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Old 06-17-20, 07:08 PM
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New (to me) temp commuter bike!

I'm far away from home in Omaha, Nebraska for a total of six weeks (a week and a half in) for job training. Instead of spending a couple hundred bucks to ship an existing bike back and forth I decided to buy a bike locally when I got here. Found a ready-built commuter bike for a fair price on Craigslist which was a minor miracle in these times of bike shortages at every LBS and even Target and Wal Mart.



Came with the rack, panniers and bags. I picked up a cheap Bell mini-pump, pre-glued patch kit, spare tube and a $17 kryptonite chain lock to keep it locked up outside the office.

I've been put up in an apartment about 3.5 miles from the office, so for me it's a ~17 minute ride to work so far. Since I picked up the Trek last Tuesday evening, I haven't taken a car to work once. Racked up 110 miles so far including a 40 mile trip on Saturday.

Anyway, that 3.5 mile commute has 150 feet of climbing on the way there, and 220 feet of climbing on the way back. Nothing too crazy but it's the first time in my life I've had the opportunity to really bike-commute and I love it so far!

Hard part is figuring out what to do with the bike after I'm done with it at the end of July.
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Nice bike. Looks like you got lucky! Have fun the next few weeks.
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I'm far away from home in Omaha, Nebraska for a total of six weeks (a week and a half in) for job training. Instead of spending a couple hundred bucks to ship an existing bike back and forth I decided to buy a bike locally when I got here. Found a ready-built commuter bike for a fair price on Craigslist which was a minor miracle in these times of bike shortages at every LBS and even Target and Wal Mart.



Came with the rack, panniers and bags. I picked up a cheap Bell mini-pump, pre-glued patch kit, spare tube and a $17 kryptonite chain lock to keep it locked up outside the office.

I've been put up in an apartment about 3.5 miles from the office, so for me it's a ~17 minute ride to work so far. Since I picked up the Trek last Tuesday evening, I haven't taken a car to work once. Racked up 110 miles so far including a 40 mile trip on Saturday.

Anyway, that 3.5 mile commute has 150 feet of climbing on the way there, and 220 feet of climbing on the way back. Nothing too crazy but it's the first time in my life I've had the opportunity to really bike-commute and I love it so far!

Hard part is figuring out what to do with the bike after I'm done with it at the end of July.
Sweet bike! Obviously you have two options; take it home with you, or pass it on. How much do you love it?
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Old 06-20-20, 05:10 PM
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With 160 miles on it so far, it's OK. The plain flat bars make my hands numb on long rides, and the saddle makes my nether regions numb after about 20 miles. It's keeping me active during my training which is what I needed from it, but it honestly doesn't do anything my other two bikes don't do better.

I'm asking my family and friends if anyone is interested in it.
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I'm back home for a fortnight, before returning to Omaha. Took a quick 4 mile ride on my Lynskey and I gotta say, the Trek really makes me appreciate this bike a lot more.

The daily riding I did in Omaha has markedly improved my climbing though. Gonna go on a longer ride tomorrow to see what I can do.
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