What Type of Bike Do You Use for Commuting?

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  1. bengyap

    bengyap New Member

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    Hi All:
    I had a friend who wanted to buy a new bike, primarily for commuting to work. Average distance is 25km one way, and four days a week. What would be the kind of bike you use or would use for this purpose?
    Thanks
    Ben
     
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  2. bcwildthing

    bcwildthing New Member

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    I'm commuting 24km each way, partly on hard dirt, partly on chipseal, and partly on pavement. I prefer the chrome-moly frame on my LeMond Zurich for the long commute since it is plenty stiff for full transmittal of power to the pedals when I need it. The Zurich, which has Reynolds 535 Pro tubing, is pretty responsive when I'm up on the pedals for getting up a little rise or doing a major uphill, and comfortably stable for the long straights. It is also plenty light, in the 18lb range depending on your pedals, and has a long top tube for it's size, which is 55 cm. All in all it is a sweet ride. The 105 gruppo may not be as impressive as Ultegra but it has cane headset, mavic rims and cost me only $1300US/$1900Can. For commuting, it is cheaper to replace back clusters, chainrings, and the occasional damaged STI shifter.
     
  3. kf5nd

    kf5nd New Member

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    I ride 28 km / 17.4 miles to work one-way on a Schwinn Frontier FS mountain bike with Specialized Armadillo tires. Bike cost me US$275 in 2001. NiteRider lights cost me about US$275 in 2004. Funny, huh?



     
  4. rek

    rek New Member

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    I ride 24km in and 27km home.. I ride a road bike on sunny days (because it's a bit faster and is easier effort wise), and a mountain bike on rainy days (because disc brakes actually work when you want them to in the wet)
     
  5. wanderer390000

    wanderer390000 New Member

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    Why 27 on the way home, is that how far the local pub is :confused:
     
  6. rek

    rek New Member

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    My place is close to the end of a kilometre-long 4% hill. I over-shoot home by another kilometre or so (the road climbs gently once past) and turn back through the side streets; that way I have a nice gentle descent for cooling down before finishing.

    You don't want to know the route contortions to get at the "long way" of 36km in, 43km back! ;)

    Plus, it pads out the daily ride total to just over 50km. I normally ride into work 4 times a week, so this way I'm always assured of having at least 200km of riding "in the bank" before the weekend. (Nothing is worse than a tripmeter that reads 199km :p )
     
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    wanderer390000 New Member

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    OK thank mate :eek: i was wondering why it was longer on the way home, now i know i won't have to worry :D
     
  8. John Picton

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    I commute into the city every day (20 mile round trip) on a hybrid with Schwalbe Marathon Plus tires. I save the roadbike for the weekend when I can cycle on roads without potholes, glass and insane drivers.
     
  9. Powerful Pete

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    Help me out guys. I intend to start commuting with a bike trailer and my five year old daughter, over about 15 km one way moderately hilly terrain. Will either purchase a Burley Solo or Wicycle trailer for the daughter.

    Can I safely attach it to my DeRosa (it is another 25 kg with the daughter, more or less what I carried on the DeRosa before I lost some weight), or do I need a mountain bike or something?

    Thanks for the advice...
     
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