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Old 11-05-09, 06:47 PM   #1
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Help! parts for Gunnar Crosshairs

Hey guys, just wanted some expert opinion on a few parts for my new old bike. Not sure yet exactly how I will be using the bike (maybe cross, road, commuting), but I want it to have a good combination of being fast, light, comfortable. I appreciate all your input as I am out of the loop as far as this stuff goes.

WHEELS: Right now it has a road setup with Mavic Cosmos w/700x23c's. Would these Cosmos be ok for cross or ok to put 32c tires? If not, I would just buy another wheelset and put 32c tires. What are some good, not too expensive wheels? Mavic cxp-22?

SEATPOST: Should I do carbon? Thomson Elite? Is Ritchey Comp decent?

SADDLE: Need comfort here. one that minimizes soreness. Selle San Marco? Brooks?

PEDALS: I want the ones that give me the option of clipless or platform.

SHOES: Mountain or Road?

Again, thanks for any input you guys can give me.
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Old 11-05-09, 11:49 PM   #2
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imo, re: pedals: i've found that pedals that have both clipless and platforms (clip in the center, platform cage surrounding it) do their respective jobs poorly---the clipless pedal is heavy and obtrusive, and the platform lacks meaningful street shoe traction. it's been easier for me to just switch pedals when i need to (or, in my case, ride short distance slowly on my clipless pedals using street shoes). switching out pedals takes all of 5 minutes.

shoes: i like the mountain shoes because i can walk about a little better in them when i'm off the bike (they work better for me in my commute, between bike and office).

saddle: everyone has their own preference, and i am definitely a fan of brooks saddles. but in my rainy clime, i do tire of riding with a plastic bag on my saddle. a synthetic saddle would just be wet, and none the worse for the wear.

seatpost: rather than materials, i'd ask along the lines of set-back or no set-back. unless you have an AL frame, in which case, you might go carbon, and then ask yourself: set-back or no-set-back. Moots makes some very lovely Ti seatposts if you have the clams.

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Old 11-06-09, 08:53 AM   #3
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I'm using Thomson on two of my bikes. They're actually very light compared to other alloy seatposts. Using CF will save you a few grams but at what expense?
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Old 11-06-09, 10:23 AM   #4
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RE: Pedals. My wife has some Shimano SPD "campus" pedals on her run-about. One side is SPD, the other is a platform. Work well enough for a run about, but the platform is small-ish (fine for "bar hopping", but too small for long rides). The clip side is normal SPD, though probably doesn't shed mud as well as a real offroad pedal - but then, I doubt that's a design parameter for a campus pedal.

RE: Shoes: Assuming you need a "campus" pedal, you'll want an SPD compatible mtn shoe. They'll work with any off-road clipless system. They'll be more walk-able than a road shoe.
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My two cents

Wheels - You should be able to fit larger tires no problem, I have fit 35's on a thin track wheels with no problem. Have no experience with that particular wheel or it's durability so won't comment on that.

Seatpost - I am a big fan of ritchey stuff have had both comp and pro line with no problems. Have no experience with Thompson stuff.

Shoes & Pedals – dual sided mtb for me that is one of the perks of mtb pedals and stiff mtb shoes, I found some of the cheaper mtb shoes were a little on the flexy side and caused hotspots on longer rides. I will cheap out on the pedals before the shoes. Basic shimano mtb $45 pedal on my bikes and $250+ shoes on my feet. Then get a set of platforms and a pedal wrench switching out pedals takes less than a minute. The combo pedal I had sucked half the time I was on the wrong side. I switch out pedals regularly on my commuter.
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