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Old 04-06-05, 03:57 AM
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The features you need on a commuter are:
Tyre clearance for medium width rubber (road tyre 32mm/MTB 1.5") + fenders.
Frame with threaded eyelets for luggage rack and fenders.
Gears suitable for your terrain.

A popular choice is the Specialized Sirrus. It is light, strong, agile and hits the middle ground for gearing and tyre clearance.

Budget for the bike + the accessories you need:
Helmet, gloves, lights, fenders, rack and pannier bags, lock, repair kit.
Make sure you get a bike the correct size.
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