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Old 02-05-15, 01:07 AM
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Need help finding a commuter bike for me

Hi,

So I'm posting after a few years riding the used Specialized Crosstrail bike I bought in 2011. I've been using it for my daily commute ever since but I have a replacement in mind. My commute now is even shorter at about 5 miles roundtrip. I will occasionally use it for commutes up to 10 miles away for a 20 mile roundtrip ride.

What I've realized is that even though it's a 21 speed bike, I have left it on 1 gear setting for 99.99% of the time and the only time I haven't is just to test if the other gears are working. The multiple gears has led to some annoying maintenance issues. The brakes have also been a source of problems. In addition I have to hang the lock off the handlebars because there is no where to fix a lock to the bike and I bring lunch daily but I have to hand the lunchbox off the handlebar as well and I have to wear a side bag for my work clothes.

I've concluded that what I really need is a single speed, coaster brake bike with the handlebars high enough so that I can sit back and not have to lean in like a road bike but not so wide like a cruiser bike. I think this is a very good example of what I am looking for Speedster - Urban - Bikes | Schwinn Bicycles , it's the Schwinn Speedster. Can someone tell if a basket mount can be mounted onto this bike?

Can someone help me find a bike like this that can mount a basket with a lower price point like around $200-$300?
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Old 02-05-15, 03:48 AM
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Rather than a basket why not a rear rack? That's a better solution and doesn't affect handling as much. I think your Crosstrail already has the braze-ons for that. So you buy a rack, screw it on, and then slap on panniers (fancy) or zip tie a milk crate (free) to haul stuff. Done! That Crosstrail is a commuter machine.

If by some weird chance your bike doesn't have braze-ons for the rack, you just spend $4 on p-clamps at your local hardware store.
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http://dpmac.com/2011/think-tank/thi...skins-6297.jpg

Installing a rack is totally doable. But the OP also describes other issues, specifically the unused gearing.

Can you keep two bikes? If so, get a coaster brake commuter and use the Crosstrail for more recreational riding. You might do well to shop the used market though.
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I have a fixed gear with only a front brake. I hardly use that because you can slow to a stop using your legs, unlike with a single speed.

You can hang a bag off your saddle, like Carradice makes, or install a rack.

As for sitting upright on that Schwinn Speedster -- it doesn't look like it to me.
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Originally Posted by davlafont View Post
http://bicycletimesmag.com/userfiles/crosstrail01.jpg



http://dpmac.com/2011/think-tank/thi...skins-6297.jpg

Installing a rack is totally doable. But the OP also describes other issues, specifically the unused gearing.

Can you keep two bikes? If so, get a coaster brake commuter and use the Crosstrail for more recreational riding. You might do well to shop the used market though.

Thanks for the advice everyone but I am looking for that single gear bike. One consideration I thought about though regarding the coaster brake system is that it is a little awkward to get started again since I can't peddle backwards to the best start position which I have a habit of doing. Anyway I am still looking for recommendations for that bike if anyone has suggestions...
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Lot's of inspiration here:
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