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  1. #1
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    Thinking of joining the fun - I need a new bike

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    I've been thinking about selling my Breezer 3 speed, and buying a bike that would be better suited for the hills around here. I'm going to need to go down (morning) the back up (afternoon) a 300 ft hill in 2.7 miles. This is what I'm thinking of getting:
    http://www.gtbicycles.com/2012/bikes...yon-3-0-womens
    Saw it in the LBS after my club ride on saturday. Ride leader is a bike commuter, and if I'm going to live in the area, I'm going to have to learn to like hills.
    Any bike I get would be tricked out with fenders, rack, lights, etc. Already own nice paniers.

    Anyone familiar with Tachyons?
    Last edited by bmccasland; 08-13-2012 at 11:00 AM. Reason: another thought came through the grey matter. Ummm, and a grammar fix
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  2. #2
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    Not familiar with Tachyons unfortunately.

    In that price range, another option to consider is the Novara Safari. It's steel, so on the heavy side, but a nice smooth ride. It already comes with a rack. Good gearing for hills. I have an older model and love it as my commuter bike, but I've also done long rides on it (it's designed for touring so can handle distance). I have mine decked out with fenders, lights, cheap panniers, kickstand - the works.

  3. #3
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    love with Vita Elite

    I have been riding a Specialized Vita Elite for my 10 plus mile commute. It climbs like a charm and is a very comfortable ride. Might be worth a look.
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  4. #4
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    Will you be commuting come rain or shine? If so, I'd give some thought to disc brakes, especially if you have some descents on your commute.
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  5. #5
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    I've been commuting on my Kona Dew Plus, with disk brakes. It's a rolling commute with a couple of bigger hills in it. I'm loving the bike for my commute. Just tossing it out there.
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  6. #6
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    Quote Originally Posted by bmccasland View Post
    I've been thinking about selling my Breezer 3 speed, and buying a bike that would be better suited for the hills around here. I'm going to need to go down (morning) the back up (afternoon) a 300 ft hill in 2.7 miles. This is what I'm thinking of getting:
    http://www.gtbicycles.com/2012/bikes...yon-3-0-womens
    Saw it in the LBS after my club ride on saturday. Ride leader is a bike commuter, and if I'm going to live in the area, I'm going to have to learn to like hills.
    Any bike I get would be tricked out with fenders, rack, lights, etc. Already own nice paniers.

    Anyone familiar with Tachyons?
    The Tachyon 3 is pretty nice, considering the price, though I've only ever seen the unisex version here. It also gets points from my inner Trekkie. I would consider getting one as a commuter!

    I do second the suggestion to consider disc brakes if you're going to be regularly commuting in wet weather, though.
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  7. #7
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    A Breeze is pretty darned heavy, and when were its bearings last overhauled? Oh, and it's gearing is limited. I couldn't get through to the link but ... get the bike that feels good and has the features you want. If you're going to ride in the rain, fenders are a must... I think you should go all the way and get a Transport :P

 

 

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