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  1. #1
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    Jan 2004

    29er for commuting?

    I'm 6'5" and around 250 lbs. As our weather warms up it's time to reconsider commuting to/from work on a bike. I've done this sparingly in the past - mostly due to old/bad equipment. I'm trying to decide whether to build up an old 26er Schwinn that I have, or look at buying a 29er. This will not be intense riding (mostly streets & smooth trails). I was looking at the Jamis Durango 29. I already have a 2004 Jamis XLT 2.0 and it has been a great bike.

    Thoughts? Build up the old Schwinn, or look at a new/used 29er? Thanks!
    "I get knocked down, but I get up again."

  2. #2
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    May 2005
    I love old bikes so I'd probably build up the Schwinn and get some more miles out of her, but I commute now on a Karate Monkey and love it.

  3. #3
    Fat boy Mod Moderator
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    Apr 2004
    you've got the schwinn so i'd prob go with that... add some slicks or something along those lines...

    that being said... I look forward to the day i can start commuting (need to find a job that i can do it with 1st)...

    that being said... a 29er makes a sweet city bike... i'm rolling kenda kross 700x40 tires ($10 for the set) with a weird bar (have titec H on there right now... origin 8 spacebar is pictured) and it makes for a quick bike on the road that i can roll though the dirt/grass with out worrying about flatting out... toss a rack on there and she's ready for serious commuter duty.

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    BIG and Bald
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    Apr 2004
    I just got rid of my commuter, ('08 Tricross). I just never got used to the road bike type riding even after putting mtb bars on it so I gave it to my newphew who is looking into starting triathalons. Anyways...

    I've got my eye on a Redline D440. I have yet to even test ride a 29er but I believe this would be the best of both worlds...MTB geometry with road sized wheels.
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