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    Second Bike for Commuting

    Hi,

    I currently have a Specialized Allez Elite ('05) and I am looking at getting a bike to commute 25 miles (each way). The bike needs to be able to support pannier bags. Ideally the bike would be steel.

    Any suggestions?

    Would like to stay under $1500.

    Thanks!

    Mike

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    Soma, Surly, or Gunnar cyclocross bikes with eBay parts. Don't skimp on the wheels or lights. Surly Long Haul Trucker is a nice choice, especially if you want panniers.

    A second bike for commuting is a great decision. It allows you to make it as practical as possible and still have another bike for doing group rides and centuries.
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    Bigbill,

    Thanks for the response.

    For people are curious, one of the bikes that I am currently seriously looking at is the Masi Speciale Randonneur:

    http://www.masibikes.com/tab4_subNav2.php

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    Quote Originally Posted by skibud2
    Bigbill,

    Thanks for the response.

    For people are curious, one of the bikes that I am currently seriously looking at is the Masi Speciale Randonneur:

    http://www.masibikes.com/tab4_subNav2.php

    Masi is making some great bikes...That one would be great for your purposes....Do you have a safe place to keep it at work?
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    Yeah, I work at a military company with cameras at all entrances. We have an area to hang our bikes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by skibud2
    Bigbill,

    Thanks for the response.

    For people are curious, one of the bikes that I am currently seriously looking at is the Masi Speciale Randonneur:

    http://www.masibikes.com/tab4_subNav2.php
    I have Surly Cross Check that I got used with STI shifters that I commute on and really like. If I was getting something new that Masi looks really sweet, I had no idea they are so reasonable as well....

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    Aurora, Volpe, Casserole, and REI Randonee also fit those criteria. MMmm- Maybe the Salsa jumps a bit over the 1500 line.

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    I have always admired the REI Randonee, if you get one during the 20% off sale that helps plus if you have an REI CC you can get 5% back.

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    commuter bike

    Salsa Casseroll and Jamis Aurora and Elite would all be good options. I finally bought a touring frame over the winter after commuting on a racing frame for the past two years. I'm really glad I made the switch. I got a Bob Jackson World Tour, and it working out nicely for my purposes. It has mounts for front and rear racks and fenders, as well as spacing for larger tires. Yet it only weighed about 21 lbs. built up -- with cages, pedals and front rack but without lights, computer, seatbag, rear rack. Frame cost about $600 including insurance and shipping from England.
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    Kona Honky Tonk. Build it your way.

    I want one.


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    I have heard good things about the Surly steel frames. Very popular among the hardcore up here in Seattle, but I don't think they are as cheap as some of the larger companies?? MTT

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    Surly Cross Check

    http://www.universalcycles.com/shopp...&category=3296

    Type in VIP15 for a 15% discount. And free shipping. Less than $900 SHIPPED (to me, at least).

    LHT is about the same price, too.

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    I would go with the Masi you are e-fondling.

    I commute on a Salsa Casseroll, which is really nice

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    "E-fondling". I like it. I spend time once in a while e-fondling Casserolls, too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tarwheel2
    Salsa Casseroll and Jamis Aurora and Elite would all be good options. I finally bought a touring frame over the winter after commuting on a racing frame for the past two years. I'm really glad I made the switch. I got a Bob Jackson World Tour, and it working out nicely for my purposes. It has mounts for front and rear racks and fenders, as well as spacing for larger tires. Yet it only weighed about 21 lbs. built up -- with cages, pedals and front rack but without lights, computer, seatbag, rear rack. Frame cost about $600 including insurance and shipping from England.
    Dayamn. This guy nailed it. Looks like you can commute thru about anything on this baby. You need to give us a final tally on the $ damage

    The OP might strongly consider starting with a used titanium frame off eBay. Not worrying about frame corrosion could be a big plus. Make sure you find one with enough clearance to take on fenders.

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