|Commuting on a CX bike||lexington476|
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?|
Oct 21, 2003 5:57 AM
|-it's already dirty
-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 bike||laffeaux|
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?
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 www.biketiresdirct.com.
Another very good choice as a commuter tire is the Panaracer Pasela TG. They're light, and at $20./ea. at PerformanceBike.com they're pretty cheap.
|Hey Hawk||arctic 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.