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Old 03-05-11, 10:33 PM   #1
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Crazy me I am! Need a bike for commuter

Okay, I decided to commute to work about 13 miles on flat lands of the Chicago burbs. I have saved up $2500.00 for a bike. Not looking to spend it all but will. I am sucker for the itaian designs so that is important to me. I will be traveling wih clothes and laptop not that it matters.

I ask your advice to help me find a bike to help!

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Old 03-05-11, 10:51 PM   #2
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Old 03-05-11, 10:59 PM   #3
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Don't blow your entire budget on your first bike- you have a 50/50 chance of regretting it later.

Best thing to do would be "shop for a shop", then test ride whatever strikes your fancy. Then come back here for opinions on the model(s) that you are considering.
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Old 03-05-11, 11:05 PM   #4
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Good advice! I curently have have an ellsworth mountain bike and masi "kids" fun bike for around the park so I am not so new to biking. I just have have never commuted to work so I am a bit over excited!

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Old 03-06-11, 01:53 AM   #5
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I would look at a Cyclocross or Touring bike. Road bike geometry, but not too aggresive and can take a fair amount of beating.

Both Performancebike and REI has some great deals going right now on 2010 models. No Italian bikes there, though.
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Old 03-06-11, 08:03 AM   #6
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What do you like riding also help. Are you a mtb guy with more of a upright riding position or road and riding with drops? Maybe more of a city bike like those Bianchi Milanos above? If your a MTB kind of guy could always get a simpler full rigid frame/fork bike and toss some skinny tires on it. I ride an older(mid 90's) rigid Bianchi mtb right now and I'm in northern WI and commute 20 miles round trip. During the summer though I ride one of my road bikes to work. I wouldn't drop any where near that amount on just a commuter bike unless you were planning on using it for something else also. Maybe a decent CX bike and leave the knobbies off. With that kind of budget I could build or buy my dream bike. lol. It may not be Italian but it's still has European . Have you checked out the Motobecane lineup? They have a cool flat bar road bike with discs for a 5th of what you have budgeted. Here's the CX lineup that Bike Direct offers. I really like the Motobecane Cross Pro Ti cause where can you get a full equiped Titanium frame/carbon fork for that price. Let alone the just the Ti frame.
http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/cross_bikes.htm

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Old 03-06-11, 08:13 AM   #7
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Where are you going to lock your bike when you are at work? You don't want to leave a spanking new $2500 bike locked outside for more than a nanosecond.

Actually thinking about it, a nanosecond may be too long.
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Old 03-06-11, 10:37 AM   #8
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If there is an option that you can bring your bike inside your work place, you might wanna consider folding bikes too. I absolutely love mine.


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Old 03-06-11, 10:54 AM   #9
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Old 03-06-11, 11:00 AM   #10
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Ummnn...OP said 13mi commute.
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Good advice! I curently have have an ellsworth mountain bike and masi "kids" fun bike for around the park so I am not so new to biking. I just have have never commuted to work so I am a bit over excited!

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Try it out a couple of time on the weekend and see if you can just accessorize your mtb for a while. Sounds a bit like you're used to an upright riding position, yes? W/a 26 mi rt commute this will get old really fast, so I'd suggest a drop bar w/some gearing. Having started my commuting career in the 2nd City I know something of the terrain and wind . You wont need a triple crank, or even a double. So, here's the bike(s) I'll suggest: http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/...kilott_wt5.htm or http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/..._cross_cx2.htm Depending on your height you'll have to estimate your size. But, swap out the stock tires for some Schwalbe Marathon Plus' and save yourself some down time changing or patching tubes.

Or your lbs may have something in an IGH(Internally Geared Hub) that works for you. They're available all over the place online as well if you decide to go that route. Knowing where you live and having commuted there for 5 years I'd get an IGH on a do over. You'll have plenty of money left over for accessories. http://www.nashbar.com has a real nice garment bag/pannier. http://www.bikeisland.com has other gear w/never a shipping charge. Rack, bags, headlight, taillight(s), multi tool, framepump(Topeak Road Morph w/gauge), tubes, patchkit, tire levers, chain tool can all be had from Bike Island for cheap. I'd recommend a Delta Mega Rack as they are very sturdy and can be raised or lowered to suit one's bike size.

