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Old 10-18-12, 06:48 PM
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Redline Metro Sport?

http://www.redlinebicycles.com/bikes...13-metro-sport

This looks like the perfect bike for my 10 mile commute.
I ride on a rough shoulder in Oklahoma wind.
What do you guys think?
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Old 10-19-12, 05:38 AM
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If I were looking for a turnkey solution, this bike would be on the list. From the web site photo, it appears that it has brazed on rear rack mounts on the seatstays. There should be no clearance problems for adding fenders. Disk brakes will be a plus, particularly in nastier weather, and the 32mm tires would suit your road shoulder description.

The saddle might work for you, too, but you never know about that.

Can you test ride one to determine the correct size?

So, yes. Upgrade with fenders and a rear rack. Add a couple of water bottle cages, and your pedals of choice. Ride.

postscript: I forgot to mention lighting. Winter's coming, so make certain that you have good front and rear lights!

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Old 10-19-12, 07:42 AM
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LBS is putting two together for me to ride Monday after work.

I rode one that was too small the other day.
It also had brakes that were dragging and the chain was clicking.
I told them I didn't like it at the time, but realize now that none of those problems were the bikes fault.
Hopefully he gets these adjusted a little better.
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Old 10-19-12, 07:49 AM
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Good. These racks are a good value right now:

http://www.nashbar.com/bikes/Product...81_-1___202601

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Old 10-19-12, 08:14 AM
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Nice rack! (sorry couldn't help that one) but it is out of stock just like all the good deals on Nashbar.
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I like the frame and specs of the Metro classic better, but it's more money.

http://www.redlinebicycles.com/bikes...-metro-classic

I also really like this Jamis, this would make a great commuter.

http://www.jamisbikes.com/usa/thebik..._bosanova.html

I like the gearing and brakes better on the Jamis then the Redline.
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Nice bikes Gfish but out of my budget right now.

My my old Schwinn has one 59 gear inch speed.
The metro sport and it's 24 speeds will be a major upgrade.
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Old 10-19-12, 02:58 PM
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I think I like the look of just about every Redline I have seen.

That's a great looking bike.
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MClassic Steel, the Sport uses aluminum for frame and fork ..
you get to test ride one of each?

Commuting is their classification for Both.. SBS is a bunch of Common Sense folks.
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Old 10-20-12, 11:05 AM
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Originally Posted by PartsMan View Post
Nice bikes Gfish but out of my budget right now.
Aluminum versus steel, be sure to ride both over the same route. Besides bike "feel', you may notice a difference in shifting.

Even this bike would make an excellent commuter and would even save you money.
http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/windsor/tourist.htm

I too, am interested in a new commuter bike to replace an older steel MTB. I have my eye on the bikes listed above, but have to wait until the funds are available.

Really though, for me, it's more of a want then a need. That old MTB is still rolling, doesn't shift well, but it works.
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I wasn't sure if I wanted to order one on line because I have a great LBS for the size town I live in.
Then I got a $200 gift card to the LBS witch really levels out the prices.

I have not allowed myself to ride anything over $800 because I new I would want them.
(I learned that lesson on a $200 fishing pole.)
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Redline Metro Sport it is!

Love the bike! 56cm fit me great.
The bike shop owner even put it on a trainer and adjusted the seat and bars.

BTW the handlebar bag is not going to work with the brake levers on the tops.
Back to the back pack for now.
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Great looking bike! What saddle is that?
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Old 10-23-12, 08:02 AM
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Originally Posted by megalowmatt View Post
Great looking bike! What saddle is that?
Stock "Redline with steel rails". I am not even sure if it is leather or other.
Not a bad sit though.

I road it the 10 miles to work this morning.
Much faster than my old bike. I need a better headlight now.
Not quite as smooth a ride.
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I'm looking at this one too - primarily because it has a triple on the front that seems to have gone out fashion or something. So that's my main question re this bike. My previous bike was an old Trek 1000 with a triple on the front. Most of my riding is just recreational on a local 3 mile loop that is closed to cars, with an occasional 70-100 mile organized road tour. I pretty much never touch the "granny gear" until I'm out on a long ride hitting a hill on mile 60 or 70 and that's all I have left. But I have this idea that I *need* that, otherwise I'm going to be one of those guys walking his bike up the hill.

But it seems like this setup has fallen out of favor - everyone (e.g. the Trek web site) is all about two rings and "compact crank". So what's up with that? I can see how that would be great for some people, but I was in the LBS a few days ago - big sale, bikes everywhere and a tent of bikes outside and in ALL those bikes, there was only one (count them, one) bike with a triple, and that was a touring bike with the Shimano touring derailleurs (a 2300 or something like that), fender mounts, etc. So am I nuts and there is something really awesome about a double and a compact crank that I'm just not understanding?

If not, then I'm looking at finding a used Trek from the good ole days, or an offbeat bike like this one that still has a triple. I'm not a "racer", and don't particularly want the fragility of a carbon frame or wheels with all the "extra" spokes taken out. But at the same time, I don't particularly want to ride an armored tank either. I wouldn't mind a carbon fork or even carbon stays. But it seems like the triple has disappeared from this category - as if the only people who would want that are people pedaling packs all day. So that's why I keep wondering if there's something I'm just not understanding about how great the compact crank is going to be? (I'm 6'2")

Thoughts?
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there are work arounds for handlebar bags with interruptor levers..

Tidiest is using Orlieb's or Klick Fix Bar bag mounts,
they have an extension addition tothe HB Mount Bracket.
It moves the bag forward a Bit.
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Old 04-16-13, 08:01 AM
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srogers - I was also holding out for a triple but honestly I have only never "needed" the 52t.
If I had a bike with a 42/30 double I wouldn't know the difference.
It's like I told my BS. I don't need 24 speeds. I want the 30 and 42 tooth chainrings.
The marketing guys will tell you that a triple is to much shifting. The truth is I can stay in my 42t 90% of the time only shifting the rear.
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Thats why the after market for components is in existence.. people that want something Other than
the build Kit that comes out of the Box.

From the factories that bikes are made in ,made cheap enough to be affordable ..

Velo Orange has some 46-30 doubles , made for them, to resell.
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