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Commuting/racing bike?(6 posts)

Commuting/racing bike?Damocles
Oct 7, 2001 2:31 PM
I'm currently riding a 1995 Avanti 'Commuter' bike, which seems to have been designed for people in areas with unsealed roads. Given that the frame and handlebar shapes won't let me get a good posture, the wheels are too fat and the gear ratios are too low, I want to upgrade. Can anyone suggest a bike suitable for 20k daily commuting, but not too heavy for racing? My budget is about $700, but I'd be buying secondhand.
That's a tall orderjtolleson
Oct 7, 2001 3:30 PM
In a world of unlimited budgets, I'd say that there is no such thing as a bike that is good for both. But realities intervene, and many folks use their every day training/commuter, whatever bike to race. If $$ affords, one solution might be two different wheelsets. Get a nice set of racing oriented wheels to set aside, then some sturdy wheels with 700X28 tires for commuting.

If your priority is racing, then I'd look at aluminum bikes from Trek or Specialized (in your price range) and get what fits. But the universe of possible suggestions here is frankly, almost overwhelming.

You can get much more bike buying used, but you can also buy the wrong thing (damaged, ill fitting) unless you really get help from an experienced roadie. If you can't get a local friend to help, then my advice to you is to buy new and hope to find a decent sale.
Cyclocross or Touring Frame?Rich Clark
Oct 7, 2001 4:45 PM
A 'cross frame (or a touring frame) would take the wider tires on more robust rims, and (if you use them) fenders that commuting bikes often need. You could still set it up with a road double and, say, a 12-25 cassette if your commute isn't too hilly, and run it with drop bars and STI brifters.

As already suggested, you could keep a set of racing wheels on hand as well.

But I agree with the general principle that, while it's certainly *possible* to commute on a racing bike, or even to race on a commuting bike, no one bike will be particularly great at both.

I think that trying to find a way to have two bikes would be best, but if that's not possible you'll have to decide which application to give the emphasis to. If you're trying to be competitive, you'll want a competitive racing bike, and just try to "make do" with it on the commute, accepting that you may have to baby the tires and wheels, and use a clamp-on rack or a messenger bag.

If your commuting is critical (ie., if you can't ride you'll have to walk) then having two bikes makes even more sense, but otherwise a bike that can take the daily grind is needed. A Surly Crosscheck or something of that ilk.

re:What's wrong with the bike you have?dzrider
Oct 8, 2001 4:07 AM
If it's ok, why not comtinue commuting on it and buy a used racing bike? As others have noted, it's not easy to do everything you want to do on one bike.
re: Commuting/racing bike?werk
Oct 8, 2001 7:01 AM
I realize your budget is $700.00 but if you can save more, a Ritchey Road Logic might fit the bill. I believe a frame is about $900.00. I have seen a couple of complete bikes on Ebay. It has great tire clearance, but still is a classic road bike. I can fit 700x30c Ritchey Speedmax tires on mine without any clearance problems.
re: Commuting/racing bike?Scott
Oct 8, 2001 8:38 AM
In most places you can commute on just about anything. Right now I commute to work on my old racing bike. It's a LiteSpeed Classic. To make it more commuter friendly I've added 700 x 25 tires and some mountain bike pedals. Works for me. I'm now working on finding some fenders.