I've got a mountain bike and a road bike, and was thinking of getting a winter road training bike like a ribble but someone mentioned to look at cyclocross bikes.
I'm just wondering what sort of off road stuff they will cope with... and what will i be able to cope with on them without getting completely shaken and battered to exhaustion with the lack of suspension compraed to the mountain bike.
Was thinking i could use it for road stuff and then cut down forest tracks (eg fire roads) to make up some interesting loops combining road + off road. I'm thinking it'd be nice for winter training as i can get a faster ride than on the mountiain bike but still combine some off road stuff for more variety.
What kind of tracks except fire roads could i ride them on? ( i guess i'm asking lakes cylcocrossers here as thats where i ride, but never really seen anyone off road and not on a mountain bike)