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3/26/11 2:55 A

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Hi Chrystin!

Welcome to the team. I bike to and from work every day. So I am excited for you. Here is the essentials.

1. The right bike. A drop bar road bike may not be the right bike for commuting. Do you need to take clothes, do you need rack mounts, how about fenders? Lots of road bikes do not have those options.most don't even come with a kick stand!!! I personally ride a hybrid and my commute is 53 miles a day. I ride a Jamis Coda Elite with fenders, rear rack, and I have a garment saddlebag that straddles the rear rack and keeps my clothes nice and ironed.
2. Try your route on a weekend. Remember to take side roads, even if it means a little longer route. It will be MUCH less stress and overall more enjoyable. This will give you a timing to go by.
3. Gear. Highly reflective gear is what you need. I personally ride in normal gym clothes and wear a reflective vest over my shirt. A nice cadence computer is also VERY convenient.
4. Commuting is completely different than racing. I forget this sometimes and get competitive when a spandex order blows by me at 26mph. My competitive nature wants to catch up with him and see if I can beat him. But ten I remember I will have to bike this route again the next morning, etc...etc...


Good luck. If you were local I would recommend an amazing bike shop. But I would recommend you go to several places, shop for a great price. I bought my bike at 50% off because it was the previous year model.

Like Daniel said...fit is paramount. Don't settle for the step over and lift the bike up size test. I am 6'4 with a 36 inch seam. The bike shops try to fit me on a medium size frame all the time.

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3/25/11 2:22 P

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well don't automatically think just because the bike is bigger it has a longer top tube which is prolly what you'd want cause sometimes bike manufactuers only increase the seat tube length when making bigger bikes.

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3/25/11 2:15 P

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thanks Daniel! I'm definitely looking at the Treks, and since I'm on the tall side...I know size is important! Not to mention I'm mostly torso so I usually feel cramped on bikes, it will be a well researched purchase!

So far I'm looking at Treks and maybe a Cannondale, I'm trying to stay close to 1K with my price range, I know a bike of that value will get do what I need for now!

My brother is a serious biker, and he has offered to come help me make the final decision next month!

Thanks for the links! Off to research more I go!

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3/24/11 3:14 P

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Just make sure it's the right size for you and when you're at the bike shop sit in it and ride it around and usually you can ask to swap out differnt things on the bike to make it fit better for you such as the stem, seat and whatnots. I reciently bought a new bike however, it's not strickly a road bike. It's a road/hybrid but I changed out a lot of stuff to make it a little more road friendly and speedy so what I got was a bike that can perform just as well as a dedicated road bike yet be a little more comfortable on the trail or bumpy roads.

http://bicycling.about.com/od/howtoride/
a/bike_sizing.htm

http://www.scott-sports.com/us_en/produc
t/10254/55957/218007

I'd also check out treks such as the 1 and 2 series road bikes.

It just depends on your budget

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3/24/11 2:43 P

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Just wanted to say hi, my name is Chrystin and I'm looking for info on biking! I ride a hybrid bike around town, to run errands and for fun. I'm looking into buying a road bike and considering biking to work- though it's 40 miles round trip! YIKES! And, I have to be at work at 6AM and work 12 hours....but I KNOW it is possible, I know I can do it. I just don't know where to start! Currently, I can ride up to 10 miles with no problems on my city bike. But I don't have any real biking gear, padded shorts, saddle bags, clip in shoes etc. Um, and a road bike....so I'll be looking for bike reviews too!

Anyway, I'm looking forward to this adventure and hopefully will be able to make it happen this summer!

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