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2000 Specialized Expedition Sport as a commuter bike

Old 03-29-12, 12:43 PM
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2000 Specialized Expedition Sport as a commuter bike

Hi everyone, I've never owned a "nice" bike save my BMX bike when I was younger. I found a brand new free Mongoose mountain bike on Craigslist a few years ago that I got a couple of years use out of before it was stolen recently. Living in the city, I used it to get around everywhere.

I moved just outside the city and now I am in a manageable distance to ride my bike to work (~10 miles with backroads). I consider myself in very good shape and my legs are very strong. I also run a lot and have several marathons under my belt. But having just turned 30, I am getting old I guess.

So I've been looking for an affordable, nicer used bike, and I found a 2000 Specialized Expedition Sport for $100. The bike is in very good condition, has new tires, a rack, and fits my size. Does anyone have any experience with this bike and would it make a solid bike for a beginner commuter? It seems like a great deal, I just don't want to drive an hour out of the way if it isn't. I'm also wondering if, I changed the tires, would it suffice as a beginner-level bike for recreational triathlons?

Any advice on this bike would be really appreciated, thanks in advance.
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Old 03-29-12, 08:26 PM
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I commuted year round (sun, rain & snow) in Minnesota for a year with a 2003 and it worked fine. Commute at the time was 24 miles round trip.
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Looks like a fine older hybrid to do the job. If it's decent condition, pick it up. If you commute through the rain, get yourself some fenders, and if you need to bring stuff to work, get a rack and panniers.
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IMO, you need a drop bar bike for even "fun" triathlons, unless they're quire short. Wind resistance takes too much of a hit with the upright riding position.

Going to 26x1.25" high pressure tires would make your commute easier.

You might even look for a bit more "roadworthy" cassette if your commute is predominately flat.
Something like an 11-24 or 12-23 would give you more closely spaced gears to better fit varying wind conditions.
You could choose that after you get a feel for the gears you have to get a better idea for the gears you may want.
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