Cycling and bicycle discussion forums. 
   Click here to join our community Log in to access your Control Panel  


Go Back   > >

Commuting Bicycle commuting is easier than you think, before you know it, you'll be hooked. Learn the tips, hints, equipment, safety requirements for safely riding your bike to work.

User Tag List

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 12-15-12, 07:58 PM   #1
b_twill
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Grand Rapids, MI
Bikes:
Posts: 76
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
New bike fever

My wife and I stopped by the LBS today to pick up some Christmas gifts and while there we both fell in love with the Trek Crossrip . Really took some will power to not walk out with two new bikes too! The only thing that prevented us from buying is that it is early winter so we wouldn't be able to enjoy them like we would want to! So I was looking around on line and was wondering if anyone could suggest similar style bikes from other brands to look at? We would like to try out a few others before we pull out the wallet.
b_twill is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-15-12, 08:22 PM   #2
bergerandfries
That gives him a hobby
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Big D
Bikes: 1992 Raliegh Heat and 2008 Bianchi Volpe
Posts: 226
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by b_twill View Post
My wife and I fell in love with the Trek Crossrip .
You will get a lot of opinions on this, but mine is very simple: If you will ride, and it takes buying something new to keep you turning the cranks over; buy it.

Yes, I'm an enabler, but what the he!!, if you have a fire in the belly...I say use that to get all of the other advantages of cycling.

Now, here come the retro-grouches that will tell you that your current bike, or a 1980s jobby off craigslist will be just as functional. That's true, but hey, I love to LOVE cycling. And if new paint and the latest components make you love cycling, I say go for it.
bergerandfries is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-15-12, 08:36 PM   #3
BassNotBass
lowlife bottom feeder
 
BassNotBass's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Lou-evil, Canned-Yucky USA
Bikes:
Posts: 1,998
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 4 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by bergerandfries View Post
...: If you will ride, and it takes buying something new to keep you turning the cranks over; buy it...
+1. In the grand scheme of things even if you buy a $5k carbon Racerboyblingbling to commute on it's still cheaper than a car and better for your health.
BassNotBass is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-15-12, 09:29 PM   #4
a1penguin
Senior Member
 
a1penguin's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Silicon Valley, CA
Bikes:
Posts: 2,744
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 11 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by b_twill View Post
My wife and I stopped by the LBS today to pick up some Christmas gifts and while there we both fell in love with the Trek Crossrip . Really took some will power to not walk out with two new bikes too! The only thing that prevented us from buying is that it is early winter so we wouldn't be able to enjoy them like we would want to! So I was looking around on line and was wondering if anyone could suggest similar style bikes from other brands to look at? We would like to try out a few others before we pull out the wallet.
Awwww, I bought a FX7.5 with disc brakes last year for winter commuter only to discover I hate upright riding. The Portland is no longer sold. But I have to admit, $1100 for Shimano 2300 components looks overpriced to me.
a1penguin is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-16-12, 02:54 PM   #5
side_FX
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Bikes:
Posts: 522
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 17 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by b_twill View Post
My wife and I stopped by the LBS today to pick up some Christmas gifts and while there we both fell in love with the Trek Crossrip . Really took some will power to not walk out with two new bikes too! The only thing that prevented us from buying is that it is early winter so we wouldn't be able to enjoy them like we would want to! So I was looking around on line and was wondering if anyone could suggest similar style bikes from other brands to look at? We would like to try out a few others before we pull out the wallet.
The base Specialized Tricross is a bit cheaper with similar stuff on it, assuming you meant the lower priced CrossRip. The Bianchi Volpe is close to the higher level CrossRip and looks pretty sweet also.
side_FX is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-16-12, 03:23 PM   #6
GFish
Senior Member
 
GFish's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Oregon
Bikes:
Posts: 649
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Got to agree on the $1100 for Shimano 2300 is over priced.

Here's a couple on my short list.

http://www.myjamis.com/SSP%20Applica...cat_grp=road_9

http://www.redlinebicycles.com/bikes...-metro-classic
GFish is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-16-12, 03:43 PM   #7
CoMotionRider
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Bikes:
Posts: 157
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Salsa Vaya and Salsa makes some other disk brake bikes.
CoMotionRider is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-16-12, 03:52 PM   #8
david58
Senior Member
 
david58's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Los Alamos, NM
Bikes: Fuji Cross Comp, BMC SR02
Posts: 1,829
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by GFish View Post
Got to agree on the $1100 for Shimano 2300 is over priced.

