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    anyone use more expensive bikes for transportation?

    just out of curiosity. anybody use a nicer bike for commuting and/or riding around town? seems like everybody leaves their pricier rides at home and switches to beaters for transportation. especially if it has to be locked up outside.

    theres peace of mind not worrying about theft with a cheapie, but i find i prefer a nicer ride.

    does anybody ever use a pricier bike and leave it locked outside now and then?

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    I ride my IRO Mark V around whenever the weather is nice. I don't like to take it to the bars. I have about 1k in it. The same applies to my Karate Monkey with the road slicks. That's more of a 1.5k bike.

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    Specialized Tricross with some mods here.
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    I updated a beater to run just as good as my $$$ bikes (pavement-smooth trails obviously). I upgraded the brakes, shifters, with new cables, and I am happy with it. Yeah it is heavy but I have low rolling resistance with these wally world tires!

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    Around town: (No, I'm serious. Other bike is in teh shop ATM. )
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    I ride an ok bike I built and painted to look like a beater. I still dont feel good locking it outside.

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    I can only get one bike at a time (family obligations), so I make it count. I build up from a bare frame, so my rides are unique, and yes, expensive.

    Right now, nobody has a Jamis Dakar XLT 1.0 like mine -- spec is damn near as good as the same-year 2.0, cost was close, so I call it the 1.9.

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    Yup I ride my bike, fully updated Element, worth about $6000 every where...

    I sometimes use a lock, but more often, bring it inside, and store it in a lock up...I got a whole range of places with lock up I can use around town.

    Most places allow you to walk around with a bike inside no problem if they don't I don't go there anymore...

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    I've been riding my ventana to work. it is a long 17mi with fat tires and full sus. I converted my commuter (bridgestone MB-3) to my single speed which is not conducive to commuting. If I can scrape together enough parts, I plan to convert an old 853 frame I have to SS and my bridgestone back to commuter.
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    I've been riding my Kona (approx $2000 in it) to work a few times until I get a new wheel set for my hard tail.

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    I ride my '01 Trek Fuel with slicks as my commuter.....

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    I rode my $5k plus custom Lynskey SS to work for a few weeks while I was figuring out if it was a viable option. Now I have a dedicated commuter which is much nicer with slicks and gears and I don't spend the day worrying about will it still be there when I head home.

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    I ride my Kona that's all done up worth $2k and I store it inside at work, but I lock it up really well if I go to stores in such.

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    Right now I'm riding my Hifi plus to work, but reading this thread has just inspired me to look for a beater that I can 'beat' on the bway to work...and, of course, not worry about anymore....

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    Though it's a road frame, I ride my Co-Motion to work on a regular basis. I'm fortunate to be able to lock it indoors. I thought about getting a less-expensive bike for commuting and shopping but soon realized that I liked the bike I have, and anything I bought to "replace" it would just be duplicating the design/utility that I already have in my stable.

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    Weather permitting, I ride my Pinarello Prince (mix of Record and Chorus) on my 27km. each way commute. At work it is inside and about 6 feet away from me.

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    I live in Seattle and go to the UW. If I am just riding to class, where I know my bike will be locked up outside in an extremely high traffic area for just an hour or two, then I take my Transition Vagrant (which I am about 1,200 into). If I am going later at night to the library to study or something, then I take my Raleigh XXIX single speed. I have a New York 3000 lock, which is heavy as hell, but I can't see anyone really getting through it.

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    I consider my Salsa Casseroll full dura ace build pretty expensive but still a very functional commuter. I lock mine up outside at work with a on-guard bull dog mini. I never worry about it.
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    I ride my farily modified Fisher Cake 2 DLX most places (`$2000 new, pluss all the upgrades and custom parts). There are some places I will only take a less expensive bike, but generally, the Cake is the bike of choice.
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    I ride my C'Dale upgraded to the hilt "Bad Boy" at least 3 days a week...lock it up outside work with a Bulldog mini. I also have locking axle and seatpost devices. I ride all over the city, lock it outside everywhere. I also have it insured through my renters policy, just in case.

