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Old 04-24-07, 05:18 PM   #1
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Have you toured on a crosscheck?

Just looking for experiences of people that rode this bike on longer (4day and up) rides. I have the chance to scoop one up for around town riding but also wondering if anyone has experience riding long distances with one as I'd like to start touring myself.
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Old 04-24-07, 08:33 PM   #2
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I was considering one a while back and found a lot of happy people who have done longer tours w/ them. I hear the reason started making the LHT was because many happy people were using the Crosscheck for touring. Unless you netted no results, try doing a search. There has been many posts about the crosscheck in the past.
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Old 04-24-07, 08:42 PM   #3
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I've done six days on my Cross-Check (with an internally geared hub), and it worked great. I'm leaving for a few weeks to Michigan's UP around May 5th and have no worries about it. Note: its fork doesn't have mount points for a front rack. I get by just fine, however, with just rear panniers and a handlebar bag, but I don't do any cooking on tour (I do camp each night, though).

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Old 04-25-07, 04:42 PM   #4
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How many pounds people are carrying, and is its steering noticably affected?
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You might also want to consider the Soma Doublecross. Better tubing and fork rack eyelets for about the same price.
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I've done a multi-day on my 49cm Soma Double Cross. Handling was great with my 160 lbs. plus 35 lbs. of gear in two small rear panniers and a handlebar bag. I've carried more back and forth from the grocery store but the handling starts to get a hair squirmy. I suspect the Cross Check might be a little better for carrying another five or ten pounds. I've recently been considering a Jamis Aurora as a full fendered option for bigger grocery trips, longer tours, and winter commuting. I'd like to have a 50+ lb. option.
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I did two weeks of loaded touring in Japan last summer on my cross check. I had rear panniers and a handlebar bag. I thought that it handled great, but I have never ridden a true touring bike loaded, so I can't make the comparison. Since you already have the bike, go for it!
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