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Old 01-16-11, 09:08 AM
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Need help choosing a bike.

I've been looking for a new road bike, for commuting (16 miles 6 days of the week) and I've narrowed it down to two choices, which one do you guys think is better?

https://www.wiggle.co.uk/giant-defy-4-2010/

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https://www.chainreactioncycles.com/M...&ModelID=44408
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Old 01-16-11, 09:13 AM
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You are going to need a bike that you can put a rack on to transport items.
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I think one of the most important features of a commuting bike is that it has fender/rack mounts - I don't believe either of these do.

Here in the US there are not too many companies that market efficiently fast (non-touring specific) road bikes with dropped handle bars that have the full compliment of mounts, but I imagine there are more/better options in the EU where people rely on bikes so much more for commuting and utility purposes.
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Originally Posted by 10 Wheels View Post
You are going to need a bike that you can put a rack on to transport items.
If the OP travels light, then this seatpost rack would be the best option IMO https://www.arkel-od.com/us/all-categ...neur-rack.html.
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If the OP travels light, then this seatpost rack would be the best option IMO https://www.arkel-od.com/us/all-categ...neur-rack.html.
I have used a Topeak rack for 3 years.
https://www.ebikestop.com/topeak_beam...mes-RK2541.php

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Not everybody needs or wants a rack. I commute 18 miles 5 days a week, and I carry everything in a waterproof Ortlieb backpack.
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Originally Posted by Kylerk View Post
I think one of the most important features of a commuting bike is that it has fender/rack mounts - I don't believe either of these do.

Here in the US there are not too many companies that market efficiently fast (non-touring specific) road bikes with dropped handle bars that have the full compliment of mounts, but I imagine there are more/better options in the EU where people rely on bikes so much more for commuting and utility purposes.
Actually, the Giant does have rack mounts (the upper ones, anyway).
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