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Old 07-30-08, 10:07 AM
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I just sold my racing bikes and the goal is to go down to one bike.........for now........

I have a few criteria. I will be using the bike as an "everything" bike. Daily commuting, light touring, loaded touring with a trailer and grocery getter. This bike will be my transportation. My budget is $1200 max and i would like top spend less.

Of course top of my list was the Crosscheck, however I need a really short top tube and am concerned about toe overlap on that bike. I am bound and determined to make a good informed purchase this time and was wondering what bikes I might have missed that would fit this bill my current list is

Surly Crosscheck
Surly LHT
Kona Sutra
Novara Randonee
Windsor Tourist

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Old 07-30-08, 10:13 AM
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If you're on a 54 or smaller frame the 26" wheel option of the LHT might make sense.


Personally, the Salsa Casseroll has much more appeal to me than the Surly bikes, or any of the others on your list.
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Shoulda Hada kept the racing bike.
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If you're on a 54 or smaller frame the 26" wheel option of the LHT might make sense.


Personally, the Salsa Casseroll has much more appeal to me than the Surly bikes, or any of the others on your list.
That is nice, however it exceeds my price point.
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That is nice, however it exceeds my price point.
That's why listing your price point is useful.
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I would go with the Kona, seems like a very sturdy machine. If you're strapped for cash i guess the Windsor would suffice but i doubt its strength as far as longevity goes.
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Originally Posted by JeffS View Post
That's why listing your price point is useful.
DOH!

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Bianchi Volpe?
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Salsa La Cruz, except that the disc brakes make attaching a Burley difficult.

So I'll second the Casseroll recommendation. The triple complete is a good choice for a do-everything, though I still wish they spec'd a double instead.

EDIT: oh, never mind. price point and all that.

So I'll second the Volpe and mention for the millionth time that I hate the stock shifters on that bike and many of the other components (BB, wheels) are just OK. But maybe that's nitpicking, b/c I had a great time riding it and liked much about it better than the Crosscheck.

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Adding the Raleigh Sojourn to my list
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