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Old 11-03-04, 10:04 PM
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this is my first post at this forum, so let me say hello. hello.

i've riden bmx casually for several years, but in the past few weeks i have wanted to get a bicycle a little more practical as far as transportation and carrying a slight load. i've been to a great local bike store that builds bikes from used parts and such, but i don't know much really about my new endeavors. maybe someone can offer advice?

i've recently moved a little farther from my university's campus (a couple miles), and it's slightly hilly, so riding my fixed gear, bmx bike back and forth gets old real quick.

what do i want from a new bike? i would like something i can make this commute with, but also for long-ish trips. i like the idea of travelling to slightly far away cities on my bike--or perhaps an occasional camping trip with all belongings in a backpack and a small load on the frame. i also like the idea of being able to get aerodynamic and move quickly, though i know lighter means more money. i vaquely understand the differences between the various styles--e.g. racing, touring, road bikes--but i think i want something that is a sort of hybrid between touring and road. any ideas?

thanks in advance. this site seems to be a great resource for people, and i hope it comes to be for me as well.

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Old 11-04-04, 09:18 AM
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Welcome to the forums! Concerning your upcoming choices in bike styles, read on, there are many many threads that cover just about every riding style known. The search option goes a great distance in finding it all here. When I commuted, I did so on my Aegis Aro Svelte, it is considered a racing bike. I think the majority of commuters probably do so on less radical rides, but a poll has probably been taken on just such a question.
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