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    Every time I've bought a less expensive bike, I end up pimping it out.

    I ride my bikes, all of which are fairly nice, everywhere. I'm mindful of where I lock them up and never leave them over night. That's just a bad idea.
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    My nicest commuter is a slightly customized Bianchi San Jose. It's not worth a ton, but it is quite special to me, and it is bright orange with bright blue wheels, so it attracts some attention.

    On a related note, is there anything you guys do to make your bike visually less appealing to steal? I added a couple of stickers the other day hoping to make the bike look not quite as nice and clean, and it seems to have done the trick.

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    I bought my sisters bike off her for $130. Barley been used. Stripped all the stickers off and wrapper parts with electrical tape to look cheap. Bought better semi slicks and I don't have to really care about it locked up at school, or ride my Giant Warp when I can keep it near me. That one's not being locked out anywhere.

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    a 08 raleigh RX 1.0, the fork alone sells for $500. not bad for a $1000 bike.

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    i ride my beater, it was free only thing I put on it was a new set of cheap tires and tubes so if it gets stolen i don't really care

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    I think all my bikes are nice, but at $900 my commuter is only worth about a third of one of my recreational bikes. Still, it is no beater by most standards.

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    I take either my $900 road bike or my ~$900 mtb everywhere, but then again I live in a small midwest town and all criminals have smoked away their ambition. They see a bike with 2 locks and they give up and take the beater that isn't locked.

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    I started off using my Trek Madone the first time or two, then settled into riding a Gary Fisher Caliber 29er, with a backpack once we moved to a new site where the most direct path includes a fair strip of doubletrack. I ride a hybrid commuter most days now, but the 29er is still my primary backup for wet weather or when slick tires aren't suitable.

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    I ride a beater bike that was handed down to me. Its a mongoose.. and everything has rust on it. But it works.

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    I don't own a car so I ride my bikes everywhere. Had I been paying retail for them I'd be about 1300 into the cyclocross bike and 1500 into my 29er. Not crazy expensive, but nice. If I still lived in Portland full time I'd make getting a beater a priority, but in Missoula bike theft isn't really a problem at all, especially with a good lock.

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    I use to ride my main bike to work and what not untill i bought a new MTB. so i guess that now it is my "beater" but it is more like my fast hard tail with some street slicks on it
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    I ride my '08 rockhopper disc everywhere I live in a VERY bike friendly community. I also ride to work where it gets locked up right beside the valet's. That way it has someone to eyeball it while I'm at work.

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    Life is too short to ride cheap bikes.

    I'd guess that my least expensive commuter would retail for $2,500 and my most expensive cost just a bit over $15,000.

    Of course they are locked up bigtime inside a secure building......
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    I use my Kaffenback

    Quote Originally Posted by snowdenn
    just out of curiosity. anybody use a nicer bike for commuting and/or riding around town? seems like everybody leaves their pricier rides at home and switches to beaters for transportation. especially if it has to be locked up outside.

    theres peace of mind not worrying about theft with a cheapie, but i find i prefer a nicer ride.

    does anybody ever use a pricier bike and leave it locked outside now and then?
    ... but I probably don't have that much into it... probalby on the order of $1200 or so... just guessing. Its mostly built from swap meet and used parts bought from craigslist and friends.

    The previous owner powdercoated the frame UPS brown so it doesn't stand out. Stealth!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MB1
    and my most expensive cost just a bit over $15,000.
    Is this a road bike pulling a Dodge Intrepid around?

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    Don't know the monetery value of my commuter. Its an old school Voodoo Bizango (the original company that let you pick the parts on your bike). The bike has gone through so many changes I don't know what its worth. But to me its my oldest friend making it irreplaceable. Locked in a secure building.

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    I commute on a carbon Trek road bike. It's a fun and fast ride to work. The bike cost me around $2000. I think about getting a "commuter" bike every once in a while, but I would rather spend the couple hundred bucks on new parts for my mountain bike

    Work provides a "bike corral", fenced, with a locked door. I use a bulldog U-Lock to lock the bike to the rack inside. I also park it in the back where passers-by can't get a good look at it.

