So I posted this over in the 50+ forum and the overwhelming recommendations was to go with a CX bike.
So now I'm looking for guidance on size. Note that I'm never going to get into a CX race (hell, I'm 62, I'd get slaughtered!) but I do want a more versatile bike, and one for my son to use for road.Ok, so I've got a '02 Diamondback Wildwood hybrid for leisurely sidewalk rides to Starbucks (matches my wife's) and Road bike ('09 Moto I'pro) for club hammerfests, and a Road Tandem for when the wife wants to join the club rides. My son has a Trek 400 mtb I use for off road/trail rides.
I'm really jones'n for a CX bike, but 1) I'm too old to do CX competitively (62) and 2) CX is not very popular here in So. Fla. let alone Senior CX races. It looks like a heap of fun, but I think I would just be "in the way" of the real competitors. I'd just be another obstacle!
I would like a beater road or CX bike, but I'm just not sure. What to you think?
So should I go for the 61 or the 58?Ok. we're getting close. I'm going to do a CX bike (the 29er is very tempting!!!) and I'm thinking of this one:
I've kinda had my eye on it for a while, but I've been waffling and balking. I'm thinking of getting a 61cm and here's the reasons why.
I'm 6'0" and my son is 6'4" He tried road biking but I had him on my old beater bike ('89 Trek 1200, 54cm) and it was small for me. Obviously on the 3 or so rides he did, it didn't turn him on, although he is very fit and did very well. When I got a new road bike, I was vacillating between a 56 and 58. I decided on a 56 as I read some where that for road bikes when in between go small. The 56 works for me great. But I could use a 58 no problem. The 61 would be a stretch, but I wouldn't be putting big miles on it. It would just, for me, replace my beater bike and I would do some off road stuff. But it would be my son's main on and off road bike.
BTW, I don't want to turn this into a BD "shill" rant or BD vs LBS diatribe. Stick to the topic, please!