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commuter bikes???(10 posts)

commuter bikes???stlguy
Feb 20, 2002 7:32 AM
I am looking to buy/build a bike for a 26 mile r/t commute, all on good roads. What do you commute on?

re: commuter bikes???xxl
Feb 20, 2002 7:41 AM
I did a commute almost exactly that, for two years, riding road bikes, and a MTB w/slicks. All city streets, okay roads, lots of hills and traffic, and I was happiest on a road bike.

I needed the gears, but if I had been on reasonably level ground I would've gone the used-frame single-speed minimalist route, maybe even fixte.
re: commuter bikes???KEN2
Feb 20, 2002 8:09 AM
I might be overkill but I'm happy on a Specialized S-Works M-4 cyclocross bike (got a great deal), almost stock except for XT rear derailleur and 11-32 cassette (it already came with 50/39 chainrings). The best thing about cross bikes vs. road is there is a good choice of fast but wider tires that fit in the frame. Used to commute on my mtn. bike with road tires but the 'cross is way better.
Any 20$ bike with working brakes. Add fenders&reflectors (nm)tempeteKerouak
Feb 20, 2002 8:12 AM
Second the CX suggestion.muncher.
Feb 20, 2002 8:12 AM
Can't go wrong with that - robust, durable, fast enough, versatile.
re: commuter bikes???MJ
Feb 20, 2002 8:47 AM
third vote for the cx option

make sure you get eyelets for panniers

remember if you're doing that kind of mileage you want to make sure you're on a half decent bike as it's where you're likely to get most of your weekly miles from

and I would never ever ever consider riding a fixie on a commute in traffic - I would however consider a SS for a flat 13 mile one way flat route - it sounds perfect - little or no maintenance, flat, lightweight, cheap to buy, cheap to run
Feb 20, 2002 9:57 AM
I agree about the mileage and a decent bike... unless you have lots of time you're going to get most of your miles on the commuter. That's why I started commuting to begin with--I love bicycling and couldn't find time to ride during the week. Don't agree with posters suggesting a lower-level bike--do do you really want to ride some lead-pipe beater on a daily basis? I can afford reasonably good bikes and I have three, but the Specialized CX commuter is as good as the other two in terms of components/frame quality.
up with the beater.tempeteKerouak
Feb 20, 2002 11:25 AM
I live in Montreal.

Where the streets are bombed every winter.
And the bikes are faithful to no owner.
Unless locked-up up after a post.
So a beater we ride, for most.

Make it an object of desire
And walk home in the quagmire.

I got myself a ten speeder
Saddly set aside at a garage sale
Now it sprint up St-Laurent st., renewed and eager
People seemed amazed by the blurry fendered whale.

And what a joy it is just to ride in this city.
; )
Reworked mountain bikeSpoke Wrench
Feb 20, 2002 1:00 PM
Mine's a '93' Marin with semi-slick tires, but my commutes only about 7 1/2 miles and most of that is a limestone railbed conversion.

I think that a commuter bike has to match your route.
30-year-old cruiser ...Humma Hah
Feb 20, 2002 8:50 PM
... same bike I do everything else on, the Schwinn mid-weight canti cruiser, singlespeed.

To make it a commuter, I put on the lights, bell, fenders, and carry a lock.

A commuter is judged differently from sport roadbikes. The big requirement is that it be "no excuses". No reason to skip riding. For this it needs:

Lights, in case you must work late.
Fenders, in case it might rain
A way to carry stuff (backpack, panniers, or rack)
A way to secure it (so you can stop at the store).
Not too valuable to ride.
Rugged and reliable.
Fast and light are not important.
Fun (so you want to ride it).

For me, a cruiser is perfect. Also good choices are a beater MTB, a hybrid (slick-tires on a rigid MTB), cyclocrosser, older steel roadbike.