Commuter Bike Recommendation for ChiTown

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

  1. frico

    frico New Member

    Sep 5, 2003
    Likes Received:
    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.


  2. bmckown

    bmckown New Member

    Nov 27, 2006
    Likes Received:
    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.