- Jan 4, 2005
Your behind is going to take some time to get used to riding again. Dont worry about it.archermd said:thanks
i have gone for a short ride on a tricross and it was fine
for me as a novice returning to a bike the ride was more focused on not falling, and every test ride so far has hurt my butt, so i need to learn how to sit properly and find a bike to buy, autumn and winter are fast approachning at the rate i am going!
i wonder if i would get more bike for the money if i skipped the cyclocroos thing and went for a road bike... the worry for me is if i ever hit a should, or a dirt road, or decide to ride on rails-to-trails (whatever that is, but i have heard it can be very nice and scenic) then a 23 or 25 tire won't do well and i could hurt the bike or myself
23/25 tyres wont cut it on trails, I wouldnt go there with anything less than a 32. A CX bike would have sufficient clearance to take 32 tyres or even wider.
With whatever bike road, CX or touring you finally decide, I have to say that it is far more important to your peace of mind to get a strong set of wheels built for you. You DO NOT have to take the stock wheels that come with the bike, some shops will gladly allow you to "trade up" to stronger wheels.
[/QUOTE] the worry for me is if i ever hit a should, or a dirt road, or decide to ride on rails-to-trails [/QUOTE]The key word here is IF. If you want to cover all options, then you have to compromise, there is no one do-it-all perfectly bike. What if you dont go on the dirt roads?
If in the future you do, then perhaps you can buy a MTB to properly hit the trails, this is more a safety thing than a bike thing.
On cantilever brakes, you dont have to worry that they dont give you sufficient braking power. This is of course if they have been set up properly. I have used road calipers, MTB V-brakes, and got Cantis on my tourer, and they all work well at stopping the bike.
Found this description of the Sequoia
"A great alternative to the conventional road bike, the Sequoia range offer a more upright riding position, larger width tyres for a smoother ride, and wide range gearing that will take you up any mountain. Based on touring bike designs but with a compact frame, the Sequoia offers the perfect solution for long rides where comfort is of the most concern"
Sounds good. Another point to consider if you are still considering road bikes, is the riding position that you will be in. You might find yourself in a more "racy" position, which you may not find comfortable. Just more food for thought.