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Old 04-26-14, 08:04 PM   #1
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Mountain Bike for Commuting?

I have not owned a bike since I was a kid, but have recently looked with envy at all the people on bikes that fly by me when I walk.

I can't spend much money right now on a bike, but I want to get on one ASAP.

Ideally, I would use the bike to get around town and eventually I would like to be able to take longer distance trips (25-50 miles) on mostly paved bike trails in my area.

Originally, I was going to buy a Schwinn from Walmart (just to get on the road) but I found this forum and it looks like a better option is buying an old mountain bike and putting slicks on it...? I would love advice about how to find a bike that isn't a ridiculously stupid purchase.

Is something like this reasonable? Ready-to-ride Trek Mountain Bike

Thanks for any advice, sorry I'm so clueless.

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Old 04-26-14, 08:07 PM   #2
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If the bike fits you, not bad at $88. Good that the bike has been stored indoors. Rigid mtbs make great commuters and this is a solid price.
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Old 04-26-14, 08:09 PM   #3
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That looks like an old Trek 800. It might make a decent around town bike. Hard to tell, but it might need some work. Take it for a test ride.

Don't know if I would want to ride an old mountain bike 50 Miles, but then again, you will be hard pressed to find a decent road bike for less than $100.
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Since I live on gravel roads, all my bikes are some sort of mountain bike. The bike you linked to looks like something I would be happy to ride. If it fits you and you like it, it should do what you need.

I commute 36-42 miles (round trip) on both a trek sawyer and a salsa mukluk fatbike. I've ridden the sawyer 144 miles on a bike trail (I was pretty tired by the end of that) and taken it on a 2 day 185 mile tour. I'm planning on crossing Washington state (on the John Wayne trail) with the fatbike this summer. Riding a mountain bike for 25-50 miles is certainly not unreasonable.
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Thank you all for your fast responses. I am checking it out tomorrow.

...getting excited!
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If it fits, grab it!
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I agree grab it if it fits! Frame is worth that much.

Here is one of my converted bikes. I used this one as commuter back in the 90's, it has been repurposed as an expedition bike. I could put a narrower slick tire on it and use it as a commuter too.

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A mountain bike for commuting is logical.
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If it fits grab it. I started commuting with a 50 pounds department store bike. I did put road tires on it and I enjoyed my rides. I road that rig for years before I replaced it.
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Mountain bike with "city" tires= ideal commuter.
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I agree grab it if it fits! Frame is worth that much.

Here is one of my converted bikes. I used this one as commuter back in the 90's, it has been repurposed as an expedition bike. I could put a narrower slick tire on it and use it as a commuter too.

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Was that frame made for a suspension fork? The top tube is pointing downward.
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Was that frame made for a suspension fork? The top tube is pointing downward.
Optical illusion, the shipping container is sloping the other way, and the front wheel is sitting further out from the wall than the rear. That is the original fork on that bike. I bought the bike new in 1989, had it stolen, recovered it, sold it to a buddy, he had it stolen and recovered, gave it to his brother in law who gave it back to me some 24 years later.

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