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Old 09-17-09, 09:29 PM   #1
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How shall I approach this bike situation?

First, howdy to all. My first post here.

I currently ride a Tricross Singlecross for commuting purposes. I would like to use it more for running to the store etc. but due to location in the city would require several trips over hills. I need to check out my chain this weekend but I believe it has "stretched" (I know this isn't correct, but everyone knows what I mean).

Anywho, I've been wanting to try out Cyclocross as well as doing a Triathlon. Now, I'd probably start with a sprint level, as I am not a strong swimmer. I'm working on it though.

With that in mind I'm trying to work out the best way to pull this off. Best doesn't necessarily mean cheapest but I'm not made of money. I've also fallen in love with the Yeti Arc X. I'm considering buying it (need to find out where I could test it first) and converting my single speed to multi. Yeti could be for cyclo and my new multi Tricross for commuting still as well as the Tri. If the Tri stuff goes well, I could spring for a nice road bike later.

Keeping in mind I won't be in the Tri to win it obviously at first.... would the Tricross as a multi be sufficient? Or would it put me at significant disadvantage that I should consider other options?

Or is there some other option out there?
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Old 09-18-09, 08:54 AM   #2
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If I following this, you have a single-speed bike and (now) want a multispeed bike.

The simplest (and probably cheapest) is to buy a multispeed bike (used if possible). (You could either sell the Singlecross or keep it.) To convert a single speed, you'd need deraillers, a cluster, a new crankset, new brake/shift levers. That's a fair number of additional parts.

It might also be (it's hard to tell) that you are wondering if you can use a multispeed xcross bike in a triathalon. Since you aren't really trying to win the tri, the multispeed xcross bike would be OK for that. (There isn't any reason you can't do reasonable tri times with a multispeed xcross bike.)
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Old 09-18-09, 06:50 PM   #3
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Ok, thanks for the help on a multispeed xbike.

I have a single speed cross.

I need to be able to commute and want to get into Tri and Cross races. Just trying to find the best way to accomplish this...with my love of the Yeti Arc X.
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Old 09-18-09, 10:47 PM   #4
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You can't have a bike that'll do Tri and cross races. They're mutually exclusive. Well, do it well anyways.
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The singlecross can't be converted to multi speed as there is no derailleur hanger. I guess you could go internal hub, but that sucks. I'd sell it. The Yeti is a straight up cross bike. You could race tri's with it, but it would be far from optimal. Way to upright. Buy a cheap road bike for tri's.
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Old 09-19-09, 12:27 AM   #6
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Yes, as I said in my first post I was thinking/hoping it could be done with two bikes (including my SS).

Seems as though I might have to get rid of it however, which is a pity. I guess we shall see how much I could get, maybe it will not be worth it to sell.

Thanks for all the help guys.
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