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Touring or ATB: which one for commuter?(5 posts)

Touring or ATB: which one for commuter?MXL02
Apr 29, 2003 5:20 AM
I commute along an MUT which is rutted and often in some disrepair, so I don't use my road bike, but rather use an old "comfort bike"...the first thing I bought when I started riding. I want to get something more athletic so I can work on cadence, intervals, etc while riding, and am trying to decide between a nice touring bike versus a mountain bike. The touring bike came to mind because I wanted to use a rack on the back and fenders, so I could ride in inclement weather, but I think I would use the MTB more for other things. Any thoughts would be appreciated.
Try CycloCrosstxcross
Apr 29, 2003 5:37 AM
Looks like a cyclocross bike might fit your needs pretty well. I use mine for everything, long distance road rides, trail riding, fire roads, etc... Generally this is a go anywhere bike. Specifically look at the Jamis Nova. Relatively cheap in comparison to other bikes out there.

http://www.jamisbikes.com/bikes/03_2nova.html

My 01 model has rack mounts both front and rear.
A Vote For Touring BikeSharkman
Apr 29, 2003 8:30 AM
I too am just getting started on commuting. Mine will be a 25 mile each way trip, partly along roads, partly on MUTs, same condition as yours. I have an old Klein Performance, which was a touring model they made back in the early 90s. Basically a stretched out Quantum with hardware for racks and fenders (and panniers).

I took mine into a good LBS, and am having the chain and cassette replaced, an old rack I already owned installed, and plan to put a good pack on the rack. I think this will work out great for commuting. Eventually, I may have to get new wheels (have Mavic Heliums on this bike now) but that can wait.

The geometry and fit of my Klein will be almost identical to a Landshark I race on. Having both set up very similarly will I think help over the long run.

Good luck and hope it works out.

Bob
On my 22-mile round trip, makes almost no differencecory
Apr 29, 2003 9:27 AM
I ride 11 miles each way, losing about 600 feet in the morning and climbing back up in the evening. Over the last three or four years I've swapped randomly among an Atlantis, Allez, Trek tourer-based singlespeed and an old MTB with slicks and fenders (the designated commuter).
My speeds vary a lot more based on how I feel and what I had for breakfast than on what bike I use. I prefer the Atlantis just because I love the bike, but the MTB (with a short, tall stem) is really nice in traffic, and you can easily put fenders and a rack on one if you want to. If you haven't tried a mountain bike with pavement tires, you'll probably be surprised how easily it rolls. A spare set of wheels could hold your offroad tires.
re: MTBcyclopathic
Apr 30, 2003 5:53 AM
I use touring/randonneur and MTB and on my route MTB is safer. No pinch flats and I can ride over storm drains w/o taking left in traffic/endangering myself