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Old 07-04-14, 02:15 PM
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Searching for the "do it all" bike

OK..so I'm one of those guys who at one time at at least one specific bike for each type of cycling. Lack of space and taking on a more minimalist approach I am now in search of one "do it all bike." I'd like some feedback on this. So here's the scenario. Cross country trip, looking to purchase one bike which I could do the following: touring events, city commuting, light trails (paved and gravel), local group ride, triathlons. Basically my idea is to purchase a new bike that I can use primarily as a daily commuter, but it be versatile enough that when I take these types of trips, I can take one bike and it can handle the job. So I'm leaning towards the 2014-2015 Specialized Sirrus Pro Carbon. Specialized Bicycle Components

Anyone have any thoughts on this or have wanted to do or did something similar and have some good suggestions?
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Old 07-04-14, 02:32 PM
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There are always trade offs. I'd figure out what your main purpose is and get a bike that does that. Certainly the bike you chose would not be my first or second choice for a one bike does it all but hey it's your bike and it sounds like you know what you want. A cross bike probably comes the closest to a one bike does it all.
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Old 07-04-14, 02:35 PM
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Old 07-04-14, 04:47 PM
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Welcome to BF and good luck with your hunt! Just a personal view, but... I don’t see carbon fiber as the “do it all” material. It’s not known for accepting racks, so that’d limit touring to daypack-on-your-back credit card touring and that knocks you out of “do it all” right there. I think a beefy hybrid (which might or might not take racks) or an adventure touring bike might be “do it all.” As was said above, it’s all about trade-offs. There'll be lots of widely varying opinions on this question, though.
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Old 07-04-14, 04:52 PM
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have fun with lots of stuff, its much less risky, but less is still more. looking fast is more fun than looking slow.
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Specialized markets the Sirrus, especially the higher end models, as essentially a "flat-bar road bike." I have a mid-range Sirrus/Vita Sport (aluminum frame) and think it is fine on rough pavement but would not trust it for off-road or gravel. On the other hand, it *is* a great and comfortable daily commuter that also lets me keep up with the local group rides even as a beginner. As much as I love mine, I don't think it's quite the all-purpose bike you want it to be.
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Old 07-04-14, 07:56 PM
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Check out the Salsa Vaya. Owned/rode one for three years, and it did everything you describe.
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