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Old 02-21-11, 02:47 PM
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Advice on getting a new bike for riding around NYC

I currently have the S3X 3-speed fixed gear, which I love, except I'm having a lot of mechanical problems with it. I'm thinking about getting a new bike, and the following is basically what I'm looking for:

1. Can handle potholes. I want a strong fork and rims that won't be damaged, I also like the idea of suspension, but I've heard that it will slow you down.
2. Fairly lightweight/ fast. Doesn't need to be a road bike, I'd like to have at least 3 speeds for hills, but at the same time I also wouldn't mind a singlespeed flip-flop hub.
3. Versatile handlebars. I want the ability to get down into an aerodynamic position , and also have something like riser bars for traffic. I've seen bikes with two sets of handlebars, mostly with aerobars, and I'm also thinking butterfly handlebars might do the trick. I also don;t want the handlebars to be too wide, so I can fit between cars.

Any suggestions?
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Old 02-24-11, 09:29 PM
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Depends on your price range. Jamis Coda Sport for around $650 is nice. It's steel, which will help with the pothole situation, maybe bump the tires up to a 700X32, I think they come with 700X28. It has flat bars though, maybe adding bar ends would work for you. I am looking for same type of bike, just different city. Philly potholes just as tough. I am really close to pulling the trigger on a Trek/GF Lane. It's basically a cyclocross bike made of steel set up for commuting. I like having the drop bars over flat. It's about $900 but the components are a bit underwhelming. I may just try and build my own frankenbike from a Trek XO cyclocross but then we're looking at $1200+. Good luck with search!
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Brooklyn Gangsta looks pretty sturdy. You couldt put your 3spd hub on one of those.

Drop bars are the best handlebar for multiple hand positions. If you use a short stem you will be able to sit in a fairly upright position holding the top of them. You can mount intercepter brake levers. 480mm Nitto Noodles are wider than most drop bars ~19in. which will help with control negotiating NYC traffic.
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Old 02-26-11, 10:22 PM
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If you like the SX3 (aside from the rear hub), maybe get a new wheel (3-, 4- or 5-speed) for it.

https://www.nycbikes.com/catalog.php?...cat=COMPONENTS
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1. RE. potholes, your problem isn't the fork or rims but your skull. Get a bike that can take balloon tyres, like Schwalbe Big Apples, if you want to ride through potholes. An XC geometry (stretched out and fast) mountain bike off ebay, like a Kona Lava Dome, would be ideal. Otherwise, eventually, you will kiss Mr Tarmac.

2. Light and fast aren't the same thing except in a hill climbing event. If you want to go racing bike-light, then you have to disregard goal 1.

3. Put drop bars on that MTB. There are various ways of making the gears work, bar end shifters being the simplest. Only an idiot would consider an other multi-position bar type for regular aggressive riding in traffic: drops are the only choice that let give you several positions while keeping your hands on the brakes.

Probably the best match for your spec - strong but light, geared or fixed, room for pothole handling tyres - would be a Cotic Roadrat. You could have a local store order in the frame; google for details.

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Old 03-01-11, 07:51 AM
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Originally Posted by Exit3 View Post
Depends on your price range. Jamis Coda Sport for around $650 is nice. It's steel, which will help with the pothole situation
If this was true, then modern MTBs wouldn't overwhelmingly be made of aluminium...
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Originally Posted by qmsdc15 View Post
Brooklyn Gangsta looks pretty sturdy. You couldt put your 3spd hub on one of those.
Looks mean very little - tube wall thickness and weld quality are invisible but essential. If you want a tough bike, the only way to make reasonably sure of getting one is to get a bike meant for off road or on the BMX course.

Also: there are no bloody brake mounts on that frame!!! So it's fixed gear only.
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Kona Lava Dome frame w/fork on ebay @~$50.

https://cgi.ebay.com/KONA-Lava-Dome-9...item1c19c85f91

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Old 03-02-11, 09:24 AM
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Originally Posted by KShep View Post
Kona Lave Dome frame w/fork on ebay @~$50.

https://cgi.ebay.com/KONA-Lava-Dome-9...item1c19c85f91
The geometry of these frames lets them build into really nice extra-strong drop handle bikes.
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