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Old 04-21-13, 05:39 PM   #1
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Looking for Advice on an Affordable Dual Sport Bike

Hello Everyone.

I have been riding bikes for as long as I can remember but have always used a hybrid. After doing a 35 mile ride through a hilly area of NJ and and being in more pain than I ever felt in my life, I think it is time I get a more serious bike. Especially if I want to continue doing these type of rides.

I am now in the market for an affordable road bike that is also suitable for getting around NY City. I dont want to go flying head over heels when I hit one of the infamous potholes or uneven roads. I guess you can say I am looking for an affordable road bike with slightly wider tires.

Do any of you have any suggestions? I am looking to spend around $1000. I have found some bikes that look intriguing. They are the Trek Crossrip (not elite) at about $1,100 or the Specialized TriCross Triple for about $990. Links included below.

Please feel free to suggest bikes I am not considering.

Thank you guys very much.

Daniel A.

http://www.trekbikes.com/us/en/bikes...ssrip/crossrip

http://www.specialized.com/us/en/bik...sstriple#specs
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I've had several Tricross models. They are excellent bikes and work well for bad pavement or dirt roads. Change the tires to something else though. They aren't great and tend to be rather slow.

The Trek looks interesting, but the disc brakes are probably overkill for most people.
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cyclocross bikes can pretty much do everything.
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I've had several Tricross models. They are excellent bikes and work well for bad pavement or dirt roads. Change the tires to something else though. They aren't great and tend to be rather slow.

The Trek looks interesting, but the disc brakes are probably overkill for most people.
Thanks for the response. What would you suggest changing the tires too? The frame on the tricross is lightweight?

Also, what are disk breaks?
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They're not breaks, they are brakes.
Disk brakes have been used on mountain bikes for more than a decade and are currently in use on all kinds of bikes, including CX.
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They're not breaks, they are brakes.
Disk brakes have been used on mountain bikes for more than a decade and are currently in use on all kinds of bikes, including CX.
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See if you can find a used Surly Crosscheck. A new complete one is about $1200. Steel frame, bar end shifters, lower end but usable components, decent wheels, rack and fender eyelets. Nothing fancy but they work.
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Thanks for the response. What would you suggest changing the tires too? The frame on the tricross is lightweight?

Also, what are disk breaks?
I would probably go with something like Continental Ultra Gatorskins is something like 700x25 or 700x28. Disc Brakes are brakes that use disc's instead of the rim of the bicycle. If you look at the Trek, you can see the silver disc near the axle of the wheel. It's the same technology that cars and motorcycles use. Great technology, but kinda overkill for a light bicycle. Rim brakes work fine for most uses and are lighter and usually cheaper.

Edit: The gatorskin tires are puncture resistant which have worked great for me. I hate flats.

Edit 2: Sorry, missed your other question. Yes, the frame is fairly lightweight. It's aluminum and off all the aluminum bikes I've ridden, the Tricross rides like a dream. Very nice for an aluminum bike. FWIW, I've owned several Trek aluminum bikes and they have all rode poorly. Very harsh riding even with larger tires. If I was you, I think I'd search for a used Tricross. I picked up a 4 year old Tricross Comp (higher level components and frame) for $600 a few years ago. Loved that bike.
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