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Old 03-04-07, 11:27 PM   #1
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New Commuter

So I'm thinking of getting a new bike, and I've narrowed it down to 3 choices:
-Specialized Langster
-Cannondale Capo
-Trek 7.5 FX

I commute about 12 miles to work (each way) eveyday.

What I'm looking for in a bike:
-Low maintenance (hence the single speeds)
-Cheap enough to lock up outside and not worry about theft (<$1000)
-Nothing too slow, I like maintaining an 18-20 mph pace (not sure if I can do this on the trek?)
-Nothing too heavy (5 floors to carry this bike up and down)

Other bikes I've got:
-Trek 7.2 FX (sold)
-06' Giant TCR C2

Any ideas? Feedback on the aforementioned bikes? Other bikes I should be considering?
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Old 03-05-07, 12:37 AM   #2
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I recently bought myself the Specialized Langster. Chicks dig it, I dig it, and the hippies dig it. It's $660 retail, and totally worth it. Mine weighs in at 16 lbs... all I added to the actual bike is a CatEye light and a quick release fender for the rainy days. Flip flop hub, 42/16t, sturdy and solid feel. My only gripe is the crappy wheelset and brakes on it. I have to true them about once or twice a week, and yes... I'm doing it right. The original brake pads they put on it are pretty bad, I had to upgrade to some shimano ones. The brake levers are kind of "cheap" feeling... because they are. But, I love the fact that I can kind of make the bike "mine" when I switch all of that out and upgrade. I'm just trying to break the original stuff. Don't get the "Rust" color though... I'd like to feel like I'm the only one that owns it

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Old 03-06-07, 07:40 AM   #3
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I love commuting on a fixed gear, keeps the breakdowns to minimum. I do own several bikes and have commuted on them all at least once, oops I lied, I haven't commuted on the Murray coaster brake bike. I have a Trek 7500 fx, if that's the same thing, and have been hassling with this bike for over 7 years. It is just slightly smaller than I should be riding, I didn't like the bars at first so I swapped them out but am back to them, only now I think I have found a solution with mustache bars, but the bar end shifters aren't indexed for the Trek, so it sits complete with front and rear racks, this is the bike I took to Europe, and have dreams of getting on it and doing the 4 corners of the USA on. I just haven't gotten it right. I tried to enjoy it in last year's Ironman ride, but it just seemed like a mule. Just not happy with it.
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I picked up a brushed aluminum Langster in a Christmas sale. I hated the wheels too and had them build out the stock hubs with Open Pro rims. I also traded up the stock Mondo tires for a set of Roubaix Armadillo Elites. The bike rides fast, but is a lot smoother over those tires. They hold up really well for a commuter. I also switched out to a more aggressive stem to get a better aero fit.

The only issue that I am having with the bike is a bit of creaking from the stock handle bars when I sprint. I will probably switch them out for something carbon, which will help cut out that last bit of road chatter too. The 42x16 is okay in terms of gear selection but the more that I ride the bike the more that I am leaning towards something that will give me more top end speed without so much mega-spinning.
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