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Old 09-26-07, 08:59 PM   #1
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commuter ideas? crosscheck?

first time poster here, though i've been a lurker. anyways..

i'm looking for some input on a good commuter for myself. i have been riding a fixed gear for the past few years...and i ride it all summer, and most of the fall and spring. (i live in maine by the way). now i'm looking to build up a commuter i can ride through the winter. i'm currently building up a karate monkey, but it's going to be set up mostly for singletrack and the like.

so i was thinking maybe something along the lines of a crosscheck. anyone out there ride this as their commuter? i'm going to be riding all winter...mostly short trips around my area (smaller city...with some hills here and there.) i figure the XC is a good idea since it affords me the option of riding geared or SS.

any input here is warmly welcomed. thanks guys and gals!
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fixed xc is my town bike.
i don't commute anymore (aside from the trip from my bed to my home office)- but i love the xc as a platform frame. gear it, fix it, single speed it. i ride it in the winter with cross knobbies on it, and in the summer with wide slicks or the knobbies depending on where i feel like exploring.
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that's what i should have said...i guess this is less of a commuting issue as much as it is an around town bike thing. the only time i ever really NEED my car is when i make long trips in the winter months. my job and my school are both within a short distance of where i live, as are the majority of places i go.

so do you like the xc in the winter? are you riding it geared or single?
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My main commuter is a singlespeed Cross Check. I dig it. The road bike manners and ability to take huge tires are what sold me on it.
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that's what i should have said...i guess this is less of a commuting issue as much as it is an around town bike thing. the only time i ever really NEED my car is when i make long trips in the winter months. my job and my school are both within a short distance of where i live, as are the majority of places i go.

so do you like the xc in the winter? are you riding it geared or single?
fixed. love it.
i built it with a flip flop wheel but have never flipped to the SS side!

i rode last year on snow and ice with the cross tires. this year i hope to get some studded tires.
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I have a Cross Check that has been ridden in just about every config possible (fixed, ss, gears, flat bar, drop bar, panniers, fenders, rack, blah blah blah). It is the most versatile bike I have. Currently setup w/ gears, bar end shifters, drop bars, front dyno hub, etc. The Cross Check is a great bike. I have ridden it lots during the winter (mostly on dirt/snow roads). It has very predictable handling, takes very large tires if you want them (44c), and has a nice smooth ride. get one...

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Great idea!

I ride a Single Speed Cross Check year round for commute and town. I have 2 other really nice bikes, road and mountain, but this one gets over 80% of the year round miles. I love it.

- Year round set up : Brooks saddle, Thomson post and stem. King headset, 105 crankset. Avid shorty 6 brakes. Freddy fenders, rack, commuting pannier, or grocery bag panniers depending on trip.
- 3 Season set up includes: Drop bars with Cane Creek road levers - 25mm Ultra gatorskins tires- 42x16 gear ratio
- Winter Set up includes: Flat bars with XT levers - 2nd set of wheels w/ Nokian 106 35mm studded - 39x17 gear ratio.

It does it all! Well it does over 80% of it all for me.
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Couldn't make a better choice then the XC. The hard part is how to outfit it.
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true. i think i've decided on the XC if i can find a secondhand frame..the problem is definetly going to be how i want it set up. ..i'd like to do singlespeed for ease of use and maintenance...especially during the winter, just gotta find the right gear ratio so i can still make it up the hills around here..

as far as sizing goes. i'm about 5'10, and inseam of 30-31". any idea on a frame size?
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as far as sizing goes. I'm about 5'10, and inseam of 30-31". any idea on a frame size?
FWIW - I'm 6'2'' with a 33+" inseam and ride a 58. Yes, it's on the smallish side for me, but I'm not a young punk anymore and like it a little less stretched out for town biking. It's really comfy in all hand positions. But I could probably be on a 60 pretty easily.

For you, I'd guess a 54. I have a couple friends with xc's and both are about your size, they ride 54's
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I'm 5'9" and have a 30" inseam. I have both a 54cm and 56cm. On the 54cm, I have toe overlap issues w/ large (44c) tires. Both feel ok otherwise.

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true. i think i've decided on the XC if i can find a secondhand frame..the problem is definetly going to be how i want it set up. ..i'd like to do singlespeed for ease of use and maintenance...especially during the winter, just gotta find the right gear ratio so i can still make it up the hills around here..

as far as sizing goes. i'm about 5'10, and inseam of 30-31". any idea on a frame size?
I'm 5'8" and on a 54. some days I wish I went with the 56... toe overlap is a minor issue but I also have alot of steerer tube exposed...
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I'm biased-
a CrossCheck is a great bike,
well the XC frame is great that allows you to set up a highly flexible versatile biike.
mine is set up as a 1x9 with Albatross handlebar. Ride it year round, from the spring (after mud season)
until fall (before ice) ride on 42-622 Marathon tires. during icy & snow have Nokia
W106 studded tires. XC's strengths are adaptability and comfortable satisfying ride.
seriously consider the 1x9 set up (34 T chainwheel with 11-34 cassette is highly effective)
for a commuting/utility ride, almost as handy as a SS yet has the gearing to handle many hills, a head wind or a real icy surface.
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