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Sturdy bike for road+

Old 04-28-09, 07:55 AM
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Sturdy bike for road+

Hello,
I'm new to the forum...After riding the same city bike for 17 years, I am ready to move on. I want a bike that's more comfortable and faster for longer rides (typically 10-20 miles 2 to 3 times a week; occasional longer jaunts), but I need a tough, reliable bike because I still pull a trailer with 2 kids and use the bike for getting around town. I'm looking forward to going back to drop handlebars.

After some research and test riding, I think I've narrowed my choices to: Bianchi Volpe, Jamis Aurora Elite, and Surly LHT. (I realize none of these is a true road bike, so feel free to bump me to a different forum.) I wanted to like the Cross Check (and Surly is my hometown company), but it just didn't feel good. The Jamis felt the best, but also costs more.

Any thoughts/advice?

Thanks very much!
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Nothing wrong with the bikes you're looking at.

However, realize if you want a true road bike, you can still pull a trailer with it and ride it around town.
I've pulled trailers with my Merlin for years, no worries.

You might want to skip extremley light, low spoke count wheels, however, particularly if your big yourself.
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I think you're on the right track with those steel framed bikes. Probably the most durable frame material with the possible exception of titanium, although that is very subjective. They're all good companies with excellent reputations. I have a soft spot for Bianchis, but I know that Surly makes a rock-solid bike. I would pick which ever one feels the best.
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I think you've got a great list there.

For trailer towing I would get a cross bike with disc brakes. At least that's what I'm currently talking myself into

Merlinextraligh, not sure if an aluminium road bike could take the same strains as your Ti.

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Originally Posted by rollin View Post
I think you've got a great list there.

For trailer towing I would get a cross bike with disc brakes. At least that's what I'm currently talking myself into

Merlinextraligh, not sure if a aluminium road bike could take the same strains as your Ti.
+1. I just bought a Lemond Poprad for basically the same purpose. The cantilever brakes are way lame. I put some 700x32 slicks on it, and its a fraking tank - lots of fun. Racks, packs, and a bike-camping trip to Harper's Ferry are next...
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Now I'm eyeing a 1984 or 1985 Trek 520 with Reynolds 531 frame. The ride is nice, and I could save a lot of money.
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i recently picked up an early 90's steel trek roadie for real cheap off CL, there is something about that bike that just clicks with me, its very very comfortable, i have the fit dialed in perfectly. if you can find one i say go for that, maybe add some modern components (brifters rock) and you should have a quick bike that is still pretty utilitarian.
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Now I'm eyeing a 1984 or 1985 Trek 520 with Reynolds 531 frame. The ride is nice, and I could save a lot of money.
Steel treks of that vintage are LOVELY.
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Originally Posted by rollin View Post
i think you've got a great list there.

for trailer towing i would get a cross bike with disc brakes
. At least that's what i'm currently talking myself into

merlinextraligh, not sure if an aluminium road bike could take the same strains as your ti.
+1
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that steel trek will do you good.
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