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Old 02-04-13, 02:57 PM
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Specialized Sirrus, off road

A guy on BF donated a pair of cyclocross tires, and I went off road with them on my Specialized Sirrus (mainly used for commuting thus far). This was my first time off road, and I had a blast. Couple of photos here:
http://treadrightly.blogspot.com/201...-off-road.html

Before yesterday, my bike used to look like this:
http://treadrightly.blogspot.com/201...-commuter.html

Anyone from the Bay Area, CA care to comment on the Laurelwood creek trail? Does it count as anything other than easy dirt trail? But that isn't what I'm here for, though I would like to know the answer

My main reason for posting here:
I liked riding off road, much more than I had thought I would. Will start saving up for a mountain bike - probably something off BD though I will visit LBSes before making the call. But money is tight and I will take at least 3-4 months to save up for a new bike. In the meantime, I would like to keep riding my Sirrus on the trails. I already have SPD pedals/shoes and 28mm cyclocross tires. Are there any other (relatively inexpensive) modifications I can do? More importantly, what should I stay away from? There will be plenty of off-road situations I should not try on my Sirrus, and I'd really appreciate it if you guys could help me understand what to avoid.
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Old 02-04-13, 07:40 PM
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I liked riding off road, much more than I had thought I would. Will start saving up for a mountain bike


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Are there any other (relatively inexpensive) modifications I can do?
Ditch the reflectors before they end up as trail trash.
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Old 02-05-13, 04:01 PM
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Thanks - didn't think the reflectors were likely to break - but better safe than sorry I guess. Can easily restore them when the bike goes back to commuting duty.
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Try not to push it too hard with that bike. It is more capable with those tires than most people think but it's still not as sturdy as a real cyclocross bike, let alone a real mountain bike. It would be a shame to ruin a nice commuting bike doing something it's definitely not designed for.
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Thanks - didn't think the reflectors were likely to break - but better safe than sorry I guess.
Go for a night ride on a well traveled trail and the evidence will be glaring.
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Don't sink too much money into making the Sirrus trail-worthy. Put the cash into your mountain bike fund instead. It'll either a) help you get the bike sooner or b) help you get a better bike when it's time to go shopping.
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