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How much would you spend max on a new commuter bike in a low-theft Norcal area?

Old 02-23-10, 11:57 AM
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How much would you spend max on a new commuter bike in a low-theft Norcal area?

I need a new commuter bike - my mtn bike has rusted and worn down to the point that LBSs won't touch it (turned down by 2 yesterday) and replacement parts (tires, brakes, derailleurs, cables) exceed the cost of the bike.

Am moving to Norcal and will need a new commuter bike. Price for me is not a limiting factor - I'd pay $3000+ if it was warranted, BUT - I do not want to buy a theft-target pricey bike or have to lug around a huge lock everywhere I go. I suspect I'd thus be targeting lower-cost bikes.

Thus, I'm interested in functional, but lower-end bikes. I've been perusing CL, but honestly, I'm not liking what I'm seeing and am more than willing to pay the $$ for a new bike.

I may just end up buying a low-cost BD road or mtn bike, but if anyone's got other suggestions, am more than open.
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Given your concerns about rust, I'd take a look at the Trek Soho.

It's fairly generic looking so I wouldn't think it would be a huge theft target.
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Depends on how long your commute is. When I was riding 6 miles one way I used a Cannondale Road Warrior 4 - aluminum frame, flat handle bars, 28MM wide tires, with fenders. I wore a backpack and it was great for that distance. When I moved further away and had to go 19 miles, I bought a Bianchi Volpe touring bike based on advice I found here. It is a cro-moly frame with rear rack (and fenders) and panniers, and drop handle bars. It is faster and more comfortable. The Cannondale was less than $800. The Bianchi was about $1,400, including the rack and fenders. You don't need to spend $3,000 for a commuter bike. You want something sturdy that can handle the load. My Bianchi rides like a truck. But when I get on my Specialized Roubaix for a weekend ride, it feels like I just stepped out of the truck and into a corvette.

So the distance you commute, in my opinion, is the biggest factor in deciding on a bike. Touring bikes are not stocked in stores. These days they are mostly sold as "cyclo-cross" and configured for that. I just found this list of touring bikes and ordered the brand that was sold by my LBS:

https://bicycletouringpro.com/blog/to...tance-touring/
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I recently moved to the Bay area, and am living car free. I have an expensive (>5K) commuter bike which I use most days, but tend not to use on days that I know that it will be locked up outside (most of the time, my bike stays in an empty cube in the office area). I have a second, much less expensive utility bike which I use when the bike will be locked up outside for any appreciable amount of time.

One bike which I have seen, and which is interesting because of it's reasonable price point, and the fact that it comes equipped with almost everything you would want as a commuter is the Novara Fusion which is available through REI. It is under $1K, comes with rack, dynamo powered lights, fenders, internally geared hub. I find it very interesting, but can't justify another bike.....
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go see what other people are riding in that same area.
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$850 to $1250 for a touring bike like this: https://www.rei.com/product/776887
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What is your lock up option? Will it be store indoor, locked outdoor or in a secure garage when you leave it behind? This will be my main concern of how much I'm willing to spend. I did saw a Specialized Tri Cross Comp at the LBS here. It was $1300. Weight it at 21 lbs with pedal and I believe 38c tires. It also had top bar brake lever. Something like that would be my upper end.
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I would get the Surly Big Dummy frame-set with the Rohloff 14 speed IGH.
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Get 2 bikes! The $3,000+ for straight commutes to work and home (store inside at both ends). Get the low end bike for riding errands around town.
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Take the number of hours and the price that you paid for your 'weekend' bike. Then take the number of hours that you commute and extrapolate a reasonable value.

EG
Weekend bike = $3000
Weekend hours = 3
$1000 / weekly ridden hour

Commute = 10 hours / week
Commute bike =$10,000

It's so simple
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Originally Posted by cdalefan
Weekend bike = $3000
Weekend hours = 3
$1000 / weekly ridden hour

Commute = 10 hours / week
Commute bike =$10,000
I like this guy.
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Depends on what's NorCa. Gilroy, Tahoe, Susanville or Dunsmuir? Secondly it depends on how expensive of a bike. Quick rule of thumb, any bike over $1000 can only be safe in inside storage.
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any new bike that isn't locked is theft worthy and if it's going to be locked outside it shouldn't cost more than a couple times the cost of the lock. Op doesn't give much to go on so I'll recommend this, spray paint it with flat black and silver paint with flecks of orange accents. Then with your extra $1000 get a Cross Check

https://www.redlinebicycles.com/bikes/commute/2010--925
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