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Old 09-03-09, 12:37 PM   #1
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Just ordered a La Cruz for my new commute

For the past 2 yrs I've been doing a train/folding bike commute from Baltimore to DC, but I just moved to Alexandria, VA and started biking the whole way to work (23.5 mile roundtrip). After I sold my folder, my original plan was to use the money to buy a 29er to commute on in addition to my Gunnar Crosshairs. After a week of actually riding the new commute, I decided the distance was such that I'd prefer riding a cross bike anyway. My Gunnar has never fit me all that well and a couple of rides home in the rain last week convinced me that it sure would be nice to have discs.

Since I had decided to downsize from two bikes to just one all arounder, my wife gave me the go ahead to buy a new bike as long as I sell the Gunnar after I get the new one. I found the La Cruz complete bike on sale at Webcyclery for $1300 shipped and ordered it on Monday. They've been super nice and very communicative, and the bike should ship next Wednesday or Thursday via UPS ground.

I'm REALLY excited to start riding it--it's going to be a loooong couple of weeks until it gets here. I'll post pics as soon as it comes in and let you know how it rides!
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Old 09-03-09, 01:10 PM   #2
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Congrats! I 've been drooling over a La Cruz for awhile now.

Haven't bought one though since there is no where to test ride one around here. That and I'm broke.
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Old 09-03-09, 01:22 PM   #3
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Nice looking bike! Hope you enjoy it! Glad you're enjoying the Alex-DC (I'm assuming the DC part) commute. I do it from Del Ray (just over 7 miles each way to my office), and it's a great 30-ish minute ride. Doing it on a very sharp looking new La Cruz would be even sweeter...

Happy commuting!
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Nice looking bike! Hope you enjoy it! Glad you're enjoying the Alex-DC (I'm assuming the DC part) commute. I do it from Del Ray (just over 7 miles each way to my office), and it's a great 30-ish minute ride. Doing it on a very sharp looking new La Cruz would be even sweeter...

Happy commuting!
I ride on Commonwealth through Del Ray to get to/from the Mt. Vernon trail everyday, so if you see a fellow commuter on a red Gunnar cross bike (for now) or a La Cruz (in a couple of weeks), feel free to say hi.
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I got my new Salsa La Cruz 2 weeks ago today. Love it so far! After riding an old too-small aluminum mtb for the past few years, the new La Cruz is super dreamy.
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Although I haven't bought anything from them, I can vouch for Webcyclery's "niceness." I've known the boys since grade school. They'll treat you as well as you can be treated. I almost bought the Casseroll special they have going on now....but I just prefer dealing with my LBS -- and the avoiding the 'hassle' of putting my new bike together. So, I went with a Masi Speciale Commuter from the LBS instead (ready for pick up on Tuesday!).

Congrats on the La Cruz, looks like a wonderful bike.

As always, we like to see pics, pics and more pics.
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From the pics on the website, it looks like this bike has tabs to mount a rack and fenders - can anyone confirm? Also, I assume clearance for full fenders (preferably Planet Bike Cascadias?).
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Glad your stocked about the La Cruz.

But why does your wife insist you sell your Gunner (known as backup cycle) when, I bet, she will spent more than $1300 in gas and insurnace for her driving.
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Glad your stocked about the La Cruz.

But why does your wife insist you sell your Gunner (known as backup cycle) when, I bet, she will spent more than $1300 in gas and insurnace for her driving.
Why do you assume she drives? She takes public transit now and hopes to commute on her Fuji cross bike when she starts a new job.

Woodway--the La Cruz does have eyelets at the dropouts for fenders/rack, but not at the seatstays. I bought an Axiom rack that connects at the brake bridge instead so I don't have to worry about that.
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Why do you assume she drives? She takes public transit now and hopes to commute on her Fuji cross bike when she starts a new job.
I did add a slight qualifier (I bet), but mostly because of her lack of understanding that cycling commuters should have a back up bike. Over time, it solves a lot of problems and makes cycling commuting much easier.
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Nice! I sure paid too much for my 2008 La Cruz though...
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