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gambrinus 06-23-2008 06:54 PM

The Trek 7.3FX is a decent city bike. Toss some moustache bars on that thing and you are stylin'

RW

Rallyroo 06-23-2008 08:30 PM

Here's what I commute on.

Bianchi Volpe
http://img98.imageshack.us/img98/3249/b01tr6.jpg

http://img98.imageshack.us/img98/6492/b02ku6.jpg

http://img132.imageshack.us/img132/9175/b03tx4.jpg

I've since added a rack and a set of Ortlieb panniers.

Oznerol 06-24-2008 05:40 AM

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Originally Posted by Rallyroo
Here's what I commute on.

Bianchi Volpe

I've since added a rack and a set of Ortlieb panniers.

Nice. A couple of years ago I bought a Volpe for commuting. It was my second bike, and the one that turned me from a casual rider to an committed one.

It's not great at anything, but it's good at many things. I don't commute on the Volpe any more, but I've used that bike for mountain biking, I've run it in a couple of cyclocross races, and I've done a lot of long road rides on it. Last saturday I rode mine ~130 miles from Boston out to the tip of Cape Cod, and then took a ferry home.

gambrinus 06-24-2008 07:21 AM

'Cross bikes are the best thing since sliced bread!

RW

Gummee! 06-24-2008 07:59 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by gambrinus
'Cross bikes are the best thing since sliced bread!

RW

I'll agree with that!

Love my Crosshairs!

M

DoctorIt 06-25-2008 04:26 PM

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Originally Posted by gambrinus
'Cross bikes are the best thing since sliced bread!

depends what kind of bread :lol3

notmike 06-25-2008 05:17 PM

Hooray for cross!!

http://notmike.smugmug.com/photos/22..._tCjHh-M-1.jpg

Please pardon the blasphemy.

DoctorIt 06-25-2008 06:42 PM

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Originally Posted by notmike
Hooray for cross!!

Please pardon the blasphemy.

Is that at Lincoln? Gloucester maybe? I swear I recognize that tree. Cool to see another Boston Crosser (look close at my avatar... that Boston Cross hat is circa 1999 or so). I'll be back in MA to catch the last race or two this season.

Sweet shirt, and very fitting for the scene :lol3

a1fa 06-26-2008 11:57 AM

How about Raleigh Detour 3.0? Guy wants $325+tax.

http://www.thebikestand.com/R08_Detour3pt0_M_Blue-f

I like it. It rides good with comfortable seat.

Zodiac 06-26-2008 12:03 PM

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Originally Posted by a1fa
How about Raleigh Detour 3.0? Guy wants $325+tax.

http://www.thebikestand.com/R08_Detour3pt0_M_Blue-f

I like it. It rides good with comfortable seat.


what type of riding do you plan on using it for?

leisure
commuter
exercise
rides with others (clubs) (family)


I think that seat will be excruciatingly bad unless you're very overweight.

I've never found the Mary Poppins seating postion of the hybrids like that any good either.

a1fa 06-26-2008 12:05 PM

leisure, commute, ride with family, and some off-road trails.. nothing crazy

Dranrab Luap 06-26-2008 12:10 PM

Just a note Perry. I do better with heavily padded seats, so I wouldn't summarily dismiss this one as uncomfortable.

The nice thing about this Detour model, is that you're not out too much money if you decide bicycling's not for you. You'll be able to CL it and get $250 back. I say go for it. It gets you in the saddle with a versatile bike and minimal initial cash outlay.

Zodiac 06-26-2008 12:12 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by a1fa
leisure, commute, ride with family, and some off-road trails.. nothing crazy


I'd go with something a tad more aggresive ergonomically, what you're looking at is essentially a unisex/rental style bike.

The shock absorber seat is a gimmick, and will only slow you down, and the front handlebar position is too high. In any headwind you'll feel like a sailboat going backwards.

Raleigh's do make some good bikes for the money, I have a cross bike of theirs (RX1)

http://www.raleighusa.com/bikes/road/rx-10/

I would seriously suggest looking at a cyclocross style bike as it can do everything, and do it alot better than the hybrid/unisex style bike.

You'll want to actually ride it more (IMHO).

Zodiac 06-26-2008 12:14 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Dranrab Luap
Just a note Perry. I do better with heavily padded seats, so I wouldn't summarily dismiss this one as uncomfortable.

The nice thing about this Detour model, is that you're not out too much money if you decide bicycling's not for you. You'll be able to CL it and get $250 back. I say go for it. It gets you in the saddle with a versatile bike and minimal initial cash outlay.


I hear ya Paul, but for me the big padded seats are uncomfortable. I would always go for a thinner seat, and a real good pair of bike shorts.

a1fa 06-26-2008 12:15 PM

Nice bike, but not for me. I like Mountain bikes, but they are so uncomfortable. Detour 3.0 looks like a compromise.


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