First of all, I'm stoked to be a part of this forum! I'm a young rider, 21, just got into cycling last year and intended on touring, but haven't yet. Recently, it dawned on me that I might have been misled about what bike to purchase...
I bought a Specialized Hard Rock, and I love it, it's an amazing Mountain bike. But, she's not really designed for cross trail touring.
I want to get a cyclocross, or hybrid, bike that can do trails as well as be slightly fast on the road.
I signed up for GOBA this year, and I hope to have a more suitable bike for it.
"Put some different tires on your bike, and you'll be all set!"
Problem. I don't want to either :
A: Put new tires that are great for the road, but stink for the trail on. I Want her to be mountain or commuting, that's it.
B: Constanly switch the tires so that I can go fast one day, then have to switch again to do some trail riding
I found the specialized crosstrail, but I wasn't sure if it had front posting on it or not? Anyone have experience with those?
Also, can I put a front rack on a 2011 Hard Rock? I think I have the right pegs, I'll just have to put it on the same spot as the brake cantilever?
Any advice would be great! My price range is around $600 btw