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Old 09-02-14, 01:58 PM
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Advice on Purchasing a Commuter Bike

I am looking to purchase a men's bike for commuting to and from work. It's about 10 miles and pretty flat. I haven't purchased a bike in about 20 years and was hoping for some advice on purchasing a bike. Here is what I am looking for:
  • A bike I can ride on roads and on sand
  • Something that is more upright (back problems)
  • Quality enough that it will last quite a while
  • Around $300-$400
  • Multiple gears

I've looked online and at a couple of shops and have some ideas but really have no clue about what to look for. Does anyone have suggestions on what to look at? If you have a specific bike to recommend, that would be great. Thanks!
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Old 09-02-14, 04:31 PM
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Well, the problem you might have is being able to ride on roads and sand. I was originally going to suggest a simple hybrid, like a Trek FX, or Giant Escape. But they normally have more narrow tires and aren't going to be lovely in the sand. But getting a mountain bike with front shocks (you can't find rigid forks anymore) with thicker tires seems overkill. My suggestion is to go back to the local shops, and look for a hybrid that can swap out it's narrow tires for wider knobby ones.

In this is hard packed sand, then a hybrid with standard tires should be fine (just not straight up slicks).
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"Commuting to and from work." How secure is the area where you plan on parking your bike? If you don't feel it's pretty darn secure, my advice is to get something that you feel would be semi-disposable.
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