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    Good first commuter/fitness bike?

    Hey guys, I'm new here and have a question. I'm a student at a university who's living off-campus this year. I decided to commute via bike, so I dusted off my decade old huffy mountain bike and let me tell you, it's taking its toll. So I'd love to get a good, inexpensive commuter bike. Ideally a fixie or single-speed, as the school I go to is notoriously flat. I'm also planning on doing some fitness riding on the weekends, and maybe, MAYBE some touring in the future. I'd really love it if it wasn't more than $300. Also, I am 5'10-5'11 at 154 pounds, if that's relevant information. I'm also planning on building off the frame in the future. Any suggestions? Thanks guys!

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    Fenders and rack mounts are considered good things to have for a commuting bike. Fun to ride usually rounds it out. So see what you can find (that fits) and you'll be good to go. If you or a friend know about bike maintenance, then a whole lot of options open up for buying used when you're near a college campus. (You are more likely to find bike shops that sell used bikes as well).

    For touring, I personally wouldn't want a single speed or fixed gear (as you'll likely find more hills), but that's me.
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    If you're thinking if a single speed/fixie. You can get away with 3-400 dollars for a new one, but if you're doing a lot of commuting or considering short tour rides you'll want to get something with gears. The only way you'll get a good touring/commuter for close to what you're hoping for is if you buy used. Hunt around ob Craigslist or search for shops that sell used bikes. Definitely make sure the bike you get can take fenders (street water is not a particularly tasty thing to have flying into your mouth) , and most likely at least one rack.

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    Single speeds usually don't work for touring. So later for that one. Just focus on your college commute for now. Go to Bikesdirect.com and order a single speed.

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    I also agree Bikesdirect may be a good option. Most people on the FGSS forum will suggest the Kilo TT for$399. Mounts for racks and fenders. Only comes fixed gear so you would have to add a freewheel if you want single speed

    http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/mercier/kilott_chrome_paint.htm


    For $299 these are generally recommended:

    http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/...trackbikes.htm
    http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/...ehour_plus.htm

    For $399 you can also get a single speed cross bike. A little more versatile and can fit wider tires:

    http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/motobecane/uno.htm

    And then there is craigslist/ebay where you might find a better deal on a used bike but there are pros and cons to route
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    I'd say for that range I'd go used. Personally for commuting or touring I think a barely used good quality rigid mountain bike with proper brazon's could probably be found for about $200 being the best option. Leaving another $100 for fenders, rack or tires.

    Or you could get a used road/touring bike, and convert to a fixie pretty cheap since you made mention of that. Mountain bikes can be made single speed too though.
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    I'd just swap out the tires for something slicker (if you are running knobbies), get some lights/locks, and call it good for now. Save up for a "weekender/touring" rig. Alternatively, contact the Campus Police about any bikes that they may have- some schools tend to have a collection of bikes that are unclaimed (for whatever reason- recovered from theft, owner abandoned, confiscated) and they sell them off periodically.
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    Quote Originally Posted by silentlysailing View Post
    I'd say for that range I'd go used. Personally for commuting or touring I think a barely used good quality rigid mountain bike with proper brazon's could probably be found for about $200 being the best option. Leaving another $100 for fenders, rack, or tires.
    I totally agree with this as another great option

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    Thanks for all the replies guys! Sorry I haven't been responding. I do have a new development though. I went to my local bike shop, and after test riding a few bikes, I really fell in love with the Trek FX 7.0. I had test ridden one at a different bike shop, but for some reason it really stuck with me this time. They offered to sell it to me for $379 with a free first tune-up. Does anyone have experience with this bike who would like to share?

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    My coworker rides his 7.1 daily. He recently had the rear axle break after 4000 miles. He used that for an excuse to upgrade the wheels. The rest of it is working fine. Pretty good value I think.

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