Plays in traffic
Join Date: May 2006
Location: Rochester, NY
Bikes: 1996 Litespeed Classic, 2006 Trek Portland, 2013 Ribble Winter/Audax
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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.