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    I fear angry birds Santaria's Avatar
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    Fuji or Redline cross?

    I'm currently looking at making a change in bikes.

    My criteria:

    1. Must be able to handle 100+ mile weeks, consistently.
    2. Must be able to commute, carry my camera bags.
    3. Must be able to turn around on a Saturday and ride centuries and/or strap on a kayak on a trailer and still be stable.

    My lbs is recommending a Redline cross bike, but they got a very nice Fuji sitting there with saddle bags already laced on, and I'm leaning toward the Fuji.

    Where would you guys go?

    Originally Posted by Scrodzilla
    If that was my house and you put your stupid bike in my flower garden to take a picture, I would come outside in my underwear and light you on fire.

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    bicycle tourer Johnrs2117's Avatar
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    The cross bikes make a good light touring bicycle. But due to their stiffness and tighter frame geometry (they are designed for racing) they may not be as comfortable for loaded touring as would be a touring bicycle geometry. I use to have a cross bike that I used for Rails to Trails, commuting (great for that), around town, mid length trips (around 60 to 80 miles/day) and light touring. I loved the bike due to its quickness. However, for long distance touring (especially med to high loads), I would choose a quality touring bicycle. The cross bike was a great all around bike for commuting and general riding. A lot of people in urban riding conditions make them into a single speed bicycle. They work great for that.

    I ride a Trek 520 and Surly LHT for loaded touring and I love both of them. I have not ridden a Fuji Touring in a lot of years, so I can't speak one way or the other about the new models. The Fuji use to be a quality touring bicycle. Like most of the bicycles made today, they are massed produced (just like the Surly LHT). The Surly LHT is a high quality frame made for heavy loads, so it wouldn't surprise me if the Fuji Touring is the same. Just check out the components (especially the wheels).

    I have found that most companies skimp on the wheels since most people can't tell the difference. And the gearing may not be adequate for your touring and non-touring rides. For example, the Trek 520 standard touring crank is adequate for long day rides and light to med touring. However, my Surly LHT (not a stock bike since I built it up) is great for heavy loaded touring, but I wouldn't use it on a century. Ask you sales person about this.

    Check out these links for more info:

    One other thing, if you plan on pulling a trailer instead of panniers, then a cross bike becomes very attractive due to its general riding characteristic for every day riding.

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