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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 05-11-2012, 08:33 PM Thread Starter
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So I'm starting to commute back and forth to work on the bicycle in an effort to get in shape. This is about a 25 mile ride, round trip daily.

Currently i have what is referred to as an 'urban' bike -- kinda a mix between a road bike and a mountain bike. I think i want to switch to a full road bike.

So my question is -- who around here can point me to a good road bike for less than 1000 bucks -- lighter the better probably.

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Next week is bike to work week. My work is doing a big contest. There are about 3 miles of the ~20 mile trip that are too dangerous for me to bicycle on, or I'd be partaking. Can't help you with the bike, but I'm jealous!

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Yeah i guess i started bike to work week a couple weeks early

I ride from Norwood Park down Milwaukee Ave to the W. Loop -- nothing dangerous there. I see you're in Wheaton, and a straight line would take u a few bad places yeah -- that sucks

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there are a couple on sale on cambr.org and of course craigslist

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I have only 6 miles to work and wish to ride my bike,
but I do not want to walk in the office all sweaty and smelly.
If I would work on the shop floor, I wouldn't give a shit about that.

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How's it workout for you riding to work? I really want to do this, however, I'm afraid I'll show up sweaty and smelly. It's 13 miles each way, all suburbs, and normally I take all highway. I'd have to find the best non-highway route, which would probably add a few miles, but I just don't see this being feasible and then getting into a suit at work. Plus, I think it might take me too long to ride.

Can you expand on how this has been going for you?

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I to have thought about doing this but the route I need to take I know someone would take me out. I have seen three taken out so far during the mornings, it really sucks. Humm could be a big check, with my luck they would be uninsured and broke. I think I will keep driving .

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I ride occasionally to work, this year will be more than last. About a 60 mile round trip, so a good day's ride. A mix of trail, road, and expressway median.
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I live near Norwood park. If you are planning on looking at bicycle shops for your bike avoid Sportiff on Lawrence near Milwaukee. Get a Grip on Irving Pk road east of six corners is a good shop. Friendly knowledgeable staff. They tend to carry more bikes in the over $1000.00 range than under it but they will have a few models in your price range and will be able to help you more with getting a bike that is the correct size.

There are too many models for $1000.00. You can get more bike for your $$$ if you buy used but you will need to know the size of bike that you need and be aware of differences in frame geometry.
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So my question is -- who around here can point me to a good road bike for less than 1000 bucks -- lighter the better probably.

Thanks
Felt Z95
Felt F85
Trek 1.2
Specialized Allez or Secteur
Bianchi Via Nirone 7 Sora


one note on these, for under $1000.00 you're not going to get full 105, some will be a mix, all are very capable and have different fits even within the same manufacturer. The 2 Felt bikes sit very differently, the F series is much more aggressive than the Z is.

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Felt Z95
Felt F85
Trek 1.2
Specialized Allez or Secteur
Bianchi Via Nirone 7 Sora


one note on these, for under $1000.00 you're not going to get full 105, some will be a mix, all are very capable and have different fits even within the same manufacturer. The 2 Felt bikes sit very differently, the F series is much more aggressive than the Z is.
Some good ones there for under $1000. Cannodale will also have models in this price range.
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