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Old 07-02-06, 08:47 PM   #1
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New Job, New Bike

I just landed a job working as a Unix Sysadmin at a small company in the FiDi on Market near 4th.

Problem is, they won't allow bicycles inside the building, so I have to lock up to one of the upside down U racks on the sidewalk on Market, and I didn't feel comfortable doing that with either my fix or my Soma Doublecross.

So, I bought a cruiser. My commute is just from about 7th & Folsom to 4th & Market, so it's pretty much all flat. I got an all matte black Electra "Coaster 1", which is a SS with a coaster brake.

It's actually a really cool, comfortable bike if you're not in a hurry (it's SS and geared really low). Aluminum frame too so it's relatively light and the huge 26" tires give it a good ride in spite of the stiff frame.



It's cheap enough so that if it gets stolen (I do intend to lock it securely, but this is SF), it won't be to big a bummer.
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Old 07-02-06, 08:50 PM   #2
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Sweet! I love the color!

Are you sure you could stop that bike with only coasters?
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Old 07-02-06, 08:51 PM   #3
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The coaster brake is actually very effective.

The platform pedals and chainguard mean no hassles about shoes or pantlegs either. Mind you, we're talking about a 5 to 8 minute commute on basically flat ground here. I could walk it easily, but walking just takes too long and I don't have the patience for it.
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Old 07-02-06, 09:36 PM   #4
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Nice bike for what you need to do with it.
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Old 07-03-06, 12:54 PM   #5
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Cruisers are neat. I rode my Schwinn Cruiser Deluxe 1200 miles last year. It is my favorite bike.

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Looks pretty nice. I take it it was cheap then?
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$263 Otd.
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Old 07-03-06, 10:58 PM   #8
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youll get attached and it will still be a bummer if it gets ripped. I love my cruisers
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I've been riding a beefed up Rat Rod for several months now. It's an ideal commuting bike and even OK for small hills (it's the three speed model). It's extremely stable and rides like a railroad.
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