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View Poll Results: Do you commute on a road bike?
Yes, I ride a road bike for commuting. 92 65.25%
No, I prefer a bike with fenders and racks. 36 25.53%
I commute on a MTB. 11 7.80%
I don't commute and have no idea why I'm voting in a poll on commuting. 2 1.42%
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Old 10-03-06, 07:27 PM   #1
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Who here is a roadie and commutes regularly on a road bike?

I see quite a few people here that seem to have a disdain for roadies in general. They put down the clothes we wear and the fact that we don't like kickstands or fenders on our bikes. I know there are many here who have beater bikes with full racks and paniers for commuting and I have no problem with that, I'm just curious who here commutes on a road bike.

Me, I have two road bikes. Both have double cranksets 53/39, one is a 9spd 13/26 and the other a 10spd 12/25. The 9spd bike is steel and the 10spd bike is carbon fiber and both have 700x23 tires. I've ridden both to work many many times and find them to be fast efficient commuter bikes. Then again, it rarely rains here in SoCal, I ride 100% on paved roads and I can shower at work.

BTW-I wear roadie clothes when I commute but do carry a backpack with a polo shirt, underwear and socks for work. I keep a pair of shoes, belt and a pair of slacks I change out when I drive in. I also keep soap and deodorant at work along with a towel.
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Old 10-03-06, 07:39 PM   #2
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I make my daily commute on a roadbike also, w/ a backpack also. I was never much for the look of paniers. I also wear 'roadie clothes' lol , they do what they say they do and help to keep me cool.
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Old 10-03-06, 07:45 PM   #3
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I used to ride a road bike, then I got a Rush Hour (single speed road with trackish geometry), and now I ride a SS cross bike, which is a road bike with more relaxed geometry, and it has braze-ons for fenders, racks, etc. although I just run fenders when it rains (don't like racks). So I voted for option #1, because I ride bike with drop bars and 700Cx23 tires.

PS: But I'm on business travel right now, and haven't been on a bike in a week and a half, and won't be home for another week and a half, and it's driving me nuts!
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I commute on a converted MTB. I have to drive on Monday's so I use that time to put an entire weeks worth of clothes in the lockers at work and take home the dirty one's. I have a nice carbon Trek roadie, but choose to ride the MTB because I get a better workout on it plus it's pretty much indestructable. I do ride the road bike from time to time on my commute and let me tell you.... I fly! My roads are just like yours. I don't wear road bike clothes on my MTB. Don't need to. Don't sweat too much since it's cooler now and don't need the biking shorts as my seat is really soft. Has been working pretty well.
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Old 10-03-06, 07:47 PM   #5
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Mine's a mountain bike with skinny slicks. I put road bike.
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Mine's a mountain bike with skinny slicks. I put road bike.
That still classifies as a mountain bike.
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I have an older Specialized Allez Sport road bike with a rack and grocery pannier that I drop my backpack into. I wear bike shorts and a cotton tshirt and push it pretty hard. i'm not really a roadie, just like riding a road bike. (Backpack is not much fun in Austin, where it's still in the 90's in October....)
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Old 10-03-06, 07:56 PM   #8
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I didn't vote as I commute on a road bike (drops, STIs, 700 x 28, carbon fork, "race" gearing) that has a rack and fenders.
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Old 10-03-06, 08:25 PM   #9
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I didn't vote since I have an old motobecane 10 speed which technically is a road bike that I am commuting on right now and will again next year. Once I get my rear wheel back (grumble grumble), I can start using my mtb again (with serfas drifters).

If I had a decent road bike I would use that (but I still wouldn't dress roadie ).
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Old 10-03-06, 08:36 PM   #10
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I used to commute on a Giant OCR 2 (med) fitted with rack on which I hung a pannier. With 25mm tires it was OK. The frame was a bit on the small side for me (I'm 6'0"), which is probably why I got real pain in my lower back if I rode it beyond 15 miles in a single ride.
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Old 10-03-06, 08:38 PM   #11
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I'm on a tour bike with racks and fenders, but at the same time it is a road bike.
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Old 10-03-06, 08:39 PM   #12
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Road bike in the Spring, Summer & early Fall but in the rainy season, full fendered touring bike or fendered road bike. They all can fit a saddlebag when needed. Don
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Old 10-03-06, 08:41 PM   #13
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My main road bike is a Bianchi Veloce, 9-speed Campagnolo groupset. I love it.

