What am I missing?

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  • What am I missing?
  • pingu66
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    Ok I am thinking/planning a new bike.

    Probably a cyclocross type disc with rack mount. Really an all rounder.

    What I want to understand is these are variously described as winter bikes etc for training. Anyway something like that.

    Really trying to understand all the differences and uses as I look into it so why would a roadie want to swap a roadbike to something with mudguards, fatter (all be it slightly) tyres etc for the winter when he will use it on exactly the same terain? What am I missing?

    Disc brakes can make fitting a rack a bit of a nightmare if not impossible .

    pingu66
    Member

    Yeah I gathered that, I think the trick there is mounting the caliper on the chainstay rather than the seatstay it seems. Still investigating as I think there will be more disc compatible frames later in the year.

    Premier Icon sic_nick
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    On One Pompetamine, chainstay mounted disc and £60 off the price right now.
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    I like the way their bikes handle, got two on the roster right now.

    Premier Icon mattstreet
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    My understanding is that, as well as mudguards mounts & fatter tyres, a ‘winter bike’ has generally more robust (=heavier) components, which are a more tolerant of the wet, dirt and salt and stuff you get more of on the roads in winter. Whereas summer bike = lighter. Cyclocross with disc brakes and mudguard + pannier mounts makes a great commuter / tourer / all-rounder too imho. 🙂

    Ramsey Neil – Member

    Disc brakes can make fitting a rack a bit of a nightmare if not impossible .

    Not so – just needs to be spaced out a bit or get a disc specific rack. Not difficult at all

    pingu66
    Member

    TJ

    What needs t be spaced out the rack? I initially thought the brake but then realised yoou couldnt space the rotor out! Doh!

    the rack will have to be disc specific!

    pingu66
    Member

    I realise the rack needs to be disc specific but even then some are still problematic.

    I guess when the time comes to just ensure I can getr a rack thats correct. Not bothered about mud guards. Remember them as a kid, nightmare.

    The reason for the rack is a little light touring rather than having stuff on my back can go on the bike. No need for front rack as wont be travelling that heavy and can always add a little on my back.

    Now stupid question No2. A compact set has a different front derallieur while the rear is the same as normal?

    Premier Icon rOcKeTdOg
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    Compact uses the same front and rear mechs, spacing between chainrings is the same you just need to mive the mech down the seat tube a lttle

    pingu66
    Member

    rocketdog

    More confused now? Compact is the same front and rear, you mean compact specific?

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