    I probably would not ride that bike to work if I didn't have a secure place to park it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mondaycurse
    Is this a road bike pulling a Dodge Intrepid around?
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    what's inside the bottles?

    Quote Originally Posted by pimpbot
    ... but I probably don't have that much into it... probalby on the order of $1200 or so... just guessing. Its mostly built from swap meet and used parts bought from craigslist and friends.

    The previous owner powdercoated the frame UPS brown so it doesn't stand out. Stealth!

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    I ride my XC race bike to work. My commute is about half single track, half road.

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    Quote Originally Posted by newaccount
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    I once rode my $1300 Giant NRS to work. It was stolen by lunch time. I had a kryptonite cable lock on it. Now I ride a 650 Single speed and sneak it inside the building. I'd definately ride a pos if I had to keep it outside the building.
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    I have a 2008 Trek Soho 3.0 I got off Craigslist for $600. I also just rebuilt my old 94 Cannondale mtn bike ito a singlespeed with ALL new parts. I ride both of them equally pretty much. I just ordered a IRO mark v complete for $800 plus change. I plan on rotating them out so I don't get bored....plus I won't feel bad fo having 3 bikes if I ride them all.
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    Bianchi San Jose.

    I ride to my local train station to commute to Chicago. The San Jose is kept at a bike rack in the parking garage. I use a U-lock on the back wheel & frame and a cable lock on the front wheel. I trust the thieves won't get the bike, but it also has a Brooks B17 on it, which is just starting to get worn in and would piss me off to no end if stolen.

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    low cost comuters

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    I am ridding a Schwinn La tour a bought for $100 from a guy on craigslist it is one of my favorite and I ride 35 miles per day and it has served me well. It has completely made me rethink all I know about cycling and has proven to be the best investment I have made in cycling in the last 2 years and I spend a lot! I am really am looking at old mountain bikes and have been searching for things I wanted when young and could not afford but now can get them for a song like my other $100. craigslist find a Schwinn high sierra circa 83 which is really a museum piece. The point is I would never leave them unlocked or out of eyes sight and I live in a really nice safe town we have bike lockers and if my commuter gets ripped I will be bummed but not broke and I'll have room for my next adventure.
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    I ride my $2200 Stumpy to work all the time. I have keys to the facility and put it right where I can see it, all day long. No lock necessary, and all my co-workers know it's mine. You'd be hard pressed to make it more than a hundred feet without getting stopped.
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    I built up a custom Strong dirt/road frame specifically for commuting etc - no sense on hating the ride of a POS when I'm on it every day. Granted I lock it up big time whenever it has to stay out side - at work we have well secured bike lockers, so it isn't much of an issue there, just at the grocery store etc.
    I'll also commute on my carbon road racing frame or my cyclocross racing bike if I'm going to do a workout on them at lunch.
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    My commuter is probably just the opposite of what it should be. It's old and undesirable (1989 Fisher AL-1) but it looks new because it sat unused for many years. As a result, it will probably be stolen one of these days because it looks like a good bike.

    There are a few guys at work that commute on nice bikes: Cervelo, Co-Motion, Cannondale (high end cyclocross), Trek OCLV w/Spinergy wheels. Most of these guys park their bikes at their desks though.

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    My CrossCheck like to go grocery shopping. I get some looks, but have never been told I can't walk it along with me, plus it's my grocery cart. A bonus about it is that people ask about the wood fenders
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    I commute (well, I work from home, but everywhere I go, I go by bike!) on an old Voodoo Bizango, too, with nice wheels and a decent seat. I really recommend a GOOD u-lock and locking skewers -- your wheels are pretty safe with those guys, although they can still grab your seat with a little bit of patience. I had to defeat the skewers once (long story), and the only way I could get them off was to cut a slot in the head with a Dremel so I could use a screwdriver.

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