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Help me build a commuter bike.....

Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by Hawkeye, Sep 1, 2005.

  1. Hawkeye

    Hawkeye Monkey

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    So I am going to build a superlight commuter bike. My station has covered individual bike vaults that I can use for a monthly fee.

    I want to build a dual purpose commuter/race bike with 9 speeds. I am not afraid to spend a decent amount on the bike since the area where I live and the locking situation is pretty safe.

    I was thinking of trying to find a couple of year old Trek 9.8 or something and make it a big ring front and just 9 speeds. Maybe disk maybe not. I am open to other frame choices and components are WIDE open.

    Do they make Gripshift still? Do they make it in a high end spec like XTR?
     
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  2. TreeSaw

    TreeSaw Mama Monkey

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    Yes, SRAM X.0 is a nice system and I think the sram products are higher quality than their shimano counterparts (although I only have experience with their XC MTB stuff and don't know that this will work on a road rig).

    So, are you looking at a strictly road or would a cx bike also fit the bill?
     
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  3. Hawkeye

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    No, I want it to be a XC bike there are several short cuts on my route to the train that are single track. Basically I am just going to put some urban slicks on MTB rims.

    If I get sick of riding to the train I am going to but some real tires on it and use it as a XC rig.
     
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  4. SkaredShtles

    SkaredShtles I love NEWCASTLE and will ONLY drink NEWCASTLE!!!!

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    Take your XC bike. Install slick tires. Ride to work. :p

    I'm currently commuting on my Giant NRS. :thumb:
     
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  5. Hawkeye

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    I don't know if my wife will let me ride my s-works to the train. She knows how much it cost.

    This ride..............she will not know the price of.
     
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  6. teambender

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    Discs, a carbon frame and X.0 stuff will make it more appealing to theives....Unless you can take it inside w/ you and keep it in your sight all the time, I'd opt for a beater.

    -edit-

    As said above, go SS and put some "meaters" on it. 2.3's or 2.5's

    You'll have a blast.
     
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    Um,no you won't. :sneaky:
     
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  8. Hawkeye

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    The only way someone would even see it to steal it would be when I rode in on it. Otherwise it would be in a private locked "bike cabin" where you can't see it.

    I am thinking about painting it black and also taking logos off the components just in case.
     
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