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I need a good commuter bike(3 posts)

I need a good commuter bikeyoyokenny
Sep 13, 2002 6:36 AM
I am looking for some guidance. I have about $800 to spend and ride about 13 miles each way. I want to replace my current commuter which is a old rigid Specialized Rockhopper Sport with slicks. I already have a good road bike and mtn bike.
why?mr_spin
Sep 13, 2002 6:50 AM
My commuter bike is also an old rigid Specialized Rockhopper with slicks. It works great for me. I took off the big and small chain rings because I never use them (leaving the middle), put on fenders and a rack.

$800 can buy you a nice entry-level road bike as a commuter, if that's what you're looking for. Check out the usual suspects, Trek, Specialized, etc.
What makes a good commuter bike?Humma Hah
Sep 13, 2002 2:59 PM
The criteria for a good commuter bike are entirely different from a good roadbike or mountainbike. Speed is rarely a factor. My cruiser is probably only a couple of minutes slower than a C-40 on my 5-mile commute, so speed's not an issue. For me, the key factor in a commuter is that it should remove all excuses to NOT ride.

It should be:

1) Reliable. Your MTB is probably nearly perfect in this department, and better than most roadbikes.
2) Weather-tolerant. I recommend fenders.
3) Not so expensive that you worry about it.
4) Able to carry your stuff.
5) Has a lock available so you can stop by the store on your way home.
6) Lights available so you ride even if there's a chance you'll have to work late.
7) Fun, so you'll wanna ride every day.