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Old 02-26-14, 02:46 PM   #1
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Please help!

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I know I am new to the forum and feel like I should prove myself to everyone here but I am new to cycling(one year) and kind of have an emergency decision to make.

Long story short, I am marrying my girlfriend of 6 years and in order for me to afford the cost, I am forced to sell my current car and might have to bike all year long through 2015.

Here are the bikes I am considering; All City Macho Man Disc, Surly Straggler, and Soma Double Cross Disc(complete). They're all great bikes from what I've seen/heard on my research but at this point which bike would be the best bang for your buck? FYI I will also attach a rear rack and I am aware that the Macho Man Disc does not have a braze on but a Salsa Post-Lock will solve my problem since I will packing very light.
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Have you done test rides on these bikes? I'd say the one that fits you best and brings the biggest smile to your face is the right bike for you. If you aren't going to haul too much weight then an ad hoc method of attaching a cargo rack should be fine. Personally, I've found disc brakes are pretty nice to have out in the rain.

Congratulations on your upcoming wedding!
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Thank you so much.

I haven't had the chance to ride them due to the weather. I know counterbalance has them available besides the Soma, however they are not my size, would that be an issue?
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Counterbalance, in Queen Anne? I thought they went out of business years ago, did the shop move?

There's a place in Fremont, near the outdoor cinema, that has Surly and Soma bikes, you might be able to test ride them there as well. I know REI has some Surly bikes, too.

If you can't get the exact right size, it's better to go with a size down than a frame that's too big. You can make the smaller one fit you more easily, you use a longer stem, put the saddle (seat) up higher, maybe even use longer pedal arms. A good shop will try to get the bike to fit you as closely as possible before you go on a test ride ... because they want to sell it to you.

It sounds like you want a bike to get around for the next year or two, not so much to go for long rides in the country, to do the STP, or to race. Is that right? Can you guess how long (miles and time) the longest ride you expect to do will be?

The reason I ask is that some problems from a bad fit won't show up until you've been on the bike a couple hours, others will bother you immediately. Speedy Reedy (bike/tri shop in Fremont) lets people take bikes out for all day test rides, go ride 50 miles and see what you think kind of thing. I don't know if Counterbalance will do that, but if you might need to go from Queen Anne to Lynnwood and back, that's something you should ask about.
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Counterbalance near Uvillage and I am not sure if it's the same company.

I went to FreeRange Cycles yesterday and was able to test ride the Surly Straggler. My initial thought was the bike was very comfortable and that the new Shimano Tiagra was decent(still can't stand the shifter's indicator).

Yes, you are correct, I will not be riding longer that 30 miles a day but MAYBE I might ride it doing 50 miles at most.

At this point, I am leaning towards the All City Macho Man Disk because it has a Shimano 105, which I am used to having since my current bike currently has a 105.
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Counterbalance near Uvillage and I am not sure if it's the same company.

I went to FreeRange Cycles yesterday and was able to test ride the Surly Straggler. My initial thought was the bike was very comfortable and that the new Shimano Tiagra was decent(still can't stand the shifter's indicator).

Yes, you are correct, I will not be riding longer that 30 miles a day but MAYBE I might ride it doing 50 miles at most.

At this point, I am leaning towards the All City Macho Man Disk because it has a Shimano 105, which I am used to having since my current bike currently has a 105.
Yeah, the Counterbalance on the Burke near U-Village is the same folks. They are also open super early for a bike shop (like 7 or 8 AM).
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OP, you do know the brides parents are suppose to pay for the wedding and your parents are suppose to pay for the rehearsal dinner, right? You are just suppose to pay for the ring and your tux rental.

Or maybe you are just looking for a reason to cycle more and I should be quite.
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Hello,

I know I am new to the forum and feel like I should prove myself to everyone here but I am new to cycling(one year) and kind of have an emergency decision to make. Long story short, I am marrying my girlfriend of 6 years and in order for me to afford the cost, I am forced to sell my current car and might have to bike all year long through 2015.
Slightly off the topic, but if you are forced to sell your car to pay for the marriage, RE-THINK everything. Marriage should never cost what is often a basic necessity. Commuting by bike for whatever reason can be a good idea, but something is off the centerline here.

And NO - you don't have to prove anything here. Get yourself grounded young man - you don't have to prove yourself to ANYONE.
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Congrats on the forthcoming nuptials!

I'll admit, I don't know anything about any of those bikes, other than I wasn't thrilled with Tiagra when I had it 6 or 8 years ago. Could be different now.

I recently made the decision to commute entirely by bicycle and transit. I live in Tacoma, work in Kent, and downtown Seattle. My girlfriend and I share a vehicle. Because I have two functioning legs and a bike to ride, i see no point in having my car sit at the park & ride 10 hours a day waiting for something bad to happen to it. Since I started commuting via transit I have become uncomfortable riding in cars on the freeway (maniacs in cagers), especially during rush hour. Plus a bus pass is ~$100/month. No need for gas, insurance, tow trucks... Or at least a little less of each. Actually, my employer pays for my bus pass and I'm trying to make it a company wide thing.

I don't know where you live, or how far you are from work, but my commute only takes about an extra half hour. The time i used to spend getting bent out of shape sitting in traffic I now spend napping, browsing craigslist for bikes/parts, reading forums, and watching weird people on the bus, etc.

We've made the one car thing work for a few months now and I don't see it changing for a while and we're expecting a baby girl in May.

Give it a shot. Your friends will envy you.
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OP, you do know the brides parents are suppose to pay for the wedding and your parents are suppose to pay for the rehearsal dinner, right? You are just suppose to pay for the ring and your tux rental.

Or maybe you are just looking for a reason to cycle more and I should be quite.
Well, we're just an average family. Average enough for me to pay everything myself, they don't pay for my bills even when I lived with them and they don't pay for my college tuition. Not the I'm bad mouthing my parents, I love them, I am close to them and most importantly we serve God together. So whatever it is that I need to pay for, I'm sure God will provide.

rnhager,

It's nice to know someone is doing the same thing I am about to do. My fiance is pretty well off and I'm sure I might get a car even before winter with her help but I still want to ride.

Saw the bike as well yesterday and it's beautiful. ended up getting a Soma Stanyan cause of it's classic style and geometry.
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