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Old 11-19-11, 05:18 AM   #1
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Still looking.

Plenty of time before it becomes necessary but I am looking for a bike. I currently have a couple of good road bikes- An offroad Tandem that works and a couple of elderly MTB hardtails that are good enough.

I retire next year and will be working a while longer to earn money to pay for it but looking at a budget of around $1500 MAX. Was thinking of a do-it-all bike but that does not exist. Plenty of time will be on my hands and I intend to use a bike whenever possible. The wife has a car if I need to be taken somewhere but my car is off the road right now due to economics and I do not intend to drive.

For local shopping and errands I was thinking of a fitness bike but that style is not for me now- and the Probability of theft on a bike left while I do the shopping cuts that route out. I have an old Dawes Galaxy that I can rebuild that I can afford to lose when it goes "Walkies" but hope that the state it is in- not many will give it a second glance.

BUT-- that bike. What shall I get? Still have a mind for offroad but I no longer do the aggressive or distance Enduros that I used to. However looking at the gentler stuff that I still want to do I have thought about another hardtail. But then when I do the road riding an MTB will be hard work. So a "Compromise" is being thought of. There are plenty of offroad trails that only take in the gentler hills and have a good surface on them that will not shake me about too much.

So choice of two--A Cyclocross or (Dare I say it)- a 29er. Thinking of both and yet to compare back to back so what are your thoughts. I want a bike for Gentler offroads- will go uphills but can still do a road ride if required.

What are your thoughts?
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Old 11-19-11, 07:17 AM   #2
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I think you should start a project with a decent new bike, then wheather it like in movie sets to make it look like a piece of trash, that be like a rat rod, with 500 horses under the hood! if theft is an issue that is.
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Tough choices indeed. My "all rounder" is a cross bike. I also have an mtb for the tough single track rides but the cross bike handles rough offroad very well. I throw slicks on it for winter road rides and trainer use. The new Tricross is more relaxed and better designed for true cross utilization and Specialized made Crux the new race geometry frame.

Mine, being an '08 is more in line with the Crux but here she is.



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Tough choices indeed. My "all rounder" is a cross bike. I also have an mtb for the tough single track rides but the cross bike handles rough offroad very well. I throw slicks on it for winter road rides and trainer use. The new Tricross is more relaxed and better designed for true cross utilization and Specialized made Crux the new race geometry frame.

Mine, being an '08 is more in line with the Crux but here she is.



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I've seen some really nice 29er's lately and you could set it up for road, CX, off-road and a shopping getter. John and one and loved it before he went to a road bike this fall. Just a thought.

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There are plenty of offroad trails that only take in the gentler hills and have a good surface on them that will not shake me about too much.

So choice of two--A Cyclocross or (Dare I say it)- a 29er. Thinking of both and yet to compare back to back so what are your thoughts. I want a bike for Gentler offroads- will go uphills but can still do a road ride if required.

What are your thoughts?
I'd recommend a good look at a Jamis BosaNova
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Old 11-21-11, 03:13 PM   #9
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Been looking and at the suggestion of Wobbly- Looked at the Jamis Bosanova. Not bad- Commuter style road bike with disc brakes and a triple. Price seems right and so does the spec as it includes disc brakes. Only thing is the weight at 27lbs but while looking for it on a Retail site to get idea of price--I noticed a Whyte bike in the cyclocross section. In case any of you do not know Whyte bikes- They are noted for topend Full suspension Mountain bikes that work--Unfortunately with a price to suit but these bikes do work. British manufacturer and the designer/owner used to be in F 1 as a suspension guru.

I never realised that Whyte Bikes make a cyclocross aswell but read a couple of reviews and they think that it is a bit weighty at 20lbs- Gearing not low enough for Racing and the tyres don't work. But this is a Whyte Bike It must work.

Think it is one to look at next year after a season of development

http://www.whytebikes.com/2012/bike_...dNo=W-1-037-12

And for those that still want a top rate Mountain bike for trail use---- the bike I used to drool over no longer is made--The Whyte 46. Latest model is the 146 but Besides the price- I don't fancy the gearing

http://www.whytebikes.com/2012/bike_...dNo=W-1-041-12
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I just picked up a Trek Gary Fisher Lane cyclocross frame at a mere fraction of listed price. It will serve as my all around bike and computer. I got this, in large part because it has a considerably shorter top tube than other cross bikes in my size. This allows me to sit more upright, which is my preferred position when bring packages home from the market. My understanding is that Trek is going to drop this model, and places will be attempting to move them at real savings.
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