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Old 09-30-08, 06:36 PM
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It sounds like you would be better off with a hybrid style road bike. If you need fenders or want to tow a cart around a performance style road bike might not be your best bet. I don't honestly know if you can mount fenders on most performance style bikes...In San Diego, CA I don't see a lot of fenders so I might not be the best person to answer that question. It depends on if you really want to do a lot of road miles for fitness/fun or if you just plan to commute and then go on a few trips now and then get a tourer or a hybrid/city bike. If you want to ride more miles and can find a road bike that will let you mount fenders then go for it....you can always take the fenders on and off. Some people on this forum are uptight about fenders but if you need a utilitarian approach then that's what you need. You should be able to find a pretty good bike in either category for $500 starting point. Check out www.bikesdirect.com to get an idea of some pretty low prices. Good luck!
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