I have been reading both foru s for a while now trying to narrow down what I want in a second bike.
I am still stuck with the question of my needs as to whether they apply more to a cyclocross frame or a touring frame.
I am hoping for some advice.
Primary use: living in the Sierra there is a huge selection of either dirt of gravel roads to ride on. I want a bike I can comfortably take down either for extended period of say a century.
Secondary use: I want to have a bike I can put at a minimum rear racks on for light touring. Outside of the rider and panniers the max weight I would ever add would be 30 lbs. So camping overnights and perhaps quick trips to the grocery store, but mostly camping.
I also want disk brakes.
To sum it up, I want a frame that will handle the tire width for mud and dirt, I want fenders, and want at a minimum, rear rack mounts ( to easily take these on and off based on type of riding for the day) , and I want disk brakes.
What frame would you guys suggest for these needs?