Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: Brazos River valley, south central TX
Bikes: 2005 Surly LHT; 2006 Surly CrossCheck with Extracycle; 1987 Schwinn World Sport as urban cruiser
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cyclocross concept is cool
I'm 6'5" 217 lbs & have ridden a Giant mt. bike for the past year. Dropped 10 lbs and have kept it off. Yea, the gearing is not great but I didn't spend a lot of money on the bike ($ 225?) and have put about a 100 bucks 'improvements/modifications' on it to make it more comfortable to ride. Now I'm ready to spend about $ 1200 upgrading to a cyclocross bike and since I've been riding steadily for a year, have a MUCH better idea of what I want in a bike.
The issue for me was not money but how many versions / options / etc. there were out there for bikes with the clearest info being: I couldn't know until I rode something steadily for a few months what fit me and how & where I would actually ride. Now I know the cyclocross bikes are really attractive for how & where I ride (on country roads with variable surfaces, etc.) and I'm dreaming of a Surly CrossCheck or something similar.
I don't think you have to spend a bunch of $$$ to get a comfortable bike to ride to see what your own style & pace may be. Bike Forum has wonderful threads on all kinds of items: frames, seats, pedals, etc. but until you actually start to ride something, anything, you won't know how to relate all that to your own experience.
They're beautiful handsome machines that translate energy into joy.