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Old 04-07-13, 07:34 PM
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Commuter bike to Road bike for commuting

I am getting very weighed down with my Windsor Essex Deluxe with its steel frame and upgraded sturmey archer 8-speed internal hub. I am looking into getting a road bike that still has mounts for a rear rack so I can still use it on my commute. I don't want another steel frame. I don't want to spend my than $500. I no longer want to have trouble making up hills and getting tired quicker than other riders on other types of bikes. I would like the ability to commute further around town. I would like to buy it from Bikes Direct. I currently am interested in the Dawes Lightning DLX, Motobecane Turino, and Motobecane Mirage Sport, but I know I am overlooking other good choices from Bike Direct. Does someone see one that is better than these two for my needs?

Also, is a local bike swap my best option for selling my bike? I don't want to ship it.

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Old 04-08-13, 03:01 AM
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My humble 2 cent opinion, given your requirements. I saw no other options in a drop bar. If you thought you might want a flat bar road bike maybe, but that doesn't appear to be what you want. I put myself in your shoes and this is what I came up with: I had to immediately opt out of the Turino because of size availability. Did you notice that? So I went back and forth with the other two and decided on the Dawes for a couple of reasons. Carbon fork, wider tires (more comfortable for commuting), and $30 cheaper (I would use that $ to change the stem, once I dialed in the angle). All 3 of those seemed good to me though. Good luck.
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Old 04-10-13, 08:30 PM
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Should my local bike shop be the next stop for me to look for bikes. What are the advantages/disadvantages of drop bar vs. flat bar? Are there other bikes out there outside bikesdirect.com that would suit my needs?
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Drop bar vs. flat bar is mostly a matter of personal preference. (Plenty of previous threads have covered the topic.)

Personally it depends on my commute. A couple years ago I moved and my commute distance almost doubled. I went from a mountain bike with slicks to a very roadie hybrid (Giant Rapid). I decided to pass on the drop bars because I mostly ride in traffic. I prefer the more upright position in such situations. But if I had a longer and more rural commute I would probably switch to a road bike.

I would definitely check out the bike shops if you're not finding what you're looking for online. You can get a better feel for the bike and have them adjust the fit.
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I agree with DJ Shaun. Above all else you really should ride a few bikes to get a feel for what you want. LBS should be your next step.
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I just want to suggest trekking bars! Also lots of hand positions.
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I actually brazed on some rack eyelets on an old Bianchi steel road frame. And I commuted on that for a bit. But 3 flats in a row with my Clyde size and 700x28c tires, and I went back to the SS/Fixie with 700x32 and straight bar. Yes, the road bike was like 2mph faster. But I decided I like to take my time and enjoy my ride home and still get a great workout. Hills and overpasses are harder on the SS but it sure is a great workout honking up and gritting teeth on the last few strokes to the crest.
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