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Old 12-22-14, 09:16 AM
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Originally Posted by leob1 View Post
Have you ever ridden one?
I've had a TREK 7.5 FX for several years. It will do fine on the trails of Long Island. It also does very well on the road. And it's more upright position, which you can change by moving some of the hadset spacers around, offers a goodview of traffic, nice if you want to take it into NYC.
If you want something different from your road bikes drop bars, this would be a good choice.
I am not saying the 7.5 isn't a fine bicycle or that it couldn't handle an occasional rough road or trail. All I am saying is, if I were looking specifically for a bike to handle rough winter conditions and trails, the 7.5 wouldn't be my first choice and that something with clearance for up to 40 mm or wider tires, robust wheels, mountain gearing, and perhaps hydraulic disc brakes might be a better choice. I must say, I am intrigued by the Surly Ogre, which has all those things and in addition, comes standard with a Jones loop bar, which seems to have the control and upright riding position of a flat bar with the multiple hand positions of a drop bar. I am considering putting one of those, or something similar on my 90s era Trek 930, which is my trail/rough road/bad weather beater.

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I'm looking for a good all around bike to be a second to my Emonda SLR. Something I can take for a ride with my wife (non-cyclist), damp weather, cold weather (easy shifting with gloves), on roads with the usual winter debris and some mild trails.
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The more hand positions, the better in my book (or e-book, or tablet or phone or cloud storage).
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Went to two local stores and walked away knowing that a bike good for single track trails will not be that good on the road. And a bike good for the road will not work well on single track trails.

I need to ride my son's old mtb on the trails and see if I like them or not. That way i can see which way i want to go.
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I'll be getting this bike in January for my work commute. Raleigh calls it "Half 'cross bike, half urban commuter, the Roper is the landlord of both fun and versatility." Only $950. I will update my thread in the commuting forum once I ride it a bit.
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I'm partial to cyclocross bikes so you can take this with a grain of salt. You've put your good road bike away and are looking for winter replacement. Not only is the transition to a cyclocross bike pretty easy (you can find/build one with Sram shifters), but you can also ride both on trails and on the road fast enough for it to be fun. Another thing that I like about the CX bike is that most of them have the cable routing over the top of the top tube, well away from all the road grime and mud that you pick up in the winter, not to mention salt. For the same reason I chose an aluminum frame. Mine has disc brakes that I have mixed feelings about; mostly I curse the extra weight, unless it's raining!
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Originally Posted by Oldguyonoldbike View Post
you can also ride both on trails
All the trails near me are Single Track trails.
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I'm also partial to CX bikes. My choice would be a CX bike or the mountain bike for rough use.

Our son can take his CX bike almost anywhere.




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Originally Posted by oldnslow2 View Post
Went to two local stores and walked away knowing that a bike good for single track trails will not be that good on the road. And a bike good for the road will not work well on single track trails.

I need to ride my son's old mtb on the trails and see if I like them or not. That way i can see which way i want to go.
Sounds like a good argument for N+1.
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Originally Posted by BluesDawg View Post
Sounds like a good argument for N+1.
I have a Madone 4.6c up for sale and a Emonda SLR on order. I'm already looking for a +1, just don't want a +2

I'm not a mountain biker, just want something that can do simple trails (single track) and road.
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I think that the key is where and how you picture yourself riding your new bike.

If you're planning to ride real mountain bike trails, there's simply nothing like a mountain bike with a well damped suspension.
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Originally Posted by Retro Grouch View Post
I think that the key is where and how you picture yourself riding your new bike.

If you're planning to ride real mountain bike trails, there's simply nothing like a mountain bike with a well damped suspension.
I have to ride the trails to see if a "real" mtb is needed or I can get away with something less.
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Originally Posted by oldnslow2 View Post
I have to ride the trails to see if a "real" mtb is needed or I can get away with something different.
fify - never choose something less.

FWIW, I do most of my singletrack riding on my hardtail MTB and that is really all I do on that bike. But for some paved road, some dirt/gravel road, some path/doubletrack and some mild singletrack, the Black Mountain Cycles Monster Cross gets the call. Set up like a road bike, but room for up to 48mm tires and quite capable of doing many things not normally associated with drop bar bikes.

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This morning I started working on my son's old Trek 3900. I found the rear rim was way out of true so I dropped it off to get fixed, should have it back today. The front had a wiggle in it but it wound up being the tire. The bike has tires with a smooth center section so they're sort of road/dirt dual use. Not wanting to invest too much I put the original dirt tires back on for now.

