Seeking Advice on a new bike!
SHORT VERSION: My LBS has $3,250 of mine and I will be purchasing a new bicycle tomorrow, possibly the Trek Portland.
Questions: Is this a solid bicycle? What upgrades should I add for a 13 mile commute (one-way)? I'm very new to the commuter bicycle market and I would greatly appreciate ANY advice you guys can share.
I ordered a Carbon District two months ago and the delivery date was recently pushed back for a second time to late September.
I'm considering canceling that order and placing a new one for a Trek Portland 2011. I realize the bikes serve two different purposes, but my need for a commuter with a little hauling capacity is greater than my need for a strictly fun quick-getter.
Since the Carbon District is already paid for, my LBS says he can cancel the order as soon as I give him the word and he will place an oder for a bike of same/similar costs, to include optional components such as racks etc.
NOW, what I came here for is a little advice on what I may need for this bike?
Carbon District (as I paid for it) - $3.250
What I'm thinking about buying:
-Portland Organ - $1,650
-Race X Lite Wheels (for my Madone as trainers) - $900
Leaving me with $550-800 to spend on other components. The math doesn't add up, but the prices above are MSRP and my LBS usually knocks off $100 or $200.
Any help would be greatly appreciated.
the portland is a great bike. personally, instead of fragile race wheels, i'd replace the stock drive with a high zoot IGH and swap in some real fenders. i'd also get some nice lights for the commute, along with rain gear.
The wheels were for the madone, but I'm going to put those on the back burner. For $3,250 total costs, what could be my best upgrades to this as far as reducing weight and upgrading the drivetrain?
See my comments on your other thread, http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...-Portland-2011
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