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Old 08-31-05, 03:37 PM   #1
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but now I'm moving to Morristown, NJ. If anyone knows the area and any tips I'd greatly appreciate it.

My budget is around $600. Checked out a shop and the kid shows me a Specialized Crossroads XC Elite. Nice bike I think, not what I'm used to. Seat hurts like hell, good news though, the other seat I try is way cheaper and will reduce the cost of the bike.

I haven't shopped for a bike in years. I used to ride a mountain bike around Washington DC all the time. The way I picture myself riding in Morristown is the same as I did in DC. In the street, on the sidewalk, through grass, through dirt, and hey, if I can find some sort of trail shortcut, I'm taking it. NJ drivers are probably some of the rudest in the US. I know, I used to be one.

My question is, is the '05 Specialized Crossroads XC Elite a decent bike for commuting in a small city of about 15,000?
wikipedia link...hehe http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Morristown%2C_New_Jersey

When riding in DC, I used to go down stairs, hop curbs, ride on dirt etc all the time. I need a good road bike with the versitility to handle some harder riding, and perhaps if I put some big fat tires on there, some fun trail riding in the surrounding wilderness.

Sorry for the long first post, I've been reading a lot here and everyone is so helpful. I'll be depending on this bike to get to work, and I see myself riding the NJ transit line to Hoboken, Manhattan, or wherever I feel like exploring on my day off.

Thanks!!

Oh, I'd be getting the 2005 Specialized Crossroads XC Elite for less than 599. Since the MSRP is around 700, should I go for it, or is this thing just a horrendous bike? I know nothing, but I'm picking a lot up everyday.

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Old 08-31-05, 05:45 PM   #2
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How far is your commute? A hybrid like the Crossroads will not be the most efficient bike for a longer ride but could suffice if you've got less than 5 miles to go and don't mind being slowed down a bit. With that said, I ride a MTB but I've morphed it into a tourer-of-sorts with bar ends, slicks, and a rigid fork. It works for me but if I had to do it over again, I'd start with something lighter.
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Old 08-31-05, 06:44 PM   #3
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Why not stick with the MTB with slicks and a rear rack? I did that with the Kona and I commute about 20 miles round trip no problem. The front suspension is handy with potholes, curbs, and generally lousy roads. I use Continental Country Ride tires.
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The commute will be less than 5 miles, but I occasionally will want to take a leisure ride for maybe more than that...just exploring the town, traversing every side street etc. You know, I always thought what the heck, a mountain bike is comfy for me, if I put some thinner road tires on there, whats the difference to me?

I know it's all a matter of personal preference...I'm glad I found this forum....looking forward to sharing my experience with everyone.
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