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    Need a cheap commuter bike......(Chicago seasons)

    Looking for a commuter bike to the train station. It is cheaper to pedal than drive, and i need to get a little more fit. I also don't have to pay for parking. What I am looking for is a cheap commuter to get the job done that is fun and confortable. I don't want to be afraid of the bike getting stolen if I leave it for over 8 hours locked up. I was also wondering if there is insurance against theft? I like CX and 29ers and my route is hard pack trails road, side walk, and weather in chicago is extreme. I am looking for used, new or build a franken bike..anyone have pictures of commuter bikes used? I am not looking for a touring bike, but not shying away from one either if the price is right. Also any information or websites I don't know of where to get a good deal as well would be greatly appreciated, I have looked on craigs list, qbike, ebay, and my local newspaper and classifieds. I see bunch of racing bred bikes that are over priced for what I need. It is cold and no garage sales right.

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    If you aren't opposed to building a bike up from a frame, you can get great deals at nashbar.com, pricepoint.com, or performancebike.com on frames/forks, They have complete bikes too.

    The problem is that the more you put into building a bike, the more you will worry about it getting stolen.

    My commuter is the 'X' cyclocross frame from Nashbar.com, built up using several new and used parts that I scored on ebay, craigslist, or one of the sites mentioned above. I wouldn't leave this bike at a train station in chiciago for 8 hours though.... might be best to hold out for a beater on craigslist... but if it's just gotta be a 'cross bike or a 29er, you can do it up pretty cheap starting with one of these frames. My 29er project (in progress) is the 'access' frame from performance. Both of these frames can be had for right around $100...the "X" frame is on sale right now for $99 at nashbar, and the 'access' 29er is around $120 I think...I got mine for $99 a couple months ago.
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    A max price might help, but I like this bike http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/motobecane/uno.htm

    Should be about as comfortable as any bike in that price range and has nice semi aggressive Cyclo Cross Tires. Wheels bolt on which is nice, no one will steal them very easily. Switch the Q-Release seat post clamp out for a bolt on version and get a really nice lock and hopefully no one will be walking away with it.
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    You could try a "wanted" ad for a cross or 29'r on Craigslist under bikes or items wanted ...you might find someone that could use the cash or was hoping to sell & upgrade, but didn't bother posting their bike because it is January. maybe add price range, or your height or something to narrow down your responses.

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    If it was me and I was worried about theft, I'd be looking for a functional beater on CL...you know, something that shifts/brakes properly and is safe to ride but isn't much to look at.

    Your home owners policy may cover you if it's stolen.
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    ^^ Collective Soul rocks.
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    Huh?
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    Quote Originally Posted by mrbmeisen
    Looking for a commuter bike to the train station. It is cheaper to pedal than drive, and i need to get a little more fit. I also don't have to pay for parking. What I am looking for is a cheap commuter to get the job done that is fun and confortable. I don't want to be afraid of the bike getting stolen if I leave it for over 8 hours locked up. I was also wondering if there is insurance against theft? I like CX and 29ers and my route is hard pack trails road, side walk, and weather in chicago is extreme. I am looking for used, new or build a franken bike..anyone have pictures of commuter bikes used? I am not looking for a touring bike, but not shying away from one either if the price is right. Also any information or websites I don't know of where to get a good deal as well would be greatly appreciated, I have looked on craigs list, qbike, ebay, and my local newspaper and classifieds. I see bunch of racing bred bikes that are over priced for what I need. It is cold and no garage sales right.

    Check out the police auctions....

    I'll bet there are some volenteer bike shops in Chicago that will sell a cheap bike.

    Pick one up for less than $50 bucks ride the **** out of it.

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    I did a little more research, and I can ride and transport the bike to my job off of the train as well. So all in all the bike is coming with me and will be locked up in my buildings parking garage attendant. So theft is not the biggest worry. So basically I am looking for something road / little bit of cross for the rail trails. The trails are mixed paved / hard pack. I still want to keep the bike to around 600.00 or less...I like the gary fisher bikes, the Kona dew line, but my commute is mostly pavement. So should I go road? I like road and dislike road because drivers cannot drive anymore so if I have to hit the dirt I don't want to do that with a roadie bike but I do want something fast and lite...what do you guys think?

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    sorry..It will be locked up by a parking attendants window.

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    are you going geared? or can do SS?... you talked about a Franken Bike, what is your base bike to work with?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrbmeisen
    I did a little more research, and I can ride and transport the bike to my job off of the train as well. So all in all the bike is coming with me and will be locked up in my buildings parking garage attendant. So theft is not the biggest worry. So basically I am looking for something road / little bit of cross for the rail trails. The trails are mixed paved / hard pack. I still want to keep the bike to around 600.00 or less...I like the gary fisher bikes, the Kona dew line, but my commute is mostly pavement. So should I go road? I like road and dislike road because drivers cannot drive anymore so if I have to hit the dirt I don't want to do that with a roadie bike but I do want something fast and lite...what do you guys think?

    $600 bucks definately hard tail....could go rigid...ahhhh but winter

    I would go hardtail, and get at least an XT bottom bracket, in Chicago, you get enough winter to demand disk brakes...

    If your going to ride every day.....$600 is not really enough, sure you can ride the **** out of any bike, but you want a nice ride available 99% of the time without a daily what the **** is wrong now...

    You need some good components, closer to the $1000.

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    My No-Snow knowledge advice...

    http://www.sebikes.com/Singlespeed/29-Stout.aspx

    add some bb5s (it comes with disk mounts on hubs) and something else like jeffscott said...you would probably be able to add fenders on it too..if it works will leave you near 850 or something
    Last edited by martinsillo; 01-28-2010 at 03:34 PM.

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    I like that bike. As you say it will take disk brakes and it can go geared if you want in the future. You can change tires for the season if you find yourself on pavment-hard pack and run the knobbys in the snow. I run 700x35's on my Outcast Moto which strictly for the lunch ride I take on the greenway when weather permits. I like the 29er HT format more and more as a good all purpose bike.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mrbmeisen
    Looking for a commuter bike to the train station. It is cheaper to pedal than drive, and i need to get a little more fit. I also don't have to pay for parking. What I am looking for is a cheap commuter to get the job done that is fun and confortable. I don't want to be afraid of the bike getting stolen if I leave it for over 8 hours locked up. I was also wondering if there is insurance against theft? I like CX and 29ers and my route is hard pack trails road, side walk, and weather in chicago is extreme. I am looking for used, new or build a franken bike..anyone have pictures of commuter bikes used? I am not looking for a touring bike, but not shying away from one either if the price is right. Also any information or websites I don't know of where to get a good deal as well would be greatly appreciated, I have looked on craigs list, qbike, ebay, and my local newspaper and classifieds. I see bunch of racing bred bikes that are over priced for what I need. It is cold and no garage sales right.
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    Also We Have a Raleigh xxix in a 20" frame at a smoking good price.
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