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    Help Me with My Internal Debate

    I am currently commuting on a Trek Soho S and know that it is not the bike for me in the long run as I really want to get something geared and probably steel. So I have been putting way too much thought into it for way too long and I have come up with two options for my next bike that I am probably going to get this winter/spring depending on funds.

    1. Surly Ogre

    I love the idea of this bike in general with the versatility. I would probably build myself with the help of my LBS and spend around $1600. I am going to go internal with just the Alfine 8 speed since the 11 is WAY too expensive currently. I like that I can do trails and commute on the bike (more commute I am sure) so I don't need/want two bikes. I think its the ideal bike for me.

    2. Surly Black Ops Pug

    This is more of a novelty bike, however I can justify the idea of it because we do have winter here in SE Michigan and at times we get a lot of snow. I know I can get something big and studded for the Ogre, but I have to say that the Pug would just be that much better. I can always get some Black Floyds to commute on and being that I am not commuting on anything that really resembles a nice, smooth, paved road, the large tires might be pretty nice on my back. Of course it is overkill as I commute on all paved roads, but it would be nice on the trails and probably not bad at all on the roads. I could even just grab some Hookworms for the commute and not go all out with the Floyds.

    So help me, commuters, and talk me in a sensible direction. I have a 10 mile commute that I currently skip in the snow because the roads suck and the Soho sucks for tire clearance and the last time I tried I was down all the time with all the rutting even with studs on the bike. I want to be year round and both bikes would help with that. Do I go more novelty and just enjoy a really fun bike or do I go the sensible route and get something that just makes sense? And no, I can not get both of them. The wife wants me to be a one bike man.

    Thanks!

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    Build a IGH rear wheel

    3 5 6 or 8 spd depending on the frame spacing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jrm View Post
    3 5 6 or 8 spd depending on the frame spacing.
    Best I can do on the Soho is a 3 speed, but that doesn't help the wider tire issue....

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    I am building up a fatbike for this winter, but I don't know that I'd choose it for my only bike. Hopefully Martinsillo will chime in on his Pugdozer commute.

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    I'd pass on the fat tire bike if that's going to be your only ride. You need more of a do it all type bike if you just have one option.

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