Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: Seattle, WA (United States)
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Better all-around bike: touring or cyclocross?
I recently had my beloved 2000 Specialized FSR XC stolen
and am looking for a new (or new-used) bike. It's kind of ironic because I was thinking of selling it anyway as I'm not into mountain biking so much anymore.
Basically, I want a good all around "do-it-all" bike for everything except rough off-road riding. I'll be using it for commuting, light touring, long weekend rides, possibly light to intermediate off-road use.
Based on the research I've done so far, it seems my best choice would be either a touring or cyclocross bike. I know a cyclocross is probably a little more versatile: You can set it up (based on components) for fast road riding, light to moderate off-road riding, just about anything except serious off road use. However, I've heard mixed perspectives on it's potential for touring. Some have stated it can be set up well for touring, others have said it's limited in that respect. Any suggestion/insight/etc are appreciated. Thanks