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Newbie decision: Road Bike or Cyclocross?(5 posts)

Newbie decision: Road Bike or Cyclocross?Harmony
Nov 28, 2001 2:05 AM
Right now I ride a mountain bike and I'm looking to get a 2nd bike -- either a road bike or cyclocross.
I don't plan on riding competitively, mostly recreational (long?) speed rides. I'm 130lbs. Have a decent budget. So what are some of the general things I should know to help me make a decision. Like, any particular geometry issues I should be aware of, being new to the sport? Is a good CX bike as fast as a decent/good road bike (skill as a constant)? I like the flexibility that cross offers but want to be able to keep up with roadies on group rides as well. Other raves and rants appreciated! Thanks in advance!
Heresy: Roadtriangleforge
Nov 28, 2001 2:31 PM
If you were looking for one go-anywhere, do-anything bike, I'd suggest the 'cross frame, but since you're keeping the mountain bike, adding a road bike to your stable will keep you covered in an even broader range of riding situations. I'd suggest going with a road bike UNLESS you plan to compete at cyclocross -- which you say you don't. You're not giving up that much in the way of speed if you run a cross bike with good road tires, but what you ARE giving up will be some of the things I love about road bikes, particularly the way a good, balanced road bike sings through fast corners and accelerates at the slightest urging. Or at least it feels that way compared to a mountain bike.

A cross bike will likely be heavier than the equivalent race-oriented road bike, and you'll have considerably fewer to choose from & test ride at any given bike shop. And though Redline, Kona and others are offering some incredible values in cyclocross rides, a little careful shopping will probably stretch your budget farther with a road bike. Of course, if your long rides tend to include gravel or fire roads, then that changes the whole equation.
Heresy: RoadHENRY
Nov 28, 2001 3:13 PM
I JUST SOLD A LITESPEED ULTIMATE (RACING BIKE), AND REPLACED IT WITH A LITE SPEED APPALACIAN (CYCLOCROSS BIKE. WHILE THERE IS SOME NOTICABLE DIFFERENCE IN ACCELERATION AND CLIMBING IT IS NOT DRASTIC. IT STILL HANDLES WELL, THE FRAME IS A LITTLE MORE STRETCHED OUT AND COMPLIANT AND I CAN PUT BIGGER TIRES ON IT FOR MORE VARIETY.
re: Newbie decision: Road Bike or Cyclocross?shubb
Nov 29, 2001 7:00 PM
After years of mt. biking, a couple of years ago I went out and bought a road bike. Luckily, a pair of 30mm cross tires fit on it, and I spend a lot of time off road on it.
Riding it off road is a blast, and I feel I can put off getting that cross bike for a while yet.
The triple chain ring and a little extra clearence make this road bike work in the dirt (even raced cross once and stayed upright!), and I can still do the long road rides with a perfectly good 21 lb. road bike.

Just some thoughts...

shubb
re: Newbie decision: Road Bike or Cyclocross?Blair
Nov 30, 2001 10:15 PM
I went with a used road bike, and at $400 with ergo shifters you can't go wrong. However, it is a dedicated race bike. I can barely run 25c tires because of the fork clearance. This is just to say that not all road bikes have the same ability to serve double duty.

I have also ridden the fastest rides and some races with guys on CX bikes. They can do very well.

If you go with a used road bike that fits, you can't go wrong.

If you buy a cx bike and get road tires, you can do the fast rides, and you certainly can do your first few races, if the motor can do it. You will also be able to off-road, gravel, tour, and run fenders.

Tell us what you decide