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Old 05-28-10, 04:40 PM
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Redline cyclecross bikes for touring?l

In looking for a strong and light bicycle for touring I cam across Redline cyclecross bikes. The 2010 models even have disk brake provisions. Thinking of going that way for touring because I like mountains and hate bike weight. Any thoughts on this?
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Old 05-28-10, 05:13 PM
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Do elaborate (i.e. duration, location, equipment, etc.).
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Old 05-28-10, 06:02 PM
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looks great, don't carry much stuff and you won't be carrying much weight.
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Old 05-31-10, 06:57 AM
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Originally Posted by mijome07 View Post
Do elaborate (i.e. duration, location, equipment, etc.).
Planning to ride from San Francisco to Maine using the ACA Western Express for the Nevada portion. Then working my way up to US 40 as I cross Utah and going over Trail Ridge (RMNP) for the high crossing of the divide. This leg looks like 20 days. No camping equipment but need to be able to carry lots of water. Guessing the racks, panniers, tools, etc will amount to 16-20 pounds "dry". Thinking of starting this 6/1/2011.
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Only thing that's made me shy away from cyclocross bikes are the gear ratios, they tend not have the lower gearing that a mountain bike or touring bike has. If that's not an issue for you it might be exactly what you want. I'm still considering one as a "do all", even touring.
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Old 05-31-10, 02:08 PM
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Only thing that's made me shy away from cyclocross bikes are the gear ratios, they tend not have the lower gearing that a mountain bike or touring bike has. If that's not an issue for you it might be exactly what you want. I'm still considering one as a "do all", even touring.
a bike is a bike, you can put on any kind of gears you want. I got a Surly Cross Check frame and intended on using it with only a single 38tooth chainring and 11-34 cassette. After riding it that way for a year I decided to change it to 30/44 with 12-32 cassette. That's low enough for a medium touring load.
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lol, I knew someone would bring that up. I've considered it all and I'm still not sure what I want anymore. For some cyclocross bikes the change to some lower rings means a derailleur change too. Possibly on the front and back depending on where and what you swap to. I know it can be done, it's just a matter of bang for the buck.
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Old 06-01-10, 01:11 PM
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You might also look at the Specialized Tricross Comp; comes with a 50-39-30 triple and an 11-34 cassette in the rear. I've seen these set up for touring and seemed to do well.

For more money, and a bit more weight, there is the Salsa Vaya to consider.

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there's a 56cm Salsa Casserole at the EMS store in Annapolis for 1/2 off. I'm amazed no one has got it yet.
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