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Recreational Cyclocross and Gravelbiking This has to be the most physically intense sport ever invented. It's high speed bicycle racing on a short off road course or riding the off pavement rides on gravel like :The Dirty Kanza". We also have a dedicated Racing forum for the Cyclocross Hard Core Racers.

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Old 06-13-08, 08:17 PM   #1
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Bike Selection Questions

I am looking for a bike that I can use for commuting, group rides, touring, & possibly some cyclocross events (never done one but they definitely peak my interest). Currently I ride a Masi Vincere. I have become more ambitious with triathlons & will be ditching it in favor of a tri bike. With storage space being an issue, I'd like to get a bike I can do everything else on. I feel like a cyclocross bike will be the way to go but I have some questions. Any & all suggestions, criticism of the plan, suggestions of a different set up, etc. are welcome. Here are my questions:

1. What are the major differences in a road bike, a cyclocross bike (brakes & tire clearance?), & a touring bike?

2. Are panniers able to be easily attached to a cyclocross bike for both commuting/daily use & week trips?

3. What issues should I expect in attempting to use 1 bike for all these uses?

4. What bikes would you reccomend?

5. I will be building the bike from scratch, what avenues should I explore for finding good deals on parts (ebay, craigs list, bikes direct, local stores, etc.)?

I would like to keep the quality/reliability/durability high but am not scared of carrying around a few extra lbs on the bike to save a few hundred bucks building it.

Thanks for your help. I can't wait to get started on this.

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