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Old 06-02-11, 09:19 AM   #1
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Good Commuter/ Road Bicycle / Cross Bicycle / Light Touring

I am looking for a bicycle that does all these things relatively well in the exact order too. I am a decently experienced cyclist (Race Triathlons and so forth) and am looking for a more relaxed ride than my race bicycle for commuting and training in the hills. Right now I use a 2006 trek 1500 as my race bicycle thats outfitted as a TT bicycle basically and I do not like using it for multiple uses because I finally dialed in a fit like I like that is specific to TT.

Anyways I have about a 6 mile commute to school and would like a bicycle that can possibly be outfitted for racks and has a longer wheel base. I have also thought that getting a cross bicycle would help me move into another race scene that looks like a lot of fun. It also seems that cross bicycles can double as a good commuter as well. I have looked at a lot of cyclocross bicycle and still haven't found the ONE. So maybe with a little help from this forum I can finally figure out what I am looking at. Price is an issue and I'd like to stay as close to $1000 as possible since I am a student.

I have looked at bikes from Trek, Gary Fisher, Specialized, Kona, Surly, Blue, Felt, Cannondale, Motobecane and probably a few I haven't mentioned. I really liked the Gary Fisher steel frame and the treks sram apex drivetrain and the Motobecane's price but I cannot find a bike with all the combinations that I like plus rack mounts and my price range.

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http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/..._pro_rival.htm

Sram Rival drivetrain, very similar to Apex. You probably saw it too but thought I would post just in case you'd missed it.

Looks like a very versatile machine indeed.
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Yes I saw the Sram Rival drivetrain on the Motobecane and the price is really great. I'd just rather support my LBS and I like steel frames better. Gary Fisher has a steel cyclocross frame that seems not to weigh much different than a aluminum frame which I like a lot. For this price range I cannot be too picky and the Motobecane does the trick very well. I like the SRAM Apex because it has a wider range of gears than the Rival counterpart and it could be good for touring. I guess I am just wondering if there is any other bicycle's out there that I haven't looked at that would fit the bill perfect. I am sure there probably is but I'd have to pay more.
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Salsa Vaya is exactly what you're looking for, except its a bit outta your price range.
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Have you looked into having your LBS build up a Surly Cross Check or Soma Double Cross frame for you? For the components you want, it'll be over a grand, but you can get exactly what you want, and support your LBS.
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What did you think of the Kona Jake? It's got a triple, which would give you the wide gear range and does all of the things you asked about well. I haven't seen the '11 model in person and online pictures give me a mixed impression of whether or not it has rack mounts. The 2010 model definitely does and if you can find one they seem to be going for under $800.
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yea cross is OK, lots of brands , Trek Portland includes Disc brakes ,
may be a lower BB

but since Cross isn't using Toeclips for 25 years, not an issue..
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Maybe look at the Jamis Aurora, Bianchi Volpe, and maybe Specialized TriCross. They might be a little out of your price range so maybe see if they have last years models.
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What did you think of the Kona Jake? It's got a triple, which would give you the wide gear range and does all of the things you asked about well. I haven't seen the '11 model in person and online pictures give me a mixed impression of whether or not it has rack mounts. The 2010 model definitely does and if you can find one they seem to be going for under $800.
That is my bike, and my recommendation. 2010 Kona Jake. Slap some more road oriented tires on it, and you're off.
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A bike I think is a great deal is the Redline Conquest Classic. Steel with disc brakes http://www.redlinebicycles.com/bikes...nquest-classic

It's not cyclocross, but my brother just bought from REI the Novara Verita http://www.rei.com/product/807242/no...rita-bike-2011

