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Commuting on a CX bike(7 posts)

Commuting on a CX bikelexington476
Oct 21, 2003 5:40 AM
I see numerous references to commuting on CX bikes in this forum. I do not commute to work on my bike. But I am wondering, why a CX bike, and not a road bike?
My reasons-skateparks
Oct 21, 2003 5:57 AM
-it's already dirty
-bigger tires
-MTB shoes and pedals, I can actually walk into a store
-more upright position without looking like a dork (LOL)
-ability to hit some of the little trails that I have on the way
-I can pull my trailer without fear of ruining my beer-can-tickness chainstay on my road bike
-my CX seat is more comfortable
-did I mention that it's already dirty?

re: Commuting on a CX bikearctic hawk
Oct 21, 2003 7:07 AM
My $0.02 from an earlier post

arctic hawk "What is it about Cross?" 10/20/03 10:13am
re: Commuting on a CX bikelaffeaux
Oct 21, 2003 10:09 AM
The CX will go anywhere, making it a great commuter. When I stick to the roads I use my road bike. With a CX bike I can take trails on the way to work or home (luckily I have the option).

Also, on roads that are in bad shape, a CX is more comfortable.
What tires are you using?arctic hawk
Oct 21, 2003 1:14 PM
My stock Bontragers are very square looking right about now (about 1,500 km on them) & I am looking at buying new ones. Which tires are you running? Any idea on the mileage?

Arctic Hawk
Hey HawkAJS
Oct 21, 2003 11:52 PM
I'm using the Vredestein Campo 28c. Sometimes I change out the rear one for a Vred Fortezza 25c if I'm going to be mostly road riding - just because the Fortezza's a bit lighter to spin on the back. For off-road, I leave the rear 28c Campo on and change out the front one for a 32c Campo.

They're great tires, and the Campo is the same tire as a Fortezza but just with aggressive tread, and wider at 28/32c. You can get them for $29.95/ea. at

Another very good choice as a commuter tire is the Panaracer Pasela TG. They're light, and at $20./ea. at they're pretty cheap.
Hey Hawkarctic hawk
Oct 23, 2003 3:30 AM
Thanks for the info!
I will definitely keep this in mind for next year. Once this weekend's race is over, for me at least, the bike will be bused very sparingly as I am not one of those winter riders. Making more use of the car these days.