Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: A land that time forgot
Bikes: the ever shifting stable loaded with comfortable road bikes and city and winter bikes
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there are some great 'cyclocross/touring bastard bikes in the shops now.
Redline conquests, Rocky Mtn has a 'sherpa' i think. also the Rocky RC30? then there's the bianchi volpe, there are other 'go fast' 700 c bikes with linear pulls out there.....
price points about 700? lots of good choices.
my favorite 'go anywhere' bike is the TREK 520 but a new one is a bit out of the $$$ range. lightly used you could find one at that price, easy.
the more i ride mine, the more I'm convinced the TREK 520 is the best bike i have even owned. Solid. it handles pavement doing 50 downhills like it is on rails, and i can even grab a drink while doing so.
I like to ride thru this big, woodland park with hills in it on my way to work. sometimes i'm bombing the trails on my 520 doing 22-25 MPH or so, and i'll find myself accidentally off the trail and into the thick of it sometimes, in the woods, bombing off camber hillsides and bunny hopping fallen timber. it rides gravel roads like butter.
The 520 soaks it all up like a good road drunkard. On road and off, the 520 is one versatile bike