Best bike for commuting

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Bely
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by Bely

I am trying to find a bike that rides like a road but can take pot holes etc a lot better... Something awesome but at the same time won't hurt me terribly if it got stolen.. Would you guys recommend a track/fixie/hipster bike or a cross gravel bike like a caad X / slate? Or a road bike with thick ass tires?


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Awesome and being left out in a place that can be stolen are mutually exclusive. My "beater" bike is my Fuji Altamira, which has clearance for tires probably up to 30-32mm. I'll lean it up against rails, poles or a stack of bikes and not worry about it, but I won't leave it locked up outside unattended. I'd be pissed if my Berk saddle was lifted, or my carbon tubs.

How far do you want to take it? Quick city spins or up to 20 miles or more?
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When I commuted I used a 1970s steel bike I converted to single speed. It would fit my 35mm studded tires just fine in the winter. 35mm normal tires in the warmer months. Put a Nashbar 700C fork onto it with cantilever brakes. Bike is from the 27" tire era. No rear brake needed. I locked it at work. Didn't want to lose it, it would be a challenging walk home. 1990s Dura Ace cranks on it are nice for those who appreciate old quality. Someone who only knows new crap would not even know what they are. Never thought of commuting as anything other than getting from point A to point B. Use a functional tool that accomplishes this. For fun riding I have other rides and bikes that are not commuting.

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by Bely

About 40km - 60km daily


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by froze

Probably a cross bike would suit you fine, doesn't mean you can't use other bikes, but for commuting purposes the cross bike would have an edge over road bikes with slightly larger tires that can absorb road issues, and speed over bikes with big fat tires that aren't needed for city riding. Most cross bikes also have eyelets for fenders.

If you want a bike that is inexpensive than either look at used bikes, used bikes will give the best deal money wise; if you want new and nothing but new then wait till year end closeouts are happening at LBS's.

Surly Cross Check, Fuji Cross 1.5, DiamondBack Haanjo, if you don't mind mail order the Novara Mazama is on sale at REI and if you look for coupon you could get it for even less, and you can spy out the offerings at Bikes Direct, see: http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/cross_bikes.htm

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Something like the Canyon Urban. Maybe with a drop bar. the belt drive is great and disc brakes are awesome as well.
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We've got a commuting forum!
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by kac

prendrefeu wrote:We've got a commuting forum!


Not a bad idea!

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It does need more activity. Understandably it's in its early stages and this whole forum didn't have much activity when it started out...

but here it is:

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by Calvaroz

40-60km is a pretty long commute with a crappy bike.

i have a redline cx with mechanical dics and marathon schwalbe 28mm for mid range commute.

an 90's allez steel with with flat handlebars for the small errands with a panier.

I think it would depend where you could lock it and what type of area you live. is it plagued by bike theft?

Even with two dedicated commuter bikes, I use mostly the bikeshare for work commute because i don't want to be bothered with a lock and leaving a bike downtown.
the rest of the time, i bring my road bike because i have somewhere safe to put it but that limits the options if i have to stop somewhere.

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