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2/19/07 10:10 A

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If you can afford it and have room for it, I would suggest looking at getting 2 bikes. 1 for commuting, which could be a hybrid or mtn bike. These are great for commuting as they will provide a more upright riding position which makes visibility better (for you and for drivers). A second bike, which could be a used road bike would be ideal for the tri that you mentioned.

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2/18/07 4:21 A

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Ive checked mine too and its covered! I work for my insurance provider too so it would be a lot easier to get sorted!

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2/17/07 9:08 P

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I checked with insurance when I go tmy new bike. They thought I was crazy, but confirmed that as long as I wasn't negligent, it was covered under my homeowners insurance, even if it was stolen out of my car.

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2/16/07 1:44 P

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Oh my! I didnt know that was such a problem! Fortunately ill be able to leave my bike indoors when im at work as there is enough room, ill make sure ill never leave it outdoors (or ensure the insurance covers it!)

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2/16/07 12:12 P

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I just heard on BBC News today that there is a real problem with bicycle stealing in the cities of Britain. A group even did a study locking a large amount of bicycles in the cities and within two hours half of them were gone! With that type of problem you might try an buy a used bicycle...there are probably a lot of them available someplace...lol.

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2/16/07 10:35 A

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You'll find touring bikes out there too, designed for panniers and packs, but I wouldn't mount anything like that on my road bike. I might do it on my cyclocross, though. I would wear a backpack if I needed to carry anything on my commute. There are really so many kinds of bikes out there!

Other things: Good cycling shorts and padded gloves for comfort; sunglasses to protect your eyes from whatever the cars on the road toss up at you; and water cages and bottles or a camelback, especially for warm weather commutes and tri training rides.

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2/15/07 8:22 P

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My last commute was 15 miles round trip and I found that my hybrid was ideal for that distance given the stop and start nature of the traffic that I was riding in. It also handled the rough roads better(fat tires). I outfitted it with a Body Geometry saddle to protect my sensitive regions. Anything longer would almost surely require a road bike, simply because at longer distances the human anatomy needs some protection that hybrids do not afford.

 
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2/15/07 4:26 P

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I would stay away from the hybrids. See if you can find a bike shop that will let you take an hour ride on whatever you are deciding upon. I think you will find the hybrid is a tough ride on your butt. A good seat on a road bike and you can ride for a long time and that is what you'll need to do if you are training for triathalons.

Other items? a nice fanny pack, paniers, or a rack with pack on top for carrying inceidentals like your healthy lunch and shoes to work.

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2/15/07 12:16 P

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Thanks! Ill pop down to the local bike shop on my lunch tomorrow then and see what fits nicely.

Aside from a helmet and decent lights, what else do I need immediately? I guess a reflective vest would help for being on the roads, but is there anything else I might need to look for?

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2/15/07 11:30 A

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I agree with 1LB--talk to the bike shop. Either would be fine for your commute, but if you are thinking about racing competitively, a road bike might be the better choice. Also, you can look at hybrids, which would be great for your commute, but not the ideal choice for racing.

Don't worry about what you are used to--you'll adapt to whatever bike you get!

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2/15/07 9:36 A

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I would talk to someone at the bike shop. I have a fairly inexpensive Giant bike that is good for on the road or trails. I do also ride DH's mountain bike on the road sometimes. For 6 miles, either should be fine. I would go with a road bike if you plan on riding a lot more miles.

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2/15/07 2:59 A

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Hi!

Im Jo, im in the UK, and used to love cycling as a kid so I think its time to get back in the saddle and start riding again. I want to primarily use a bike for commuting to and from work which is 3 miles each way - one of which I currently walk to lose the pounds, but feel cycling would be quicker and mean 6 miles of exercise a day.

Ive been looking for a bike online but dont really know what to look for. I rode mountain bikes as a kid, but wonder if a road bike would be better since my route would be primarily on roads, and any extra cycling I do would probably be road based too. Id love to train to get good enough to compete in triathlons too, ive recently taken up running (on the couch to 5k programme) and will be swimming again soon (my sport of choice - I was a total water baby and love the freedom).

Should I stick to what I know or is it worth going for a road bike?

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