Which with the 20% coupon is an awesome deal. Steel bike that will take rack and fenders and uses the SRAM Apex drivetrain. It's more a relaxed road bike or light tourer than cyclocross, but it's a very nice bike.
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The Salsa Vaya is a very nice bike and everything that I want except it is not a cyclocross bicycle.
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Any vintage (pre 80s) road bike will do.
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Have you looked into having your LBS build up a Surly Cross Check or Soma Double Cross frame for you? For the components you want, it'll be over a grand, but you can get exactly what you want, and support your LBS.
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No I haven't asked for the LBS to build a bicycle for me. I could actually build the bike myself but still I think the total cost would be out of my price range. Surly Cross Check looks real nice especially the blue one.
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What did you think of the Kona Jake? It's got a triple, which would give you the wide gear range and does all of the things you asked about well. I haven't seen the '11 model in person and online pictures give me a mixed impression of whether or not it has rack mounts. The 2010 model definitely does and if you can find one they seem to be going for under $800.
I like the Kona Jake, I actually saw one on ebay that was 2008 major jake frameset but it was too large for me but I loved the color green. I am keeping my eyes peeled for a good deal on a late model that is actually how I have purchased all my bicycles I own now.
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Maybe look at the Jamis Aurora, Bianchi Volpe, and maybe Specialized TriCross. They might be a little out of your price range so maybe see if they have last years models.
I like the Jamis but I am not sure how well of a cross bicycle it would be for racing. If I wasn't going to race it I would probably choose this bicycle very nice. Looking for last years model of tricross for sure. The Bianchi Volpe, I think, is not made anymore and I am not sure of who carries bianchi in my city.
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That is my bike, and my recommendation. 2010 Kona Jake. Slap some more road oriented tires on it, and you're off.
I like the Kona Jake just looking for one with the right components for the right price is difficult along with the correct size.
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A bike I think is a great deal is the Redline Conquest Classic. Steel with disc brakes http://www.redlinebicycles.com/bikes...nquest-classic

It's not cyclocross, but my brother just bought from REI the Novara Verita http://www.rei.com/product/807242/no...rita-bike-2011

Which with the 20% coupon is an awesome deal. Steel bike that will take rack and fenders and uses the SRAM Apex drivetrain. It's more a relaxed road bike or light tourer than cyclocross, but it's a very nice bike.
I think that I am looking for a bicycle with cantilever brakes even though I personally think disc brakes are AWESOME but, unfortunately I think some cyclocross races do not allow you to have em so better to err on the safe side. And the Rei bicycle is a nice bike but again I think I really want a cyclocross.
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I like the Kona Jake just looking for one with the right components for the right price is difficult along with the correct size.
You're right. I got lucky with mine. A couple months ago, I found one in my size, at a good price, and jumped on it. Good luck!
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You're right. I got lucky with mine. A couple months ago, I found one in my size, at a good price, and jumped on it. Good luck!
Yea I am keeping my eyes peeled for great deals on ebay and craigslist. I am not opposed to buying used at all either because I am a decent mechanic and what I can't do I can learn to do or take it to the LBS for them to do.
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I think that I am looking for a bicycle with cantilever brakes even though I personally think disc brakes are AWESOME but, unfortunately I think some cyclocross races do not allow you to have em so better to err on the safe side. And the Rei bicycle is a nice bike but again I think I really want a cyclocross.
Disc brakes are now allowed in cyclocross. http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/uci-...or-cyclo-cross

Not sure if that changes your mind or not.
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Disc brakes are now allowed in cyclocross. http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/uci-...or-cyclo-cross

Not sure if that changes your mind or not.
Actually it does. Now I am think really hard about the salsa vaya. I am actually probabaly going to check the LBS today that carries Salsa to how it feels and if they have any older models they might sale me for a discount to get me in my price range.

Thanks for the heads up JAG410!!
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http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...yclo-bike-1000

More suggestions, thoughts in this very recent thread. As long as you're talking 'light' touring, you have many choices nowadays.
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http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...yclo-bike-1000

More suggestions, thoughts in this very recent thread. As long as you're talking 'light' touring, you have many choices nowadays.
I checked out the thread. Very similar to my needs. Thank you for the heads up. I think I just have a bit of research to do and test rides and so forth to see what I like. Nobody in my town has the Salsa Vaya so I couldn't test one but there is a LBS that carrys the Kona Jake although I am not fond of it's choice of colors this year and the aluminum fork. I'd probably rather have the Major Jake but it's out of my price range and again I am not fond of what they did with the color this year. I liked the older ones. We will see what happens. Might just end up commuting on my Mt. Bicycle I just got a few weeks back. Which won't be too bad but I was hoping for a zippy little commuter that would help me break my way into the cross scene as well.
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