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    From Hoboken, NJ - hello all and got some questions/seeking advice.

    Hey guy/gals,

    im 30 live in hoboken. i've been riding my bike mainly to commute. had a raleigh M80 mtb which got stolen, now i rock a raleigh m40. i do everything from the daily 1/2 mile in the morning to the train to ~10 miles taking the long way to my friends.

    so here's where i need advice....

    Few things i'd like to do:
    ---i want to keep my current bike and maybe rebuild it to make it a reliable single speed. if someone has a good book to get me started on learning to build bikes i'd love a nudge towards it.

    ---i also want to get a road bike that's a bit tougher. thinking cyclocross, not to compete though who knows maybe in the future, but more because roads getting out of hoboken can be full of roadside rubbish and dirt. concerned they may be hard to commute over on wet days. i'll check cyclocross but just thought i'd mention it here as well.

    anyways, thx for having me and hope to be riding long distances soon. already trying to map out a commute to work but seems that may not work, there's no way to avoid highways.
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    Zinn and the Art of Bicycle Maintenance...Sheldon Brown's website, Park Tool's website...all good places to learn how to repair bicycles. Actually building a bike? We have a Framebuilder's forum here.

    A cyclocross bike would work, but perhaps a touring bike as well?

    Welcome to BF, and feel free to PM me with any questions !

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    what about keeping your current geared bike and opting for a used single-speed so you have "options" when it comes to riding?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Feathers View Post
    what about keeping your current geared bike and opting for a used single-speed so you have "options" when it comes to riding?
    thought of that initially. but components on my current bike are on their way out (too many days and nights sitting in the rain and being uncared for). so i'll salvage what i can and turn it into my ride in anything bike. if it's rained on for a few days there's no worries cuz it's cheap. also if i need to ride it into nyc and lock it up overnight, i dont care cuz there's little to steal on it.

    the new road/cyclocross bike will be the bike i can ride to work, take on long rides or do traithlons with. that bike will be better cared for and wont see the royal beating the other does.

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