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Need advice on buying a new bike!
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Hi, I am new to the Chicago biking community. I have never needed to purchase a city bike before and was wondering whether anyone had any advice for me. To set somewhat of a starting point for this…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Joe Willis Feb 18, 2013.

 

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Joe Willis replied to Sarah Rizvi's discussion Need advice on buying a new bike!
"As for as tires go. I have been using 700x23 slicks year round for about 4 years and switched to 700x28 last year and it is a HUGE difference. The tread is a factor as well. 700x32 slicks are still slicks. Try to…"
Feb 18, 2013
Melissa replied to Sarah Rizvi's discussion Need advice on buying a new bike!
"If you're new to riding in a city, start on a bike that gives you a more upright posture to help you get used to turning to look for traffic from all directions, starting and stopping quickly, and developing the other nuances of city…"
Feb 18, 2013
James BlackHeron replied to Sarah Rizvi's discussion Need advice on buying a new bike!
"Even a 28mm tire is a huge improvement over a 25 and especially a 23.   It's not just the width of the tire but the volume of air inside it that allows tire pressure to safely be much lower without so many issues.   Let a…"
Feb 18, 2013
Steve Courtright replied to Sarah Rizvi's discussion Need advice on buying a new bike!
">>>What's the benefit of the wider wheel? Most if the city bikes I looked at seemed to have similarly thin wheels. As others have correctly said, for comfort mostly, and wider tires seem to have less flats.  I ride a CX bicycle…"
Feb 18, 2013
Austin Fenwick replied to Sarah Rizvi's discussion Need advice on buying a new bike!
"Point to William lol"
Feb 18, 2013
Gerry G replied to Sarah Rizvi's discussion Need advice on buying a new bike!
"This takes a fender, but not enough wheels.  :< http://chicago.craigslist.org/nch/bik/3624935152.html Fenders in place, to many seats.  :< http://chicago.craigslist.org/nch/bik/3624921169.html Lots of wheels along with lots of…"
Feb 17, 2013
Austin Fenwick replied to Sarah Rizvi's discussion Need advice on buying a new bike!
"Sarah, as a guy who works at a shop several things have been said that make sense.  First, always test ride. A test ride helps you figure out if you like how the bike has you sitting, how it rides and feels etc.  2nd, having something…"
Feb 17, 2013
milkbar replied to Sarah Rizvi's discussion Need advice on buying a new bike!
"Sarah, as much as I believe in my own little brand's bikes, I will say that they are very much designed for folks with extremely specific ideas about what their needs are, and maybe at this point not ideal for your search."
Feb 17, 2013
Martin Hazard replied to Sarah Rizvi's discussion Need advice on buying a new bike!
"The "ideal city comuter bike" for you is not for sale anywhere. That is something that will evolve over time to suit you and you alone. You cant buy it, you have to make it. That is where the true "City Bikes" come from. I have…"
Feb 16, 2013
ChiBikeGeek replied to Sarah Rizvi's discussion Need advice on buying a new bike!
"Seconded.  Come to the swap.   See many bikes.  Try them. I started on a mountain bike, then surveyed the friendly folks here who introduced me to the Surly Long Haul Trucker.  I'm still deeply in love with it, but…"
Feb 15, 2013
OLB 0.1 replied to Sarah Rizvi's discussion Need advice on buying a new bike!
"The bike swap on March 9th is a good opportunity to see a lot of variety in one place."
Feb 15, 2013
David P. replied to Sarah Rizvi's discussion Need advice on buying a new bike!
"It's not a bad idea to start with something relatively inexpensive, because if you ride a lot there's a good chance you'll find yourself iterating after a year or so as more mileage under your belt gives you a better idea of what your…"
Feb 15, 2013
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Feb 15, 2013
yai danche replied to Sarah Rizvi's discussion Need advice on buying a new bike!
"wider tires are cushier, makes going over a pothole less rough (and we have lots of those!).  if you know how to change a flat, it's not big deal.  my coworker commutes on a skinny racing tire because she's not willing to…"
Feb 15, 2013
Dave D replied to Sarah Rizvi's discussion Need advice on buying a new bike!
"I hate giving advice, but I will share my experience. I started off with a Mountain Bike, but quickly found it to be fairly slow and inefficient when riding in the City. I then switched to an Aluminum Road racing bicycle and was floored with how…"
Feb 15, 2013
Sarah Rizvi replied to Sarah Rizvi's discussion Need advice on buying a new bike!
"Noted. Thanks! "
Feb 15, 2013

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I don't have a bike (yet)
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Recreational

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