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shovelhd

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Re: Post Your Commuting Rig
« Reply #15 on: April 05, 2011, 02:48:40 PM »
I am going to try the backpack on the Felt when it warms up a bit.

EDR

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Re: Post Your Commuting Rig
« Reply #16 on: April 05, 2011, 03:23:16 PM »
I am going to try the backpack on the Felt when it warms up a bit.


That's just peachy...however you've done nothing to help me decide on rig ;)

shovelhd

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Re: Post Your Commuting Rig
« Reply #17 on: April 05, 2011, 09:41:10 PM »
You didn't answer my probing questions.

EDR

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Re: Post Your Commuting Rig
« Reply #18 on: April 06, 2011, 08:33:16 AM »
Commute is 12mi.  I have two options.  1 is hilly with some areas of dicey traffic, no shoulder and a about 1k of actually riding on the freeway.   

Option 2 is hilly with a 1k climb of about 11% ave grade. But it's safer. 

shovelhd

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Re: Post Your Commuting Rig
« Reply #19 on: April 06, 2011, 09:40:40 AM »
If you didn't want the flat bar, I wouldn't like any of them. But you do. In that case, I'd get the Raleigh. It has a tall head tube that fits well with the flat bar, and the longish wheelbase for comfort. Carbon fork, rack and fender eyelets. Compact double, Tiagra. It's a purpose built bicycle that is ready to roll. It should retain resale value well, as that is a really nice first Fred bike, and it will not require modification.

Check out the Topeak commuter rack/pack/pannier setup that I have on the Giant. Expensive, but slick.

shovelhd

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Re: Post Your Commuting Rig
« Reply #20 on: April 06, 2011, 09:43:07 AM »
The Giant in spring trim.



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Re: Post Your Commuting Rig
« Reply #21 on: April 06, 2011, 09:45:21 AM »
Either Cannondale would be good, especially for the distance. Unfortunately, neither has provisions for a rack, which I really think you will want. I have a backpack for the odd instance I choose to ride my road bike to work, but really don't like it. Of course, the hardware store has all kinds of goodies to help fasten a rack on, but the geometry of the Cannondale's don't really lend themselves to an easy rack solution.


 I will also throw this out there.... Are you sure you want a bike without drops? I like to hustle on my commute, and riding like PeeWee Herman doesn't add to the feeling of speed. Even though he was very fast.....
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EDR

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Re: Post Your Commuting Rig
« Reply #22 on: April 06, 2011, 10:33:40 AM »
The rack is the key factor.  If can get rack on the bike the flat bar isn't necessary.

shovelhd

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Re: Post Your Commuting Rig
« Reply #23 on: April 06, 2011, 12:13:07 PM »
The rack is the key factor.  If can get rack on the bike the flat bar isn't necessary.

Now you're talking. That wasn't clear in your previous posts.

I chose the Giant because I wanted a road bike with a racing geometry, but a comfortable ride, that could carry a load. It had to be able to take a rack and fenders using eyelets (the fork included, which is rare for carbon), pack, lights. A bonus would be if it could be a backup race bike. The Giant does all that.

If I had to do it all over again, and that may come sooner rather than later, I would buy a used cross bike.

Given this new requirement, I would pass on all three and keep looking.

rat fink

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Re: Post Your Commuting Rig
« Reply #24 on: April 07, 2011, 12:30:53 AM »
The Giant in spring trim.




Awesome rig.  :)

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Re: Post Your Commuting Rig
« Reply #25 on: April 07, 2011, 12:48:49 AM »

shovelhd

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Re: Post Your Commuting Rig
« Reply #26 on: April 07, 2011, 07:38:38 AM »
Thanks.

That rack/pack combo is a Topeak MTX. It's a medium sized rack top, semi-hardside bag that has panniers on each side. unzip the side panel, fold out the pannier, loop the elastic around the rack rail. When you're done, fold them up into the sides and zip them closed.

http://www.topeak.com/products/Bags/MTXTrunkBagEXP

rat fink

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Re: Post Your Commuting Rig
« Reply #27 on: April 07, 2011, 11:32:35 AM »
That's pretty trick. I don't have any frames with rack mounts though, so I will keep using the backpack for now.

Biking Viking

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Re: Post Your Commuting Rig
« Reply #28 on: April 18, 2011, 10:27:29 AM »
The BD special. Rides great, but having recently gone from four rigs to one, I find myself longing for more bikes. Does the insanity ever end?


ModoVincere

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Re: Post Your Commuting Rig
« Reply #29 on: April 18, 2011, 10:46:12 AM »
Does the insanity ever end?


yes, after we stop breathing.  :)