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Old 09-25-07, 07:46 AM   #1
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Now that i've become an avid commuter, i think it's time i upgraded my bike. I'm currently riding a road bike wannabe and love the feeling and the speed of a road bike. So i'm looking for an entry level road bike like the Trek 1000 or the Giant OCR3. I was wondering if anyone has any experience with these or other entry level road bikes as commuters. Also, since winter is fast approaching and the 2008's are coming, what's the best time to buy? I can wait if it'll save me a few bucks.
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Do you care about fenders/rack/tirewidth?. All these are negative factors on a pure roadbike. I think the Trek 1000 has mounts for a fender, but no rack. I don't think it will support a wider tire (32 and up) either. Of course if you are not concerned about those features then the Trek 1000 is a great entry level bike. My wife test rode the WSD version and she absoutely loved it

As far as pricing goes. I think Trek is renaming all their models for the 08 model year (I believe the 1000 is now called the 1.0) and upping the price by $60 in the US. I don't think they changed much of the specs, so you may look for an '07 1000. I've seen 'em on sale, but then I live in Chicago, so that doesn't do you much good
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Old 09-25-07, 10:11 AM   #3
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I've commuted on a Trek 1000 all season.

Mine is an older model with both fender and rack mounts, although I never got around to mounting fenders on it since I also had a foul weather bike, and we had a really dry season anyway. The only thing the bike didn't like was the combo platter of loads in excess of 50 pounds in the panniers and extremely low speeds. It was fine with the load over 12 or 13 mph. I run 25mm Gatorskins on mine, and it looks like 28mm will fit through the brakes fine.

What I found was that I strongly prefer a road bike for commuting, even though most of my commuting is urban, stop-and-go in close quarters on narrow streets with curbs. I liked being able to accelerate smartly from stoplights, and keep up with traffic. There's a certain amount of safety that comes with speed. A road bike is perfect for this.

Anyway, commuting on the 1000 drove my recent decision to upgrade to a Trek Portland, which has disc brakes and will accommodate my studded snow tires. Based on my experience buying the Portland, closeouts on last year's models are the way to go. It was the only way I could afford such a nice bike.
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Do you care about fenders/rack/tirewidth?. All these are negative factors on a pure roadbike. I think the Trek 1000 has mounts for a fender, but no rack. I don't think it will support a wider tire (32 and up) either. Of course if you are not concerned about those features then the Trek 1000 is a great entry level bike. My wife test rode the WSD version and she absoutely loved it

As far as pricing goes. I think Trek is renaming all their models for the 08 model year (I believe the 1000 is now called the 1.0) and upping the price by $60 in the US. I don't think they changed much of the specs, so you may look for an '07 1000. I've seen 'em on sale, but then I live in Chicago, so that doesn't do you much good
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I wen ton a 4 day tour with some friends, one of whom was on a 1000. So yes, it can fit a rack.

Still, it handled REALLY twitchy with a large load. Then again you may not need to carry a large load on your commute.

It's not a particularly versatile road bike though.
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You can have a road bike that behaves OK with light-medium loads and has sufficient clearance for wet weather tyres and fenders. Look for a frame that accepts long-drop caliper brakes. This tends to be a niche product such as Surley Pacer, Gunnar Sport, Soma ES.
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