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The bug has bitten...bike #2?

Old 07-01-08, 09:49 AM
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The bug has bitten...bike #2?

First and foremost, let me thank you sh*ts. I came into this wanting to get a bike. I got a bike. I am in love with it. Now I want another bike.

The more I ride my Roubaix, the less I want to leave it locked up outside while my head is buried at the law library this fall. It's my baby, and for once I actually feel very attached to a mode of transportation.

So this puts me in the position of looking for a cheaper commuter for days when I have to leave it unattended for extended periods.

I'm not spending more than $500. I want something along the lines of the Trek Soho, the Fuji Absolute, etc. I'm open to the "less popular" brands, ie. Motobecane, etc. Basically I want a somewhat relaxed geometry, drops are optional, and I don't want a SS or fixed.

INPUT!

NOTICE: Contrary to above, I'm okay with SS/Fixed, so long as there is a freewheel.

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craigslist or LOCAL ebay perhaps.
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craigslist or LOCAL ebay perhaps.
I live in a TERRIBLE used-bike market. Everyone is fat. They only own 10 year old Huffys.
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Originally Posted by shundaroni View Post
First and foremost, let me thank you sh*ts. I came into this wanting to get a bike. I got a bike. I am in love with it. Now I want another bike.

The more I ride my Roubaix, the less I want to leave it locked up outside while my head is buried at the law library this fall. It's my baby, and for once I actually feel very attached to a mode of transportation.

So this puts me in the position of looking for a cheaper commuter for days when I have to leave it unattended for extended periods.

I'm not spending more than $500. I want something along the lines of the Trek Soho, the Fuji Absolute, etc. I'm open to the "less popular" brands, ie. Motobecane, etc. Basically I want a somewhat relaxed geometry, drops are optional, and I don't want a SS or fixed.

INPUT!
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Incorrect(tm). To quote the original author: ``[..] and I don't want a SS or fixed.''
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Old 07-01-08, 10:09 AM
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Go fixed. I've only ridden fixed for the last 4 months, and just two weeks ago got back on a geared bike. I've gotten so much stronger, and my pedaling is incredibly efficient now. Best investment I've made in a while. Plus, it's fun passing weenies on a fixed. And then getting to be a weenie.
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...upon further consideration, I'll edit the first entry and allow for single speeds, but I would like at least a flipflop hub to allow for a freewheel. The option to coast down some of the hills would be nice.
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I'd order bikesdirect since you won't find a high quality bike for less than a $1000 around here.
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Trek Soho S, if your LBS has one in your size in stock. They are seriously the most comfortable bikes ever.
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Old 07-01-08, 10:56 AM
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ebay. you have a bike, you know about what size you want. An aluminum framed bike with 9-speed 105 goes for well inside your budget. Plus it'll be nice enough that you won't hate riding it.
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Originally Posted by shundaroni View Post
So this puts me in the position of looking for a cheaper commuter for days when I have to leave it unattended for extended periods.
I'd recommend a vintage steel bike with downtube shifters. They don't get stripped when you lock them up , the gears are there if you have to hit the hills, and it's still a road bike like you're used to. You have a bike so you have a good idea what size you need. They can be had on E-bay for $200 or so - less if you really want a beater.
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Found out the dealer that sold me the Roubaix also deals in Redlines. They offered me a good price on a 925 so I bit. Something about it's simplicity struck me the first time I saw one a few weeks ago. I've heard a ton of good things about them as commuters.

Looks like the stable has begun.

Damn BF.
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Originally Posted by shundaroni View Post
Found out the dealer that sold me the Roubaix also deals in Redlines. They offered me a good price on a 925 so I bit. Something about it's simplicity struck me the first time I saw one a few weeks ago. I've heard a ton of good things about them as commuters.

Looks like the stable has begun.

Damn BF.
Which dealer? Are you at UK?
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I'm moving to Lexington next week (on the 7th). My dealer is up in Charleston, WV. Dive Tech Sports.
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Jamis Coda. Specalized Globe City.

Or you could get one of the entry level bikesdirect bikes.. motobecane record?
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Originally Posted by rizz View Post
Incorrect(tm). To quote the original author: ``[..] and I don't want a SS or fixed.''
you actually read a post that began with "First and foremost, let me thank you sh*ts."?
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you actually read a post that began with "First and foremost, let me thank you sh*ts."?
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"Sh*ts" is a term of reluctant endearment. Reluctant because I've spent too much money after listening to the folks of BF...you all make everything sound so absolutely MANDATORY to my happiness. Endearment because I love that I always have some form of justification for my splurges. And yes, if everyone else jumped off a bridge, I would too...provided they rode to the bridge on some sweet-ass rides.
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Originally Posted by shundaroni View Post
...upon further consideration, I'll edit the first entry and allow for single speeds, but I would like at least a flipflop hub to allow for a freewheel. The option to coast down some of the hills would be nice.
Single speeds have freewheels...fixed gears don't, thus why we make the distinction between single speed and fixed gear. Hope this helps. Yes, a flip-flop gives you both options.
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you actually read a post that began with "First and foremost, let me thank you sh*ts."?
He didn't read it very well, obviously.
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You should probably look for a nice older steel road bike (mid 80's ~ early 90's) on your local craigslist, ebay, or through garage sales. Though, the difficulty with ebay and CL will be artificially high prices from people intending to buy and convert those bikes to SS/FG. If you can snag any older road bike in decent condition it will also provide a good learning base for various repairs. You'll likely learn how to replace various parts like the BB, fork, brakes, etc...

I should also add that older road bikes tended to have more useful frame features than modern racing road bikes. You might want to look for a bike with eyelets for fenders and a rack. Especially if you intend to use it for utility.

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Originally Posted by shundaroni View Post
"Sh*ts" is a term of reluctant endearment. Reluctant because I've spent too much money after listening to the folks of BF...you all make everything sound so absolutely MANDATORY to my happiness. Endearment because I love that I always have some form of justification for my splurges. And yes, if everyone else jumped off a bridge, I would too...provided they rode to the bridge on some sweet-ass rides.
how many BF people have you met in person?
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ahh yes, another wildcat BF'er.

definitely be sure to join up with the lexington bike crew some when you get down here, and join the UK cycling team this fall! they cover most of your racing expenses, and you get a sweet kit.

ill pm you some info for riding in lexington.
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Originally Posted by shundaroni View Post
Found out the dealer that sold me the Roubaix also deals in Redlines. They offered me a good price on a 925 so I bit. Something about it's simplicity struck me the first time I saw one a few weeks ago. I've heard a ton of good things about them as commuters.
I'm sure it will be a fine commuter/utility bike., but I have to say I don't get the SingleSpeed trend. Yeah, they're cheap to buy and maintain, and they don't have many components thieves are likely to strip so you can leave them locked up in the city. Out of curiosity I've tried just picking a gear and seeing how long I can leave it there, but I inevitably end up facing a sustained headwind or tailwind on my commute and deciding the gear I'm in just isn't practical anymore. I suppose in a flat urban environment they'd be fine.

Enjoy the bike. You'll certainly feel better leaving that locked up around town than your road bike.
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WALMART, K-MART or 7-11 in that price range.
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