Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: The Frozen Mitten
Bikes: Spec 2013 Carve Comp, Spec 2011 Allez Sport, 1991 Trek Antelope drop-bar conversion, 1 X 7 commuter frankenbike
Intro and poll: What kind of bike for commute over potholes...
Hi everyone! I am not new to cycling or to following the forum but I decided it was time to finally register! I am a commuter (4 miles each way mostly on an old 2004 XC mtb) and get in 50K rides over the weekends (newer road bike).
Since I am here...opinion poll: For everyone who lives where there is a ton of rain/snow and a ton of potholes, what are you riding for your commutes? I know all the pros and cons of everything, but I am mostly on a hardtail MTB (sometimes my road bike with 23mm tires) and sometimes feel like switching to a full suspension MTB, sometimes feel like buying a hybrid with a rigid fork, sometimes I feel like just buying some new wheels/tires to shave weight off my current hardtail mtb (it's 32lbs right now).
Bottom line, I am trying to find the best balance between light weight (mostly because I have to pick up the bike and carry it around in my house, carry it into the office or load it in the minivan if my wife picks me up etc...) and best absorption power for the potholes. I don't ever hit the trails anymore in my older age so that is not an issue for me!