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I want to ride my bicycle! I want to ride my bike!

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I need bicycle suggestions.

The new place is a short distance from work. A bit less than 3 miles, door-to-door. Mostly downhill or level on the way to work, mostly uphill or level on the way home. My goal is to bike 2 days/week from when we move to the start of classes, and 1 day/week during classes.

I probably won't use it much outside of that short commute, and maybe riding once in a while to a shopping complex a few miles away for gym and groceries on the weekend.

I'm looking for something affordable, easy to maintain, not interested in lots of frills because I won't be trying to push my physical limits on it. (That's what the lap pool at the gym is for.) I just want to get around my area.

My office isn't a good place to store it, so I'll have to put it on a bike rack and invest in a good lock and chain for the rear wheel. A front wheel that easily disconnects/reconnects would be a nice feature.

I can bike with my laptop case on my back (I've done it before), but some cargo options would be nice.

Any suggestions?
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Just some general ones-I'd stay away from mountain bikes (too heavy) and pure road bikes. There is a large market segment dedicated to commuter bikes with more upright riding positions and tires suitable for urban areas. I'd also recommend that you not overlook used bikes; sometimes there are bargains to be found, even at bike stores.
Trek and Cannondale are good brands and not terribly overpriced.
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I biked to work for years on a bottom-of-the-market 5 speed. I'd recommend going a little up-market for lighter weight, but don't let them sell you a racing bike. Aside from being hard to maintain, they cost the earth and are prime targets for thieves.

Do get advice from a bike store on the right height so that you aren't going to hurt your knees or back.

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Other than that, don't get a spandex bike suit. If I see you in a spandex bike suit, I will run you over with my humvee, even if I have to buy a humvee just to do it. :D
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They don't give you a buxom young lass to drive your bicycle rickshaw when you gain tenure?
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Aresen wrote:Other than that, don't get a spandex bike suit. If I see you in a spandex bike suit, I will run you over with my humvee, even if I have to buy a humvee just to do it. :D
I plan to get a handlebar-mounted .50cal just in case I run across people in spandex bike suits.
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thoreau wrote:
Aresen wrote:Other than that, don't get a spandex bike suit. If I see you in a spandex bike suit, I will run you over with my humvee, even if I have to buy a humvee just to do it. :D
I plan to get a handlebar-mounted .50cal just in case I run across people in spandex bike suits.
I have no opinions on bikes. I would only request that you take steps to ensure YouTube is automatically updated when you fire that thing. Make sure the camera is automatic and web connected. It's important that the upload won't require any effort on your part.
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JasonL wrote:
thoreau wrote:
Aresen wrote:Other than that, don't get a spandex bike suit. If I see you in a spandex bike suit, I will run you over with my humvee, even if I have to buy a humvee just to do it. :D
I plan to get a handlebar-mounted .50cal just in case I run across people in spandex bike suits.
I have no opinions on bikes. I would only request that you take steps to ensure YouTube is automatically updated when you fire that thing. Make sure the camera is automatic and web connected. It's important that the upload won't require any effort on your part.
OK, maybe a handlebar-mounted .05cal.

But the important thing is that the spandex-clad biker goes down.
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thoreau wrote:
JasonL wrote:
thoreau wrote:
Aresen wrote:Other than that, don't get a spandex bike suit. If I see you in a spandex bike suit, I will run you over with my humvee, even if I have to buy a humvee just to do it. :D
I plan to get a handlebar-mounted .50cal just in case I run across people in spandex bike suits.
I have no opinions on bikes. I would only request that you take steps to ensure YouTube is automatically updated when you fire that thing. Make sure the camera is automatic and web connected. It's important that the upload won't require any effort on your part.
OK, maybe a handlebar-mounted .05cal.

But the important thing is that the spandex-clad biker goes down.
I know some well-known programmer constructed and mounted a primitive squirt-gun taser on his handlebars as a kid.
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The newest addition to my writer's workshop wears a spandex bike suit, and he smokes a pipe.
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Hugh Akston wrote:The newest addition to my writer's workshop wears a spandex bike suit, and he smokes a pipe.
Simultaneously?
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D.A. Ridgely wrote:
Hugh Akston wrote:The newest addition to my writer's workshop wears a spandex bike suit, and he smokes a pipe.
Simultaneously?
I'm afraid so.
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I should probably be ashamed to admit how extremely date-able I find that combination to be. Heh.

I really like the idea of owning a bike and commuting on it, but it is very hard to tell if I would actually enjoy it enough to drop a few hundred plus on a bicycle. I am SO extraordinarily out of shape and bike seats make my ass so sore. It's like trying to predict if you'll like fresh pasta enough to buy a pasta machine but your cooking skills are so bad that every time you try to boil water you somehow light your hair on fire.
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You could do what everyone else seems to do - steal one that you fancy.
Bolt cutters are like $25. Some even fold now so you can conceal them easier.
A file for erasing the serial number off the frame is $2.
A can of Krylon spray paint is $5

$32 vs $200. I can tell you what the theiving bastards in the barrio of Moorhead, MN would do. I had 3 bikes stolen during my 2 years there.
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Slightly less dishonest, county or city police departments typically have occasional sales of stolen and unclaimed bicycles.
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Craigslist.
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Can one get a good sense of how generally pleasant or difficult a commute would be by buying a cheapo used bike? Every time I bring up cycling in person with someone who's dedicated, I hear that it's really important to get the right kind of tires and bike size and frame and fit and seat inclination and so on, and I don't know if that means "for marginal but important-over-the-long-haul comfort" or "to completely make or break a realistic versus miserable ride."
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Note that I'm just pulling this idea out of thin air, but it might be worth a try.

