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Old 11-22-20, 06:56 PM
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Looking for Bike Recommendations

Hey guys,

I am looking for a new bike and was hoping you could help.

I have a Trek e-bike and a 2015 carbon frame Specialized Roubaix. Iím trying to downsize my life and would like to go from two bikes down to one. Unfortunately, neither of the bikes I have will do what I want. (I donít think).

Iíd like to find one bike that I can use for both exercise and, most importantly, fun and casual A to B riding around town. (Think: biking 10 miles for cardio, picking up donuts on Saturday morning, riding to my friendsí house a mile away, riding with my kids to the park, that sort of thing). My Roubaix is great, Iím not doing group rides anymore and riding less in general because Iíve picked up other sports. So now Iíd like something that has more casual/upright geometry, the ability to mount fatter tires, and something with a more rugged/robust frame that I wonít be worried about locking up in a public rack. Iíd also like something that can mount fenders, since we live in a wet climate and I ride a lot when itís recently rained and the roads and alleys are soaked. Iíd like to be able to ride to breakfast and not be covered with mud and road gunk when I arrive.

Since Iíll only have one bike, Iíd prefer that it not be an e-bike even though I absolutely love them.

Iím thinking about just grabbing a top spec Sirius 6.0 ($2,500), but my reservations are: (1) flat bars, which I absolutely hate; and (2) Iím not sure that the frame is really all that much more upright than the Roubaix. But Iím thinking I can just build one w/ drop bars. Iím also looking at the similar Trek F Sport 6.

Is this a good idea, or are there better options around? Money is no objectówithin reason, anyway: I donít want to buy a titanium frame, for example. And I donít care if the frame is carbon versus aluminum or steel. I do want it to have high end components, drop bars, relatively upright riding position, and the ability to mount commuter-type equipment like fenders, and a front rack.

Oh: and an absolute requirement is that it has to look cool. Thatís why Iím more sweet on the Sirrus 6.0 than some of the other stuff Iíve seen. Iím a sucker for rainbow text, and it looks especially good w/ matte black. (Or titanium, as with the Moots bikes).

My first decent bike was a lower-end Sirrus. Aluminum frame, carbon fork. Road it a lot. Never regretted moving to the Roubaix because I was doing a lot of group rides, but now I just donít need that true road bike frame and want something more comfortable and knock-around.

Any thoughts?

Thank you!
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Old 11-22-20, 07:28 PM
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The Sirrus is a nice bike and would do exactly what you want...outside of the flat bars. Have you thought about the Trek CheckPoint? That is a nice bike with drop bars and very versatile. You can install racks and\or fenders, road\gravel, its a sweet ride.
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You probably shouldnít be mounting racks on carbon fiber, FYI. You probably wonít find anything CF with rack mounts anyway, but you donít want to try to make it work. Stick to steel and aluminum.

EDIT: Oh, the Checkpoint is CF w/ rack mounts! I guess Iím behind the times!
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Something that looks cool: Double Cross in purple: https://www.somafab.com/archives/pro...ble-cross-disc
I have a previous version, sky silver, and I like it. You can build it with the handlebar height that you like. The only downside is that it is not thru axle.
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You probably shouldn’t be mounting racks on carbon fiber, FYI. You probably won’t find anything CF with rack mounts anyway, but you don’t want to try to make it work. Stick to steel and aluminum.

EDIT: Oh, the Checkpoint is CF w/ rack mounts! I guess I’m behind the times!
I did not know they had them either until I saw them one day when I was looking at the Domane. The Domane has mounting points for fenders and the CheckPoint is based on the Domane.
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All-City makes nice bikes. Check those out. Great quality and fantastic designs.
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I’ve sorta been thinking along the same lines it following the N+1rule. Adding to the stables. I’d like to add a Checkpoint or a Warroad. Add racks and fenders. Or quick release fenders. The two sets of wheel. A second all road set. Then when I retire in a few years it would be for running to the store and rail trail trips.

But before I get the do all bike I NEED a full suspension mountain bike.

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All-City makes nice bikes. Check those out. Great quality and fantastic designs.
Those are nice, and I like the look. But theyíre a little hipper than the vibe Iím going for.
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Those are nice, and I like the look. But theyíre a little hipper than the vibe Iím going for.
You should seem them in person. I see them in Manhattan virtually every day. Stylish would be one way to describe them 🤣
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Originally Posted by biker128pedal View Post
Iíve sorta been thinking along the same lines it following the N+1rule. Adding to the stables. Iíd like to add a Checkpoint or a Warroad. Add racks and fenders. Or quick release fenders. The two sets of wheel. A second all road set. Then when I retire in a few years it would be for running to the store and rail trail trips.

But before the do all bike I NEED a full suspension mountain bike.
Yea it seems like a lot of people are using gravel bikes for the purpose I have in mind from reading these posts.
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