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    commuting dilemma

    First let me say this is my first post and that this site and its members have consistently provided the best information on the web. Everyone here, your the best!

    I have a dilemma,

    I will be commuting to school 8 miles through unfriendly bike territory; New Britain CT from Plainville.


    As of right now my current choices are my MTB with slicks that will cost around 35 each or a road bike from my local bike shop somewhere near 100-150$. Cyclocross is out of the question Im saving for my camera and laptop(photo student). This goes for hybrids and road hybrids too.

    I have mapped out the route and I cant be sure I will be on the road 100% of the time, sidewalks are def my friend here. I have been leaning toward my mtb with slicks but I just cant shake the feeling that for a little bit more I can get a whole 2nd bike. Also I have heard ppl say anything under 10 miles you can make do with a mtb as your commuter.

    I stumbled on this today a little bit more than I want to spend but looks headache free.

    http://hartford.craigslist.org/bik/2486515028.html

    others I have been considering:
    SCHWINN LE TOUR for 85$
    A Lotus super for 150$(decided he wanted to much)
    An Elvish 10 speed for 90$


    Im a research junkie when I want to be and basically it has come down to this. The road bike will be much more delicate and ill have to adjust my ride accordingly. Now I dont care about the 5 min ill save vs my mtb but I care about the amount of effort ill put into the ride. This is where the dilemma comes in, I know the mtb will require more effort but does the that outweight the pro's? Which are the mtb can take a beating, I can cross the street when the traffic eases up right off a curb and hop right up the other one and do it fast, the handle bars offer a better heads up attention and the fact that all I have to buy is the tires and maybe the wheels.

    You can tell by this post so far that I want to go with the mtb, but that devil on my shoulder keeps telling me that a road bike is a new bike to learn to master and ill enjoy it on other occasions besides commuting. Also I am aware that getting parts for any older bike is not always easy so I have kept that in mind.

    OR!!

    Save a little at a time to get a cyclocross bike because really thats exactly what I need but I have nowhere the money to make it happen but I do know thats the right choice.

    fyi the camera will be anywhere from 600-1000.(Nikon D7000 is just over 1k)


    So it comes down to buying some tires for the mtb (cheapest)
    getting a roadie and have a 2nd bike to enjoy(effort vs cost savings)
    saving eventually for a cyclocross(which will mean getting the slicks for the mtb)


    Ive tried to piece all this info together from 100 different posts and only got half the way there, so I had to bite the bullet and register. And I dont want to hear "whatever you feel is the better ride" if i knew that I wouldnt be here. Or "go with what feels best to you" and anything near that. I dont want to come off like an ass though but I know no other way to say it. No hard feelings?


    Thanks in advance for listening to this newbie.

    p.s. I know the best advice comes from experience and on a road bike I have zero.

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    I can't tell you about all the personal options you presented, but I can tell you that that Schwinn is one beautiful bike. It's in excellent shape and you get 105 index shifting with it as well. The ad just went up today, so even though it's $250, there's a good chance it will be gone as the week goes by.

    If you are a tall rider, I would especially get it. You'll figure out later why it was such a good decision.

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    I'd say just ride it on your knobby MTB a few times until you get a better sense of what the ride is like. Don't buy anything before that--it would be premature.

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    Quote Originally Posted by powitte View Post
    I'd say just ride it on your knobby MTB a few times until you get a better sense of what the ride is like. Don't buy anything before that--it would be premature.
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    What's a Lotus "Super"?

    If you mean Lotus Super-Pro, then S150.00 is a steal as that was a top-of-the-line bike back in the day.

    If you mean Lotus Special, then yes it's probably too much.
    Always searching for Lotus literature and memorabilia for use at www.VintageLOTUSbicycles.com, can you help?

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    I just put slicks on my '87 MTB for an 11.0 mile r/t commute. Kenda Kwest high pressure 1.5" wide. I'd suggest you do the same. Then start test riding and saving for a new bike. $100.00 isn't going to get you much bike unless it's a great deal. Also you may find that you really don't need another bike.

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    Well I must admit (and I think it's plain to see) that my response to you was classic projection. When clicking on your link, I did not expect to see one of the model bikes I have always thought of as a wonderful sleeper - and in the size that I would need too! The Schwinn Tempo in this beautiful color looks much like a Rivendell Atlantis (well close enough for me considering the Atlantis FRAME costs $2000!)

    One thing would make me stick to my suggestion is how tall you are? If you are considering buying a bike this size, I have to assume you are tall. If you are tall like me, or say 6'4"+, then I would bet you're riding around like a circus act on a mountain bike that's way too small for you. These size frames are what tall riders cherish. I have 5 bikes, but if this bike were in Phoenix, I'd be negotiating right now.

