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Old 05-28-07, 08:10 PM   #1
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Looking To Buy A Road Bike

I have done a fair share of Mountain Biking, but haven't in a while, I still have my Mountain Bike to go ride the trails, however I am looking to buy a Road Bike for commutting other than my car due to the fact that lowering emmissions is very crucial. I am looking to spend around $1000 on a bike and was looking for some advice on what some good options may be. I appreciate any help. Thanks
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Old 05-28-07, 08:51 PM   #2
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Check out the commuting forum. However, I predict the standard answer will be ..... surly crosscheck.
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Hi CleanGrean -- a lot depends on how far your commute is, and whether you plan on using a backpack to transport clothes, etc. or a pannier bag attached to a rear rack. My advice is get a bike that is equipped with rear rack mounts so you can attach fenders and a rack to carry a pannier bag. Some people haul their stuff via a backpack, but I found that gets pretty hot and sweaty on the back in the summer -- but it's personal preference. I've been commuting with a pannier bag and it's much more comfortable. Plus, having fenders is a big plus to keep you and the bike a lot cleaner. Pure road bikes do not have rack mounts for fenders/racks.

With all that said -- the best bikes for commuting IMO are cyclocross bikes like the Surly Cross Check, Lemond Poprad. These types of bikes are sporty like road bikes but allow you to use varying sizes of tires depending on the weather (skinnier for dry summer months and fatter knobbies for fall/winter). Touring bikes like the Trek 520 and Surly Long Haul Trucker are also very well suited for commuting purposes because they have rack mounts and can take varying sizes of tires.

You might hop on the commuting forum and do a couple of searches for "Cross Check" or any of the other bikes -- there's a ton of information.
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Check out the commuting forum. However, I predict the standard answer will be ..... surly crosscheck.
Actually it will be fairly evenly split between "crosscheck" and "restore an old steel beater road bike" with a few "put slicks on your mtb" thrown in..... it's like de-ja-vu all over again!
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Welcome, Are you aware of any brands at all,have you looked in there sites ? Any one here will give an oppinion. so many different ones, a concensus doesn't apply. Consider a design of the bike you would like: a faat road bike with a drop-bar, one with a flat-bar. A somewhat heavier-duty hybrid, a commuter, with the extra appointments or not ? The brand is secondary,they truly are ALL good at a bike store. (LBS we call a local bike store here at the forum ) click-on www.jamisbike.com to start,a fun easy site, great bikes as well.
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