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Old 05-08-14, 11:57 AM   #1
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Looking for my commuter - $600 and under

I'm looking around right now for my commuter bike, and the $600 and under mark has slim pickings for what I'm hunting for.

My list looks like this:
  • Drop bars (because damn are they comfy!)
  • Disc brakes (weather conditions)
  • 700c tires (potholes)
  • Wide tires doable (because some parts don't have roads)
  • More gearing options than my 7 speed MTB (LOTS of hills)
  • Fenders

The Trek Crossrip is awesome, but is outside of my price range. I'm also having trouble finding anything used - I'm not even finding CrossRips in most local bike shops. Still going to be stopping by a few tomorrow.

The bikesdirect Gravity Liberty seems to really fit the bill nicely, even comes in at $500, but there doesn't seem to be any reasonable way to mount decent fenders. Which is freaking killing me while I stare at this inexpensive solution.

I keep seeing Trek 7.3 DS's for a great price, but the flat bar is just driving me nuts. I know it would cost some money to convert, and I just am not seeing the value (or the chance at making it happen within my price range when I include the bar). Otherwise, this is a solid solution. I just realize that the hand position on my 830 is hurting my hands, and I'm not going to enjoy having bar ends and moving my hands around to switch gears. I have a ton of hills, and I can see already that I'm moving around pretty often, so keeping the same shifter will just make things feel completely unchanged.

The Redline Metro Sport seems great! Just a bit outside of the price range, so a previous year model would fit near perfectly.... but I can't find a single one! There is only one dealer in 50 miles, and they owe me a call back . The dealer at mile 51 has a Metro Sport in stock... but they modified it, removing the disc brakes and making it a flat bar. Which completely takes away big reasons I wanted it.

Craigslist (I've been at this for months, btw) is filled with $5000 bikes and $20 kids bmx bikes, with very few things inbetween. Unless I cross a few bridges, pay $30 in tolls and $20 in parking just to take a look. You can guess why I'm not interested in dealing with that.

I'd build a bike from scratch (no, I'm not an experienced bicycle mechanic, but I do all my own work on everything (my house, my cars, woodworking, sportbike, electronics, etc.) so I'm capable of handling it, taking things slowly, and reading before I do something. Unfortunately, it seems as though - at best - I could beat the price of a CrossRip, but not a used Metro Sport (probably hitting new prices) or a new Gravity Liberty CXD.

So.... what do I do? Ideas? Thoughts? Hate mail? Gestures in my general direction?
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Old 05-08-14, 04:25 PM   #2
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What I was looking for is very similar to you. I was looking at the Gravity Zilla ($600) and Liberty CX ($400 but no disc brakes). I ended up finding a Zilla for $450 at Bike Island that was the size I wanted. It is said to have slight cosmetic defects on the fork and is a 2013 model. They still have some others but not in every size. I ordered it this morning so I can't comment on the scratches they mention. I also saw at least one person that did mount fenders on the Liberty CXD, as I was also looking at that and need fenders, too!

Edit: here is the link. I happened to be lucky and they had one in my size. BikeIsland.com - Bicycle Parts, Accessories and Clothing at Affordable Prices with Free Shipping
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Old 05-08-14, 04:51 PM   #3
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Go to www.nashbar.com and get the Nashbar CX 1 bike @ $600
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Old 05-08-14, 05:39 PM   #4
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The bikesdirect Gravity Liberty seems to really fit the bill nicely, even comes in at $500, but there doesn't seem to be any reasonable way to mount decent fenders. Which is freaking killing me while I stare at this inexpensive solution.
Fenders will go on there no prob. Up front there are lowrider mounts on the fork legs;just mount the struts to those,and maybe shorten the struts if necessary.



Out back,just use a longer bolt and spacer on the left strut. You can even just do that up front if you don't want to mess with shortening the struts. Like this:

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Old 05-08-14, 05:41 PM   #5
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VERY cool, thanks! Definitely giving me more to consider
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