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    steel commuter frame

    been commuting thru sf on my specialized allez to and from work, round trip is about 13 miles.

    need a better commuting frame. can't mount any bag holders to front or back, i want a steel frame because on my allez i get bounced around a bit.

    suggestions? ive seen soma and all city. looking for something similar to the space horse and mr pink. but somewhere in between...ideas?
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    Take a look at the Surlys: LHT, crosscheck, straggler (crosscheck with disc). I think the Salsa casserole is kaput, but there's the vaya and possibly the fargo. Rawland is a personal fave. Tons of stuff out there. I also like the All City, especially the nature boy with the Hennepin ave bridge dropouts, but single speed of course.
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    I love my Vaya. it's a great steel ride. I'm pretty sure it's going to be a bike that I keep for many years.

    I bought a frameset and built it up myself, mostly with existing parts that came from a previous build.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EDizzleVR6 View Post
    been commuting thru sf on my specialized allez to and from work, round trip is about 13 miles.

    need a better commuting frame. can't mount any bag holders to front or back, i want a steel frame because on my allez i get bounced around a bit.

    suggestions? ive seen soma and all city. looking for something similar to the space horse and mr pink. but somewhere in between...ideas?
    I have a Chromag sakura, very springy and comfortable. Its like night and day compared to my old gt alu.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EDizzleVR6 View Post
    suggestions? ive seen soma and all city. looking for something similar to the space horse and mr pink. but somewhere in between...ideas?
    It might help if you'd elaborate on what you mean by "in between" here. Specifically, what are the qualities of Mr. Pink that you're looking for, because to me it seems like the Space Horse ought to be the better choice in nearly every way that they're different.

    Reading between the lines, it sounds like maybe you want something that handles like a road bike but has the utility of a citified cyclocross-ish bike. Unfortunately, I think this isn't quite possible. For instance, just reading from the geometry chart, Mr. Pink is shooting for nimble handling with its short chain stays and steep (relative to the Space Horse) tube angles. That makes the bike fun, but the short chain stays lead to heel strike with rear panniers, and the steeper tube angles lead to toe overlap at low speeds, especially if you're using a front fender. So while you can imagine something like Mr. Pink with more tire clearance and braze-ons for racks, to make it practical you'd have to modify the geometry until it ended up looking like the Space Horse.

    There are lots of nice steel frames out there, but to figure out which one is right for you you'll need to zero in on what specific qualities you're looking for.

    BTW, I think getting "bounced around" is more a function of tire width than frame material.

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    The Fargo is a great commuter. Good riding position(s), comfortable and nearly limitless mounting points. You can vary the tires to meet your needs and the conditions. Planet bike fenders keep the muck coefficient down.
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    Since we're all in a love fest here... I love my steel Jamis (Coda, to be exact).

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    Pake C'Mute. Cheap, durable, does everything you want it to.

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    Take a look at touring frames, as well. Slacker geometry over the race-y bikes and longer wheelbase.

    Surly - Cross-check, or LHT
    Soma - Saga or Grand Randonneur
    etc.

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    look at the specialized awol
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    Im commuting on the new Vassago Fisticuff and very happy. Not as snappy as my carbon road bike, but SO smooth over rough city streets.

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    Recently Singlespeed-d it. Would like to do fenders and dynamo hub and permanent lights.
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