So, I just started commuting to work on my bike. Today was my first day actually. I enjoyed it. However, I did it on my mountain bike, a single speed full suspension Giant Anthem. I didn't change the gearing at all, just threw on a set of Michelin Country Rock Tires and rolled out.
My ride is just over 6.5 miles, and fairly hilly. I have no problems climbing the hills with the single speed (32x17 btw), but the big downhills and flats sucked. I topped out at over 40mph on some of the descents, but I can only pedal the bike up to about 18mph (and I can only maintain about 14mph).....I did a LOT of coasting lol.
Next weekend I'm picking up an older Trek mountain bike to use as a commuter. It's rigid, chromoly, already has a rack...and it's about 35lbs...but it has gears, which I've decided I want for commuting. In a few months I'd like to buy a nice new bike, and I'm thinking about the Giant Trans Send LX...only I plan on making a few modifications. I want to add some drop bars and a smaller seat (probably a WTB Speed V). I plan on going ahead and getting the bars and stuff now, as I want to use them on the Trek also.
The LBS has some of these bikes in stock and I was suprised at how light they were, especially considering the huge stock seat and the full fenders and rear rack. Anyone out there have any experience with these? I've done some searching but haven't found any reviews on them. But for the price, I think it's a good bike, especially considering the light weight and disc brakes (something I want for sure). Thanks for any advice!
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