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Old 09-23-2012, 08:47 PM   #1891
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Old 09-23-2012, 09:04 PM   #1892
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So say I have a few mtb's in the basement, and am now looking for something more road-worthy... I want the option of doing the odd dirt path, nothing that would require a mtb, though. I think a hybrid with a minimal front suspension (think Specialized Crosstrail) or a cyclocross bike (for the durability) might make sense.
Not sure if I want flat or drop bar. (drop bar in the dirt sounds a little squirrelly(sp?))
Want 29/700c wheels, but not terribly narrow tires (I know, I can always swap later)
A decent 2x9 or 2x10 geartrain.
Disc brakes
Would like to keep it under $1000.

Toss some suggestions my way folks, and thanks.


Fair warning, I may go through this data collection phase and then say F-it, and buy a Pugsley snow bike...
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Old 09-24-2012, 12:00 AM   #1893
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Lovin' mine. Low gearing for climbing yet I can still spin up to 35 mph top end.
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Old 09-24-2012, 08:39 AM   #1894
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So say I have a few mtb's in the basement, and am now looking for something more road-worthy... I want the option of doing the odd dirt path, nothing that would require a mtb, though. I think a hybrid with a minimal front suspension (think Specialized Crosstrail) or a cyclocross bike (for the durability) might make sense.
Not sure if I want flat or drop bar. (drop bar in the dirt sounds a little squirrelly(sp?))
Want 29/700c wheels, but not terribly narrow tires (I know, I can always swap later)
A decent 2x9 or 2x10 geartrain.
Disc brakes
Would like to keep it under $1000.

Toss some suggestions my way folks, and thanks.


Fair warning, I may go through this data collection phase and then say F-it, and buy a Pugsley snow bike...
With that budget, I'm not sure how you're going to get a Pugsley.

Inexpensive, hybrid-ish bikes don't have the best forks. They absorb your pedaling efforts with pedal bob. Nor, do they have very efficient seating positions.

Another option is searching Cragslist for 'cross or touring bikes.

You could, also throw a suspension-corrected, rigid fork, along with some ATB tires, onto an existing hardtail MTB. If you have something that's full rigid, just swap tires; that's what my GF's commuter bike is.


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http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/...y/zilla_xx.htm

Lovin' mine. Low gearing for climbing yet I can still spin up to 35 mph top end.

^^^ I have to agree. My GF and I have went to 'cross bikes, as one can go about anywhere with them. Yet, they're efficient enough that we can still ride centuries on them.
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Old 09-24-2012, 01:13 PM   #1895
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With that budget, I'm not sure how you're going to get a Pugsley.
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I have to agree. My GF and I have went to 'cross bikes, as one can go about anywhere with them. Yet, they're efficient enough that we can still ride centuries on them.
Thanks for the info, guys. And part of the 'F-it' included blowing the budget for the fat-tire bike. Dutnut, mind if I ask what brand/model you ended up going with?
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Old 09-24-2012, 03:48 PM   #1896
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You're gonna need to clean that chain! I've NEVER had a chain THAT dirty on any bicycle I've ever owned.
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Old 09-24-2012, 03:51 PM   #1897
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You're gonna need to clean that chain! I've NEVER had a chain THAT dirty on any bicycle I've ever owned.
I second that, all that grit is like sand papers to your gears
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Old 09-24-2012, 07:13 PM   #1898
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So say I have a few mtb's in the basement, and am now looking for something more road-worthy... I want the option of doing the odd dirt path, nothing that would require a mtb, though. I think a hybrid with a minimal front suspension (think Specialized Crosstrail) or a cyclocross bike (for the durability) might make sense.
Not sure if I want flat or drop bar. (drop bar in the dirt sounds a little squirrelly(sp?))
Want 29/700c wheels, but not terribly narrow tires (I know, I can always swap later)
A decent 2x9 or 2x10 geartrain.
Disc brakes
Would like to keep it under $1000.

Toss some suggestions my way folks, and thanks.
It will be out of your budget, but if you have parts or build it up with used you may get close.....

The monster cross frame from Black Mountain cycles is a really great all around frame. Not as twitchy as a cyclo-cross bike and can handle fatter tires or fenders. Check them out.
http://www.blackmtncycles.com/p/blac...es-frames.html

Frameset is $595 + shipping with forks.
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Old 09-24-2012, 09:33 PM   #1899
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I second that, all that grit is like sand papers to your gears
Okay, okay, I will take care of it this weekend.
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Old 09-25-2012, 07:09 AM   #1900
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Okay, okay, I will take care of it this weekend.
It appears you're using some kind of "wet" lube. If so, switch to a "dry" lube. It'll keep your chain much cleaner.
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Old 09-25-2012, 08:09 AM   #1901
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It appears you're using some kind of "wet" lube. If so, switch to a "dry" lube. It'll keep your chain much cleaner.
Yes. Dry lube is so much better at staying clean - at least in the dry, dust desert environment:

http://www.squirtlube.com/
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Old 09-25-2012, 08:45 AM   #1902
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Yes. Dry lube is so much better at staying clean - at least in the dry, dust desert environment:

http://www.squirtlube.com/
A good trick is to put ball bearing, nuts or something heavy inside the bottle so when you shake it the "solids" inside the bottle get better mix
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Old 09-25-2012, 11:08 AM   #1903
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I haven't ridden a bike in years, other than my dock bike at the marina. I've been thinking since I work 5 miles from home and there is a nice bike path that nearly runs the whole ride I may try biking to work. I picked up a used Fuji Crosstown 4.0 yesterday for $50. Spent about an hour last night cleaning and lubing it. Going to ride in the afternoons to work up to the 5 mile ride.

Will try to get a pic up later.
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Old 09-25-2012, 01:46 PM   #1904
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I haven't ridden a bike in years, other than my dock bike at the marina. I've been thinking since I work 5 miles from home and there is a nice bike path that nearly runs the whole ride I may try biking to work. I picked up a used Fuji Crosstown 4.0 yesterday for $50. Spent about an hour last night cleaning and lubing it. Going to ride in the afternoons to work up to the 5 mile ride.

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Old 09-25-2012, 02:10 PM   #1905
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Good for you!!!
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A five-miler would be a no-brainer as long as the route is relatively safe.

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