Touring - Cyclocross with Bob ?
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01-02-06, 12:16 PM
I know that the shorter chainstay length could be a problem with panniers, but what about using a cyclocross with a bob trailer ? Is stability an issue ? Seems like a good bike to consider for paved/dirt touring rather than a dedicated touring bike.
For pulling a trailer is the LHT noticably superior to the Cross check or
Kona Sutra really that much better than Jake the snake ?
Cyclocross just seems more versatile and I'm looking for a bike my son can use also.
Tours will probably not exceed two weeks, so I'm not sure I need a full-blown touring bike if 90% of the time it will not be pulling a load.
I've heard that the Xcheck handles just fine with a Bob (with a beefy rear wheel). If your tours won't extend 2 weeks, i'd definitely go this route over the touring bike, because imo the CX is lighter and smoother on unloaded rides at home.
Just get the Jandd Extreme rear rack. It allows you to mount the panniers further back so that your heels don't hit. That's what I have on my Crosscheck. I've heard tales of trailers getting out of control on descents and causing crashes - my Crosscheck is rock steady when fully loaded and flying downhill. The Crosscheck is a better touring bike than the LHT is a cyclocross bike. The lower bottom bracket and longer wheelbase of the LHT just don't work as well offroad.
01-03-06, 10:59 PM
I did a fixed gear tour using a Bob Coz (heavier then the Yak) and a Surly Cross Check.
Absolutely no issues with the bike or the trailer. Compared to my Trek 520 the frame seemed to flex a bit more but not enough to cause me concerns.
When starting out make sure you work up to high speed descents carefully so that you can see if you have a "wag the dog" kind of issue. Highly likely that having gear well balanced in the trailer will reduce the chance of problems.
Having said that I have to admit using saddlebags is also a nice option since it gives you fewer wheels to worry about having to fix. Schwalbe makes a good trailer tire that for me anyway hasn't had any flats yet.
P.S. Schwalbe is a BT101 sponsor meaning that contributors are sponsored. I ask for and receive nothing. I like their products but wanted to disclose the connection for clarity.
01-03-06, 11:59 PM
Cyclocross with a Bob? Who ever would think of such a thing?
Nikki riding her Pinarello CX bike on a ride up the the Sierra Century.
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