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Old 04-20-17, 03:10 PM   #1
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Setting up my new commuter ebike and ? about a backup bike

I'm rethinking (overthinking again? ) my concept of commuting by ebike. I may actually NOT want to do that all of the time. I'm considering my alternatives for a second bike, human powered only - to use as a backup commuter, on days when weather conditions, work schedule, and/or other factors aren't prohibitive to riding under my own power.

I'm not going to buy a new bike - I have several that I already own that are good potential candidates. I'm thinking about these:

2015 Specialized Crux Expert Carbon gravel/cyclocross bike

2015 GT Zaskar Carbon Expert 27.5 full suspension mt bike

2013 Specialized Crosstrail Pro Disc hybrid

Any thoughts about what would make the better commuter for: suburban commute, 15-ish miles, predominantly MUPs with some road/shoulder. I need fairly significant carrying capacity.

Pros, cons, comments, suggestions?
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So you have 3 backup bikes? Hopefully not collecting to much dust.

Which of those you ride most, is your favorite? And if you cannot choose rename them e.g. Tuesday, Wednesday or Rain Woman :-)
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I would setup the crosstrail to meet your needs, the other 2 are too focused for uses outside the parameters of your commute.
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I'd rather ride the gravel bike - the only one that doesn't have a suspension fork.
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I need fairly significant carrying capacity.

Pros, cons, comments, suggestions?
Too vague...do you want racks/panniers or ?

Not the mountain bike (obviously). Gravel bikes make fun commuters but yours seems too fancy to commute on. Hybrids with suspension forks kinda suck IMO. Just get a steel fixed gear...
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Whichever one can take fenders, and preferably a rear rack also.
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Two carbon fiber racing bikes and a metal hybrid, which is better for carrying a lot of stuff, HMMM I WONDER
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Two carbon fiber racing bikes and a metal hybrid, which is better for carrying a lot of stuff, HMMM I WONDER
lolol BRUTAL!

Funny enough I still prefer my road bike commuter as my main commuting rig, and then I supplement other days where I might otherwise drive, with my e-bike. Then I also use my e-bike for other short around-town duties, for which my road bike isn't really suited, and my gravel bike doesn't have a rack or anything else (pretty minimal build).
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