Road bike with wide rims and mudguard friendly – help!
Any suggestions for some sort of road bike/cx bike that will take wide tyres and mudguards. Disc brakes would be nice although that makes it expensive.
My thinking is that in this weather a bike that will take rough pot-holed roads could be an alternative to the mtb. Not for use off road.
Thanks very much in anticipation. 🙂Posted 4 years ago
Thanks aP. I had a nasty accident on my racer so am nervous. Had a quick look at Dawes and their tyre width goes up to 32, I noticed that some CX bikes went up to 38.
It wouldn’t get used for touring as such, more a couple of hours when it’s too silly as it is right now for the mtb.Posted 4 years agojamesoSubscriber
25s are ok, but ime 35c+ is a lot more comfy on some of the broken up lanes and opens up those byway cut-throughs that can make winter road rides more interesting at times.
If a bike is non-race orientated and has discs it should take 35C or more with guards otherwise a real advantage of disc is missed. Many canti or mini-V equipped bikes will also take 32-35C and guards.
So, most CX bikes and a few road-disc models.Posted 4 years agoVortexracingSubscriber
How tall are you CG?
My frame is up for sale, it takes 28 tyres and guards easily
Rack mounts as well, just in case you fancy a bit of light touring.
Ignore the price it’s negotiable
Not disc though, Sorry.Posted 4 years agojamesoSubscriber
A CX bike will still handle like a tourer though
I’m generalising and I know what you mean, but average HA of CX bike is 72-72.5 degrees, std fork offset, 425mm stays, vs a tourer with ~450mm stays and a a heavier steel F+F + front end geometry for carrying a load? Quite different bikes imo.
A CX bike will usually handle similarly to an audax bike, ideal for winter road use imo. But I’m not aware of many audax-style road bikes that can take a 32-35c unless they have cantis/discs.Posted 4 years ago
Thanks again, all good stuff. 8)
Racer only takes 23’s as I found out when I bought some 25’s, definitely no mudguards.
Can I ask about cx tyres – some are 35c so how does this compare to, say, 23’s? Do cx tyres use a different measurement?
Kenisis Tripster looking interesting as are the Genesis Bikes.
Vortex – I’m 5’5″ so your frame won’t be big enough, my racer is a 52. Your Enigma looks lovely though. 🙂
Edit: I do fancy having a go at touring at some point and really not sure whether I should be taking that into account now. Thoughts?
Thanks. 🙂Posted 4 years agoIanWMember
Surly cross check/straggler 42mm, Genesis Cdf 35mm, Kona Sutra 42mm, some of the disc road bikes look like they also have massive clearance but I’m not sure the standard spec wheels would take big tyres.
It does seem like the resurgence in cycling has resulted in people buying road “race” bikes and findin there not what you really need for getting about most of the time.
In the absence of any modern versions of the 1950-80 Raleigh design ( which is still the best for general purpose use) the Kona Sutra seems to tick most boxes I need.
And they make cool adverts http://vimeo.com/78385474Posted 4 years agojulianwilsonMember
To add to the above, the Giant/Liv Invite has massive clearances (even 35mm cross tyres look lost in it), disc brakes and mudguard/rack eyelets. Not light with cross tyres, 11-32 cheapo cassette, disc hubs and disc brakes though. My wife is a right fusspot/snob about big bike brands and still plumped for a giant. The most expensive one is a grand and has tiagra (well, oem identical to latest 10sp tiagra but painted black for some reason) and bb7’s.
If it was me and i could afford it, I would be getting a salsa vaya though.Posted 4 years agohaibikeboyMember
Eastway ST1.0 will take 35mm tyres with proper mudguards easily. You could go up to 40mm tyre on the front. Good quality canti brakes and reynolds steel frame.Posted 4 years ago
Be a bit careful with sizing as the are on the big side. Just seen a used one on the bay . item 321314987916ircSubscriber
Fully equipped tourer for £380. Mudguards, rear rack, 700x32mm tyres.
Well worth it for a bad roads and bad weather bike.Posted 4 years agomark a.Member
Definitely consider tourers rather than the much cooler CX bikes. My wife got a CX bike with 32mm tyres and mudguards and it was… ok. It was fiddly, fidgety, had lots of toe overlap and the gearing was definitely more race than pootle.
She now has a tourer. Much happier. Calmer handling and of course takes bike tyres and mudguards (and panniers).
Depending on the bike, you can also get triple chainsets which aren’t cool but get you everywhere.
Tourers can cost a lot, but then they tend to come with all the extras (guards, racks, perhaps even dynamo).Posted 4 years ago
Thanks for all the helpful replies with suggestions. 8) My head now well and truly hurts with researching.
In the meantime I’ll switch my wheels as that will be better than riding on tarmac with Winter tyres. This is the one time when tubeless isn’t such a great idea!Posted 4 years ago
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