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Brodie Romax for commuting/touring(4 posts)

Brodie Romax for commuting/touringdissonance
Jan 28, 2002 2:55 PM
I'm trekking around europe for 6 weeks this summer, and am looking at a Brodie Romax (2002) for both that and to use as a commuter bike in Vancouver before and after. Any quirks using this bike with a full fender/rack complement?

I also have the option of, for roughly the same price, getting a Trek 2002 'cross bike built up from Sora to Tiagra. I'm thinking this is probably not a better option, any thoughts on the subject?

Finally, I'm 5'11-6'0 with pretty long arms/upper body. I ride a 55cm road/triathlon bike whose top tube is a little short (which is fine, since it's perfect for tri bars). Is it generally better to get a smaller bike for commuting/touring, or should I be looking for something roughly the same size considering my longish reach? I have the opportunity to pick up a 2001 Romax which is essentially the same bike, but it's only a 53cm and my thinking is that's going to be too small.

re: Brodie Romax for commuting/touringcptnpwdr
Jan 28, 2002 6:49 PM
hey there,

I would have to sat that the brodie's frame may be a little burlier for commuting and touring...i use a romax for cyclo-cross and have friends w/ Trek x-bikes...and the frames on the Trek's is definitely lighter...which doesn't necessarily mean weaker as 'cross racing isn't easy on bikes...i would say which ever bike fits better is the one you should go with--Tiagra components are your best bet for durability and price...just make sure you get a strong wheel-set--the fit should be close to mtb sizing...later
re: Brodie Romax for commuting/touringKEN2
Feb 2, 2002 9:40 AM
I'd get at least the same size as your road bike. You don't want to be hunched over from either a too-low or a too-short TT on a commuter/tourer. It's better to be a little more upright. That 53 sounds too small... I'm 6' 1" and I ride a 58 cm (maybe longer legs than you?).
re: Brodie Romax for commuting/touringGeoff
Feb 4, 2002 9:27 AM
Yeah, I've got pretty short legs, but a long upper body. I tooled around the parking lot on the 53 and it was way too small, so I'm going to get something in the 56 range. Now all I have to do is call everyone that owes me money, find a nice comfy seat and some cheap downhill pedals and fenders and I'l good to go.

Thanks for the help, guys.