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Old 08-22-07, 03:23 PM   #1
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Need some opinions



I bought this Bianchi Boardwalk a couple of months ago. It is a pretty good bike, but I feel foolish because when I look at the bicycle pic thread, I love the look of the "commuting" type bikes like the Surly LHT and the like. So yea..opinions would be good =/. I just see this bike as not being a serious commuter =(.
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Old 08-22-07, 03:27 PM   #2
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what makes a serious commuter is having it locked up at the rack at work everyday (or in your office if you can manage like some people on this forum)
the bike looks fine... yes, I like surly LHT too, but really what you've got is a quality bike and will get you many many miles.
Maybe get some fenders... full fenders... and lights. Lots and lots of lights.
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Old 08-22-07, 03:37 PM   #3
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What's happening is your head is trying to generate an excuse for not riding by telling you that you don't have the proper bike for it. The Bianchi Boardalk appears to made for bopping 'round town on and carrying a few choice items for work or play. That's commuting, in a nutshell.

The trucker's a long haul bike by definition. Think of it as buying a semi truck to drive to work in. Yeah, you can DO it, but it's sorta overkill for the task.
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Old 08-22-07, 03:44 PM   #4
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Figure out how to get the rack level. Install SKS Chromoplastics. Add 10W halogen headlight. Apply reflective tape liberally. Garnish with blinkies.

It would look pretty serious then.
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Old 08-22-07, 03:47 PM   #5
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There are no serious commuter bikes. Only serious commuters. There is also no spoon. Unicorns, however, are real.


In other words: nice bike. Ride it.
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my opinion is that your picture is grainy.
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I rode a "bike path" hybrid for nine months and 3800 miles commuting. Then I got a seven-year-old road bike and have 2000 miles on it now.

Neither of these bikes is a "commuter" bike. Neither is a fixie. Neither has an internal gear hubs. And neither were manufactured by Surly, Breezer or whatever else the cool kids are riding.

Yet, I've never been accosted by the bike fashion police, and both have gotten me to and fro' without incident.

Nice red bike. Ride it and enjoy.

Or send it to me and I shall ride it and enjoy.

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Old 08-22-07, 04:45 PM   #8
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That looks like a sweet bike to me! Perfect for commuting.
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Figure out how to get the rack level. Install SKS Chromoplastics. Add 10W halogen headlight. Apply reflective tape liberally. Garnish with blinkies.

It would look pretty serious then.
It won't look serious until he puts a spoiler and a "Type R" sticker on it. Oh, and chrome exhaust pipes hooked up to....something.
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In my humble opinion, it's not how you or your bike look, but how you ride. I commute on a Giant Rainer I have hybridized to work in all environments. Looks like a Mountain Bike, rides like a road bike. I don't use panniers or racks as I don't like how it throws my balance off, so I use a big back-pack. I might use a rear rack if I could find a decent disc-compatible rack. Bottom line is, if it suits your needs as far as carrying everything you need on a commute, it looks perfect!
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Old 08-22-07, 05:38 PM   #11
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That is the very similar to the bike I ride ~10 miles a day to work on. You can make it work for you. That said, I am considering putting drop bars on mine...
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Have you seen my bike? lol. If you commute on it, then it's a commuter.

P.S. I am using langster for commuting now, but that thread has my previous "commuter" bike.
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I bought this Bianchi Boardwalk a couple of months ago. It is a pretty good bike, but I feel foolish because when I look at the bicycle pic thread, I love the look of the "commuting" type bikes like the Surly LHT and the like. So yea..opinions would be good =/. I just see this bike as not being a serious commuter =(.
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You just need a lot more gadgets and dorky things bolted, zip-tied, and/or taped to it.
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Old 08-22-07, 07:18 PM   #14
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Haha thanks all XD. Picture is grainy because of a Sidekick camera.

And no. I am not putting a Type R sticker, etc. I hate ricers. Fenders are coming soon, and I just noticed the rack is not level =/. Stupid shop for installing it that way.
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Old 08-22-07, 07:19 PM   #15
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You just need a lot more gadgets and dorky things bolted, zip-tied, and/or taped to it.
Agreed. And the bike is too nice to be a commuter. I think the rule is "No commuter bike shall be utilized from any post 1990 production bicycles", or something like that except, of course, for the 14 ammendment "post 1990 production bicycles may be utilized as long as the bicycle is a low-cost mountain bicycle".

The law for commuter bicycles also requires fenders, rear carriers with bungee cords, lights, and reflector tape.

So, from several aspects, this bicycle is does not meet recent qualification standards to be classified as a commuter.
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The Boardwalk is one of the bike's I'm considering getting to replace my HardRock as my commuter. How do you like it?
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It's a pretty solid bike. I'm not an experienced commuter so I think about any bike is good to me =/.
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If the chain makes the rear wheel move day after day, you've got yourself a commuter. I too commute on a Specialized Langster as someone else does here. Best bike ever.
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Are you a commuter? Of, course you are!!!

I remember when you first came to the forum and were asking those initial questions. You were asking about several bicycles including the Breezer.

The Bianchi Boardwalk is a fine bike especially when considering just starting your commuting career. Triple crankset, 11-32 cassette, cro moly fork, are all excellent choices for a commuting bicycle.

Keep riding it everyday and get the miles in and become a good rider. Your experience will grow and you will probably find your rides becoming longer. Eventuallly, you could need a bike to cover more ground.

You are still in your first year of commuting but you are looking to the future.

Did you ever work out parking your bicycle while in school?
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The rider makes the bike, no the other way around.
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Any bike + rack + commitment = commuter

Easy as that.
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Put fenders on it and you're set. You don't need a road bike or a utility bike to commute. Enjoy the ride!

fwiw, I've ridden on fast and slow bikes. My Breezer is slower than my hybrid, which is slower than my road bike I sold 10 yrs ago. Yet I ride it all the time. Yeah, my commute is only 6.5 miles, which is part of the reason. Yet for me, the bottom line is excersize and comfort. That can be had on your bike.
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Any bike + rack + commitment = commuter

Easy as that.
I need a rack to be a commuter?
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You just need a lot more gadgets and dorky things bolted, zip-tied, and/or taped to it.
Agreed - and the more "home-made" and uneven, the better! We make the roadie poseurs cry.
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