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Chainlink, tell me what bike to get!
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I need a new bike... not "would like" a new bike, I NEED a new bike.  I have for 4 years, but don't have the time or energy to research what to get.  I'm hoping the collective brains of Chainlink…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Kat 7 hours ago.

Need/Finally get to buy New Bike!! I just need a little help...
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I am finally allowing myself to buy a new bike.  I've needed one for years but budget didn't allow it.  Now that I can buy one, I'm having trouble (i.e. don't have as much time to) research/decide on…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jeff Blumenthal Mar 17, 2016.

Road Conditions
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With the first snow of the season I wondered how road conditions are today, particularly Clark from uptown to loop.  I was out of town all weekend and my morning commute (with kids) will be my first…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Skip Montanaro 14.5mi Nov 23, 2015.

 

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Kat replied to Kat's discussion Chainlink, tell me what bike to get!
"I'm leaning toward the Cross Check or All City. I test rode a couple Surlys that were too small for me.  If anyone sees a 58cm of any of these around, please let me know.  "
7 hours ago
Garry W. replied to Kat's discussion Chainlink, tell me what bike to get!
"Another +1 for Surly Cross Check. It is stable, durable and light in weight."
yesterday
Noah Learner replied to Kat's discussion Chainlink, tell me what bike to get!
"Here are a couple of bikes that I've been digging of late that could be good for your use.  When I commuted with kids on the back I tried both cross bikes and fast commuter bikes and I always gravitated towards bikes with a flat or riser…"
Monday
Marc A. Irwin replied to Kat's discussion Chainlink, tell me what bike to get!
"I'd say the Surly Cross Check also, but the Surley Straggler is the same with disc brakes.  The disc brakes make the bike even more versatile because you can switch different sized wheels easily and have an even greater range of tire sizes…"
Saturday
Brian S replied to Kat's discussion Chainlink, tell me what bike to get!
"One of the big deciding factors for me on bikes is the frame material. Lots of manufacturers like aluminum because it's a lot lighter (and doesn't rust) but you feel. every. bump. on. the. road. I only ride steel bike frames (with the…"
Oct 13
Yaniv replied to Kat's discussion Chainlink, tell me what bike to get!
"If you're looking for comfort over speed then I fully endorse looking at these bikes. I sport the WorkCycle Secret Service for my daily 8 mile commute and absolutely love it. JC Lind is a great place to try out non-traditional commuter and…"
Oct 10
ad replied to Kat's discussion Chainlink, tell me what bike to get!
"+1 on the Surly Crosscheck (or comparable All City), which is what I commute on.  I think the plus with something like a Surly Crosscheck is that it can make a great commuter, especially if you ride at a faster pace, AND it can double as a road…"
Oct 9
Ken replied to Kat's discussion Chainlink, tell me what bike to get!
"Kat - take a look at these Gazelle city bikes at JC Lind: Upright positioning, come complete with fenders, racks for bags/baskets/cargo, chain guards, ring locks for rear wheels (such a convenient feature), bells, roller brakes in hubs (so wet does…"
Oct 9
Duppie replied to Kat's discussion Chainlink, tell me what bike to get!
"All-city, like Surly, and a bunch of other brands, is owned by QBP, a large bike parts distributor base in Bloomington, MN. All their bikes are TIG-welded in Taiwan, and are indistinguishable in value for money, (i.e. a $1000 Surly will get yo very…"
Oct 8
Kat replied to Kat's discussion Chainlink, tell me what bike to get!
"This is what I'm hauling the kid on:  https://www.llbean.com/llb/shop/65029?feat=502159-GN3&page=folder-1-trail-a-bike&csp=f&attrValue_0=Silver&productId=1060779 In addition to that, we have a Yuba Mundo (best bike…"
Oct 8
V W replied to Kat's discussion Chainlink, tell me what bike to get!
"I also personally would generally favor an upright bike over a cyclocross. If I didn't already have a number of bikes I would personally look into an Electra Loft or Townie, one of the ones that comes with more "fixins", gears, racks,…"
Oct 8
Tony Adams replied to Kat's discussion Chainlink, tell me what bike to get!
"Yes, this (or something like it) "upright, city bike"! Upright is the safest commuter - you can see more and more drivers can see you than if you are hunched over hanging on to drop bars. "
Oct 7
Matt M. 18.5KM replied to Kat's discussion Chainlink, tell me what bike to get!
"Call me crazy but I like the Raleigh Port Townsend right now.  It's a steel bike with fenders.  Sizes run 50 cm - 59 cm.  How are you hauling your 7 year old?  I'm guessing you're using a Novara…"
Oct 7
Duppie replied to Kat's discussion Chainlink, tell me what bike to get!
"Get a Surly Cross-Check or Long Haul Trucker. Stout steel frames that come in many sizes and will last a long time. Build up frame typically sells for a bit over $1K, but you might find last years model for that. These bikes do not change form…"
Oct 7
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Chainlink, tell me what bike to get!

I need a new bike... not "would like" a new bike, I NEED a new bike.  I have for 4 years, but don't have the time or energy to research what to get.  I'm hoping the collective brains of Chainlink will help point me in the right direction, based on the following parameters:1.  I commute 7 miles OT, year round, to the loop from Northcenter. 2.  I've been riding a POS mountain bike on said commute for 5 years.  It can be my winter bike if needed.3.  I haul my 7yo on a trail a bike 3.5 miles in the…See More
Oct 7
Kat replied to Yasmeen's discussion Pet Peeves Among the Pedals
"Because I assume men underestimate me because I'm a woman - and then I feel the need to show them why they should respect the sports bra (which I do more often than not).  And then I am all sweaty at work."
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