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I'm thinking of starting to bike to work

I'm getting quite tired of the gas prices and I got the idea that I should probably pick up a fairly plain mountain bike and just start biking to work. I have only 13 miles and none of it is Highway. Its been years since I've owned one but been staying is shape @ the gym. I'm looking for some opinions as far as what is good out there these days brand wise. I used to own a Specialized and I really liked it. I'm looking for a fairly plain mountain bike; I don't need shocks with 22" of travel. Who knows anything on this subject &/or might have a hookup with a bike dealer??

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Why, are you interested in bike pooling?

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I was thinking Roller blades + String = Awesome way to get to work.

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It is cool you are helping to save the planet . That said, 26 miles a day is no small feat. I hope you at least juice up like Floyd Landis .

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i just picked up that road bike, you can go way farther on less effort, so maybe you will not be so sweaty when you get to work.. LOL

i wish i could bike to work (11miles), but i just take the big bike, its faster and gets kick ass MPG.

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if you're just going to street ride to commute a mountain bike is a terrible choice.

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Are you gonna take it off any sweet jumps?

If I rollerblade, will you be able to pull me into town?

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It is cool you are helping to save the planet . That said, 26 miles a day is no small feat. I hope you at least juice up like Floyd Landis .
Its a great excuse to stay in shape and save my money for something more worth while. Granted I'll have to put more time into commuting parse but I figure its my way of protesting the gas prices.

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if you're just going to street ride to commute a mountain bike is a terrible choice.
So do you have a better suggestion; Brand & Model.

Its going to be mostly sidewalk miles and the sidewalks here arenít exactly the best + I would like to take the bike with when I go camping and get some miles in on the trails as well (nothing super off road).

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Are you gonna take it off any sweet jumps?

If I rollerblade, will you be able to pull me into town?
This is IL, no jumps here

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I have been out of the bicycle biz for awhile, but here is how it was 6-7yrs. ago.

Trek - realy good bikes, but the dealers are more woried about sales than proper setup and repair.
Giant - always had an excelent quality to cost ratio.
Specialized - I always liked them, thier componints work well togather.
Cannondale - If you like aluminum frames, these guys have more experiance than anyone, you will get a very good frame, but cheaper componints than other bikes in the same price range.

In my opinion a chrom-moly frame is better for long term ownership (more than ten years) than carbon fiber or aluminum. Titanium is the god of the frame materials, but it can be a little flexy when riding hard, and is very expensive. Aluminum is very stiff, and light, my second favorate material.

For utilitarian purposes, better componints, lesser frame is the way to go. Spend $500 or more, and you will be happy for a long time.

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if you're just going to street ride to commute a mountain bike is a terrible choice.
Actuly it is a good choice. You need to change the tires to cityslickers or somthing similar. Higher the air pressure the better! the wheels will hold up to the broken pavment better. The upright position is better for most.

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I have been out of the bicycle biz for awhile, but here is how it was 6-7yrs. ago.

Trek - realy good bikes, but the dealers are more woried about sales than proper setup and repair.
Giant - always had an excelent quality to cost ratio.
Specialized - I always liked them, thier componints work well togather.
Cannondale - If you like aluminum frames, these guys have more experiance than anyone, you will get a very good frame, but cheaper componints than other bikes in the same price range.


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A Go-Ped sounds like what you need. 1 gallon of gas per 200 miles.
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Actuly it is a good choice. You need to change the tires to cityslickers or somthing similar. Higher the air pressure the better! the wheels will hold up to the broken pavment better. The upright position is better for most.

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if you get a hard tail, with a rigid fork, the right tires, and proper gearing it might be as good as a roadie.

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Even if you're totally out of shape, you should be able to cover 13 miles in 45 minutes or less (unless it's completely uphill). When I was living on the north side and working downtown, it actually took LESS time on the bike than if I took public transportation! I'd love to be in a situation where I could start doing that again.

For those rides, I had a Trek 820 that was fitted for side panniers and a trunk; but I found a backpack worked equally well. I'd imagine you could find something like that pretty cheaply.

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A Go-Ped sounds like what you need. 1 gallon of gas per 200 miles.
I'm looking to get away from using gas all together or as much as I can for the commute. Exercise & 'Sticking it to the man' all in 1

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Even if you're totally out of shape, you should be able to cover 13 miles in 45 minutes or less (unless it's completely uphill). When I was living on the north side and working downtown, it actually took LESS time on the bike than if I took public transportation! I'd love to be in a situation where I could start doing that again.
I'm definitely not out of shape but I figure that if I give myself an hr than it should be enough.

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So now that I have some ideas of what bikes to go for (but keep sending the suggestions). Does anyone know where I can get a good deal on one?

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I've been considering doing the same thing but spending $1000's on a bike would defeat the purpose. Right now I have a POS $150 Schwinn from Target and I don't know if it's up to the task of transporting me to and from work every day. Are there any decent bikes out there under, say, $700 or so?

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What exactly do you get for the money? I've only used $100 and $200 bikes and sometimes go over 20 or 30 miles a day with them and don't really see where I would benefit from a more expensive bike. I can see the benefit if you race them but for commuting, is it worth it?

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K2 you are in hoffman estates. Go up to Elgin and take a peak at Mission Bay Multisport.

website is www.missionbaymultisport.com

I do triathlons and I would highly recommend this place. Road bikes are great, but they are not as comfy as say a comfort bike, or a mountain bike with slicks. If getting to work as fast as possible on a bicycle is the object, get a roadbike. 13 miles is nothing on a roadbike after you train for a little while.

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I've been considering doing the same thing but spending $1000's on a bike would defeat the purpose. Right now I have a POS $150 Schwinn from Target and I don't know if it's up to the task of transporting me to and from work every day. Are there any decent bikes out there under, say, $700 or so?

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What exactly do you get for the money? I've only used $100 and $200 bikes and sometimes go over 20 or 30 miles a day with them and don't really see where I would benefit from a more expensive bike. I can see the benefit if you race them but for commuting, is it worth it?
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I'm on a budget and not sure that I'd want to spend over $500 out the door. As was mentioned, it would defeat the purpose of saving $$ on gas.

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Gary Fisher is also another good brand to look at I've got 2 of them and they are really nice bikes. The way gas prices are and keep rising the bike will pay for itself no matter how much ya spend over time. Unless ya break down and quit using it


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I bought a Giant Sedona close to two years ago. I try to bike in to work one day a week during good weather - about 10 miles each way, plus the building in which I work has a bike room.

How long it takes will also depend on whether you are fighting city traffic and stoplight schedules. Taking Fullerton from Harlem to Chicago/Larabee takes me about 45-50 minutes.

The one thing about mountain bikes is that it is tricky to fit both a U-lock and a water bottle at the same time, unlike my 19-yo 10-speed.

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