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Rough Roads vs. 1990 Miyata, new commuter?

Old 02-06-11, 10:28 AM
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Rough Roads vs. 1990 Miyata, new commuter?

Well I have been cycle commuting for roughly 7-8 months now and the effects of my local roads are started to show on my older road bike. The headset needs to be retightened, the frame is stiff, the small wheels making any medium sized pot hole seem like a crater, and the aggressive geometry limits visibility, wheels are coming untrue. Coming from a strictly road cycling background I wanted lots of speed and maneuverability, however the reality is that our city roads are in such disrepair that its more taxing to ride this type of bike.

I commute with a 1990 Miyata 721A.



Before I make a transition, is there anyone that has encountered the same problem riding a road bike as a commuter? What was the fix?

I believe a member posted this bike on the commuter forum, the utility and multi-functionality of this bike seems obvious. (mountain-commuter)
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Old 02-06-11, 10:39 AM
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compromise
cyclocross bike will fit you well. strong wheels, larger tires, slightly more upright position if desired

it was my choice anyways
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Old 02-06-11, 10:44 AM
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Originally Posted by yokotas13 View Post
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cyclocross bike will fit you well. strong wheels, larger tires, slightly more upright position if desired

it was my choice anyways
+1 on the Cyclocross it might fit your desires as might a touring bike if you found the right deal on one.

I'll add that I like the maneuverability of my mountain bike for commuting. I am not big on speed, but if I wanted to go fast (or was up to it) I could. You can also put drop bars on one if you like that.
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How long is your commute? That might play a part in your decision. I have a short commute(8 mile round trip) and use an 80's mountain bike that works great for the crappy Philadelphia roads. It's great for commuting and has all of the eyelets needed for racks and fenders. Now if I had a longer commute then a cyclocross or touring bike would be my choice.
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see, i takeout of account the commute time.
Reason is, never know when a job may change. but the best bike for your area, not length of commute. what if his commute is 2 miles, but he likes to ride 50 on the weekends.

take everything in consideration and get whats best for you
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You could try larger diameter tires if your frame/fork will allow that, raise the stem & bars a bit, service the headset and get the wheels trued. Cheaper than a new bike - but another bike could be much more satisfying as a commuter.
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Thanks for all the great input. My daily commute is roughly 20 miles +/-. It seems cyclocross bikes may be the ideal bike, however I also want it to be functional as a hauling rig. I don't want to tow anything, but I want to load up with 40lbs of groceries, I know I can and not feel the impact.

Anyone using a cyclocross bike as a commuter? Pics?
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There are cross bikes designed for racing and some designed for all around utility, so look for the second type. There is a dedicated forum for cyclocross, so some digging around in there will get you started. You probably want to look at the steel framed options. Surly Crosscheck, Soma Double Cross and Pake C'Mute come to mind as some options. Check out some of the Touring frame options like the Surly Long Haul Trucker or even a vinatge Touring bike.
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