> what size tires did you use? did you load the bike down with panniers?
Tires are normal 700x25 road slicks. I bogged down in some sand a
couple of times but still managed to cycle through it. Some rocks,
limbs and gravel mean momentary dismount more than I would on my MTB.
My bike is loaded with panniers about as much as most mountain bikers
do, I suppose.
Mountain bikes are certainly better suited for off-road travel, but
that doesn't make road bikes "not useful at all off-road" as was