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    what type of bike for an 18 mile commute?

    I'm looking for some input on a new commuting bike, maybe someone has been in a similar situation.

    currently I commute 5 miles to and from work everyday. I ride an old rigid mountain bike with semi-slicks, a rack, a pannier and a rear fender. In the not to distant future I am going to be moveing out into the country. This will be an 18 mile commute on the road, with moderate hills.

    here's the question.... what bike to ride?
    my options as I see them...
    -A full on road racing bike and carry a backpack.
    -a touring bike with a rack and panniers
    -a clat bar commuter with a rack and panniers
    -a cyclocross bike with slicks, a rack and panniers

    thanks in advance for your help
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    for my 50 mile round trip im getting a specialized tricross. i just cant decide if i want a geared one or to keep doing it fixed with the new truvative 2-speed cranks.
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    Either a cyclocross or touring bike. They're both fairly similiar.

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    This is the stand-out performer for what you are describing.

    http://surlybikes.com/crosscheck_comp.html

    Tons of info available on http://www.bikeforums.net/ - look under the commuting heading and do a basic search.

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    I vote for a touring bike, as it would require almost no changes.
    A cross bike would need a tire swap, and maybe a chainring swap.
    For a long commute, it is nice to have the weight off your back.
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    i would go for a flat bar commuter/city bike. just for the sake of maintaining a similar position to my mtb. you can usually fit some wide enough tires int hem for light off road duty as well, should you choose to.

    edit: i would definitely put bar ends and very comfy grips on it as well. ergond with barend or esi with seperate barends(what i currently use).

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    +1 for touring or cross bikes for long distance commuting duties.

    Getting flat bars is just limiting your options for the sake of limiting your options. I honestly don't know why people prefer flats over drops/trekking/moustache bars for commuting. Makes no sense unless regular bars are too wide for your commute which doesn't make much sense to me...

    I have a 20ish mile commute and for me, having extra hand positions and drops available for windy days is a huge bonus. To try and do this regularly I try and keep things fast and that means road/cross/touring bike. If I could make a racing bike work I would but they are too impractical.

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    I bought a Tricross this year and I went with MTB bars and shifters. I love the bike, I just hated the drop bars.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FireBallKY
    I bought a Tricross this year and I went with MTB bars and shifters. I love the bike, I just hated the drop bars.
    Really? I just sold my flat bar road bike, and now I am looking to purchase a bike with drop bars - though, i won't be doing any commuting by bike this year.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rkj__
    Really? I just sold my flat bar road bike, and now I am looking to purchase a bike with drop bars - though, i won't be doing any commuting by bike this year.

    dont worry, i think he's crazy too.
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    SV650.

    Drop bars are relatively awesome.

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