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Old 09-12-07, 10:38 AM
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Need help with commuter bike

I am new here, and also to biking!!

I am looking for a bike to commute with, ride to games/practices, get groceries/errands etc. I will probably only ride to work 2-3 days per week and ride on weekends.

So far I have looked at the Brodie Energy, Trek 7.5, Specialized (can't remember model), Kona Smoke and a few Marins San Rafael and one other.

Has anyone used the Brodie Energy or the Brodie Dynamo? Any others I should consider?
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Old 09-12-07, 12:40 PM
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I've got the Brodie Ocho, which is like the Energy but with an internal hub and with mechanical instead of hydraulic discs. It's a great bike for commuting, just be aware that because the rear disc mounting tabs are outside the triangle, you'll probably have to use spacers or a disc-specific rack to mount fenders.

I didn't like the stock WTB seat on mine, but you might - mountain bikers seem to swear by them.
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Still a newbie, too, but for the last month I have been really happy with my 2008 Specialized Crossroads Sport. My back likes the upright position and front suspension, my butt likes the padded/suspended saddle, and the big 700c wheels keep me moving pretty quickly. Of course, you'll want to consider distance and what kind of surface you'll face. My relatively short 4-mile one-way is relatively flat, paved, and on a military base where everyone gets safety messages drummed into their head every day so I really have a pretty easy time with traffic. At any rate, go check out several bikes at local bikeshops and find one that fits well (and a dealer you feel good about). Get a bike you're happy with and I'll guarantee you won't regret the decision to "Get on your bike and Ride!"

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