Lynskey Cooper CX
If you’re only going to have one bike to do it all, the Cooper CX is a great choice.
A great commuter bike for riders in the Pacific Northwest, the Cooper CX won’t rust. There is no paint to chip off. The disc brakes work great in the rain, and with no brake wear on your rims your wheels will last a lot longer. The bike will also handle a wide range of tire sizes and still have room for fenders.
Take the fenders off of the CX and install knobby tires and you get a great cyclocross racer. The disc brakes won’t pack up with mud like cantilevers can, so slowing down on a muddy Seattle cyclocross course won’t be quite so scary. If you crash your CX, it won’t look nearly as beat up as a painted bike.
Loaded touring on the Cooper is a breeze. The wheelbase is just long enough to keep your panniers stable and out of the way, and the sporty (but stable) handling feels right with all but the heaviest loads. Feel free to cruise the gravel backroads as well as paved routes while you’re at it.
Lastly, a Cooper CX with road tires will be light and fast-rolling enough to keep up on even the most aggressive road rides. Your buddies will appreciate your full-coverage fenders on days that the roads are wet, and you’ll appreciate being able to win a hill climb or city-limit sign sprint against those knuckleheads.
Add S & S travel couplings to your Cooper and you can take all of this versatility with you on business trips and family vacations without paying for oversized baggage at the airport.
By the way, Lynskey also makes a super-deluxe version of the Cooper CX called the ProCross. The ProCross uses the cool helix-shaped twisted tubes like on their top-of-line Helix road bikes. By using these funky tubes, Lynskey gives the ProCross a stiffer and snappier ride quality. The ProCross will be the quicker bike for weekend cross racing, and should be just as fast as any road bike with just a tire swap.