Something you might be able to do, if there's a local bike shop that's not super-serious oriented, especially one that sells used bikes, is to see if you can work a bit of a rental / evaluation deal. Go in and say you're very interested in trying to commute by bicycle, but you're not now a cyclist, and you are afraid of the financial commitment before even trying it. See if you can rent one of their used bikes for a couple weeks and see if you try it and like it. Then you're more likely to get help from them, about sizing, tire advice, etc. You might go ahead and buy a helmet (cause you'd need one anyway, and it would help give something to the shop, show commitment, etc) but hold off on a bunch of other stuff.

If they would go for this, you've limited your costs on the unknown, you get to try it a few times and see if it works, and you get to try out a bike that's possibly good for you, and if it turns out to not be good for you, then you can see what parts of it weren't good, and what to change for the bike you buy.

This does presupposed the existence of a bike shop that's willing to run this kind of deal with you, but it seems like something a local shop would do. You're not trying to get anything for free, the rental will probably be kind of expensive (relatively) but you're limiting your exposure while you don't know about it.
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Fin Fang Foom wrote:Craigslist.
What? You want thoreau to risk being seduced by a professor molestor?
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My view is that anyone who wears a spandex bike suit and isn't actually riding in a race or doing warmup heats two days before is a douche who needs to be repeatedly kicked in the junk so they can't reproduce.

You. Are. Not. Fucking. Lance. Armstrong. You're a yuppie latching on to a trend to give yourself some sort of extra undeserved feeling of superiority.
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Regardless of their attire, there should be a Cyclists Day every year in which, like Doe Day for deer hunters, motorists are permitted to 'take out' one cyclist.
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I'll go ahead and disagree that weight is a consideration (within reason) here. A decent mountain bike will be a few pounds heavier than a decent road bike, and close to the same as a decent cruiser. I do think the good doctor would find a more upright position preferable for what he's doing, so I wouldn't close the door on mountain bikes. That said, a cyclecross/cyclocross or "dual sport" from a reputable manufacturer should do the job nicely. This is just a little past the ideal time of year for picking up a graduating student bike, but Craigslist is still a very, very good option. Find a bike shop in your area (that carries Trek/Specialized/Giant/Schwinn level bikes), go in and talk to them about what you're looking for and have them fit you to a frame (this is especially important). Try a few of their offerings. Once you've got a size/style narrowed down, look around at the used bike ads (and some shops carry a small selection of used bikes [we used to] from trade ins from people moving up), compare prices, etc. Having used to live off the money generated by a bike shop, I'm hesitant to say "abuse their customer service and then buy somewhere else," but if you find a good store you'll be purchasing accessories there (U-locks, I believe, are still the best option, make sure you go through the rear wheel and frame, and it's even better to remove the front wheel and either lock it up, or carry it with you, you'll also probably want a helmet, and maybe have them add a rack if you don't get one already, some tubes, etc.) and may eventually up-buy if you like the hobby.

Frame fit is important. Don't think you can compensate adequately for a mis-sized frame with the seatpost.
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I'm very happy with my Canondale Quick 3. It's a good hybrid bike.
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Sandy wrote:My view is that anyone who wears a spandex bike suit and isn't actually riding in a race or doing warmup heats two days before is a douche who needs to be repeatedly kicked in the junk so they can't reproduce.
Considering the pressure points on most bicycle seats - especially racing bikes - I'm surprised male cyclists can even get it up, let alone reproduce.
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Sandy wrote:My view is that anyone who wears a spandex bike suit and isn't actually riding in a race or doing warmup heats two days before is a douche who needs to be repeatedly kicked in the junk so they can't reproduce.

You. Are. Not. Fucking. Lance. Armstrong. You're a yuppie latching on to a trend to give yourself some sort of extra undeserved feeling of superiority.
My dad wears spandex when he rides. He rides 1-200 miles a week, and has been for about 45 years. He hasn't raced in well over 25 years, although he does brevets several times a year (last year's 300km sounded rough). I'd rather not see him kicked in the junk, ifyouplease.

There are wannabes in spandex, for sure. But there is an actual athletic community there, ya know?
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I consider bike shirts shorts and shoes about the same as a karategi or judogi. Do you need to wear one? No, but it's what people wear when they participate in the activity. There's a reason that pro cyclists wear what they wear, and it's not because it's easier to print "T-Mobile" on. So I don't really begrudge anyone wearing that stuff when they're on a bike riding around.

Now, it's rather silly to wear your yellow replica USPS Team gear, and you're disgracing the rainbow armband of the world champion if you wear it but the gear itself isn't the problem. Just like it's silly for you to have a Honda CBR250 painted in Repsol colors.
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