Commuting - Variable Terrain Commuter
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05-12-08, 04:29 PM
Hello Fellow Commuters,
I am currently riding my old Schwinn Frontier MTB with higher pressure tires 14 miles each way. 1st 2.5 miles are rough gravel roads. The rest of the way is paved high-traffic roads with 4 pretty long hills along the way. Thinking of moving into a lighter/faster ride. With the gravel part----what are your suggestions. My thoughts are either light touring bike or cyclecross--although I would be using it strictly as my commuter. Budget wise, I'm looking in the $500-$1000 range. Thanks for your input.
Light touring may allow the wider tires... think of something like 38s or so and high pressure... my commuter uses 26 x 38 which I use to "meet any conditions on the road" and have used well on dirt and gravel roads. They are Armadillos which pump up to 80PSI and roll pretty darn nice on good pavement.
05-12-08, 04:52 PM
You may also want to consider a hybrid, such as the Marin Point Reyes (http://www.marinbikes.com/2008/us/bikes/specs_point_reyes.php). It has a rigid carbon fork and disc brakes, but it accepts large tires, fenders, and a rack.
Whatever you get, make sure it can accept big enough tires. I have 27" x 1.25" (rougly 32mm) tires on my touring bike that I use for commuting, and I don't feel comfortable going very fast on gravel roads nearby. The ride is pretty rough too. If I rode that sort of thing daily, I wouldn't use anything less than 700 x 35.
Novara Safari http://www.rei.com/product/730480 I've been riding this for the last 4 months and love it.
I've got a Kona Jake, which I like a lot. I put 700x28 Gatorskins on it as soon as I bought, which makes it not good for gravel, but I've got pavement the whole way, so that pretty much works out for me. It comes stock with 700x35 Maxxis Locust CX, which would probably handle the gravel pretty well.
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