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Old 08-09-17, 10:32 PM
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I have a touring bike that I commute on. It works fine, just as a CX bike and many other bikes would work. However, IF I were in the market for a commuting/versatile bike... my money would go to the Jamis Renegade series... and I've been saying that for more than a year now. I lust after that bike... but I can't justify it because I have a great touring/commuting bike and a great road bike.

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Old 08-10-17, 03:34 AM
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If I thought you were heading in the Cinelli Hobootleg, I would have suggested the Van Dessel WTF like mine:
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Old 08-10-17, 08:59 AM
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Originally Posted by The 585 View Post
Looking for a versatile bike, preferably drop-bar with steel frame, for a 12 mile each way commute. I also want to cruise around the paved trails for 20-30 mile exercise rides, and occasionally pick up some groceries. It would need eyelets for a rack, and room for fenders. Would you get a touring bike or cyclocross bike? Thanks!
Why do you want drop bar?
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Old 08-10-17, 10:09 AM
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As my commute home is west, I'm often going into a head wind in the evening. Drop bars are nice for that - as is the ability to pedal to work over 20mph. Kinda nice having a broad choice of hand positions too.

Shorter rides with less than 15mph apparent wind - flat bar should work fine.
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Old 08-10-17, 05:27 PM
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What? No love for poor 'ol Trek? Lol! Still happy with my Crossrip. There are a couple others on here, with longer commutes than mine, that are racking up some serious miles on theirs. Disc brakes, rack and fender mounts, will accept fairly wide tires. A lot to like for what your looking for. Have fun shopping!
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Another vote for a gravel. I have commuted with both (a real cyclocross race). Cyclocross geometry is OK for shorter technical riding but gravel is better for longer distances and is more versatile. Plus, there is a huge cvariety of gravel bikes to choose from these days,
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Old 08-12-17, 12:58 PM
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Old 08-14-17, 09:39 PM
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I've been commuting about 11 miles each way on a Trek 520 (touring bike) for two years now. I love getting on that bike every time. I put fenders and a front rack on it for touring. It's considerably heavier than my carbon fiber bike, but it loves to move. I like to describe it as a nimble tank.
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Old 08-15-17, 09:06 AM
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I've been commuting about 11 miles each way on a Trek 520 (touring bike) for two years now. I love getting on that bike every time. I put fenders and a front rack on it for touring. It's considerably heavier than my carbon fiber bike, but it loves to move. I like to describe it as a nimble tank.

Nimble tank: I like it! My Fuji Touring is something like that -- it'll carry a load, but take the bags off and it approaches sporty.
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Old 08-15-17, 11:21 AM
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seemingly ironically (to me at least), touring bikes have to be nimble. If it handled like a tank bare, you would really need to manhandle it to ride it loaded. That is why touring bikes have longer wheelbases, but a lower trail values (unlike gravel bikes which tend to have longer wheelbases and longer trail values).
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I think the question is worthy of consideration, but I have to point out that these are recent distinctions. There weren't so many types of bikes in the past.
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I know. Anything will work. I pick a bike around tire size, then how agile I want it to be, then how upright or aero I want to be.

But then again, I have a garage full of bikes, lol.

Personally, anything from 32mm - 42mm tire size works great, then it is a matter of how long a wheelbase I want (long, low, slack vs agile), then of course flat vs drop bars (and bar height).
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Old 08-19-17, 03:17 PM
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Soma Wolverine

Originally Posted by The 585 View Post
Looking for a versatile bike, preferably drop-bar with steel frame, for a 12 mile each way commute. I also want to cruise around the paved trails for 20-30 mile exercise rides, and occasionally pick up some groceries. It would need eyelets for a rack, and room for fenders. Would you get a touring bike or cyclocross bike? Thanks!
The Soma Wolverine is super versatile, and has a split chainstay so you can run a belt drive if you want (which I did). basically you can make anything out of it.

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