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Old 07-22-08, 02:38 PM   #1
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26" Commuter, Steel, Rack/Fender mounts?

I'm looking for a simple commuter type bike for my daughter and I thought something with 26" wheels, steel frame, rack/fender mounts, rigid fork, 8-9 speed with triple crank. Ideally something like a Jamis Coda with 26" wheels. I really like the Marin Muirwoods, but can't seem to locate them locally. REI just has the 29er. Have all the 26" commuter bikes gone away in favor of big wheels?
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Old 07-22-08, 02:41 PM   #2
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Try the Diamondback Transporter. Comes with custom fitted fenders.
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How about the Swobo Dixon?

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If that's really what you want, go on ebay/CL and buy an older trek mountain bike.

Here's a brand new one
http://cgi.ebay.com/TREK-Off-Road-Mo...QQcmdZViewItem

820/830/930

Steel is going to be hard to come by now.
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Why not just buy a Jamis Coda?
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Specialized HardRock? Throw some slicks on, a bolt on or clamp on rack and bag combo (Topeak makes a nice one) and change out the crappy foam grips and go to town.
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Cool, the Diamondback Transporter looks good - thanks, I never would have looked at Diamondback. Backup plan is a Coda (prefer 26" wheels though) or a Muirwoods 26" if I can find it.

Thanks for the suggestions!
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Surly LHT with whatever bars you want. In less than 54cm, they have 26" wheels and as many mounting points as you could want. LHT completes are around $1000.
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Hmm...unless I am reading your post wrong, the LHT might be a great option, assuming she requires a 54CM frame or less.
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Hmm...unless I am reading your post wrong, the LHT might be a great option, assuming she requires a 54CM frame or less.
Other way around. Over 54cm, the wheels go to 700C. 42cm to 54cm frames use 26" wheels.
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Other way around. Over 54cm, the wheels go to 700C. 42cm to 54cm frames use 26" wheels.
That would be why I made that suggestion. The OP wanted 26" wheels.
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Surly LHT with whatever bars you want. In less than 54cm, they have 26" wheels and as many mounting points as you could want. LHT completes are around $1000.
Also, clearance up the wazoo. My 54 has 2.0 big apples for a totally cushy ride and still lots of room for fenders and other junk (pump etc...). My wife rode her schwinn today (27x1" tires) rather than her breezer (26 x 1.75) and w/ all the road vibration she was thinking about going back for the breezer, though she didn't.

LHT still like twice the price of that transporter though isn't it?
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Hmm I have a Marin Muirwoods (2005 I think) and I'm quite happy with it.

My brother just bought a 26in Muirwoods about 2 months ago at a LBS - I'm sure they still make em.
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If there's an REI,why not just get her a Marin Novato? They ride great,have discs,will take standard racks and full fenders no prob. Do you have to have steel? 26"? Marin has the Muirwoods,REI/Novara has the Buzz V,and Kona has the Smoke29,but they're all 700cc. Plus the afformentioned Codas. Steel + 26" is uncommon nowadays. All my commuters have been aluminum,and I've never had any complaints.
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I guess for this combination, I'd suggest the extremely rare "every mountain bike ever made before 1995 or so".
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That would be why I made that suggestion. The OP wanted 26" wheels.
I could have sworn you said 54 cm or more.
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I could have sworn you said 54 cm or more.
No worries my friend. It is an Internet forum, we read through things fast. I have made tons of mistakes. The nice thing is there are plenty of others around to point them out.
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My daughter's 5 feet tall (for now) that's why I prefer the smaller 26" wheels. All things being equal I prefer steel, but not opposed to aluminum. I've been warned not to go overboard with any of my own peculiar bike fetishes, so I thought something simple like a commuter bike would work. LHT wouldn't be a bad idea if she'll go for the Surly 'Earl Scheib' Blue. Almost bought one myself. But kids have a weird sense about what looks good.

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My daughter's 5 feet tall (for now) that's why I prefer the smaller 26" wheels. All things being equal I prefer steel, but not opposed to aluminum. I've been warned not to go overboard with any of my own peculiar bike fetishes, so I thought something simple like a commuter bike would work. LHT wouldn't be a bad idea if she'll go for the Surly 'Earl Scheib' Blue. Almost bought one myself. But kids have a weird sense about what looks good.

Thanks for all suggestions
Open your horizons a little on frame material. For small women, the frame probably won't matter anyway. Any frame or frame material is going to be so stiff that it probably won't flex much under them anyway (I have a pixey at home myself). Aluminum is a dampening material and doesn't transmit vibration as well as steel. In a small frame that may be a plus. (I am hand waving here but I sure I'm not too far off.)

I just bought my wife a Specialized Vita last night and I'm mostly impressed. The frame is very well proportioned and, for a $550 bike, the bike is quite light. She's been riding a 2000 Trek 8000 WSD and this one fits a little better. Take a look.
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Does Terry still make the Susan B 26" hybrid style?
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