saddle. Can someone point me to a place that explains wheels and their sizes? I know the 700x32 is correct ( it's written right on my wheels ). But can a bike take different size tires? Do you just plug in a new tire/hub all in one and adjust the break spacing?

50+ Miles on gravel is exactly what I was thinking.. Now toss in 60 pounds of dead weight in the kid trailer Thanks for the reply's, I've got a bunch to learn.
The maximum size of tire you can fit on your bike is dependant on of two things, frame clearance or brake clearance. One thing that maunfactures don't do that pisses me off is give you the maximum tire size, so unless someone else here has experience with your model, you have to find out yourself.

Switching tires is simple. If you've fixed a flat, you've already done 95% of it. You don't have to adjust the brakes or anything, they work on the rim not the tire.
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