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Lakerat 10-07-17 05:07 AM

Cyclocross bike for road or townie bike
 
My son lives in a medium size college town and told me of friends who ride cyclocross bikes for road commuter bikes, and was wondering what makes them suitable for this. They are close to a crushed gravel rails to trails path and might ride on that also. Why would a cyclocross bike be any better than an endurance road bike or a touring bike for this use?

Garfield Cat 10-07-17 05:26 AM

Sounds like a gravel bike would be better than an endurance road bike or touring bike.

Here's what one writer says:

In their purest form cyclocross bikes have a very narrow purpose and that leads to very specific frame design and features. They’re brilliant for cyclocross racing but limited as all-rounders by their lack of provision for mudguards and racks, their relatively narrow gear ranges and inability to take very fat tyres.

For many, the riding position of a pure cyclocross race bike will be too aggressive; fine for an hour and a lap exploring the upper limits of your aerobic range, less ideal for a full day exploring lanes and trails.

Gravel/adventure bikes take ideas from cyclocross bikes and throw in fatter tyres rom mountain bikes and hybrids, wider gear ranges from touring bikes and all-day riding positions from sportive bikes. The details of the mix vary between manufacturers, but they’re clearly a new, distinctly separate breed.

If you fancy expanding your riding to include dirt roads and trails, but want to get there on the road, the good news is you have plenty of choice. Think about the riding position you prefer, how you’re going to carry luggage — if at all — and the gears you need and take it all into account when you make your choice.

Cyclocross bikes v gravel/adventure bikes: what's the difference? | road.cc

gregf83 10-07-17 06:08 AM

Bike manufacturers love to narrowly define bicycles resulting in the need for half a dozen bikes to cover all the riding one might encounter. The reality is most bikes are suitable for multiple purposes. Cyclocross bikes have been around for a long time, so you can get decent used models, they accept wider tires and often come with rack/fender mounts. They’re an excellent choice for commuting to college.

CliffordK 10-07-17 06:13 AM

I do most of my riding on road bikes... racing? And they're just fine around town. So, I can't imagine a cyclocross bike would be that much different.

A lot of people like the wider tires for commuters, so you should be able to use a wide variety of tires on a cyclocross bike. Plus the wheels should be a little tougher than the road bikes.

Perhaps it depends a bit on the bike choice. Something like a Tricross or Crossrip would be a pretty durable all-around bike.

RonH 10-07-17 07:05 AM

I rode a CX bike as my commuter bike. Its great for crappy roads and streets.

mcours2006 10-07-17 07:40 AM

I've ridden my road bike with 25 mm tires on crushed gravel trails without issues, but those same tires on large pebble-sized gravel or larger might not be ideal. CX bikes allow for large tires, which would work well for that. A CX bike with good rolling 32-35 mm tires and fenders would be a great all weather, do-it-all bike bike.

woodcraft 10-07-17 08:15 AM


Originally Posted by Lakerat (Post 19913576)
My son lives in a medium size college town and told me of friends who ride cyclocross bikes for road commuter bikes, and was wondering what makes them suitable for this. They are close to a crushed gravel rails to trails path and might ride on that also. Why would a cyclocross bike be any better than an endurance road bike or a touring bike for this use?


Larger tires need to be pumped up less often and less likely to flat.

Less expensive bike is more lock-able and more scratch-able.

Mtn pedals for utility shoes.

Less bar drop better for around town.

Doug64 10-07-17 08:16 AM

I have a Bianchi Volpe which is advertised as a CX bike. I use it for everything, including fully loaded touring.

I have 2 road bikes that hardly ever get ridden, because I prefer to ride the Volpe. I also have 2 other nice touring bikes (Surly Long Haul Trucker and Cannondale T2) that only get used for special types of tours, because I prefer to use the Volpe.

My wife and I are currently going into the last week of a 6 week self supported tour, and I'm riding the Volpe:)

However, it is not a stock bike. The only original parts left of my 2007 bike are the stem, shifters, and bars; everything else including the frame, was replaced. The frame was replaced with a 2013 Bianchi frame. The fork was also replaced with one that has an uncut steerer tube, giving me a less aggressive riding position.

Having said all that, I did ride the original bike across the U.S. just the way it came out of the box, and it did a great job.

It fits like a glove, and the ride is excellent.

Some of the newer CX bikes are pretty specialized, but there are still a few around with eyelets for fenders and racks, and are comfortable to ride.

fietsbob 10-07-17 08:31 AM

The Sub top end* Cyclo Cross , IE not race bikes for that Riding and Running competition are practical bikes, with a medium width

700c wheel.. hybrid with drop bars..

* they have fittings for adding racks, mudguards, water bottles , lights, etc..

now commonly fitted with disc brakes..


Remember: College campuses are bike thieves paradise, lots of bikes in one place, many poorly locked up.





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PortlandEddie 10-07-17 08:57 AM

I have CX (Fuji) and i ride 2/3 times to work. The reason i love my Cx for daily commute is i can ride on the road like normal "Rodies" or if i see a park or gravel trail i can jump on that and cut across it. Is it the best for roads no, BUT if you get a great tire that does all of that! your kid will be just fine. I think touring would be too much you don't need the shocks and 42 fat tires. Hope the helps.

MichaelW 10-07-17 10:05 AM

Modern cx bikes seem to be salami sliced by marketeers into cx race, gravel, adventure, etc etc. A doitall cx bike equipped with rack and fender eyelets is good for almost everything. Disk brakes are a useful modern option but ensure that the rear brake is mounted to the horizontal chainstay so it can play well with rack and fenders.
This style of bike is more practical than a road bike, more agile than most touring bikes and lighter and sportier than most hybrid and mtb bikes.
I like to think of them as bicycles rather than a specific type of bike becsuse they can do everything well enough.

gregf83 10-07-17 10:11 AM

Mine gets used in all four seasons:
http://i65.tinypic.com/28slatf.jpg

Lakerat 10-07-17 12:14 PM

gregf83- What's the orange donut in the rear wheel?

gregf83 10-07-17 03:38 PM


Originally Posted by Lakerat (Post 19914271)
gregf83- What's the orange donut in the rear wheel?

It's red and it's a Copenhagen electric wheel(https://content.superpedestrian.com/). Contains a battery and motor for electric assist. I usually throw it on the bike on Thur and Fri for commuting. I have a fairly long commute and need some assistance once in a while :)


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