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Old 02-20-10, 09:00 PM   #1
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Thinking about buying a more upright urban bike...


So like the post title says. I am thinking about a urban / bike path bike. I tend to want to ride the 2-4 miles to the store. Or ride to a friends house. but never do because i don't want to ride my nice road bike and have to chain it up outside of the store. and also i don't want to have to wear my clip-less shoes. I want to just wear sneakers, and what not. does this sounds like stupid reasoning? Should i just use my current bike? Am i just making stupid excuses?
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Old 02-20-10, 09:03 PM   #2
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Buy a new bike - for sure. That one looks great - try the Giant Seek 0 on for size also.
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Put some miles on your road bike.
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Old 02-20-10, 10:38 PM   #4
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Sounds like you should buy a cheap used bike. Maybe something with long chainstays that will take a rack and panniers? I frequently see used Rockhoppers and Stumpjumpers for $100-200. Buy one, throw some slick tires on and you're good to go...
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really good reasons! I am impessed

There is nothing wrong with justifying something in your own mind! If you can comfortably afford to add, have room, etc...what's the down-side? Life is too short!
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If you must have another bike, I would vote hardtail or rigid MTB with a set of slicks. More versatile, just as fast and can be had on the cheap if you shop used.
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Check out Craigs List. Lots of old full size mountain bikes, etc. Just get an old giant or specialized for $100 - $200.

http://jacksonville.craigslist.org/bik/

Even less worry when you lock it up outside the store.


Wow: http://jacksonville.craigslist.org/bik/1610144623.html
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Hmmm never really thought about a hard tail!! And $100 for the trek isnt bad at all! I think i will ahve to look into that!!! Thanks guys!
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What about some spd pedals for your road bike and then getting an extra pair of MTB shoes. You can still clip in and walk normally.
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Hmmm never really thought about a hard tail!!
I would not go with a hardtail for on-road use. In my experience, even if the bike has a top-of-the-line suspension fork with lock-out you'll still find that it robs quite a bit of power from your pedaling. Most hard-tails have mid- to low-end forks, many without any form of lock-out. If the bike will be used almost entirely for on-road or bike path use, a rigid frame is a much better option. Of course, you can always buy a used hardtail and then swap in a $60 rigid fork. Just make sure the axle to crown race measurements are close...
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I think your reasoning is sound. I agree that if you don't want to lock it up you would be better off finding a "beater" used bike that is in good mechanical condition and riding that. Something with rack mounts or a small trailer might be considered as well.
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I am fixing up my 30-year-old road bike, "Rusty" Schwinn. I put on dual platform pedals(rattrap and SPD) and just replaced the broken-down gel saddle with the same Specialized BG model as on my "good" bike.

Its purpose is for very short jaunts in street clothes or for more utility riding -- it has a sturdy rear rack. It has the more aggressive geometry that I prefer rather than sitting upright bouncing on my tailbone and making a large cross-section for the wind.

It's still a nice-looking bike for a "beater bike" and I am averse to having it stolen leaving me stranded somewhere. It's sentimental, too. A light cable/padlock will do for errands - no heavy U-lock.

Probably could buy something like it for $150 on Craigslist, I suppose.
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