Commuter Bike Recommendation for ChiTown

Discussion in 'Cycling Equipment' started by frico, Jul 26, 2004.

  1. frico

    frico New Member

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    Hello All.

    I need some help in choosing the ideal commuter for handling the streets of Chicago. My commute is 3-4 days at about 28 miles round trip each day. I travel on heavily congested streets with the usual hazards of potholes and debris. My main bike right now is a Specialized Sequoia Expert but I need to purchase a 2nd bike soon as the daily commute is taking it's toll on my road bike.

    My needs are:

    1. a strong/durable but light bike that will allow decent speed (15-17mph avg.)

    2. Shimano 105

    3. < 38C width 700c tires (for speed)

    4. Ability to add fenders, rack, lights etc.

    5. Can live with either dropped bar or upright position as I have ridden both.

    I am leaning towards a Cyclocross bike but I'm not sold on spending the $1200 (would like to spend $600 to $800) or so on the Cannondale. Any other good Cyclocross out there to consider.

    Here are the bikes I am considering:

    1. Giant Cypress SX
    2. Specialized Sirrus line
    3. Cannondale Cyclocross
    4. Specialized Globe
    5. Jamis Coda Elite

    Thanks for any feedback.

    frico
     
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  2. bmckown

    bmckown New Member

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    I'm looking at doing much the same thing you are--have you looked into a Specialized Globe City? They come in 3.1, 6.1, and 7.1 models with the 3.1 being the top of the line. The 7.1 is around $550 and comes already outfitted with light, rear rack, fenders, and chain guard. I'm not as bike savvy as you and was wondering what you thought of that model.
     
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