Originally Posted by Grunters14
Looking to get into cycling for fitness and fun but also for the odd commute. I wanted a roadie for the fitness aspect but I think that it might hinder me in winter or on the commute or even riding on trails etc. It was suggested to me that a cyclo-cross bike is the perfect beginner bike for my needs. As it's a road bike with some alterations to allow the possibility for some more adventurous routes.
I'm looking for something with drops that will mainly be used on the road but still has that capability to go a little further.
From my own research I've found:
Any opinions, or alternatives?
Thanks in advanced guys!
A crosser is definitely the right type of bike for you to buy; the ability to run wider tyres should make it the default choice for a road bike in UK conditions. Either bike should be ok - but you can get great deals on lightly used bikes on ebay with some waiting.
Main points are
- Use an online bike fit calculator to buy the right size frame (choose the most relaxed fit options.) Consider changing the stem or bars to get the fit right for you.
- Read the canti brakes faq for this forum and fit a tri-dangle or equivalent to the front brake to reduce squealing
- Put 35-45mm road tyres on, preferably Marathon Supremes (offroad tyres are slow on the road and can have poor breaking). The Supremes will be great on gravel and ok on dry forest paths, especially the 45s. Put a knobbly on the front if you want to do more.
- Have the stock brake pads changed for Kool Stop pinks (these work better in the rain)
..A medium price crosser with a dialed in fit and the right tyres will handle better than a £2000 grand super bike with poor fit. Do NOT trust the staff in the store to get fit right; they're usually either incompetent or oriented towards a very aggressive road racing fit that strains necks and backs.