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Cyclocross/roadbike suggestions??(7 posts)

Cyclocross/roadbike suggestions??Jason3559
Aug 9, 2001 6:36 AM
I have a problem with owning a bunch of bikes. I would prefer to have two bikes, one all purpose mtb and and one all purpose road bike. I am thinking about buying a cyclocross bike for commuting. What I am asking is, what parts would someone recommend I buy for times that I want to ride the cyclocross bike just as a road bike? Would a simple tire change surfice? What would be the major drawbacks to this plan? Would a road bike with cyclocross tires during the winter be a better bet? Would a good set of Rolf's handle both situations? What wheels would you recommend?

Thanks.
re: Cyclocross/roadbike suggestions??badabill
Aug 9, 2001 7:01 AM
I ride a set of CXP21/105 wheels on the dirt, and a set of CXP33/ultegra wheels for the road. I have a roadbike that is used for 90% of my road rides, the Surly is only used on bad weather days. If I was in your shoes I would go with a cyclocross bike with 2 sets of wheels, 1 for road the other for cyclocross. Depending on how hard you ride offroad I would not use the rolfs offroad. Go with a good set of open pros.
re: Cyclocross/roadbike suggestions??Stampertje
Aug 9, 2001 7:29 AM
How does the Surly compare to a road bike for (long) group rides, weekend rides etc.? In the end I'll probably want both a dedicated semi-high-zoot road bike and a cross/touring/trail bike but there will be some years' time between the two purchases. My only bike right now is a fixed gear / singlespeed old road bike (which I'm planning to slap some narrow 'cross tyres on this winter to give that mud thing a try).
re: Cyclocross/roadbike suggestions??badabill
Aug 9, 2001 8:29 AM
It does surprizingly well. A little slower, mainly due to 23lb weight. I have done 130 miles in a day and was surprized at how well it rode. I truly beleive that if you can have only 1 bike a cross bike is it. Mine is set up with a triple so gearing is not a problem. With a rack and panniers it makes a great touring bike. If you are not worried about weight the surly is a great bike.
re: Cyclocross/roadbike suggestions??mtnrogue
Aug 9, 2001 8:41 AM
I only have a mtn and cross bike. I use comos wheelset for road rides and spinery SR3 when off-road cross racing.

mark
jack-of-all-trades....D'Ohhh!!!
Aug 9, 2001 12:45 PM
master of none. don't expect the best of both worlds going this route.
re: Cyclocross/roadbike suggestions??Jan Gerrit Klok = "TUFO-man"
Aug 9, 2001 1:03 PM
I just purchased a Sunn Cycloss. Because it's the end of the 2001 season, I got it at a bargain price. 23,2 lbs right out of the box.
I intended this bike as just my spare for races, but now I think it will also be my bike for road training and commuting. I intend to use 30mm city tires on it, incredible mileage and super-cheap plus safe.