Here's a couple on my short list.

http://www.myjamis.com/SSP%20Applica...cat_grp=road_9

http://www.redlinebicycles.com/bikes...-metro-classic
You may have caused another fellow cyclist to fall...the Redline looks like a great bike for my new commuter. Wanting to dedicate my CX bike to CX, and was simply going to buy another and race the better of the two. But the Redline might do just what I need for commuting, AND give me the option of longer touring trips on a steel frame with disk brakes. Very interesting....
david58 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-16-12, 04:46 PM   #9
lonelybikeboy
Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Bikes:
Posts: 32
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
To be honest, I own three bikes and feel that is far too extravagant. Bought them within a 6 month span too after starting to commute to work and bicycle as a hobby. Some will disagree with me but a bike that isn't being ridden is a waste and you can only ride one bicycle at a time.
Even though, I rotate my bikes I still feel like one or the other isn't being ridden as much as it should.

Consider this before adding another bike to the stable I suppose!
lonelybikeboy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-16-12, 05:45 PM   #10
waynesworld
Papaya King
 
waynesworld's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Columbus, Ohio (Grandview area)
Bikes: 2009 Felt X City D, 1985 (?) Trek 400, 1995 (?) Specialized Rockhopper, 1995 Trek 850
Posts: 1,640
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Looks nice, but it does seem like a lot of money for 2300. And the Elite model is just Sora. I would look at this: http://www.konaworld.com/bike.cfm?content=jake
waynesworld is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-16-12, 06:07 PM   #11
Terry66
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Dayton, Oh
Bikes: Salsa Vaya, Specialized Roubaix Team Saxo, Fisher HiFi29er
Posts: 516
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by lonelybikeboy View Post
To be honest, I own three bikes and feel that is far too extravagant. Bought them within a 6 month span too after starting to commute to work and bicycle as a hobby. Some will disagree with me but a bike that isn't being ridden is a waste and you can only ride one bicycle at a time.
Even though, I rotate my bikes I still feel like one or the other isn't being ridden as much as it should.

Consider this before adding another bike to the stable I suppose!
It depends on what kind of bikes you buy. I can't mountain bike on my carbon road bike, it isn't practical to tour on a 29er full suspension mountain bike and I am probably not going to do well racing on a steel frame touring bike with racks and 70X37c tires! Different bikes for different purposes!

+1 on the Salsa Vaya. I have never ridden a more comfortable/versatile bike.
Terry66 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-17-12, 09:29 AM   #12
RidingMatthew
Let's Ride!
 
RidingMatthew's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Winston Salem, NC USA
Bikes: --2010 Jamis 650b1-- 2012 Motobecane Fantom CX--2016 Cervelo R2
Posts: 1,629
Mentioned: 3 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 17 Post(s)
i was not sure what Crossrip was but googled it and I am intrigued with the idea. I have also seen the Specialized Tricross I thought that was an impressive combination for a whole lot of biking..

I bought a new bike last year for commuting Motobecane Fantom CX and I have to figure out if I can convert it from Compact for commuting to maybe a triple for touring and someday if I get crazy enough I want to try a Cyclocross race someday.

i agree if a new bike makes you ride more. then buy it! if you can ride with your spouse definately buy it.
RidingMatthew is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-17-12, 09:58 AM   #13
rumrunn6
Senior Member
 
rumrunn6's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: 25 miles northwest of Boston
Bikes: Bottecchia Sprint
Posts: 14,262
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 156 Post(s)
in bike buying, emotion is your enemy
rumrunn6 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-17-12, 05:19 PM   #14
BassNotBass
lowlife bottom feeder
 
BassNotBass's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Lou-evil, Canned-Yucky USA
Bikes:
Posts: 1,998
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 4 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by lonelybikeboy View Post
... Some will disagree with me but a bike that isn't being ridden is a waste and you can only ride one bicycle at a time...
That's how I feel about socks and underwear but I like owning a lot of bikes.
BassNotBass is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-17-12, 05:48 PM   #15
Andy_K 
Senior Member
 
Andy_K's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Beaverton, OR
Bikes: 2013 Kona Jake, 2015 Kona Jake the Snake, 2008 Kona Major Jake, 2013 Kona Jake the Snake, 2006 Kona Kula, 2012 Ridley Excalibur, 2001 LeMond Buenos Aires, 1984 Pinarello Gran Turismo, 1982 Trek 614, 1978 Austro-Daimler, 1987 Pinarello Montello
Posts: 8,929
Mentioned: 13 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 219 Post(s)
You're looking at a cyclocross bike, so I feel compelled to offer this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fyV2cPLuFuA

