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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 08-09-08, 11:13 AM   #1
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Choosing a versatile bike

Hi. Iím been lurking for a while and Iíve read a lot of different posts about what bike to choose, etc. But I figure Iíd ask my own question.

Iím 51 and in pretty good shape, although my right knee is not, so I gave up running/jogging. Havenít been doing any steady biking since I went mountain biking regularly about 5 or 6 years ago and my trusty no suspension Univega was stolen. Iím a big guy at 6í4Ē and 230.

Looking for an all around bike that can handle the city streets (50%+) and some off-road stuff like fire roads, dirt paths and a little light gravel. Iím not looking for speed, but rather a relatively comfortable smooth ride, good handling and most of all a fun rideÖ A bike that wonít discourage me from riding. I wonít be doing any rough mountain biking, as my knee canít take too many more spills. Iíd also like to get something that would be good for some long rides as well. This will be my main source of exercise and fitness.

This time of year is really hard because a lot of shops donít have the new 09ís yet and they have very little to nothing in my size for the 08ís or earlier. I have a vacation in Maine coming up and Iím just real eager to get out there and do some pedaling. I was thinking about a non-racing Cyclocross style bike, a touring bike or a nice hybrid. Budget up to 1,400.

Any of your thoughts or recommendations would be appreciated...Thanks so much!
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Old 08-09-08, 11:20 AM   #2
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take look at the jamis line of bikes if you can.... a coda is a nice all around fast hybrid that handes racks and lite touring well, the nova is a good cross bike that rides a bit faster, but can be a good all day bike.

There are many others to choose from..... some people really like te specialized tricross as an all around good bike for abut anything.
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Sorry, meant to put this in 50+ area... but since I've been checking out some cyclocross bikes I'd appreciate any comments.. you know, like give it up old man! thanks.
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There are plenty of options. The Surly Cross Check is a great all around bike, so is the Kona Jake series. Jamis makes the Aurora, which is kind of between a touring and Cross bike. All of these are well under your budget. Also the Tricross that was mentioned earlieris pretty popular, but I don't know what the price is on it.
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There are plenty of options. The Surly Cross Check is a great all around bike, so is the Kona Jake series. Jamis makes the Aurora, which is kind of between a touring and Cross bike. All of these are well under your budget. Also the Tricross that was mentioned earlieris pretty popular, but I don't know what the price is on it.
My vote is for the steel bikes. Surly has a cult like following and very high resale value.

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