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Old 01-11-18, 02:48 AM   #1
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Breezer Radar Cafe vs Fuji Absolute 1.3

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I am looking for a new commuter bike and I think I nailed it down to these 2.
I really like the steel from the Breezer (I think, will testride tomorrow), but the Fuji is quite nice too.
Discbrakes are mandatory, I want to be able to halt the bike when it's wet.
I dont have to 'race' to my work, if I want that I'll take a small backpack and my racingbike.


It's quite flat over here, so gearing should suffice. I commute 20 kms each day (10+10), I'll use the bike on weekends too. So that's another 20km at least. Fenders are a must, wheels should be 700 ranging from 28/32 in summer, perhaps 40ish in winter.
A rear rack is mandatory too: I need a place to hang a bag or 2.
Half of the route is just for bikes, the other half is citytraffic. I need an upright position, drops wont do.


I like the LBS that sell these bikes/brands, so if there are any other contenders (Fuji/Breezer) I'd like to hear those too.
Budget will be 1000,= or a tad less. Just exchange US$ 1:1 . I suppose...


Can anyone shed a bit of light on this? Most bikes I bought in my life were (very good) 2nd hands, this is quite a sum for me. I dont mind upgrading later on the drivetrain, if needed.


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Those two options don't seem to line up with your requirements. I would be looking at city/commuting bikes that come with fenders, rack, dynamo lighting, and probably internal gears. The flat-bar road bike doesn't make any sense to me.
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If you ride the Radar Cafe, please share your thoughts on it. That bike meets almost all of my requirements if I were looking to buy a complete bike.
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I think both look pretty good for flatbar bikes. Make sure they have clearance for fenders and mountings for a rack.

Also, there is no need to go for more narrow tyres during the summer - a supple wide one will be wonderful (eg. Randonneur Hyper or Schwalbe Almotion).

I don't think frame material makes the biggest difference but I really like the look of many steel frames with the small diameter tubes compared to alu.
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Those two options don't seem to line up with your requirements. I would be looking at city/commuting bikes that come with fenders, rack, dynamo lighting, and probably internal gears. The flat-bar road bike doesn't make any sense to me.
Going to have to completely disagree with you there.

Derailleurs aren't some horrid cesspit of maintenance, IGH is definitely an acquired luxury not a requirement.

Dynamo lighting is pretty uncommon, especially stock. While I definitely want dynamo lighting, I've never found charging lights while at work onerous enough where I make the financial plunge.

Wanting a rack to come with the bike seems like unnecessarily limiting your options. Fitting a rack isn't some outlandish adventure. Personally, I love my topeak trunk bag, so I'm tied to the proprietary mounting rail for it(why I love the bag, actually). So even if a bike comes with a rack, I'm immediately swapping it.

What would you suggest with dynamo, fenders, IGH and a rack for around $1k?
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Going to have to completely disagree with you there.

Derailleurs aren't some horrid cesspit of maintenance, IGH is definitely an acquired luxury not a requirement.

Dynamo lighting is pretty uncommon, especially stock. While I definitely want dynamo lighting, I've never found charging lights while at work onerous enough where I make the financial plunge.

Wanting a rack to come with the bike seems like unnecessarily limiting your options. Fitting a rack isn't some outlandish adventure. Personally, I love my topeak trunk bag, so I'm tied to the proprietary mounting rail for it(why I love the bag, actually). So even if a bike comes with a rack, I'm immediately swapping it.
My perspective may be a little different than yours because I would never use the same bike for commuting and weekend rides. Although it would never be something I would chose for myself, I suppose a flat-bar road bike could fill both of those needs adequately well.


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What would you suggest with dynamo, fenders, IGH and a rack for around $1k?
There are lots of options available, especially in the Netherlands. I bought my wife a used Gazelle Omafiets for $600 that would make a good commuter. I also like most of the Breezer city bikes better than the Radar Cafe for commuting.

I built this townie last year that I like a lot and would be just about perfect for me a 10k commute. I spent a bit more than $1k, but I could have easily done it for that budget.
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Hi,


Thanks for the comments!


1st: I want to ride something different. At the moment I ride a 7-speed, internal speed Batavus Lento.
It's ... kinda boring. Decent enough but I want to ride something different.


Not having a rear pannier or fenders isnt a problem, if I can fit something on a Peugeot 1983 carbolite 'race' bike, I can do that to either bike (Breezer or Fuji) also.


Weekend rides here is most of the time just with the kids from the town I live to the next one. They are 10 and 8, so it's a slow ride
Idf I want to go far, I'm probably on my own... I'll probably use my racingbike then. Also steel.


Wich brings me to both bikes. I've tested a 21" frame Fuji 1.1 absolute and I found it kinda boring. It didnt do it for me. No idea why, but if I bought an old MTB/ATB 'fixed' and put decent wheels on it, I'd think it would feel the same or perhaps better. Didnt feel (for me!) as a 'fun' bike to ride.


The Breezer... I've tested a Radar Expert in 'M', and while it's far from the same bike, the frameset is the same.
It looked very good, nice workmanship. I really do like steel I think the tires are too wide (45? come on..) though, but that's an easy fix.


Kinda curious how a 'flat bar' bike will feel/steer, but I think it'll be okay. Do like the brakes, havent had a discbrake bike before. Kinda nice, we do get a fair amount of rain here so rimbrakes on a daily commuter is possible, but this ( the discs) should be better.


BTW, I put battery-lights on my bike(s), they are recharable and I always have at least 1 spare set in my saddlebags. Even in The Netherlands, light on your bike is pretty essential.


I havent made up my mind completely yet, but I'll probably go for the Breezer. Nice 'classic' lines, nice (red!) colour, decent prize...


Anything out there in the same class that I am missing?


Again, thanks for all the comments! It does help, really!
And thanks for reading!


Best regards,


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