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Old 12-03-08, 04:42 PM
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Fatdude Needs Bike for Commuting

I have writer's block as to which bike to get for my 20 mile round trip commute to work. I need to lose about 25 lbs and am thinking commuting will help. I am new to it. In any case, I want a steel bike with rear rack braze-ons for a rear rack. I also will need to leave it locked in the parking garage rather than take it up to my office, so theft if somewhat of a factor.

The three bikes I am torn betwen are:

1. Redline 925 at $500, but I would have to add drop bars.
2. Raleigh One Way at $699.
3. IRO Rob Roy at $599.

I know, I know, at this price range, all three will do the job and so on and so forth. I still want comments of any kind. Thanks.
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Out of curiosity...

- why have you decided on drop bars?
- why a singlespeed?

The Raleigh appeals to me the most, but I haven't taken the time to try to determine relative worth of any of these.
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The redline has some things that set it apart, and not necessarily in a good way, or a bad way, just different. It has caliper brakes, which limit your tire choices. It also takes a 120mm hub, the standard for track bikes, but less durable.

The IRO has a major issue, as far as I can tell, it's no longer made. I'm disappointed too, I wanted to buy one.

The Raleigh is a damn fine looking bike, there's not much else I can say. It would be my choice, except I think it's on back order around the country for months.

If you can't tell, I've been looking into the same bikes.
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If you don't mind ugly, this is a decent option:
https://www.bikesdirect.com/products/motobecane/uno.htm

Looks to be of pretty similar quality, and fits racks and fenders and fatty tires and all. Potentially add on a bit of money for assembly if you don't want to do it yourself and for real brake levers.
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Originally Posted by JeffS View Post
Out of curiosity...

- why have you decided on drop bars?
- why a singlespeed?

The Raleigh appeals to me the most, but I haven't taken the time to try to determine relative worth of any of these.
Dropbars - Primarily, I don't like the look of the bullhorn bars at all. Secondarily, I don't like how they feel/work, although I have limited expereince with them.

Singlespeed - cheaper, less moving parts, commute is flat, looks cool
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Old 12-03-08, 05:41 PM
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If it's locked in a parking garage all day, I would seriously consider a used bike from the 80s or early 90s, preferably with a super tacky/ugly paint scheme to deter theft. If it has horizontal dropouts and a cassette hub you can pretty easily convert it to singlespeed.
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Old 12-03-08, 05:52 PM
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commuter

Pretty much my advice too!

You can convert a frame from any era to a single speed or as I did at www.cyclofiend.com to a two speed freewheeling bike. This gives you an alternate gear for headwinds, longer climbs or when you are tired or sick and simply don't feel like pushing your normal gear. I think the One Way is a nice machine however with cantilever brakes and fenders etc. It seems smartly built with I think a 66 inch gear which is fine for flats and rolling grades. The frame seems beefy enough and the wheels are stout with 35mm tires. I am 255 pounds and I ride a mid 1980's Raleigh Technium aluminum and steel epoxied frame and its holding up fine. I had been commuting about 60 miles weekly and I routinely carried about 10 pounds of lunch tools and extra clothing to work. My normal gear is 65 inches and it was fine for starting out and I could cruise comfortably on the flats at 13-18 mph. You may also look into getting a rear internal gear hub wheel later on if the single speed experience leaves you wanting more gears for more varied terrain.
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Redline 925.. has rack mounts, comes with fenders and decent gearing.
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I personally like the One Way. IMO - The 2008 model in green was a sexy looking bike.

Don't know how a fat guy will look on it though!

Good luck!
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I've had my One-Way for over a year now...it'll do.
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Originally Posted by AlanKHG View Post
If you don't mind ugly, this is a decent option:
https://www.bikesdirect.com/products/motobecane/uno.htm

Looks to be of pretty similar quality, and fits racks and fenders and fatty tires and all. Potentially add on a bit of money for assembly if you don't want to do it yourself and for real brake levers.
Another vote for it
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