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    Yet another help me pick my bike thread, CAADX or what else?

    Hello everyone, first post on the board.

    Very quick background, I'm 6ft & 235lbs, I need to drop back down to 180-190 range, i'm feeling like i'm not going to be able to enjoy life with my new baby. So I dusted off the mountain bike and hit the trails. I quickly discovered how horrible that cheap "Iron Horse" is. It was pretty discouraging to ride. So long story short I test drove a CAADX and fell in love with it. The MTB is like pedaling a tank up a hill.

    I mostly ride on the paved paths of the DC area and some roads as i've decide to live car free. I need a bike that can climb hills easily, that i can do a 12-15mile commute once a week and that I can install next spring one of the kid chariot things. I thought a cyclocross bike may be what I need since I can also swap the wheel set for skinnier ones as i gain condition/loose weight and be able to ride with some of my road bike friends.

    SO, i'm about to pull the trigger on a CAADX 105, i found one in my size (56)
    http://www.cannondale.com/bikes/road...2011-caadx-105

    I'm a little scared to do it since I've only tested CAADX. It does feel great but maybe i'm missing out on something else? The main problems are that LBS apparently aren't carrying CX bikes because "we're not in season or we just don't carry that many". So i haven't been able to compare. I also don't know what other bike to research to see if I can start calling other stores.

    Thoughts? and thanks to everyone for sharing in this forum, you've been an inspiration to get off my ass.
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    I don't know anything about 'cross bikes so I can't help there. I mainly wanted to suggest that you double-check that frame size. I'm 5'-10" and 56 is the size I ride.

    Edit: As I said, I don't know 'cross bikes, but it just occurred to me that frame sizes for 'cross might be marginally smaller than they would be for road use, and if that's the case, your 56 may well be the right size. If so, you can safely ignore me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CraigB View Post
    Edit: As I said, I don't know 'cross bikes, but it just occurred to me that frame sizes for 'cross might be marginally smaller than they would be for road use, and if that's the case, your 56 may well be the right size. If so, you can safely ignore me.
    Yes, this is what I was told at the bike shop, i'd be a 58 on a road bike but CX you go down one....

    Anyone else, thoughts if I should do CX or maybe i should be looking at a different type of bike? I would do a road bike but i'm finding it hard to find a decent one that can tow a chariot or use for commuting as well. Maybe the shops haven't been to helpful recommending....

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    I recently settled on a Dual Sport from Trek. Fast enough on the paths and fully C&O towpath capable (which may be a consideration for you being in DC area). Revolution Cycles seems to be the only Trek dealer around with high enough volume to have the early release production run in stock. I made a lot of phone calls... Even Agee's in Richmond was OOS until late October.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ponchera View Post
    else, thoughts if I should do CX or maybe i should be looking at a different type of bike? I would do a road bike but i'm finding it hard to find a decent one that can tow a chariot or use for commuting as well. Maybe the shops haven't been to helpful recommending....
    There are different types of road bikes: racing, touring, etc. It's possible that you have some racing/tri shops around. A road touring bike (like a Long Haul Trucker) would be able to do what you're looking for. On the other hand, it probably won't be all that different from a cyclocross bike. CX bikes tend to be pretty versatile, and if you aren't looking to race or spend all your time climbing steep hills, they're a very good choice for most people.
    Don't believe everything you think.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Seattle Forrest View Post
    if you aren't looking to race or spend all your time climbing steep hills, they're a very good choice for most people.
    But can CX bike can take a hill a lot easier than a MTB correct (and by a lot i mean worlds of difference a lot)?? For those familiar to the DC/VA area, can I climb up rosslyn on a CX w/o a problem?
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    one more question, how much do LBS usually negotiate? is it like a car dealer? Seems like my LBS just wants to charge the MSRP listed on the manufacturer's website.

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    Most LBSs, in my experience, discount bikes little, if any, unless you happen on a sale, or a model-year-end clearance. Those around here that discount at all take $50-$100 off depending on the price point. I've tried for greater discounts than that, without success, but I'm not really much of a negotiator. Markup on bikes is not that great, or so I hear; most of a shop's profit comes from accessories and service.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ponchera View Post
    But can CX bike can take a hill a lot easier than a MTB correct (and by a lot i mean worlds of difference a lot)?? For those familiar to the DC/VA area, can I climb up rosslyn on a CX w/o a problem?
    Depends on the bike, and you should test ride the one(s) you're interested in. My CX bike isn't a bad climber, better than the hybrids and mountain bikes I've had before. In general, cross bikes tend to have good power transfer and put you in a strong position, but they're heavy (compared to a road bike, light compared to a MTB). If your current bike has a suspension frame or fork, there's probably going to be no contest. Still, it varies quite a bit from bike to bike.

    Also, don't hesitate to try your local Craigslist. There are a lot of basically new, but pre-owned bikes there. My girlfriend got a Cross Check with lots of upgrades for $700 on CL; they cost $1,050 new. Hers had about 150 miles on it.
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    i went ahead and pulled the trigger on the caadx 105, second ride was even better. i like the 105 better than the more expensive sram version. those shifters seemed too odd. I took every possible hill/incline back home.

    couple simple mods should make the bike better, first seat, then i may change breaks aside from that whatever accessories depending on the ride.

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