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Old 10-07-15, 08:48 AM   #1
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I want to test a Low Trail Rando Bike

Hi Guys-

I spend most of my days in the SSFG sub Forum or the Recreational CX but today I find myself here!

I'm doing the ol' N+1 march again and until fairly recently I have been set on what I think is my Ideal all rounder/long distance/ commuter/gravel/ general tomfoolery road bike, The All City Space Horse. Space Horse | All-City Cycles

It seems to tick all the boxes. I want to be able to fit big wide cushy tires on there or swap them out for something tougher and go play in the woods and maybe put some skinny road tires on and go play in Lycra, but I have a bike dedicated to that.

I want speed and comfort so my choice is to go with a steel road frame.

Anyway I've been taking small sips of the Low Trail 650b Kool-Aid and so far its tasty, a bit tart, but tasty. What I keep coming back to is TEST RIDE BEFORE YOU BUY as this bike will feel different than anything I've ridden- mid to high trail fixed gear bikes/road bikes and mountain bikes.

Which brings me to my question. Where can I get my hands on a bike with classic Low Trail Rando geometry in the NYC area to test ride? Most shops I've been to look at me funny when I ask about road bikes with low trail and 650b tires, since the focus around here is urban/club riding.

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I might be conflating stuff in your post, but the SH isn't particularly low trail. With 32mm tires, the smallest size has 71mm trail, the 55cm is 58mm, and the 62cm is 62mm. Not the end of the world, just means you might not want to put all of your baggage up front.

Now that I think about it, the SH is sort of a revival of the "sport-touring" genre.
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Are you a RUSA member? I'd try to find randonneurs in your area, try to find someone your size who has a bike like what you're thinking of. How tall are you? I may know a guy...
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I have to believe that you're in better shape than most to try out different kinds of bikes living in brooklyn. There are a lot of bike shops in NYC. . . .

Still I think you were on to something with your first idea before you started drinking the kool aid. Get the space horse and be happy.
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Anyway I've been taking small sips of the Low Trail 650b Kool-Aid and so far its tasty, a bit tart, but tasty. What I keep coming back to is TEST RIDE BEFORE YOU BUY as this bike will feel different than anything I've ridden- mid to high trail fixed gear bikes/road bikes and mountain bikes.
Sip, then gulp! I have to admit, riding one doesn't feel as different as you think it might. Once you put a bag on the front, it pretty much disappears and handles just like you'd expect a typical road bike to have. Not touring-bike stable yet sluggish, and not track-bike twitchy either.... juuust right.

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Good advice here. You can also post on the 650b Google group.
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Are you a RUSA member? I'd try to find randonneurs in your area, try to find someone your size who has a bike like what you're thinking of. How tall are you? I may know a guy...
I'm about 5'10 and ride bikes with 54-55 cm top tube. Also my legs are short. I am not a RUSA member.

Does anyone know how the Spacehorse would handle with a front load? I'd likely use a small front rack with a wald basket strapped down, y'no Ultra Romantic style.


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I'm about 5'10 and ride bikes with 54-55 cm top tube. Also my legs are short...
Ah, sorry, my friend in Brooklyn is too tall. Why not post something in the community connections / Northeast forum?
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