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    New to the biking world...

    I'm new to the wonderful world of biking. What I want is to be able to completely replace my car with a bike. The reason I joined this forum was so that I could get some help from you guys on choosing a good bike, and what I can do to make it more like a car in terms of comfort and accessories.

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    cyclist/gearhead/cycli... moxfyre's Avatar
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    Homebuilt tourer/commuter, modified-beyond-recognition 1990 Trek 1100, reasonably stock 2002-ish Gary Fisher Hoo Koo E Koo
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    Hi and welcome, tybbick! You should check out the commuting forum

    I myself am partial to touring bikes, which are basically sturdy road bikes designed for long distance comfort without much sacrifice in terms of aerodynamics or weight. You can see my touring bike here: http://myxo.css.msu.edu/danimal/bike/bikes.html I ride it to work (10 mi rt) and around town almost every day. I use a rear rack and a pair of waterproof pannier bags to carry my stuff around comfortably.

    When using your bike for transportation, important accessories are:
    * rack and pannier bags (you can also get panniers that convert into a backpack)
    * lights for safe night riding (a basic set will cost you $30 or so)
    * fenders (so you don't get splashed when riding in the rain)
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    Sheldon Brown, I miss you. Thanks for the advice, ideas, humor, and infectious enthusiasm for everything bikes...

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    Life is good RonH's Avatar
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    I've had several since 1999 but have settled on my beloved 2001 Litespeed Tuscany and 2011 Felt Z4. :-)
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    Welcome.


    Quote Originally Posted by moxfyre
    Hi and welcome, tybbick! You should check out the commuting forum
    Don't forget the Living Car Free forum.

    You can see my commuter below.
    My bikes --> 2001 Litespeed Tuscany---2011 Felt Z4

    Life is like a 10-speed bicycle. Most of us have gears we never use. ~ Charles Schultz

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