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Gear Talk / interesting experience bike shopping
« on: August 02, 2006, 10:26:00 pm »
So to follow up from yesterday, I visited 4 bike shops and tried on 4 bikes looking for the ultimate commuting /touring bike.
3 were cyclocross : Surly Cross,  Specialized Tri-x, Kona Jake, and . + 1 touring bike, the Jamis Aurora. The Aurora has a steel frame and a pivotable (piviti? pivoti?) head so that the bars could be dropped forward. Plus it can take cross tires. So...Voila...a switch- hitting cyclo/tourer for $100-300 less. But my ideal commuter could be just that, an ideal.
Is this asking too much from one bike? What do you think?

Gear Talk / Bike choices for commuting / touring?
« on: August 01, 2006, 05:30:40 pm »
Hi. I've recently had my mtb stolen & am shopping for an all-around bike for commuting & limited, local touring. My ideal bike should be able to stable enough to carry groceries/laundry, manuever through traffic on bad roads, and maybe take me on a short tour? Those qualities I wish for are nimbleness, speed, stability and comfort. Oh, and a drop bar! Does such a bike exist? Can it be had at/under $1,000?
Here are what the local shops have suggested: Jamis Aurora ($800), Surly Crosscheck ($800), Bianci Volpe ($890), Redline Conquest ($950), Specialized Tri-Cross ($1050), Surly LHT ($1600).

Please, any thoughts on a good compromise? I am thinking that I must save up for a seperate touring bike. I'd appreciate your ideas.

Routes / Looking for good route to Morgantown W.VA
« on: June 12, 2007, 12:42:46 pm »
Hi. Can anyone suggest some cycling routes between Pittsburgh, PA & Mogantown, W.VA? I'm going over maps to find the best backroads for a short trip.
Thanks! - John

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