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Old 03-30-12, 02:16 PM   #1
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Cool and sporty urban bike around 1k

Hello! My name is Sergie and i'm new to this forum and to commuting in general. Thanks for having me!

So I used my roommates bike to commute to work (7 miles) and i loved it so i want to get a nice bike to commute all over the place. Its way more fun than sitting in a car! I've been looking around and found some sweet bikes that fit the style i'm looking for - either a flat-bar hybrid urban bike or a road bike with a flat bar. I'm from san diego so i need gear options, but no fenders/saddles. I'm trying to keep it $1,000 and below if i can. Here are some i've looked at:

Cannondale Badboy 9 - upside: really nice looking bike. nice slick style. runs $730 from REI. Downside: seems heavyish and the tires seem slick which may need replacing.

fezzari speedster r2 - looks nice with good components but i've heard mixed reviews or no reviews at all about the company so i'm skeptical. i like that it looks like a road bike with a flat(ish) bar.

focus urban 27 - super slick looking bike. i can get it locally for about $1,200, but don't know if it's worth the extra money. upside: focus makes great bikes.

convert used road bike to flat bar - i can try to find a used road bike for around 800 on craigslist and convert to flat bar. downside: i'll need to change shifters, brake levers and housing cables. upside: much lighter commuter bike! super sporty!

From your experience what would be the better option or a different bike you like? I'm looking for something that will be fast, fun, long lasting and overall a good investment. Thanks for your help!

-Sergie

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Old 03-30-12, 02:40 PM   #2
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I like flatbar bikes and want to buy this when I get the money

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Old 03-30-12, 03:27 PM   #3
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carbon fiber :drooooool:
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They make a alum and steel framed ones aswell under the same category for a lot less that seem to have decent parts.
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FWIW, my mountain bike got a lot "sportier" when I converted it to drop bars.
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yeah i guess drop bars are as sporty as you can get! i just don't like the type of bars that come on other commuter bikes and cruiser bikes. flat bar to me = simple, fixie-style, urban.
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What an interesting use for the concept "urban."
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convert used road bike to flat bar - i can try to find a used road bike for around 800 on craigslist and convert to flat bar. downside: i'll need to change shifters, brake levers and housing cables. upside: much lighter commuter bike! super sporty!
I'm inclined to think this is potentially a bad idea, primarily because of geometry problems. If you look at a classic flat bar road bike like the Specialized Sirrus or the Giant Rapid, you'll find that the top tube is generally longer than it would be on a drop bar road bike. This is because the flat bars are much closer than where your hands would be with drop bars if the top tube were kept the same. Of course, many hybrids, like the Trek FX, I think, have shorter top tubes, closer to what you'd find on a drop bar road bike. The result is that you end up with a more upright position on the hybrid than on the flat bar road bike. Since you said you want sporty, I'd think the longer top tube is what you'd want.

Anyway, the first thing you need to figure out is whether you really want a hybrid or a flat bar road bike, because while they look very similar I they have different geometry. Ride one of each and you'll probably have a strong preference one way or the other. I'd suggest a Trek FX and a Giant Rapid as your starting test points, because they'll be easy to find and the geometry differences will be slightly greater with the Rapid than with the Sirrus.
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Fashion > function, I guess.
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Imho- if the fit is good, consider a surly Pacer. A good balance of sport, utility and ruggedness for commuting.
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Well, if you want something "urban", you could go with the classic look of a Linus or Rivendell. I also like Handsomes. And what do you mean "no fenders/saddles"?
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Check out the Scott SUB series, as well.
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Yeah i've been looking at that one too!

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I've been checking this one out at REI. Seems like a good all round hybrid.

I have a question... How much more comfort does a flat bar provide compared to the drop bars on a road bike? The consensus seems like road bikes with drop bars are faster and lighter but they aren't as comfortable as a hybrid. Would a 25lb bike compared to a 18lb bike make a huge difference? Would anyone here recommend a lighter road bike for the sake of speed even if your sacrificing comfort?
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Yeah i've been looking at that one too!


I've been checking this one out at REI. Seems like a good all round hybrid.

I have a question... How much more comfort does a flat bar provide compared to the drop bars on a road bike? The consensus seems like road bikes with drop bars are faster and lighter but they aren't as comfortable as a hybrid. Would a 25lb bike compared to a 18lb bike make a huge difference? Would anyone here recommend a lighter road bike for the sake of speed even if your sacrificing comfort?
Eh...my road bikes are just as comfortable **for me** as my hybrid. With drop bars, you can put your hands on the hoods or the top bar and get essentially the same seating position as a hybrid...however, this assumes you get a more relaxed road bike and not a racing bike. My cross bike has fairly upright geometry, but I can go in the drops if I want to be more aero. You also can sort of get more sporty on a hybrid by adding bar ends. Made a big difference for me when my hybrid was my primary bike. Just try a bunch out and see what you like best.
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Raleigh Misceo is also hot.

But I love my Bad Boy. Straight pimp and mean. It's not a road bike. Urban is supposed to be tough as nails to roll on thicker tires and take some light curb and jump action. I ride mine 20 miles daily M-F and need a bike that is durable and light. BB meets the needs. One if not the top urban bike out there.

That specialized is hot too. Like the Scott sub series too. Ride them and let the geometry pick for you. Some won't feel right for you even if you want it. Comfort and fit on the bike is key.
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Raleigh Misceo is also hot.

But I love my Bad Boy. Straight pimp and mean. It's not a road bike. Urban is supposed to be tough as nails to roll on thicker tires and take some light curb and jump action. I ride mine 20 miles daily M-F and need a bike that is durable and light. BB meets the needs. One if not the top urban bike out there.

That specialized is hot too. Like the Scott sub series too. Ride them and let the geometry pick for you. Some won't feel right for you even if you want it. Comfort and fit on the bike is key.
Yeah that's so true about having the right fit! I actually tested some hybrid bikes at a really cool local bike shop (performance bikes) and I really like the feel of a hybrid compared to a road bike. They said its because of the wheelbase and geometry of the bike. Thanks for the telling me your experience with the Bad Boy. Very Helpful!
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While I really like the styling and sleek features of the Raleigh Cadent FT3, in my heart of hearts, nothing can take the place of the Jamis Coda Elite!


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Love that Cannondale Bad Boy 9! They should combine that frame with much better components...
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Specialized Sirrus Elite or Cannondale Hooligan.
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