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Old 06-01-08, 04:42 PM
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Looking for a good quality commuter bike for college area

I live in Orlando near the University of Central Florida.

I'm looking to get something like a cyclocross bike since I'll be riding on sidewalks mostly (due to the way people drive around here).

I've been riding around in a Trek SU100. While it's a good bike, it's a bit too mountain bikey for me.

I need a bike that can fit fenders and a rack for the backpack and books I bring to school. The ride will be around 2-5 miles, but that won't be the limit of my travels.

My budget is flexible, but less is better of course. I had been looking at the Portland by Trek, but $1600 is way too pricey for me to buy on whim.

Thanks!
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You will get better responses if you are more specific with your budget.

I would check out craigslist. There are tons of used bikes on there for orlando.

This one looks like fun.

Good luck.
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Well, if I had to state a budget, I'd prefer something less than $1000, preferably around the $500 area. I would consider more expensive if it was worth it though.
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Cross Check... or a Kona whachamacallit.
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Where will you store the bike at school? And at home? For 2-5 miles, I'd think anything would cut the bill, perhaps a flat bar would be better--but I'm wondering what the odds are for theft. If it looks old, and can easily be replaced, perhaps you could have a bike that lives outside with a minimal of expensive stuff on it (racks, lights, etc), while your good bike lives inside, waiting for long rides.
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Old 06-01-08, 07:02 PM
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How would you rate the:

Surly Cross Check
Kona Jake
Kona Dr. Dew (though the tires look a little think on this one)

Also, what other bikes would you recommend that are similar?

Edit: what about the Kona Smoke?

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Where will you store the bike at school? And at home? For 2-5 miles, I'd think anything would cut the bill, perhaps a flat bar would be better--but I'm wondering what the odds are for theft. If it looks old, and can easily be replaced, perhaps you could have a bike that lives outside with a minimal of expensive stuff on it (racks, lights, etc), while your good bike lives inside, waiting for long rides.
At school, I'll have it locked up near a bunch of other bikes with a U-lock and chain, and never overnight (I made the mistake of leaving it over the weekend once and lost a wheel, hence why I now plan to get a chain for the front wheel).

At home, it'll be in the house.

Edit: it is unlikely to get stolen during the day, and the incident I mentioned was over a summer semester weekend.
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There are a lot of bicycle shops in the Orlando area. I'd like to walk into a 6 or 7 near to school and where I live, ask if they have any used bikes that can take racks, and see how the staff treat me. Do they act like they are to busy to deal with someone who wants a used bike? Are they too busy to even talk with you? Do things just not feel right? Does a local group of bike activists favor one or two shops that support commuting? Pick a shop you like with a good used or new bike and deal there. When I was in college I went to a shop within easy walking distance of campus.
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Originally Posted by itsthewoo View Post
Well, if I had to state a budget, I'd prefer something less than $1000, preferably around the $500 area. I would consider more expensive if it was worth it though.
that's a lot of money for a college bike dude. i am new to this but my college bike was a $250 gt dyno bmx bought in 97. i didn't bring it to school right away and that was a good thing because my other bike, a 10 speed, was stolen the night before my orientation while strapped to the back of my parents' suv. and the seat of that bmx was stolen 2 years later when i forgot to bring it upstair; it was still double chained to a heavy duty bike rack in front of my dorm though. so my point is that a more fancy your ride look, the more likely it will be stolen or trashed if they can't steal it. i know the orlando area, it is no place for fancy bike to pack outside, even during class. why don't you get a tricycle, it is wicked cool and can be head for 400 new or 200 used. you can haul a lot of books and stuffs in the back in comfort.
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I'd be worried about having an expensive bike on a college campus especially if you lock it up. It'd get a used hybrid or something and uglify it. Spend maybe $200 max.
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Old 06-01-08, 08:07 PM
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I didn't make this thread asking for advice about having a bike on campus and getting it stolen.

I am aware of the risks and don't want to hear the same thing I hear whenever I ask about bikes; I just want my original question answered.

I don't mean to offend anyone, it's just that if I wanted to hear about the perils of having a nice bike on campus, I'd ask about it.
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