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Old 07-16-14, 11:16 AM   #1
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SuperSix for Commuting?

Are there bikes that are strictly made for cycling? I bought my supersix to be a commuter bike. Something I can ride everywhere. The issue is, as I ride it, it feels as if Im committing a sin if I ride it as a commuter bike

Tbh, I bought the bike to be a commuter. I have no interest in racing or doing these 50 mile rides. At the same time, I rarely see people use a CAAD10 or other bikes in that range, as a commuter.

Is it normal for a SuperSix to be used for a daily bike to do daily errands?
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Old 07-16-14, 11:22 AM   #2
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The main problem isn't in riding it as a commuter, but it's how to store it securely when you're at your destination. I've ridden all my bikes to commute to work at one time or another, but I can lock it up inside my office safely hidden away from the eyes of bike thieves prowling the streets. When I do plan to lock a bike outside while eating lunch or a quick shopping jaunt I ride my CAAD9 instead of one of my more expensive bikes. :-)
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Old 07-16-14, 11:28 AM   #3
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I'd say another problem is that you can't mount a rack or mud guards on it. You'd want a rack to carry groceries or whatever your errand is. It also doesn't fit anything larger than 25mm and 25mm tires barely fit on it. It'd be nice for winter to have a wider tire or even some tread.
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Old 07-16-14, 11:32 AM   #4
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why did you get such a fancy bike if you don't plan on doing the long rides or races? it's kind of like going out hunting with a minigun.
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Old 07-16-14, 11:35 AM   #5
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For bikes without provisions for rack and fenders ( for commuting ) I would recommend the Bontrager: BackRack Lightweight (Model #08214) which you can use with a seatpost clamp and quick release skewers. I have one and like it a lot. For fenders, I picked up the SKS raceblade longs. No eyelets needed.
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Old 07-16-14, 11:37 AM   #6
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why did you get such a fancy bike if you don't plan on doing the long rides or races? it's kind of like going out hunting with a minigun.
Who knows, I might get into in the future. But at the moment, not interesting in doing long rides.

Plus, the fit just felt right with the SuperSix.

I could have always rode more sub 1000 bikes but decided what the hey, might as well get the bike I want from the start.
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I'd say another problem is that you can't mount a rack or mud guards on it. You'd want a rack to carry groceries or whatever your errand is. It also doesn't fit anything larger than 25mm and 25mm tires barely fit on it. It'd be nice for winter to have a wider tire or even some tread.
what you say about the mudd guard is not true, when it rains or wet out I use this

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Look on Craigslist for a beater bike...if you do decide to chain up your super six please email me the exact coordinates
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I commute on my CAAD9 most days. My commute is short and I don't carry much and most importantly I park it in my cubicle inside a secure building on a secure lot with security guards and card access to get onto the property and into the buildings etc.

I would have no problem commuting on Supersix but I would have a problem leaving it unattended even if it was locked up. Most locks can be defeated in 10 seconds - 2 minutes. Plus the components and wheels can easily be stripped even if locked.
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It's fine. Who cares? You bought more bike than you need for your intended purpose...but it's your money. My 'commuter' is pretty decent too (but it's no Supersix). No rack, HED Belgium rims, full 105, park it inside...does have clearance for fenders though.
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Old 07-16-14, 12:38 PM   #10
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Yeah, enjoy it, but if/when you feel it's too much bike for commuting (no such thing IMHO), sell it to me! What size is it? Pics?
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I commute with a CAAD10 or a Trek 1500. But I do however get in 200+ miles per week during the warmer months, which includes riding weekend long rides with the local group.
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I hope you put flat pedals on it.
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I hope you put flat pedals on it.
Indeed i did lol. I don't even have biking shoes with clips. I use running shoes to ride.
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Indeed i did lol. I don't even have biking shoes with clips. I use running shoes to ride.
You just blew my mind
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Shrug?

It just won't last as long as a more sturdy commuting bike. On the other hand, it'll be more fun to ride. Ride what you've got.
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Hahaha!
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I've commuted on a Supersix in Seattle for the past five years. It works great. I put some race blades on it if it rains and just use a backpack.
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why not. Do buy a replacement SuperSix just in case the original is gone.
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Are there bikes that are strictly made for cycling?
I believe all bikes are strictly made for cycling.
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Stranger things have happened. There's a guy on my train who has a sweeeeet Pinarello Fred'ed out with nylon platform pedals, mirror, and one of those schwinn seat post racks.
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