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Old 05-19-14, 09:41 PM
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Help with the next bike ...

I'll try to keep this short.

Got in to road cycling via triathlons a few years ago. A few bikes and some time later, I no longer have time for tri's and have a just-right-for me road bike: 2012 Cervcelo R3. It's carbon, fast and satisfies my training needs and the speed demon in me.

Since giving up tris I have been blessed with a family. Wonderful wife and beautiful daughter (7 months old). Turns out that the road bike is seeing less use ... and we are doing a lot more family-oriented cycling. With me hauling a Chariot CX1 fully loaded with baby and necessary accompaniments.

Which brings us to my hybrid. It's a very nice specialized globe - aluminum frame, nexus internal gear hub ... and a little big for me. The gearing is also at issue with pulling a trailer behind me when the grade gets steep. So it's time to replace!

In the market for a new bike to compliment my Cervelo. Looking for a steel framed all around bike that is VERY comfortable, fun to ride, and something that I can basically keep forever. I want to be able to do everything from hauling baby, to the odd commute (10kms one way) and (someday) some light touring. Primarily a road bike with the occasional (very rare) compacted dirt trail when the opportunity arises.

I have my heart set on a 2014 Salsa Vaya 2. Looking for other opinions. The other bikes I've considered are the LHT (too heavy for my needs), Jamis Bosa Nova, Jamis Quest, Cannondale CAADX.

Would like to submit to the infinite wisdom of the forum - what should I be looking for? Does the Vaya 2 work well for this? Given that it will spend 90% of it's time on paved roads, am I looking at the wrong tool for the job?

Thanks!
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Old 05-20-14, 05:57 AM
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Volagi, try looking into that

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IMHO, I think that the Vaya 2 is an excellent choice. I would also suggest that you seriously consider the Surly Ogre and perhaps the Specialized AWOL, too!
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Old 05-21-14, 02:13 PM
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Second Volagi. Viaje is the steel frame model. The ride is sublime.
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Old 05-25-14, 09:35 PM
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Originally Posted by Oppi View Post
...... Which brings us to my hybrid. It's a very nice specialized globe - aluminum frame, nexus internal gear hub ... and a little big for me. The gearing is also at issue with pulling a trailer behind me when the grade gets steep. So it's time to replace!........
Why not just get a smaller chain ring, larger rear cog, and/or a two speed crank set like this one: Metropolis Patterson Crankset
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Old 05-26-14, 08:55 AM
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Originally Posted by nfmisso View Post
Why not just get a smaller chain ring, larger rear cog, and/or a two speed crank set like this one: Metropolis Patterson Crankset
Good suggestion - thanks! Although this wouldn't address the size of the frame and would negate my excuse for a new bike! Haha.

Looks like a Vaya 2 is in my future.
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Old 05-26-14, 03:53 PM
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I'll try to keep this short. I have my heart set on a 2014 Salsa Vaya 2.
So there you are. Just Do It!
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So there you are. Just Do It!
Done! Now to sort gearing out ...
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