Anyway, welcome to the club and the world's largest minmum security psycho ward. The process of putting money other places besides one's gas tank is very satisfying. Good luck and have fun!

Oh yeah, I'll suggest investing in a set of Nokian carbide tipped studded bicycle tires at the time you purchase your new bike because YOU'RE GONNA NEED 'EM!!

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Old 03-06-11, 11:13 AM   #12
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2500$? Save 2000$ of it after you decide you like bicycle commuting. 13 miles is a good haul to do every morning... I'd wait for the weather to get a bit nicer and just start riding to work on a decent used touring bike or something similar that you can get racks and fenders on to.

Something like this: http://chicago.craigslist.org/chc/bik/2250217299.html would be a great foundation to work from if you want to get started right away and save most of your money for a nice bike once you have a better idea of what you actually want from your commute to work I wish I had a 2500$ bike budget right now... enjoy the ride, whatever you get!

If you bought that sports cross you could likely get it set up with drop bars, a rack, fenders, bar-end shifters for 300 more I reckon.
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This ^^^ is a good deal.
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2500$? Save 2000$ of it after you decide you like bicycle commuting. 13 miles is a good haul to do every morning... I'd wait for the weather to get a bit nicer and just start riding to work on a decent used touring bike or something similar that you can get racks and fenders on to.

Something like this: http://chicago.craigslist.org/chc/bik/2250217299.html would be a great foundation to work from if you want to get started right away and save most of your money for a nice bike once you have a better idea of what you actually want from your commute to work I wish I had a 2500$ bike budget right now... enjoy the ride, whatever you get!

If you bought that sports cross you could likely get it set up with drop bars, a rack, fenders, bar-end shifters for 300 more I reckon.
Yup, that and this one is a great deal http://chicago.craigslist.org/nch/bik/2250515397.html
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Save the extra $$ for dates and fine dinning.
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Old 03-06-11, 03:02 PM   #16
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I live in the Chicago area, as well.

It could be a huge difference, on what you really need.

We have the Fox River Trail System where I live, along with a lot of connector trails.

Where does your commute take you? Where to where?
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Old 03-08-11, 08:23 PM   #17
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Thanks for all the advice

I actually will be commuting from Oswego, IL to Rt. 59 in Aurora for those who asked. I prefer a flat bar set-up similar to my typical riding style so I am looking for something like that.

I checked put a Bianchi Camaleonte at a local store in Naperville but did not get a chance to ride it. Hopefully I will get to try it out this week.

Lastly, I can bring my bike into work so it will be secured so no worries about theft!
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Old 03-08-11, 10:47 PM   #18
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Thats some serious coin you have saved there but for a commuter bike thats gonna see some pretty hard duty IMHO. I bought the windsor tourist from bikes direct and saved enough to take a bit of a mini tour with the wife. Bike performed beautifully. I rode it all last year and its already to go for this year. Needed to true up the wheels and a few minor things. I changed out the crappy pedals and also put on a set of Specialized Armadillos in 700X28 I think they are. Rides like a dream and I also changed out the stem for an adjustable job cause I have neck and shoulder and hand issues and needed more adjustment options than the original. Pretty inexpensive changes and I have a bike I love to ride. No I don't want to start a BD war but I got a good one there have been others that didn't have a good experience like I did. main thing is to know your size. I figured a steel frame bike with Tiagra bits for $599.00 no tax and free shipping to the lower 48 was to good to pass up.
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Old 03-08-11, 11:57 PM   #19
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You have an awesome amount of cash for a commuter bike and it seems everyone agrees you shouldn't spend it all on a bike. However, I think you have got some decent cash for a decent bike AND the accessories you may need/want for it and yourself. Fenders, racks, lights, swapping parts out, raingear, locks, etc, etc. Everything adds up pretty quickly. Once you get all set up with the bike you like and the things you need you can then count the cash left over and apply it to another hobby, girl, whatever. You should still have some pretty good cash left over
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