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Old 06-03-11, 09:16 AM   #1
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Sold my car with no intentions of getting a new one.

I went to a Volkswagen dealer to buy a new car this week. I was trading in my 03 Subaru Forester when the salesman gave me a pathetic trade in value of 2000 dollars. Then offered to refinance the difference I owed on it on top of the new car price. So My payment would go up 30 dollars a month so he could turn a good profit on my car. It made sense to him but not me, I went home posted an ad online and sold the car within 20 hours. I was getting ready to go back down when I thought "hell, why even bother".

So I'm in the market for a bike now and it's Bike week this week in my city with all sorts of things are going on. My commute is around 10K with a decent bridge crossing.

I was thinking about the Cannondale CAADX but probably can't drop that kinda money right now so I'm looking at this Peugeot for $480:

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I would be new to clip ins, would these make sense commuting with? I have long stretches of tarmac for the most part but I would be commuting around the city time to time. I was also looking at a Kona ***** Tonk but thought I'd save myself money by getting an older steel road bike.

If you were buying a new commuter bike what would you get under $1000? Maybe I'm way off.
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Old 06-03-11, 09:50 AM   #2
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Is it just for commuting? or do you want the possibility of touring or racing? If the roads are tough around where your area or even if they're not, I'd suggest going with at least 700x28 tires. I switched up to 700x32s after a couple of months with 25s. What a world of difference in comfort. I sold my car last summer and bought a Surly Cross Check. So far no regrets. It's only $1050, a little over your budget. I would suggest you not buy a used french bike. I'm not an expert but I think it might be difficult finding replacement parts for it. Also, with a new bike...you know exactly how much wear and tear you've inflicted on it. That's sort of comforting. With any bike, you're going to end up wanting to upgrade components to your liking. With a new bike, at least, you'll know the parts are widely available. Some people complain that Surly uses some crappy, low end. It's true that Kalloy is not very good, but it was good enough to get me rolling. As I learned more about my bike, I was able to upgrade as needed to my liking. Anyways, there's plenty of bikes for around $1000. If it's only for commuting, try to go for steel, clearance for fenders and fat tires. If you want something a little more speed demon, maybe someone else can help you out with a selecting a go fast bike. Just remember skinny tires jar the hell out of your hands and butt.
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Old 06-03-11, 10:02 AM   #3
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Way to take a leap of faith. Thats really awesome.

Thats a nice bike, but for that kind of money you can get a new bike that might suit you better. For $1000 you can get a nice commuter bike.

My suggestions is the NashbarCross bike. Right now its $499 in the catalog and all bikes are 20% off. YOu might have to call in the order to get al the discounts. So for less than $450 you get a pretty good entry level bike and start commuting as soon as its delievered. Its such a good price I am having a hard time not buying one. Look around on their site to see if you want any other goodies they have some good prices on some stuff.

http://www.nashbar.com/bikes/Product...0_10000_202209

Also if you want a road bike this one is $499 in the catalog also and a great deal.

http://www.nashbar.com/bikes/Product...0_10000_202339

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Old 06-03-11, 11:36 AM   #4
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Welcome to being car-free. Good luck to you!

Back in April 1999, I wasn't really intending to get rid of my car when I did. And even then, I intended to get another one "soon".

I guess it's not "soon" yet. Twelve years later, I have zero cars, four bikes. Seems about right to me.
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