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Old 04-26-12, 09:42 AM
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Potential Commuting bike....

Found this while scouring craigs list.... Wanted to get some opinions My commute is all concrete. Was wondering if something like this is worth $150 and if it could be easily outfitted as a commuter.


https://fortmyers.craigslist.org/lee/bik/2980280759.html
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Old 04-26-12, 09:51 AM
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"Outfitted as a commuter"? I'd rock it as-is!
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It's a pretty good bike and worth 150 at the higher end, in my opinion.

It is however a pure road bike, so there are some compromises in the choice. For example, you'll need to be selective in what you carry and creative in how you carry your stuff because it doesn't have the usual rack mounts. Also, it won't accept fatter "commuter' tires, if you lean that way.

If you love it and it fits, get it. If you're "meh" about it and think you might do better, keep looking.
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It certainly could be outfitted easily enough, but perhaps not ideally. Really, depending on the nature of the commute, any bike could be outfitted as a commuter.

Tells us more about your ride, e.g. weather, distance, cargo needs, and also your ideas about how you'd like to ride, e.g. in work clothes or riding gear, and then some idea of budget. If you've only got a $200 budget to ride this thing 4 seasons in your work gear, I'd say forget it...or increase the budget.

Hope that helps.
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Originally Posted by chaadster View Post
It certainly could be outfitted easily enough, but perhaps not ideally. Really, depending on the nature of the commute, any bike could be outfitted as a commuter.

Tells us more about your ride, e.g. weather, distance, cargo needs, and also your ideas about how you'd like to ride, e.g. in work clothes or riding gear, and then some idea of budget. If you've only got a $200 budget to ride this thing 4 seasons in your work gear, I'd say forget it...or increase the budget.

Hope that helps.
6 mile round trip commute in SW Florida so temps are ranging from 70-100. I commute in shorts and a dri fit collared shirt then change once I hit the office. I'm commuting with a backpack right now but I would like to switch to a pannier/rack system in the summer because I think the backpack is going to be really hot.
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get it.
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Originally Posted by ThermionicScott View Post
"Outfitted as a commuter"? I'd rock it as-is!
Hells yes.

If you don't like the drop bars, you could get some mustache bars or trekking bars that fit the stem. I'm a fan of downtube shifters, I know not a lot of people are, but makes bar changes like this easy.
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Deals like this never come up on my local craigslist
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If it is the right size, I'd jump on it.
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Not an ideal commuter but a very nice price for a nice bike as long as it fits you. I'd keep the drops, but maybe change the stem if you want a more relaxed ride. Shorter with a higher rise would work nice.

You are going to have some work getting a rack fit properly. Doesn't appear to have any attachment points so you will need to use p-clamps. Also for panniers notice that it has very short chain stays so you will need to be careful with your bag choices to avoid heal strike. You could also avoid that by just using a trunk bag.
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Originally Posted by TheTreauth View Post
Deals like this never come up on my local craigslist
I know. But if I ever want a horribly Frankensteined old steel 10 speed that's been turned into a "sick fixie" with gold rims, I know where to go...
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Originally Posted by Miller84 View Post
Found this while scouring craigs list.... Wanted to get some opinions My commute is all concrete. Was wondering if something like this is worth $150 and if it could be easily outfitted as a commuter.


https://fortmyers.craigslist.org/lee/bik/2980280759.html
Well, that's a crit bike. Short chainstays, racing position. It's going to be a pain in the butt to mount fenders to that---and if you're gong to commute in Ft. Myers you will have afternoon showers to deal with.

Doesn't look like there are rack or fender eyelets. There are workarounds, but I've tried seatpost racks and SKS Raceblade fenders, and neither works as well as real racks and real fenders.

Now, if you buy a Carradice saddlebag and a Bagman support, you could carry plenty of stuff, and the Bagman will get the bag up off the tire, but having no fenders means the bag will get coated in road grime.

Nice bike, but it's a race bike.
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