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Old 03-29-08, 01:55 PM   #1
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noob to comuting

i previously had worked for an employer were my boss was a comuter and lost tons of weight riding every day of the year except for 4 days and he has kept it up for the past 4 years now and has switched to a rowbike http://www.rowbike.com/danlapoint thats my boss that was done over a year ago and he has lost a lot more weight but i am not interestend in the weight loss as much as i am in saving gas i recently got a job that is 14 mi one way from my house and drive a pickup truck with 15-16 mpg and live in the chicago land area and want to save money and also be in great shape i will be driving on the worst roads (i.e. condition due to the fact im in illinois) i also will be traveling on heavily driven roads for over half of my comute one way and the same back i understand what all i need to bring with me i will have to deal with hills and potholes and every other th9ing under the sun i know how to do maintenance pluss i have watched and seen how you u need to prepare for weather but my main concearn is on what bike i should get i have been doing research and have stumbled upon the numerous bikes that you all ride and ones that u recomend to noobs but i would like to know what you think about this one http://www.harobikes.com/mtb/bikes/roscoe.php
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Old 03-29-08, 02:00 PM   #2
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Old 03-29-08, 03:25 PM   #4
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Welcome to BF! IMO - Any bike you commute with or gets ridden is a good bike. I modified and used an old MB for a few years and it worked great. Now, I have a Jamis Commuter and absolutely love it!

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I previously had worked for an employer were my boss was a comuter and lost tons of weight riding every day of the year except for 4 days. He has kept it up for the past 4 years now and has switched to a rowbike http://www.rowbike.com/danlapoint

That is, my boss that was done over a year ago and he has lost a lot more weight but i am not interestend in the weight loss as much as i am in saving gas.

I recently got a job that is 14 mi one way from my house and drive a pickup truck with 15-16 mpg. I live in the chicago land area and want to save money. I also want to be in great shape.

I will be driving on the worst roads (i.e. condition due to the fact im in illinois). I also will be traveling on heavily driven roads for over half of my comute one way and the same back.

I understand what all i need to bring with me.

I will have to deal with hills and potholes and every other thing under the sun. I know how to do maintenance plus i have watched and seen how you u need to prepare for weather.

My main concearn is on what bike i should get i have been doing research and have stumbled upon the numerous bikes that you all ride and ones that u recomend to noobs.

I would like to know what you think about this one http://www.harobikes.com/mtb/bikes/roscoe.php

Thanks
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Old 03-29-08, 06:29 PM   #6
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Sorry I can't help, I dont know anything about Haro bikes.

Welcome to the awesomeness that is commuting (and riding in general).
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Wow, that rowbike thing looks interesting.

Cephy, you crack me up.
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Yeah +1 for the rowbike even though I don't think I could commute on one. As to OP 26mi round trip commute will put you to the test especially if you are not in pretty good shape. Maybe drive for half the trip then cycle the 2nd half to start. As for a bike you will need a bike similar to the one you posted, cyclocross is what you need. Kona Jake the Snake is a nice bike for this but isn't cheap. http://www.konabikes.co.uk/2008/jake/jake-the-snake.php
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