    (Alright, I'm projecting again. Perhaps this would be better appreciated in C&V or Clydes forum? Did I say nice bike though?)









    oops. I just slid that in. Did ya notice? Lol

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    I have just rode the commute. Its a little hairy at certain points but in this 90+ heat it was less than fun. Im trying to find someone with a road bike that I can try on the same route and compare but as of now I only have the mtb. So theres no frame of reference. But there was some wind and it was like pushing a log through the water at some points. UGH! One of my friends said that getting a 70 80's cheap road bike is a rite of passage for some riders, funny everyone I have asked remissness about their beater roadie.

    It was a Lotus special. It was in fair condition 150$ was way to high for me and its a entry level lotus so blah.

    Yes I caught that! Good looking bike, yours I presume? Im 5'9 I really didnt think that the frame was that large. Another example of how new I am to this game. But I have to agree this is one beautiful bike!

    Yes I caught that! Good looking bike, yours I presume? Im 5'9 I really didnt think that the frame was that large. Another example of how new I am to this game. But I have to agree this is one beautiful bike!
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    I may have to take the plunge and get the slicks. There is a certain level of excitement of learning to ride a different beast all together though.

    I was thinking; why not get a beater now? I know if I prolong this when I do have some cash there will be some lens, filter, flash a new tripod or a sling bag that will be well worthy of 100-200$ spenditure(<--spelling?) Arg! So torn, so torn.
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    First off I don't think you need a cross bike (although they are nice bikes).

    My suggestion really depends on your budget. Since you will be commuting to school you will also need a lock and/or a rack & bags in addition to the tires. The tires should be good puncture resistant tires like the Schwalbe Marathons, Panaracer Ribmos or T-servs, or the Specialized Armadillos. The lock should be a decent Ulock like the Ongaurd Bulldog or Kryptonite Evolution series. You may also think about adding bar ends to your MTB to get more hand positions.

    Also if you can afford it, there is nothing wrong with having a 2nd bike. Those mid 70's to 80's bikes you posted look like ideal candidates.
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    The 25" bike is about a 62cm frame, at 5'9 your going to be looking for a 54ish (21") size frame unless you have really long legs and arms and no torso.

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    Budget conscious - you don't have to spend $35 each for slicks. Why not something like 32 or 28mm Forte Strada-K tires?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Torvidicus View Post
    The 25" bike is about a 62cm frame, at 5'9 your going to be looking for a 54ish (21") size frame unless you have really long legs and arms and no torso.
    25" is 63.5cm, but that frame is probably 25.5 which is close to 65cm (actual and not effective top tube ETT with no sloping TT)

    Schwinn offered the 25.5" size because the next size was their largest, a whopper 27" frame or 68.5cm! I have both sizes with a Voyageur SP in a 25.5" and a World Sport in the biggest 27" frame. Great frames. Buy yeah, as you said, this bike is just too big for OP. In fact, judging from the seat position, it looks like it was too big for whoever was on it last.

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    same dilemna

    I had this same thing come up. I ended up sticking with my mtb as a commuter but fitted her with a rack, fenders and I didn't like the slicks that were available to me. I ended up with a kevlar banded something from ...forte....continental....randys. I don't know but I haven't looked back. It was an inverted tread that is 1.5... Select Invert from Bontrager with kevlar. That's them. I'm not racing to work. I get the speed I need with the ability to hit bumps and not stress. I have a road bike now and would NEVER try to make that commute. SOOOO, yah.

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    The Bike shop owner had a Schwinn voyager come in. Its the old Japan columbus? steel frame and hes going to put on new tires and a new chain and clean it up and he said 200$ He also said this was a touring bike and that this frame is a great frame for road commuting. It also has a slightly longer wheel base. I forgot to ask what size frame it is. Ill ask tomorrow and then compare that Tempo with this voyager.

    PS: the bike shop owner I have known since I was a little kid so I have no concerns of getting taken for a ride(pun intended). And in his opinion this is the type of frame I was looking for in a sturdy commuter bike.

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    soymateofeo- you really have me thinking again about which route to take. My mtb is pretty heavy compared to the voyager also. The bike shop owner said he would show me his route that he takes to school and said that the route I took was no good and I would rather enjoy the ride when taking his route which is way more bike friendly which now I have to keep in mind in this decision, but thanks for those tire ideas Ill be checking them out tonight.

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    The route is probably more important than the bike. Keep tinkering with it, every hairy intersection is a problem looking for a creative solution.

    +1 to ride it a few times with the bike you have, then see what seems most important within your budget.

    I commuted many years with a MTB and found it got even better with slicks.

    Best of luck to you.

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    Thanks to everyone for their input it gave me some new questions to throw at the bike shop owner.

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