The weather will be in the upper 40s Friday to Sunday so i'm going to ride some trails and see if I like it. If the trails are wide enough that I can use a cross bike then i'll go that way. If they are too narrow and technical i'll have to decide if I want a dedicated MTB.

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Today I spent 2 hours cleaning the bike and found the rear wheel was way out of true. I dropped it off to get repaired and they got it back to me in 2 hours. I put it on and adjusted the brakes and cleaned the drivetrain. I then went to adjust the rear derailleur and found it was bent. It was so bad that it hit the spokes when I tried to shift into the 2 largest cogs. After spending 30 minutes trying to straighten it out I realized it was beyond repair.

So I just threw $20 in the trash getting the wheel trued and 3 hours of my time.

I decided to go with Plan B. My son's mountain bike was hanging in the garage so I called and asked if I can use it. It has "egg beaters" and I don't have shoes for them so I swapped the pedals with the flat pedals with toe clips. I also lowered the seat so I can fit on it. I guess if I fit on his old bike I can sort of fit on his current bike.

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Yea , Winter repairs get a quick turn around , the summer the refrain is 'We are about A Week out' , in Backlog.

though the LBS does get Touring Cyclists back on the road On 101, ASAP.
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So I took my son's MTB out today to see how it feels.

I headed from Massapequa up to Bethpage, about 10 miles, via the trail. He had Egg Beater pedals on and since I don't have shoes for them i put flat pedals with toe clips. Withing the first mile i realized the toe clips didn't allow the balls of my feet over the axle so I flipped them and road on the flat side.

In the preserve I took the fire road, about 2 miles, and the bike was great. On the paved path it was much better than the old MTB i've ridden but nothing like a road bike (didn't expect it to be). It rolls pretty nice but it just takes so much more effort to get it going. Between Hempstead Tnpk and Central Ave. I took a single track path, about 1 mile). It was muddy, there were a lot of roots, rocks and very twisty. Now I assume since this is a section that is not well traveled, that the path was rather "technical" compared to the parts in the park. It was not pleasant and I got back on the paved section. Since I only had a short time I turned back at the circle and taking the paved section back until Linden where I went back to the fire road.

Total time was about 1:45 and I enjoyed it, but if the trails on Bethpage are like the path along the highway, i'll not be getting a mountain bike but something more civil.


It was fun getting covered with mud, but I spend some time when i got home cleaning the bike off.


BTW... I quickly learned why they use backpack hydration and not water bottles.
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So I went out again, this time driving to the park and spending 2.5 hours riding the trails.

The bike was great and the trails were not too hard or too easy... they were "just right".

I really like the MTB but realize that it's not something I can ride on the street for any distance and would have to drive to the trails. It makes me think I need a N+2, road, fitness and MTB, but there's simply no room in the garage for that, i already have 8 bikes plus the car in the garage.

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How far is the ride to the trails? Anything more than 8 miles to the trails and I'd rather not ride road out to them.

Rigid front end or susp. fork with lockout might help for the ride to the trail.

Also, that Trek Xcaliber is almost 27 lbs without pedals from what I've read. You could go lighter without spending a ton of money.
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It's 7-8 miles from my house to the park. The front fork does have a lockout feature.

The bike rolls really nice but the wide tires and weight are very different from the 17# carbon road bike with 23mm tires.
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Sounds to me like you really need a cyclocross bike. If you want something sub 20 pounds with narrow, knobby tires, I'm not sure there is any other option. And if your picture shows an "average" section of that trail, a mountain bike is overkill anyway.
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Oh, and re. water bottles - I really dislike wearing any kind of backpack on a bike. I've been using water bottles with flip-up covers for off-roading and they do the job for me.
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Just think of the workout benefit of the ride to and from the park on the wide tyres. One mile on those is worth two on a road bike.

Get an mtb or a cyclocross fitted with flat bars - you know you want to. You can get rid of a road bike out of the other eight bikes in the garage.

Washing the mtb is part of my end of ride routine. A spray with Muc-Off then a quick hosing and all done in a few minutes

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A CX bike will get you about anywhere.

A little trip a few months ago

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On the steep single tracks you just go a bit slower. The interrupters on the brakes are frowned on by the purists, but they really help when you want to keep your hands on the tops, your butt back and head up.

I can put skinny tires on this same bike and get it down to just under 20 lb.
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I think I like the flat bar for handling in the tight twists vs the drop road bars.
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