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    Commuting question

    I am lucky enough to live less than 5 miles away from work one way. More than half way I am on the town bike path which I access just around the corner from my house.
    A couple of years ago I bought a Haro Mary SS 29'r bike. Sweet ride for sure and great "off road" but it did not take long to realize that with the stock gearing I was spinning out around 13 MPH. Unless I was on a trail somewhere, flat bike path bites when you are doing about 10-11 MPH. I changed gearing a few teeth and can now average 15-17. Down hill I can still feel resistance pedaling around 21 MPH. Yes it is still a workout but now my off road adventures suck. I want to find a good commuter bike. The reason I purchased a fixie was the clean lines and the cool looks of the 29r. I saw a Linus Roadster 8 with its clean internal hub and thought that it looked like a cool retro commuter (old school). I do not know if that would be a good all around bike or if I would be happier with a good shifty mountain/29r. The only issue I have is that a new bike would mean selling my Mary since talking the Mrs. Into an $800 addition would be hard. If I could then I would definitely change gearing back to original on Mary. Any thoughts on Linus or other alternatives would be a great help. Thanks

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    Keep an eye on Craigslist/Ebay for a cheap used bike, then keep and ride both.
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    Yeah, keep your Haro set up for trails and get another for the commute. You can find an IG or geared bike for way less than $800, and since you don`t seem to miss a derailler, you could do up a sweet SS conversion for half that. Under a hundred if you kept it "utility". I`m keeping my triple cranks, though.
    Recalculating....

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    Or get a second set of wheel and manage the budget your self! lol
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    Jeephead, I've got two singlespeeds - my 29er is geared for trails (although I still commute on it, but it is spinny), and my "cruiser" is geared for roads.

    The cruiser is just a boring, old late-80's mountain bike that I found at the bike co-op. I pulled the derailleurs off, put big slicks on, and it cost under $200 including fenders and everything else:



    The bike co-ops and craigslists of the world are full of late 80's mountain bikes that are perfect for singlespeed conversion, and should be easily doable for under $100. You just need to make sure that they have a horizontalish dropout to allow for adjusting the chain tension:


    Newer bikes (1990ish) generally have vertical dropouts that don't work:

    (credit to Sheldon Brown for the images)

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    The bike co-ops and craigslists of the world are full of late 80's mountain bikes that are perfect for singlespeed conversion, and should be easily doable for under $100. You just need to make sure that they have a horizontalish dropout to allow for adjusting the chain tension:


    Newer bikes (1990ish) generally have vertical dropouts that don't work:

    (credit to Sheldon Brown for the images)[/QUOTE]

    Thanks...great idea and good info. Mission has now changed, nix the Linus and track down a used mountain bike, put slicks on her for less rolling resistance and decide which direction I want to go with gearing. Then return Mary to her true purpose. Thanks!!!
    -Peace

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