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Old 07-04-12, 12:48 AM   #1
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Picking Between Four...

I've narrowed my decision down to four bikes:

Kilo TT
Motobecane Fantom Cross UNO
Windsor The Hour
Dawes SST

I'd marginally prefer the latter two, as they're a bit cheaper. If the difference in quality between any of the four is significant though, that's all that really matters to me.

My ideal setup would include bullhorns, fenders, and 28 or 32mms, so any bikes that count toward that get extra points. Running a freewheel with brakes. These are all based on theory, though, as I've never owned a road bike.

About me: replacing BMX for commuting about 3-5 miles a day. My town is TOTALLY FLAT, and our roads can be pretty bad, with large cracks and bumps in places. I'd like to start exercising on the few quality bike paths we have. Just shy of 6' with a 32'' inseam, I guess I'd get a 56 or 57 (or a 53 Kilo)?
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Old 07-04-12, 01:19 AM   #2
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I've narrowed my decision down to four bikes:

Kilo TT
Motobecane Fantom Cross UNO
Windsor The Hour
Dawes SST

I'd marginally prefer the latter two, as they're a bit cheaper. If the difference in quality between any of the four is significant though, that's all that really matters to me.

My ideal setup would include bullhorns, fenders, and 28 or 32mms, so any bikes that count toward that get extra points. Running a freewheel with brakes. These are all based on theory, though, as I've never owned a road bike.

About me: replacing BMX for commuting about 3-5 miles a day. My town is TOTALLY FLAT, and our roads can be pretty bad, with large cracks and bumps in places. I'd like to start exercising on the few quality bike paths we have. Just shy of 6' with a 32'' inseam, I guess I'd get a 56 or 57 (or a 53 Kilo)?
I would get the cheapest one, then spend what is leftover on the upgrades.

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Old 07-04-12, 02:41 AM   #3
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For wider tires and fenders, perhaps also consider the Windsor Timeline. It already comes with a freewheel installed and both front and rear brakes.
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Motobecane Fantom Cross UNO
cross bikes sound perfect for your application
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Motobecane Fantom Cross UNO
cross bikes sound perfect for your application
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The Motobecane is sweet but you might have to get a bigger chainring. It sounds like you'd spin out pretty fast with gear ratio since you live in such a flat area.
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