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I bought a new road bike earlier this year and it's been beyond great for fitness and weight loss. Plus it's just a crapload of fun. My wife and friends see this and now want to ride with me, but not to the extent that I push myself and frankly I spend more time on the brake with my bike than pedaling (that'll change with time, I'm sure). I also want a more "practical" second bike for occasionally running errands (installing a rack but no heavy loads) and taking on unpaved trails (crushed gravel, and packed-dirt forest roads up north). Prolly add fenders at some point too, may ride it to work eventually too. My road bike obviously sucks for this but I knew all this when I bought it.

So - I'm thinking a cross bike might be a good choice for me because of the drop bars (my choice) and big tires. Found a good used one locally but not sure how they're supposed to fit. Any fit suggestions for a cross bike vs. a road bike? Or something else?
 

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Cool! Main emphasis on the off-pavement riding and road bike feel, so I guess that would do it. They look cool too. If anyone can help on the fit I'd appreciate it.
 

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Cool! Main emphasis on the off-pavement riding and road bike feel, so I guess that would do it. They look cool too. If anyone can help on the fit I'd appreciate it.
If you want more than vague generalizations, you should post up some of your dimensions, how your current bike measures, and how comfortable you feel on it.

Maybe then some of the experts here can be of more help to you, if they stop by.
 

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"cross" as in cyclo-cross? a true cyclo-cross bike is a racer w/aggressive geo, and typically won't have fender mounts...

now if you mean "cross" as in cross check and its various clones, just match the tt on your current ride (assuming it fits)
 

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Cyclocross bikes rock

I did this exact thing earlier. Found a killer deal on a Redline Conquest Pro and bought it. I don't plan on racing so for me the fit was to be as comfortable as possible and close to my Road bike. The geometry may be a bit different but in the end get something that you feel is comfortable and "like" your road bike. If it is a bit more upright that might be a benefit on your "slower" rides. I love the versatility of the cross bike. Mine has fender mounts, rack mounts, etc. I put some 32 or 35 mm tires on it and it is very smooth and I was surprised at how fast it still rides. Heck if I put some lightweight wheels and tires on it I could probably use it as my only road bike.

And you can always race it if you wanted. The cantilever brakes are a bit of a disappointment but the handle the wide tires and are work, more or less. Could put a set of v brakes on it but supposedly that sort of ruins the "Cross" purism. Oh BTW I have disk brake mounts as well..........
 

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I am thinking about cyclocross bikes although don't plan on racing it or really riding as it was intended. It just seems to be a good answer to what I was looking for. For fenders, I'm thinking about something like SKS raceblades which (as I understand) don't require mounts. Not full coverage or perfect, but should take care of most of the problem.

I have an '08 Trek 2.1 that's a 58cm. The top tube is 57.2, wheelbase is 99.2 and BB height is 26.8. The used bike I found is an '04 Redline Conquest 57cm and I'm 6' with a 34" inseam. The '08 version of the Conquest has about a 4cm longer wheelbase and a 1cm or so longer top tube than mine even for having a seat tube 1cm shorter. BB is a little higher too - these dimensions might be a little different than '04 obviously.

Haven't looked at it yet, and I don't have much experience but I know my road bike feels good even after a long ride (long for me anyway). I have not had a "real" custom fitting. Sounds like I should just go check it out and if it seems comfortable, buy it?
 

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A budget option- What you're looking for- a bike with mounts for racks, fenders, space for wider tires, drop bars- is pretty easy to find on ebay or craigslist if yer willing to look at used.

Used touring bikes (trek 5/6/720, etc) aren't that expensive and meet your requirements pretty well. Japanese "sport touring" bikes from the late 70's/mid 80's fit the bill as well.

Figure you could get a well equipped used trek 520 for under 600 bucks, or a Miyata for even less.

Just a thought- figure if yer just looking for a second bike/beater/town bike, you can't go wrong with something old and cheap.

the only thing to watch out for is the wheel size- just make sure it's 700c, not 27".
 

