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Old 10-10-17, 11:14 AM
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Choices, choices. Which bike is best?

Hi guys, I'm completely new to this. Both the site and road bikes in general. I've been looking for a commuter for last couple of weeks. I don't need anything special, so it might be okay that I don't have much of a budget. It's about a 6 mile commute, only a slight climb to get there. Other than that it will just be used for little joyrides around the neighborhood. That said in my looking I've found a few older used bikes that seem to look better than the rest, they are all in very good condition, all have shimano 600 components, they are all the same size and within $50 of eachother. Two Cannondales; a 93 r800 2.8?, it also has a carbon fork and the other is a 84 st500, looks like the only change to this one is a brooks saddle. The third is a 93 Diamondback Prevail TG which is the cleanest and looks to be the most well kept. I've only ridden the r800, but hope to ride them all before they get snatched up. I guess just any input or advice would be nice. And thank you

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Old 10-10-17, 12:12 PM
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The R800 came with a Sub One fork which was all-aluminum if memory serves, so a carbon fork would be an upgrade. Check the frame carefully for signs of damage just in case a new fork was needed due to a crash.

The ST500 is a nice, light touring frame. I had an '86 ST500 which served me well until I went to a T700. Different geometry than the R800, tho.

The Prevail was Tange Prestige OS. You might like the ride better than either C-dale. It's probably the sleeper of the bunch, but at the same time, it might have less resale value since not as well known.

Any one of these bikes could do well as a commuter, but the ST500 is most suited to racks, panniers and the like, if you need to haul stuff.
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Thanks for the info bargainguy. I've kind of been leaning towards the prevail. It is the coolest looking imo and my first bike as a kid was a diamondback, so nice little nostalgia piece.
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Only the Cannondale ST sounds like a good commuter for me. Not sure whey you are looking at racing bikes.

Touring bikes tend to bring more $$, Diamondback probably the least of the 3. Touring bikes tend to adapt to wider tires easily, and have room and mounts for fenders and racks.
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Correct fit comes before which is best deal.
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For a commuter, I'd take the CDale ST before the others. My 86 ST is a beast commuter. The other 2 would be Sport or race bikes. Not the best for managing potholes and carrying work gear (lunch, clothes, jackets, etc)
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Win win is a touring and racing bike for commuting.
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Originally Posted by lesterp66 View Post
Win win is a touring and racing bike for commuting.
A racing bike might have you leaning forward more and might not be comfortable for many people.

I plan on changing the stem on my 660 because it has me leaning to much.
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