High end road bike for commuting or buy 2nd bike for commuting? - Page 2
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    When I commute, I use one of my high end road bikes, using lights when necessary. I do not do anything else to the bike which includes using Vittoria high end tires. My commute is 30 miles each way and most of it is in the country. To me, the commute it is no different is no different than any other ride I do. I leave a separate change of shorts at work along with my suit from one of the days I drive in.

    I leave the low spoke wheels at home but otherwise I do nothing different. My bike comes in with me and sits in my office. I run over to the YMCA for a shower after my ride in. Breakfast is at work along with coffee.

    Works for me, but probably not most people.

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    Many good suggestions already.
    I use a hardtail Fisher 29er MTB with Big Apple Schwalbe slicks with reflective side walls. This lets me sit upright with a backpack and hit almost anything in the road or go right up the front of curbs without worry. My cargo is too sensitive for panniers, but if it weren't I wouldn't use the backpack and probably have a different bike. If you need to use a backpack with more than 10 pounds in it, you will find that on a road bike or even cyclo cross geometry there will be a lot of stress on your shoulders and hands.
    The 29er is slow compared to a road bike, but my commute is short.

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    Lots of good suggestions. Having a dedicated commuter bike is a real plus but then again I work in a bike shop and am a bicycle "addict" (although probably not in the same league as Hickey, Toomanybikes, and some others hereabouts.)

    Jump over to the "Commuter Bikes" thread in this forum and you'll get some very good ideas what other folks are doing.
    Anyone who believes there are no stupid questions never worked in a bike shop.

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    So far you've outlined two applications:

    7 miles to work
    weekend riding.

    I would buy a solid steel bicycle with mounts for racks and fenders, that you can set up as your daily commuter, but could also be used on your weekend rides when the weather turns wet or rainy.

    Something like a Soma Smoothie.
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    "Anyone can ride fast downhill."
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