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57cm should be good. I ride a 57-58cm roadie, and went down to a 56 in my CX bikes - I may actually drop sizes in the roadie as well because if this!

A couple cm's can easily be comp'd with stem & seatpost adjustments. I also find that I like to ride my CX bikes a little more upright, so a frame with slightly shorter dimensions is good for this.
 

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Go take a look and if it works, buy it. Keep in mind I think the Conquest (not the pro or team) had a steel or aluminum fork. Should be fine but if you want to upgrade that might not be the way to do it. Will be a bit heavier than you have now
 

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is that because the cx has a higher bb? or did the tt drop down as well?
Probably a little bit of both. I'm not one who worries a whole lot about TT or BB height to be honest, but I do know what I like to see in TT length and saddle-to-stem measurements. That's the most critical are of me. Beyond that, I don't get too wrapped up.
 

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Definitely check out the Surly Cross Check. I've ridden one for the past year. Both my MTB and Road bike have both been collecting dust.
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You mean a cross bike as a daily commuter?

kykr13 said:
I bought a new road bike earlier this year and it's been beyond great for fitness and weight loss. Plus it's just a crapload of fun. My wife and friends see this and now want to ride with me, but not to the extent that I push myself and frankly I spend more time on the brake with my bike than pedaling (that'll change with time, I'm sure). I also want a more "practical" second bike for occasionally running errands (installing a rack but no heavy loads) and taking on unpaved trails (crushed gravel, and packed-dirt forest roads up north). Prolly add fenders at some point too, may ride it to work eventually too. My road bike obviously sucks for this but I knew all this when I bought it.

So - I'm thinking a cross bike might be a good choice for me because of the drop bars (my choice) and big tires. Found a good used one locally but not sure how they're supposed to fit. Any fit suggestions for a cross bike vs. a road bike? Or something else?
They make excellent daily commuters and rainy day bikes. Here's mine...

2008 BMC CX01 CrossMachine

White Camo BMC CX02 Easton Ultralite aluminum frame with Easton EC70-X Cross carbon fork. I added SRAM components, Force crankset and front derailleur, Red rear derailleur along with DoubleTap flat bar shifters. Handlebar, stem and seatpost are Ritchey WCS Carbon, Specialized S-Works bar ends and Titec Hell Bent grips. Braking is handled by AVID Single Digit Ultimate Mini Vs with Speed Dial 7 levers. Wheels were built up using DT Swiss 240S hubs, DT Swiss RR 1.2 rims, black DT Competition 14/15G spokes with red nipples, DT Swiss RWS Titanium Quick Release Skewers and running 32mm Continental Sport Contact tires. Arundel Chrono water bottle and bracket, Fizik Aliante XM saddle with a medium Fizik bag, Ultegra pedals and full SKS fenders. For lights I am using a Cygolite Dualcross on the front and a Cateye TL-LD1100 LED light combined with a Fizik ICS Blink tail light on the rear.







 

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kykr13 said:
I also want a more "practical" second bike for occasionally running errands (installing a rack but no heavy loads) and taking on unpaved trails (crushed gravel, and packed-dirt forest roads up north). Prolly add fenders at some point too, may ride it to work eventually too. My road bike obviously sucks for this but I knew all this when I bought it.

So - I'm thinking a cross bike might be a good choice for me because of the drop bars (my choice) and big tires. Found a good used one locally but not sure how they're supposed to fit. Any fit suggestions for a cross bike vs. a road bike? Or something else?
I think of my cross bike as an SUV. I would not worry too much about fit because of the casual way you will use it. I would set it up for reach and saddle to pedal height that is close to your road bike. If the balance feels good at that point you are good to go.
 

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Wow - flashback! I bought that bike (the '04 Redline Conquest) for $275 in nice shape but needed new tires. Came with a Selle San Marco saddle, two water bottle cages and a basic Cateye computer for that price...

I only ride it a few miles at a time and usually at a pretty relaxed pace, but the one thing I'd like to do would be to raise the bars. It has a threadless headset and I'm not sure what my options are. My road bike's bars are about 2 or 2-1/2" higher and that bike fits great. Ideas?
 
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