n + 1 What do it all road/light off road/winter bike?
Ok already have Nicolai Helius, Cotic Soul and road bike. However in a classic case of n + 1, I’m wondering about a do it all bike for when the weather and conditions are a bit naff. So something that moves pretty quick along the road but can also manage the odd old railway line and green lane and isn’t terrifying in the wet (like my road bike). Had thought Cotic Roadrat but having read some other threads not sure thats right. Any ideas?Posted 4 years agobolMember
Any cross bike with mudguard mounts will do the job. Usual materials rules apply. If you want it to be lightish and fairly robust, I’d go for something ally. I’m currently loving my Kinesis Pro6 for this purpose, but lots of other options out there too.
Edit: adding a springy carbon post like a Spesh Pave takes a lot of the harshness away without the added weight of steel. I had a Cotic X before the Kenisis, and think the latter is the better all rounder. And I’m a Cotic fanboi.Posted 4 years ago
I always read that as “I’ve always ridden drops on bikes that either don’t fit me or I’m not used to yet”. especially when said by women as it usually means the bars are too low / long…
You may well be right. I have drops on my Trek 2.1 (just as off the peg). I ride mens bikes as a 5’9″ women I find womens bikes in general are just not big enough. It may be that the reach is too long, mainly between the bars and the brake levers for my womanly hands. I also just feel a bit apprehensive about the riding position being slung so low over the bike.Posted 4 years agooldnpastitSubscriber
Surly Cross Check.
I recently bought a second-hand frame and I’m very happy with it. Very nice to ride, and lots of different ways to set it up (massive clearance, geared or ss, rackmounts, etc). Ideal if you can’t make up your mind about what you want.
I think the geometry is a bit unusual – it’s kind of longer than I expected. I’d go and find a bike shop that’s selling one to check the sizing.Posted 4 years agoShibbolethMember
I have a flat bar roadrat, I built it with CXP22s on disc hubs so I can run it with everything from 23mm tyres to cross tyres and I have hope mini monos – I’m not restricted to cable discs or converters as you would be on a drop bar bike.
I built it as a blingy pub bike/commuter/tow-path-and-bridleway-bike a few years ago and wouldn’t part with it. It’s even been used for winter training when I need more grip than I get from my road bike tyres.Posted 4 years ago
Cheers for some good advice. Going to see if I can find a Kinesis to try (not sure I can really afford one this side of Christmas at least); and also going to look at my existing bar set up and see if I can improve things. However, there is an argument that I have 3 very good bikes and I should just get out and ride!Posted 4 years agothegnarlycenturionMember
Ahh, but commutings different! You dont want to destroy your other bike. Plus it’s a mental thing- use your current road bike for commuting and suddenly everytime you go out for a ride on it your reminded of the long winter months where you’ve gpt your third puncture half-way late to work.
Also- why isnt anyone recommending a rigid 29er? Light, comfortable and far more capable! Stick some slick 1.5 and feel the speed!Posted 4 years agoreggiegasketMember
I run a ti CX frame, running discs, with two sets of wheels. One for commuting/training and one set up with tubeless CX tyres for more offroady stuff. Works really well. Not a fan of alu frames myself, and steel is possible but can you keep the weight down …? Ti just seems perfect – supple, lasts well through the winter, tough.Posted 4 years agowobbliscottMember
I’n not a fan of commuting on a mountain bike unless its a predominately off road commute. I’ve done it both ways and even a pretty crappy road bike is much better on the road than a decent MTB on slick tyres – even a 29er. It all depends upon what you mean by off road and how much of it you do. If its just canal tracks or cycle/cinder tracks then even a CX bike is a bit too much – something like a Road Rat can do that sort of duty just fine. But if it is more than just canal paths and cycle tracks then a CX bike would be great. A couple of guys at work have just cot Carbon Planet X CX bikes on C2W and they look great.Posted 4 years ago
Getting back on track, I’m not wanting a commuter! I don’t commute in winter as its over 18 miles each way and I don’t feel safe in the dark on the railway lines. I’m just looking for something to rides on those days or nights when its just too boggy to plough through mud on the mountain bike, but is quicker than some 2″+ tyres on the road. For example – 20 mile ride round the edge of the North Pennines – hilly roads with some railway lines (County Durham has a lot!) and the odd bridleway/muddy field/woodland track to link it all up.
Ti would be wonderful, but don’t think I could justify it!Posted 4 years agochakapingSubscriber
I’m just looking for something to rides on those days or nights when its just too boggy to plough through mud on the mountain bike, but is quicker than some 2″+ tyres on the road.
You still need a CX bike then, IMO.
It’s great being able to shred the BWs and towpaths in between road bits.
😉Posted 4 years ago
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