Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: Seattle, WA (United States)
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Cyclocross as a good all-around bike?
Recently, I had my precious 2000 Specialized FSR stolen and am looking for another bike. It's sort of ironic because I'm not into mountain biking as much anymore and was thinking of selling it. Basically, I'm looking for a good all around bike that can "do-anything"; commuting, light touring, long weekend rides. Everything except serious off-road riding (nothing more than light dirt roads). I realize this might be a tall order for one bike, but I really don't want to accumulate multiple bikes.
From what I've gathered, it sounds like the best choice for me would be either a touring bike or a cyclocross. I know a cyclocross is probably more versatile and can be set up (depending on components) for faster road riding as well as light to moderate off-road. However, I've read mixed things about it's potential for touring; some say it can work fine, others have indicated it's somewhat limited in that respect. Any insight/suggestions are appreciated.