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Gear Talk / cyclocross bike for long distance touring?
« on: April 20, 2008, 02:20:58 pm »
Bardism...congrats on the new Comp. I am still wrestling between a Tour Easy and the Tri Cross. I will probably end up getting both eventually.

Please give me an update after you log some seat time. I would love to hear the pros and cons in your mind.

Fair winds and following streets my friend,

Gear Talk / cyclocross bike for long distance touring?
« on: April 18, 2008, 01:31:34 am »
I have been shopping for another bike...6 isn't enough yet...
I really want a bentbike, but came across the Specialized Tri Cross Comp. After riding it, I loved it. I can only get one bike right now. I aM seriously considering tossing the Recumbent dreams right now and maybe going with the Tri Cross. It rode beautifully. I have been told by many that it is a very comfortable bike and comes with 3 bottle bosses too.

You might want to look at that one...
Best of luck,

General Discussion / What to buy??? Bent or straight up???
« on: April 20, 2008, 02:26:49 pm »
Raybo, Oldgroundhog, Bogiesan, MrBent, and Carl thank you for the great info.

Although I have only test-ridden a few different models over that last year or so, I am really sold on the bent bike...with back and neck issues, it really is the only way to go as far as I am concerned.

I WILL be getting one, it is just a matter of what brand, model and style. By nature, I am a researcher, and a thorough one at that. I have been looking for a while, it is just with my employment suppressing my activities, I just haven't had the opportunity. I will be retiring soon and hope to just about live in the bike for a while. I would like to self-supportedly tour the country for a spell. This is why I am looking for all of your opinions.

I do want a LWB for sure. I would prefer a USS over an OSS just for comfort reasons. (ANY OPINIONS ON THIS-- USS vs OSS?)

I do like the Tour Easy for its simplicity, but it is an OSS. I read somewhere in my cyber-travels about the front tire being hard to get for the SS model, but not the EX. Aslo, the gearing is better on the Expeditionary model. I am currently looking at one and am in a bidding war on Ebay, and not the high bidder as of right now.

There is a great bent dealer about an hour's drive from here that has many used, new in various styles. I plan a day there and test about all they have to see what I like. Really it comes down the this...something super-comfortable with easy parts availability that good for the long SS touring.

Thanks again for all your input and if you know anyone that has a bike that I may be interested in, please let me know.

General Discussion / What to buy??? Bent or straight up???
« on: April 18, 2008, 01:37:03 am »
I have been set on getting a recumbent for long distance touring. A couple of weeks ago I tested a Specialized Tri Cross Comp...awesome bike, but not a recumbent.
If I was to get a bent bike, what would you all recommend for long distance...self-supported (I have a BOB trailer) and possibly x-country trips?

I am considering the EZ Racers Easy Tour model. Any comments on this one?

Thanks in advance your your advice,

This message was edited by BIKEME on 4-17-08 @ 9:58 PM

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