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Contemplating a Cyclocross Bike

Old 08-20-13, 05:26 PM
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Contemplating a Cyclocross Bike

My neighbor and I are planning a trip on the C&O trail next year. From what I've heard of the trail I thought a cyclocross bike might fit the bill. I happened upon a Bianchi Zurigo at a bike shop and sort of fell in like with it. I haven't ridden it yet but was wondering what people thought of this cycle??
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Over spending on a Race Bike over shoots the intended Purpose..


Hybrid will be the useful niche , dont need drop bars to get the 700c 35 wide tire..
[Cross bike in European markets is what the US calls a Hybrid. ]

a race CX bike is about the racing... you are thinking of a Touring use.. touring bikes have places to mount pannier racks. as do cheaper bike with drop bars .. consider Trek's Cross Rip.
2 disc models and 1 cantilever-rim brake ..

Race bikes dont ... commuter choices is some where in between .. you feel a need to Hammer this Tow Path?

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Bianchi's now are also an Asian made bike , shipped to the Distribution warehouse from the Port Of Oakland.

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I don't see things quite the same way as fietsbob. I agree that touring bike would be an excellent choice for the OP's intended purpose; so would the right kind of cross bike. If you are not carrying full panniers, a cross bike would be my first choice. The zurigo looks nicely spec'd and I like Bianchis. The bike does not appear to have eyelets which may, or may not, be an issue for you. If it is, there are plenty of cross bikes that have eyelets. I'm a big fan of soma bikes and there are a number of soma cross frames with eyelets. I think the OP's salsa casseroll would also be a good choice for this ride but I understand the need from time to time to rationalize about why we need a new bike.

Bottom line is that I think a cross bike is probably the best all round bike one can buy for performance riding (assuming that one is not road racing).
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Try a "gravel bike" read this: https://g-tedproductions.blogspot.com...-all-road.html
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I don't see things quite the same way as fietsbob. I agree that touring bike would be an excellent choice for the OP's intended purpose; so would the right kind of cross bike. If you are not carrying full panniers, a cross bike would be my first choice. The zurigo looks nicely spec'd and I like Bianchis. The bike does not appear to have eyelets which may, or may not, be an issue for you. If it is, there are plenty of cross bikes that have eyelets. I'm a big fan of soma bikes and there are a number of soma cross frames with eyelets. I think the OP's salsa casseroll would also be a good choice for this ride but I understand the need from time to time to rationalize about why we need a new bike.

Bottom line is that I think a cross bike is probably the best all round bike one can buy for performance riding (assuming that one is not road racing).
you know I thought about using the Salsa Casseroll. I put 28s on. It when I built it up, and it would accept a larger tire. That may still be the way to go. But n+1 is calling as well, as you surmised.
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