Re: What type of bike do you commute to work on
Originally Posted by jcafcw
I ride 22 miles a day and I am using the same cheap mountain bike that I bought when I was first looking to see if I would stick at it. I am looking into getting a lighter hybrid for the new year though
I ride a 2003 Gary Fisher Tiburon hybrid (stock) without front suspension. It's about 18 to 20 lbs (guesstimate). They run $400 to $475 Canadian, depending where you buy. Running at about 70 psi, I have been doing 40k 3 or 4 times a week over the summer with an average of 24 kph, while taking it easy... in addition to about 20 k per day of putzing around. This is my first bike with trigger shift, and I have fallen in love. An idiot running a red light caused me to break my ankle in three places. Within two months of having a plate and 9 screws to fix my ankle, I was riding, and at three months I was back to the 40k
. Compared to cheap, heavy steel, the light weight of aluminum is almost effortless. Aluminum rocks, if you're willing to take the VERY stiff ride. For the winter commute (Montreal, Canada) I am getting a steel studded front tire for more control on ice. Today it was -9C (about 19F? correct me if I'm wong, pls) and wore running shoes, 2 pair cotton socks, cotton slacks with nylon shell splashpants, a synthetic turtleneck with a brushed fleece pullover and a nylon shell jacket with large mesh lining, a balaklava, fleece gloves with rubber overgloves, and an ordinary vented helmet. The only thing that got cold were my thighs. I think I'll get longjohns. If you're running 22 miles a day (32k?) with a cheap steel MTB, consider yourself up there with Hercules. I salute you, strong and tenacious one!