I was in Cosco the other day to get my Micheline Pilots installed on the puddle-jumper (Pontiac G3) and was on my way to pick up a few loaves of bread.when I noticed the bikes. Some of you may recall I ride a 10-speed road bike (gave the Grand Prix away to someone who won't pedal it as hard as me, as it was beginning to skip again when peddling hard + there is that annoying crank pin issue, but I still have the heavier Supercycle), but enjoy riding off-road too. Riding my road bike off-road is kind of like skiing moguls with SG skis, not the best tool for the job. The skinny front tire doesn't 'carve" well on sandy corners; the wheels are easily dented, forcing you to keep speeds low on rocky trails (current brake adjusment due to warped rims makes long downhills with corners um... interesting); you spin out going up steep inclines, and risk going over the handle bars going down steep inclines, but at least it's geared right.
In particular, I noticed a "hybrid" bike (brand name is Infinity - a Costco brand I think). I did not count the teeth in the front sprocket, but it looked only a little too small, perhaps it would do. Then I noticed the sticker on the frame; it said something like, "WARNING NOT FOR OFF-ROAD USE". WTF? If a "Hybrid" bike is not for off-road use, what is? Maybe that bike over there with the big fat knobby tires (I think they were 29" too), and granny gears? Nope, same sticker.
Pease explain what this bike was designed for if not for off-road use? Forest roads?