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Old 06-06-2013, 10:16 AM   #1
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Hey Kate and MLW and other crazy bike people

I want to buy a bike. I will use it for commuting on nice days and hopefully also for longer rides on the weekends.

I live a little over a mile from work, but on the way in it is a slight downhill the whole way so I can just roll in wearing my work clothes and change when I go to leave. Also, I live/work downtown. Budget $600-$1000.

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Old 06-06-2013, 10:22 AM   #2
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Old 06-06-2013, 10:23 AM   #3
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I suppose I'm looking for input on what style of bike would work best for me.
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Old 06-06-2013, 10:27 AM   #4
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Old 06-06-2013, 10:28 AM   #5
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I tend towards road bikes rather than cruisers. What kind of long rides do you plan on doing? A good cyclocross bike is going to be sturdy, you can put a rear rack on it so you can carry crap in panniers and not get all sweaty from a back pack.

If you think your long rides might turn into tours or trips, a road style bike is going to give you the ability to go 100 miles plus.

I'm a fan of Shimano components, I know MLW likes SRAM.

If going with Shimano, I'd get something with 105s. Tiagras and Soras are cheap and will wear out. You won't be racing most likely and won't benefit from upgrading to Ultegra or Dura Ace.

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Old 06-06-2013, 10:31 AM   #7
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I suppose I'm looking for input on what style of bike would work best for me.
hybrid bikes or flat-bar road bikes are a good choice.

at similar price points, SRAM and Shimano components are of about the same quality, and it's personal preference.

wider tires will ride more comfortably.

a mountain bike might also be a good choice. 29'er MTB's will generally ride more comfortably/smoother than 26" wheels. if you go MTB, probably don't get full suspension within your budget.

usually, it's cheaper to buy a bike with the component level you want than to buy lesser quality and upgrade.

don't get the wide-load superpadded gel seat unless you're riding low mileage on a regular basis.
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Old 06-06-2013, 10:33 AM   #8
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also, reading comprehension isn't my strong suit. I missed the

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for your budget and stated use, i'd probably go with a CX (cyclocross) bike. they tend to have less aggressive geometry than full-on race roadies, and should be more comfortable.
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Old 06-06-2013, 10:36 AM   #9
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I'm a fan of Shimano components, I know MLW likes SRAM.

If going with Shimano, I'd get something with 105s. Tiagras and Soras are cheap and will wear out. You won't be racing most likely and won't benefit from upgrading to Ultegra or Dura Ace.
definitely don't buy sora/tiagra. cheap junk, imo. SRAM's base model (apex) is reported to be about on par (give or take for personal preference) with shimano 105.

and yes, I prefer SRAM. but it's just a personal thing. I like the way SRAM stuff operates, but if "the bike" only came with shimano, I wouldn't walk away from it.
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The Surly Moonlander is the only sensible option:

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Trek Portland style bike would be a good choice. A basic mountain bike with smooth tires would also get the job done nicely.
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Old 06-06-2013, 11:16 AM   #13
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Search "hybrid" in your Craigslist bikes for sale section.

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The Surly Moonlander is the only sensible option:

I fucking love that bike.
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I fucking love that bike.
As huge as the tires are, it is amazing how little the weight.
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Old 06-06-2013, 11:38 AM   #17
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I fucking love that bike.
I will have one. Oh yes, I will have one.

Friend of mine rode his Moonlander on one of the local technical XC trails last night. He said that it was awesome and that he's seriously considering selling his high end FS bike...

EZ: MLW is on the money here. Look into a 'cross bike or a performance hybrid (i.e. road bike with slightly relaxed geo and a flat bar).
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I fucking love that bike.
Holy crap, I just goggled the various prices on that thing
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Holy crap, I just goggled the various prices on that thing
That's pretty cheap in the bike world. Hell, my frame cost more than that entire bike... Not sure I should be proud of that, to be honest.
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The Surly Moonlander is the only sensible option:

so very tempting...
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I think it would be perfect with bull horns or bar ends.

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That's pretty cheap in the bike world. Hell, my frame cost more than that entire bike... Not sure I should be proud of that, to be honest.
...I've been wheel shopping the last few days, and drooling over wheelsets that sell for about the same price (and up)...

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I think it would be perfect with bull horns or bar ends.

truth be told, i'm a little more inclined toward the Neck Romancer or Pugsley, simply because they're a little less ridiculous
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Here you go...beat this, I dare you:

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Here you go...beat this, I dare you:

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I damned near bought that one. for reals.
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Everything you need...nothing you don't.
I just couldn't get past the curved top tube paired with drop bars.
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truth be told, i'm a little more inclined toward the Neck Romancer or Pugsley, simply because they're a little less ridiculous
Actually, I think I had the Moonlander mixed up with the Neck Romancer, which is what my friend has, not a Moonlander. Local shop has a Neck Romancer from last year. If I wasn't more or less broke and trying to pick up a Geddy Lee Jazz, I'd be on it like stink on a monkey.
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Actually, I think I had the Moonlander mixed up with the Neck Romancer, which is what my friend has, not a Moonlander. Local shop has a Neck Romancer from last year. If I wasn't more or less broke and trying to pick up a Geddy Lee Jazz, I'd be on it like stink on a KARATE monkey.
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I just couldn't get past the curved top tube paired with drop bars.
...which is unfortunate, because it is probably the most "noob friendly" road bike geometry.

https://www.rivbike.com/kb_results.asp?ID=38

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Sizing

Most riders are most comfortable when the handlebar is a few centimeters higher than the saddle. Some like it four or five inches higher. Some like the look of the bar lower than the saddle, but few riders over 35 like a low bar once they've ridden a higher one.

To achieve that bar height, it helps to start with a bike that's the largest practical size you can ride. We suggest you get the size that allows you to put the handlebar at least 2cm higher than the saddle. That works great for most people. You can always lower the bar if you find it's too high, but it's rare when that happens.

How much crotch clearance do you need?

The Consumer Products Safety Commission says when your feet are flat on the ground and you're straddling the bike, you need an inch between your crotch and the top tube. We interpret "crotch" as "pubic bone," and with our method of sizing, you always get that, and sometimes a lot more.

The bike's standover height is how high the top tube is, at the point where you'd straddle it (roughly the middle. If you know that and your pubic bone height (PBH), you'll know how much clearance you'll have. PBH is a huge deal with us, and everything related to sizing flows from it, so know yours.
It took me three bikes and a professional bike fitting to get into a roadie that didn't cause my hands to go numb within five miles.

Granted, I have issues with my neck that most don't.

Still, I was able to hop on this bike and do 50 miles in a group after not riding for four years or more, so I'm sold on the benefits of a proper bike fit.


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