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View Poll Results: How to spend $800
Buy Psimet Wheels for Roubaix and build cheap old steel frame commuter.
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Buy a really nice commuter that i can tour with (twice a year for a few days)
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Buy Sram Rival for Roubaix from PBK and sell current 105 group to build my commuter.
7.69%
Save up for a Caad 9 and rock my messenger bag to get to work
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Old 06-16-10, 12:59 PM
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Hard Choice

I flipped my cross check. She just wasn't working for me.

I need a commuter/beater.

Should i spend the $800 to buy a nice new commuter?

or

Buy some Psimet wheels for my Roubaix and buy a cheap old steel frame and throw my mavic aksiums on it. I also have a few parts laying around to make it a little more comfortable.
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You could buy perhaps the ultimate commuter bike:



have to throw a few extra dollars in the deal though.
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Originally Posted by merlinextraligh
Jeez. When I woke up this morning, I pretty much owned every material possession I wanted.
Fortunately it's probably impossible to get that bike with normal, caliper brakes and a proper up-down lever bar-end shifter, so I'm still safe.
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A beater for $800? I think that defeats the purpose.
I have less than $100 into mine.

Also, belt drive is awesome. Good thing it's so expensive. I'd rather buy a beater car haha.
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Originally Posted by calamarichris
Jeez. When I woke up this morning, I pretty much owned every material possession I wanted.
Fortunately it's probably impossible to get that bike with normal, caliper brakes and a proper up-down lever bar-end shifter, so I'm still safe.
They'll make it for you with caliper brakes. The regular bar end is a problem though; I think it won't work with the Rohloff hub.
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Originally Posted by stien
A beater for $800? I think that defeats the purpose.
I have less than $100 into mine.
+1 I never understood the concept of spending a lot of money on a commuter bike. Throw slicks on your mountain bike or something, sling a backpack over your arms, and you're good to go.
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wait, CAAD9 > Roubaix?
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Originally Posted by merlinextraligh
You could buy perhaps the ultimate commuter bike:



have to throw a few extra dollars in the deal though.
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$800 doesn't say beater. It says, "Oh this is a nice bike I wouldn't mind stealing."
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I need a bike i can ride other than my roubaix. So my choices are nice commuter i can tour with or beater and new wheels. It doesnt need to get abused or parked in high theft areas. So will nice wheels be noticeable ? or should i just get another bike ?

Thanks for the input. Im not going to buy a $5,000 commuter or a $800 beater. God forbid i get any kind of serious input
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Get something that you enjoy riding that is different enough from your Roubaix that it makes you happy. Or just get this piece of pure awesome:
https://www.trekbikes.com/us/en/bikes...rdtail/sawyer/
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I'm unsure if you want a commuter bike, or a beater bike used as a commuter.

Personally I wouldn't want to commute on a bike that costs more than $600. My bike sits locked up for many hours where it could easily be stolen. Also I use it in the rain, snow, heat so I need something that's reliable, but not fancy.

If I were commuting and could bring my bike in with me, I would probably get a nicer commuter.
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I need second bike that i can ride wherever and lock up outside. I usually don't ride in high theft areas so a U-lock would be just fine.

In short i need a commuter. I only suggesting buying a beater because it would serve as a commuter and i could take the leftover money and buy new wheels for my Roubaix
I'm also tempted to buy a jack-of-all trades commuter similiar to the cross check (but one that fit me better) or something really sporty because i like to ride fast and my Roubaix is a little more chill.
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Key to the decision is who is going to work on the beater, you or an LBS?
If it's you, this is easy, get the wheels and buy a beater, preferably at a yard sale.
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I don't have funds to buy a beater just for commuting. Just ride my Orbea onix to work :S
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There's no way I'd spend $800 on a beater because for that kind of money I'd want to treat it nicely.
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Originally Posted by merlinextraligh
You could buy perhaps the ultimate commuter bike:



have to throw a few extra dollars in the deal though.

How well does the gearing work? This bike has no DR and looks like it has a belt rather than a chain. It is great idea if it works.
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Originally Posted by Carbon Unit
How well does the gearing work? This bike has no DR and looks like it has a belt rather than a chain. It is great idea if it works.
Internally geared hub. It's like those old 3-speeds, only way better.
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