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KAYZAKCX
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3/30/10 1:45 P

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I've raced my cx bike on the road as well. I went with road wheels as it's easier to swap out wheels than tires, at least for me. My road wheels have a little different gearing than the cx ones. I've a friend who has a cx bike that he uses exclusively for commuting.

"It's cyclocross. You're supposed to roll around in the mud." CX Magazine


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3/30/10 12:24 P

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emoticon I want 3 bikes

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3/30/10 11:43 A

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If that's PA_DUN's level of usage then it's a no brainer. Cyclocross bike ALL THE WAY.

CX bikes are solidly built, are slightly heavier (and therefore cheaper) than a roadbike and come with all sorts of nice things, like fender and pannier rack attachments. Yeah they have lower gearing, but I've raced my CX bike in a roadie pack and have had no trouble holding my own. I've even raced my CX bike in triathlons and held my own.

I assume, given that he's an avid MTBer and all, that he knows how to change tires. When he wants to race or ride on the road, he'll take off the knobby CX tires and replace with road slicks. When he wants to go do some gentle off-roading (or cross), he'll put the knobbies on again.

Actually, if I were in his shoes, I'd sell the rigid commuter and use the CX bike as a commuter. He'll find out very quickly that the CX bike is really the Swiss Army Knife of bikes when he gets one.


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Once he does get a CX bike he'll also start to investigate CX racing. Now THAT is fun.

Edited by: WONGERCHI at: 3/30/2010 (11:44)
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3/30/10 8:34 A

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I'm biased, but I would go with a 'cross bike with an extra set of wheels with road tires for non-cross use. That's what I did and the 'cross bike was so much fun to ride I hardly touched my road bike for a couple years.

"It's cyclocross. You're supposed to roll around in the mud." CX Magazine


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3/29/10 11:24 P

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Now that I think about it, my "friend" would probably only race it 2, maybe 3 times per year. Kinda like when people say, "I'd like to buy a bike, but be able to take in on trails every once in a while."

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3/27/10 7:21 P

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get a cyclo sportive

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3/27/10 4:30 P

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Just confirming thoughts of others...depends 100% on what the perspective new bike owner plans on using it for. A cyclocross could fit well into his stable, but so would a road bike, so I'd have to go with the expected use

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It depends on how much the person would be riding on the road. With a commuter and Mtb they are set for some moderate off road, trails, light touring, commuting, etc. If the person wants to move towards faster road activities, distances, or group events the road bike would be a good option. If road riding is not a big deal they should put the money where they get the most return and pleasure.




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It would depend on what it was to be used for.
Our friend who race, use road bikes for road races and cycle cross bikes for fall off road racing.

Is he going to race with it, or ride it for fun? If he has no experience with riding a road bike, a cross bike is a good "bridge" between the two... which handle, climb, and ride very differently.

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Purely hypothetical question, if a friend of mine, let's call him "Pa_Dun" was considering a new rig. Would you go entry level road or CX? Knowing that the aforementioned friend already has a hardtail mtb & a commuter set up like a rigid mtb.emoticon

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