With that out of the way, I'd suggest the Kona Rove or Kona Jake as possible alternatives.
__________________
My Bikes
Andy_K is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-17-12, 07:50 PM   #16
b_twill
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Grand Rapids, MI
Bikes:
Posts: 76
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Hey thanks for all the suggestions! We've been thinking of getting new bikes for a while. We're ready to upgrade from our Giant Farrago's (with full suspension) that we currently are riding. That Kona Jake is a sharp looking bike. I'll have to make sure we check those out! I'll have to keep an eye out for the spring sales in the next couple of months.
I'm very lucky in that my wife commutes most of the summer too, along with our weekend rides, getting new bikes will take very little arm twisting.
b_twill is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-18-12, 11:45 AM   #17
CenturionIM
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2012
Bikes:
Posts: 1,049
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by lonelybikeboy View Post
I rotate my bikes I still feel like one or the other isn't being ridden as much as it should.
Send it to me
CenturionIM is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-18-12, 12:37 PM   #18
tar wheels
a fine chap
 
tar wheels's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: the district
Bikes:
Posts: 83
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by BassNotBass View Post
That's how I feel about socks and underwear but I like owning a lot of bikes.
tar wheels is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-18-12, 06:42 PM   #19
canyoneagle
Senior Member
 
canyoneagle's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Palisade, CO
Bikes: Singular Gryphon fully rigid 29er multi-use. Nuvinci N360 IGH
Posts: 4,236
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by waynesworld View Post
Looks nice, but it does seem like a lot of money for 2300. And the Elite model is just Sora. I would look at this: http://www.konaworld.com/bike.cfm?content=jake
That Jake looks really nice. Well, all except for the fugly crank (they look okay in black).
canyoneagle is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-18-12, 09:57 PM   #20
Andy_K 
Senior Member
 
Andy_K's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Beaverton, OR
Bikes: 2013 Kona Jake, 2015 Kona Jake the Snake, 2008 Kona Major Jake, 2013 Kona Jake the Snake, 2006 Kona Kula, 2012 Ridley Excalibur, 2001 LeMond Buenos Aires, 1984 Pinarello Gran Turismo, 1982 Trek 614, 1978 Austro-Daimler, 1987 Pinarello Montello
Posts: 8,929
Mentioned: 13 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 219 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by canyoneagle View Post
That Jake looks really nice. Well, all except for the fugly crank (they look okay in black).
I like the crank. It's the gaudy wheel decals that had to go for me.
__________________
My Bikes
Andy_K is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-19-12, 01:18 PM   #21
GFish
Senior Member
 
GFish's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Oregon
Bikes:
Posts: 649
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by david58 View Post
You may have caused another fellow cyclist to fall...the Redline looks like a great bike for my new commuter. Wanting to dedicate my CX bike to CX, and was simply going to buy another and race the better of the two. But the Redline might do just what I need for commuting, AND give me the option of longer touring trips on a steel frame with disk brakes. Very interesting....
Stopped in Peak to check out the Salsa Vaya yesterday.....another really nice steel bike with Avid BB7. Plus, all bikes on sale starting tomorrow, at least 10% off.

http://salsacycles.com/bikes/vaya

I have 3 steel bikes now and really like how comfortable these bikes feel on the road.

Last edited by GFish; 12-19-12 at 01:25 PM.
GFish is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-19-12, 02:58 PM   #22
Ciufalon
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Bikes: A few
Posts: 918
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Many good bikes recommended in this thread. Another that was mentioned in the Long Distance forum is this one from Specialized. Might be worth a look.
Ciufalon is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-19-12, 08:25 PM   #23
sbslider
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: Santa Barbara
Bikes: 2011 Surly Cross Check
Posts: 288
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Can not tell if the OP is riding a lot already or not. Six months ago, after commuting by bike for 25 years, I was getting burned out on riding. I considered getting an electric bike. Fortunately, some one work recommended the Surly Cross Check to me. It was love at first ride. In the past six months, I have ridden 3 centuries (my first 3 centuries that is), and a total of over 2500 miles. 2500 miles had been a decent year's worth of riding in the past. Every day I commute I am excited about the activity, I just hope it keeps up like this for years to come. If getting a new bike is what it takes together excited about riding, DOIT!!!
sbslider is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-20-12, 05:44 AM   #24
GFish
Senior Member
 
GFish's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Oregon
Bikes:
Posts: 649
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by sbslider View Post
Can not tell if the OP is riding a lot already or not. Six months ago, after commuting by bike for 25 years, I was getting burned out on riding. I considered getting an electric bike. Fortunately, some one work recommended the Surly Cross Check to me. It was love at first ride. In the past six months, I have ridden 3 centuries (my first 3 centuries that is), and a total of over 2500 miles. 2500 miles had been a decent year's worth of riding in the past. Every day I commute I am excited about the activity, I just hope it keeps up like this for years to come. If getting a new bike is what it takes together excited about riding, DOIT!!!
Need to share your story with my wife. It'll help to justify my next N+1!!

Good for you on finding new inspiration to keep on riding.
GFish is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-20-12, 07:51 AM   #25
sbslider
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: Santa Barbara
Bikes: 2011 Surly Cross Check
Posts: 288
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
we are all on the same team here, glad to me of help.
sbslider is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 05:18 PM.