But the bike I actually find myself riding more often is my commuter road bike, a 1982 Schwinn Super Sport. It was a step under the Paramount in the classic Schwinn lineup, and I found mine with a full Suntour Cyclone Mk II groupset (which is unbelievably fantastic). I've got a 7-speed freewheel on the back, and man, the bike flies. Twenty-one pounds by my last count, lugged steel frame. My friends dig it, too.
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I didn't vote because my Poprad commute bike is a 'cross bike with fenders, Blackburn rack, drop bars, bar end shifters, and skinny road tires.
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I didn't vote as I commute on a road bike (drops, STIs, 700 x 28, carbon fork, "race" gearing) that has a rack and fenders.
Likewise... my commuting bike is a touring bike with a rack, bar-end shifters, 28 or 32 mm tires. Is it a road bike or not? I also have a "racing" road bike, but I don't commute on it mostly because it's not as comfy and doesn't have a rack.
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I didn't vote as I commute on a road bike (drops, STIs, 700 x 28, carbon fork, "race" gearing) that has a rack and fenders.
I didn't vote either. I commute on a road bike that has a rack and fenders. So, what is the difference between the first two choices?

"Yes, I ride a road bike for commuting."
"No, I prefer a bike with fenders and racks."

Rod bikes can't have a rack & fenders?
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My commuter is a road bike - Centurion LeMans RS, 28mm tires, no rack, no fenders. I'm working on acquiring a hybrid with fenders for riding in the rain.
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I didn't vote either. I commute on a road bike that has a rack and fenders. So, what is the difference between the first two choices?

"Yes, I ride a road bike for commuting."
"No, I prefer a bike with fenders and racks."

Rod bikes can't have a rack & fenders?
Sorry, I guess I hadn't considered that. My bad...

Horrible poll on my part.
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Road bike here. No need for fenders as I live in the desert and rain is quite the rare sight here (though this was the wettest summer on record in the ABQ), however, I do have a rack and panniers on one of my bikes (the Univega Sportour) for hauling goodies.

As for the kit, I don't wear any real biking clothes -- my bright soccer jerseys and running shorts are about as close as I come.
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I ride a road bike with fenders and rack.......I voted 'road bike' so its skewed results
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Sorry, I guess I hadn't considered that. My bad...

Horrible poll on my part.
Not at all! The term "road bike" is a weird one... because to some people it encompasses racing bikes, touring bikes, cyclocross bikes, and even singlespeeds, fixies, and flat-bar hybrids. While others use it to mean only a road racing bike. To further the confusion, "street bike" or "urban bike" often means a rigid mountain bike with semi-slick tires or something like that

I think we need better terminology! I like Surly's model names a lot: the Long Haul Trucker, the Cross Check, the Steamroller, and the Pacer all give a pretty good description of what they are. Then again, I also like the names I've given my home-built bikes: Hephalocipede, Steely Dan, Sir Fixalot, and Lug Thife

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Then again, I also like the names I've given my home-built bikes: Hephalocipede, Steely Dan, Sir Fixalot, and Lug Thife
Very nice. roonerisms spock!

Edit: Oh, count me in on the 'didnt vote because i ride a road bike with fenders and rack'. So sorry not to fit into the pigeonholes laid out before us.
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Depends on the day. I haven't been riding my road bike much though because the drivetrain is almost dead and the rest of it needs a lot of work. If I start riding it a lot I'll remember how much I like it and be tempted to spend a bunch of money I'm trying to save getting it refinished and running perfectly.
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I usually commute on a BMX bike or a lifted Bronco.

I sure as hell am not the king of efficiency.
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