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    Deployed Soldier Still In Need Of Advice

    I am a deployed Soldier serving in Iraq and I was in the market for a new road bike. I had a post over in the Road Bike section, through research I found out that a CX bike would be the best bet for me at this time. I am serving in Iraq and my base has miles and miles of blacktop. However there are pebbles and sand everywhere. I don't want to pay a grand for a roadie and risk messing up the rims and drive train. More than a couple people turned me to a CX. I have a good mountain bike back home but I wanted to get into Road riding. But I like the flexibility that a CX gives me.

    Is this a good starter CX for my current conditions.

    http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/...ane/outlaw.htm

    Thanks in advance

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    Motobecane bikes aren't terrible, and there are those out there that will swear by them. There are better bikes out there for the price, but given the needs of shipping to APO you probably not being in a situation where you can build a bike from the ground up this should be a good choice.
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    Yeah, it is. You'll love the BB7 discs. Just make very sure the geometry is right for you. The riding position is slightly more upright than a "regular" road bike, the steering is a bit more stable, and the ride is a bit more compliant (longer wheelbase).

    It is a do-everything sort of bike. The major benefit is that you can run tires that will deal well with the challenging terrain.

    Good luck. And thank you for serving our country.

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    You can't beat the price that's for sure. Haven't heard anything particularly bad about them. Just their service.
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    It looks good, but you just need to be sure about the size. Obviously you can't test drive it so check out the geometry and compare it to another bike that fits, if you can.

    You'll have to do some final assembly and tuning, as well, but I assume you're capable of doing that.

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    Hello I agree with the others on all counts and would like to add my two or three cents. fopr the most part the biggest difference between a cyclocross bike and road bike is the fat tires. for years guys had been doing cross bikes on the cheap by using old raod bikes for cross. now that it is more mainstream here in the US there are cheaper "off the shelf" bikes. the geomentry on the Fantom Outlaw is not too different from most road bikes so when you get home put some 700X 23 or 25 on and hit the road. I just purchased a Fantom Uno and while it is not the most expensive bike around it seemes like a great bike for the price. the hubs were well adjusted out of the box and the assembly went smoothly ( I do need a stand though). it rides just like a road bike and once I get rid of the knobbies it should be even better.

    BG2482 I think the Fantom Outlaw will serve your needs perfectly. thank you so much for your service and I wish you and your brothers and safe and speedy return to a Heroes welcome!

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    Welcome Brother!

    Looks like a goodbike for the buck. Just make sure you recheck all adjustments, lubrication, etc.

    Keep your head down!

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    Message to all.

    Well I just closed my eyes and bought this bike. Hope to have it within a week or so. I cant wait. I will keep you guys/gals posted. Im like a big kid waiting for Christmas.

    P.S. Thank you all for your support. We need all that we can. God Bless Us All

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    I think you will be pleased with your choice...... what color?

    Not O.D., I hope......

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wanderer View Post
    I think you will be pleased with your choice...... what color?

    Not O.D., I hope......
    I bought the Black bike. i think it is a very attractive piece of machinery. All I hope is that it perform like it look, I am a little nervous. I have rode a road bike maybe 4-5 times. I am a very big mountain biker, so i think i will love the CX.

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    Now my next question. What pedals do you guys/gals recommend. I due to the fact that I must wear regular running shoes here in Iraq, i cant get pro style cycling shoes with clip in pedals. What pedals are good with regular shoes, with toe clip and strap?

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    When I was in Balad, I rode a bmx bike around. A CX would have been great. I got home and used my Iraq money for buying a XT'd out mtb before I realized I wanted a Cross Check.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BG2482 View Post
    Now my next question. What pedals do you guys/gals recommend. I due to the fact that I must wear regular running shoes here in Iraq, i cant get pro style cycling shoes with clip in pedals. What pedals are good with regular shoes, with toe clip and strap?
    Any flat pedals with clips will be fine. Once you get back, I would recommend the same MTB clipless pedals you already use. Enjoy your bike and be safe.

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    Black is pretty to look at, when clean; but, it doesn't go very fast!

    And remember - keep your head down!

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    Quote Originally Posted by BG2482 View Post
    Now my next question. What pedals do you guys/gals recommend. I due to the fact that I must wear regular running shoes here in Iraq, i cant get pro style cycling shoes with clip in pedals. What pedals are good with regular shoes, with toe clip and strap?
    MKS make nice platform pedals. They are light and well-made (unlike the sort that come on cheap bikes). I like their 'Touring' model the best. It's wide enough for my size 12's.

    I also ride mostly in street shoes, and use Powergrips pedal straps. They are super-adjustable and hold your foot very securely on the pedal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bugly64 View Post
    When I was in Balad, I rode a bmx bike around. A CX would have been great. I got home and used my Iraq money for buying a XT'd out mtb before I realized I wanted a Cross Check.
    So how do you like the CX's. And how are they holding up?

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    Quote Originally Posted by dwr1961 View Post
    MKS make nice platform pedals. They are light and well-made (unlike the sort that come on cheap bikes). I like their 'Touring' model the best. It's wide enough for my size 12's.

    I also ride mostly in street shoes, and use Powergrips pedal straps. They are super-adjustable and hold your foot very securely on the pedal.
    http://www.ebikestop.com/mks_platfor...gr9-PD4011.php

    is this the platform pedal you were talking about?

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    will these shoes work with following pedals



    http://cgi.ebay.com/2009-Specialized...3A1%7C294%3A50

    These pedals
    http://cgi.ebay.com/SHIMANO-PD-M324-...3A1%7C294%3A50

    I beleive these shoes allow me to get off the bike and walk normally?

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    Yes they will work, but I think you will find the two sided pedals frustrating. You will always be trying to flip the pedal over to clip in. Either get good flat pedals or clipless.

    You are correct, those are mountain bike shoes, so the cleat is recessed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BG2482 View Post
    http://www.ebikestop.com/mks_platfor...gr9-PD4011.php

    is this the platform pedal you were talking about?
    Nope, this one:
    http://www.jensonusa.com/store/produ...ble+Sided.aspx

    And here are the straps...
    http://www.jensonusa.com/store/produ...s.aspx?sc=FRGL

    A competent, elegant solution... Ride in your boots if you want.

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    Ok so I purchased these 2 sided pedals
    http://cgi.ebay.com/SHIMANO-PD-M324-...3A1%7C294%3A50my

    my next question is will these shoes work?

    http://www.comcycle-usa.com/ProductInfo.aspx?id=3816629

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    If you want something similar to clipless pedal performance, you might try PowerGrips:

    http://powergrips.mrpbike.com/
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    I have the 324s and really like them. Yes, those shoes will work. it would also be wise to get a set of "pedal washers" to keep from gouging your crank arms at the connection point.

    And, be sure to keep us informed of the progress.

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    I am sitting here like a little kid on christmas eve waiting for my bike to get here. I dont know what to do.

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    Smile - but still remember to keep your head down!

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