Commuter bike shopping

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dmtroyer
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is there a tumblr or flickrset or something of “bikes worth more than the cars they lean against”??


sew
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@rr: Nice bike…but the Earl has a bottle opener…just saying. :)


Pierce
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Wait, so this is what people are commuting in these days? No fenders, no racks, no pedals :P


Mick
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Rice Rocket, All the bikes you have pictured here look pretty cool – but I think great commuting bikes tend to be not very cool. Maybe a even a bit dumpy.

Practical. Like comfortable shoes.


reddan
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I dunno…if the bike works for its intended purpose, that seems pretty cool to me.

Personally, I like racks on my commuter, but I tend to bring home groceries (and carry too much crap in general) on my commute.

If I just wanted to get back and forth to work as efficiently as possible (and had a secure place to park the bike), a nice go-fast with clearance for fenders and wider tires would be a fine choice.


edmonds59
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Mean person, why must you show me Volagi Liscio? Would you take 15 yr old Scotch to an AA meeting?


ejwme
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Mick, it sounds like you need to bedazzle your commuter: http://929dave.radio.com/2011/07/30/byrnes-bedazzled-bike/

googling “bedazzled bicycle” (images only) will result in much bejeweled inspiration.


Pierce
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@Mick

“but I think great commuting bikes tend to be not very cool. Maybe a even a bit dumpy.

Practical. Like comfortable shoes. ”

Mick, I think that might also be a reflection of us

+1 on carrying too much crap


reddan
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Mean person, why must you show me Volagi Liscio? Would you take 15 yr old Scotch to an AA meeting?

I’d have a lot more sympathy for that analogy if it wasn’t coming from someone who can’t get past Step 1 of the velo-addiction detox program. ;-)

[Edited to add:]Speaking as someone who can’t even achieve Step 1: admitting I am powerless over my addiction.


Anonymous
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Cool! I like it!


rice rocket
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@Mick: I don’t really carry much to and from work. I have the eyelets to add some hardware later though if I want to.

Other than having a carbon fork and an in-your-face color scheme, it’s really no different than ye-ole-average touring frame. Fender/rack eyelets, cantilever brakes, fits up to 38mm tires, tall head tube, relaxed head tube/seat tube angles, longer chainstays, etc.


rsprake
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Cross bikes are cool commuter bikes so long as you don’t have to keep it locked up for long.


Mick
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@ rice rocket Fender/rack eyelets, cantilever brakes, fits up to 38mm tires, tall head tube, relaxed head tube/seat tube angles, longer chainstays, etc

Sorry, I guess I misjudged. Those have teh makings of good bike (Don’t know about carbon either way. Hear it’s nice.)

But…

But…

They just don’t LOOK geeky enough!


StuInMcCandless
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rice rocket, how the hell do you pedal that thing? I don’t even see stubs to hook the edge of a shoe on.


edmonds59
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Metatarsal implants, next step in the development of Cyclo sapiens.


rice rocket
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Haha.

I haven’t decided what I want to do. I get pretty bad hotspots in all my shoes over 10 miles, I need wedges underneath my cleats to correct this. So stiffer road shoes and pedals make the most sense, anatomically. I also have 3 pairs of road shoes vs. 1 pair of MTB shoes, so if I’ll have more pairs to rotate through if I get caught in a rainy ride.

Platforms and toe clips probably make more sense convenience-wise, but it’s not like I’m wearing dress shoes on the bike. I might as well get the right shoes for each purpose, right? :)


orionz06
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I commute without fenders or racks, in the rain. Not that I am a speed racer but I find with the size 52 CAAD10 that the pace I keep doesn’t get me really wet.

Still have 2 lights each way.

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