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Seeking advice on ultimate all seasons Chicago commuter
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So this May marks the one year anniversary of getting my CX Norcross Blue commuter stolen and I'll finally have a secure bike lock area so its time to get an upgrade from the SS steel whip I've been…Continue

Tags: warrior, winter, commuter

Started this discussion. Last reply by JustWill Apr 17.

 

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May 15
Knute Martell replied to Knute Martell's discussion Seeking advice on ultimate all seasons Chicago commuter
"Good to hear! Did the Century pro fit as expected? I noticed the geometry is a bit less aggressive than their strictly CX bikes..."
Apr 16
Knute Martell replied to Knute Martell's discussion Seeking advice on ultimate all seasons Chicago commuter
"Seems there's a whole lotta love for Surly steel bikes. I was thinking of them too, and their BD doppelgangers like this (http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/motobecane/disc-brake-roadbikes/stradacmcomp-discbrake-steel.htm) which seem to spec…"
Apr 16
Knute Martell replied to Knute Martell's discussion Seeking advice on ultimate all seasons Chicago commuter
"The Kona is slick! Love the fat look to the aluminum frames."
Apr 16
Ben replied to Knute Martell's discussion Seeking advice on ultimate all seasons Chicago commuter
"I have a Kona Jake the Snake that I use for just this, plus the occasional race or road ride. It hits each of your marks except the frame material, which is aluminum. I haven't put a child seat on there, but have definitely loaded it up with a…"
Apr 16
ad replied to Knute Martell's discussion Seeking advice on ultimate all seasons Chicago commuter
"The Surly Straggler is basically their Crosscheck model with mechanical disk brakes. It's just 4130 steel, but I swear by my Crosscheck, and Surly (even on their complete builds) gives you a lot of bang for your buck in the price range…"
Apr 16
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Seeking advice on ultimate all seasons Chicago commuter

So this May marks the one year anniversary of getting my CX Norcross Blue commuter stolen and I'll finally have a secure bike lock area so its time to get an upgrade from the SS steel whip I've been using for a year on my +10mi commute.Any advice for a high quality ride? Looking to spend up to 1500-2500.Must have disc brakes, and fender/rack mounts, 105 or better drivetrain and can handle loaded pannier bags or a child seat (so probably not carbon frame).Prefer cable actuated brakes  (so I can…See More
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What I ride:
Road, Mixte, Vintage, Cyclocross, Mountain
The kind of riding I do:
Recreational, Exercise, Commuting, Social, Bike Camping
What brings you to The Chainlink?
Long time, all weather bike commuter (20mi a day), interested in bike talk, buying/selling, advice, and social rides.
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About me:
I like bikes old and new. My commute is 10.5 mi each way so I get in plenty of bike time. Also, I've had a good time fixing up/reinventing some old bikes.
My first bike:
First real bike; a specialized crossroads.
First project bike: Trek 520 frame, chromed and made a custom 2-speed.

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