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As memnoch_proxy points out, comfort is very subjective. A full suspension recumbent could be just as comfy, if not more, than it's upright counterpart. It will depend also on the severity of the terrain, attack angle for hills (up or down), and some level of rider skill. I have an un-suspended KMX X-class trike which is a blast on downhill runs ...


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Certainly can ! I did a camping tour with a road bike - with a bike rack - and tent/sleeping bag, etc - we did gravel roads - just standard road bike tyres. Next time, I might get more durable, or grippy tyres. We did 4 days of 80km (330km in total)


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The thing that makes road bikes unsuitable off good pavement is their narrow, high pressure tires. The gearing and seating position may not be ideal, but they are not killers. For a short stretch, you just need to get through it. Hard packed dirt is no problem unless there are ruts along the direction of travel that cause control problems. A thin layer of ...


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Road bikes can definitely handle offroad conditions. A good example is the Paris-Roubaix race. In this race there are a lot of roads built out of old cobble stones. Often riders will ride of the side of the cobbled sections which is basically hard packed dirt (or mud, depending on the weather). There are also sections in the mountains on the Giro D'Italia ...


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In poor country, there is not "nice pave road" and "special cross country bicycle", cyclist just use their bicycle as daily utility tools and no complain. As long as you are not playing extreme (e.g. play the downhill) . If you are worry about comfort, punctured, then change to wider tyre, use puncture resistant tyre, good double wall wheel rims. All the ...


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There's a whole sport - cyclocross - that involves riding road bikes off road. Typically the gearing is a little lower than a stock road bike, and these days a lot of them have disk brakes. Most will take fairly wide tyres, 38mm is not out of the question. For riding a stock road bike off road, I'd look mostly at tyres. If you can find some that will clear ...


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Put some reasonably durable 25c or 28c tyres on and you should be fine. Also think of gearing ... trails can get steeper than road and traction can degrade quite a bit, requiring shorter gear ratios.



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