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cyclocross bikes for touring?(4 posts)

cyclocross bikes for touring?jason nicholson
Apr 20, 2001 5:00 PM
anyone used their cyclocross bike for touring? i'm thinking of setting up my bike for touring, perhaps changing the tires and adding racks for a ride through the southeast. any help is appreciated.
re: cyclocross bikes for touring?Darrin
Apr 20, 2001 6:48 PM
Depends on how much you want to carry. Most 'cross bikes have shorter chainstays than touring bikes so if you are carring large panniers your heel will hit them. I have done credit card touring (no camping equipment, just clothing and tools) on a 'cross bike and it worked out great.

I hope you are from the southeast or are planning your trip soon. In about four weeks the air is going to liquify and you won't so much ride your bike as swim with it. Good luck and best wishes on your trip.
re: cyclocross bikes for touring?jason nicholson
Apr 21, 2001 6:14 PM
thanks for the info, i was wondering if anyone has had serious problems with the shorter length of chainstays...and yes i'm from the land of aqueous oxygen here in nc....
re: cyclocross bikes for touring?ajs122
Apr 25, 2001 4:13 PM
If you mean by touring carring a lot of equipment on your bike mine wouldn't qualify. I ride the paved bike trails here in Plano TX. I wanted an upgrade from what I was riding and looked a long time. Not too many quality touring bikes that didn't run $2000 or more. Then as I began to study bikes and biking I realized that the geometry on the cross bikes was very similiar to those of touring bikes. As I shopped I found a 2000 Fuji Cross with Ultrega and Columbus steel from Colorado Cycles with a couple of scraches on it for $899 ( they want $1199 for the 2001s ). I've since raised the drops by using an upright stem. Its a lot more confortable at least for me. What a great bike to ride and I appreciate it more each time I ride it. Hope this helps.