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  1. #76
    Back in the Saddle Again
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    I have found that, although my Motobecane is not a bad bike for the money, it is not a bike I would recommend for commuting for the non-city N. Kentucky terrain. With quite a bit of rolling hills, challenging grades and varying degrees of pavement (blacktop to low grade chip seal) the weight of the bike, add panniers or other cargo and provided rubber makes for a harder commute than I had expected. Had I known what I was getting into when I looked into the bike I would have passed it up for a better commuter.

  2. #77
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    Update

    I have two recommendations. Upgrade the cassette and rims ASAP. I went through two rear factory rims, both with flat spots and inability to stay trued, even when only road riding. A piece of the cassette broke off when cleaning with just a rag.

    Bike's Direct stood by their CS reputation and replaced both with better items in my case but for a new purchase, I would make the change right off or go for the extra money for a better bike.

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