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Old 09-25-08, 11:08 AM   #1
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Cross bike for fitness/commuting?

I have been looking at some different bikes for a while and went to the LBS to check them out. Im new to the scene and would a cross bike be the best application for someone who is looking to ride just for fitness and commuting year round? (I live in MI).
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Old 09-25-08, 12:55 PM   #2
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A CX bike is great for this. Understand they are often in two sub-formats: pure race, and those that have more utilitarian designs. The latter should have fender and rack mounts.
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Old 09-25-08, 12:59 PM   #3
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I had been using older bikes and hand-me-downs for years and I went looking for the same thing as you are. I ended up getting a great price in a 2007 Norco CCX that was sitting around the LBS. I only have 500 kilometers on it so far, but it is extremely fun and useful so far. No problems at all - I am 6'4" and 225 and not real easy on gear.


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Old 09-25-08, 05:07 PM   #4
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I like them as the steering is usually quite fast, the frames tend to be a little tougher and sometimes the wheels sacrifice weight for strength - this is good for me. Canti brakes make it easy to get a mudguard on and mine has everything you need for a rack. My cross bike is now so commuterised that a real cross bike would disown it but it's a great bike for everything from 2 mile errands to 100 mile rides.
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Old 09-25-08, 05:23 PM   #5
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Well, I ride a Tricross Sport, which is what CastIron described - a cyclocross bike that's been "utilitarianised". I couldn't imagine anything better for commuting and generally getting around. It's basically a more rugged, practical version of a road bike.

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Old 09-25-08, 06:55 PM   #6
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+1 or 2 to the cross bike suggestion.
I ride a "utilitarianised" [good description Stevage] CrossCheck.
A highly pragmatic choice.
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Old 09-25-08, 09:19 PM   #7
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Hard to beat a utilitarian CX bike for overall versatility.

If you plan on owning only one bike (something almost no regular BF poster would endorse ), it's hard to think of a better choice, unless you're planning on regular touring or otherwise carrying a lot of stuff on the bike--in that case a touring bike might work better.
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Old 09-25-08, 09:29 PM   #8
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The LBS has a 2008 Scott sportster p2 for sale, which is the bike im currently looking at. But i have to go back on monday when the owner is there it was just a kid working and he told me to come back to see whatelse they had in stock.
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