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Old 06-08-10, 08:25 PM   #1
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Howdy from Dallas

I've used this forum as a tool for the past month or so as I researched buying a commuter bike. I finally found one I liked on Craigslist at a good price. It's a Novara Buzz. The previous owner commuted 6 miles each way through downtown from the M streets and upgraded a few parts. Mainly:
Nexus 7 speed internal hub
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Schwalbe Marathon Plus tires 26"

I'm buying some accessories soon that this forum helped me pick out:
Planet Bike Blaze 2 Watt
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clipless soon (SPD?) the pedals are just platform!

I haven't ridden a bike in 3-4 years but I'm in average shape for my age (22). I just returned from a 12 mile refresher that took me a third of the way down my commute and back. My final commute will be 18 miles each way down the white rock lake trail and back. It will be gorgeous at 6AM and hot at 4PM but I'm hoping I can commit to it as now I have the resources.

I'll be moving in September to Plano so if I really enjoy this whole bike commute thing I will probably upgrade my ride to a speedy road setup as my commute will then be 25 miles each way on 100% road.

Anyway, I enjoy posting and will continue reading.
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Old 06-08-10, 08:30 PM   #2
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Old 06-08-10, 08:58 PM   #3
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You will also need 2 water bottles. I use the Camelback Podium ones, but any soft bottle with a large spout gives a big gulp from a small squeeze is good. We dont get it as hot or humid as you get it there, but it isnt too bad as long as you dont try to achieve a personal best time. My commute is 17 miles each way and I am a not too fit 68 yr old - I only do it a couple of times a week. I use a cyclocross bike, which feels fast and nimble without sacrificing comfort. Take your time to find really good fitting shoes, spending whatever $s it takes, then save money on the pedals. It will also be worth getting jerseys (Target or W'mart if you need to save $) and cycling shorts.
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Thanks ANdrew

Thanks for the tips. I forgot to mention water bottles but yes I will be purchasing them. It can get very hot and especially humid at all times of the day and those days will be unpleasant but I think the overall experience will be worth it.

I'm afraid I'm going to have to wait at least a couple of weeks before I upgrade my shoe/pedal combination. I'm finding out that cycling is sort of like sailing (my first love) in that you don't spend dollars, you spend boat bucks. Each boat buck is $100. Why are hobbies so expensive?!
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