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[OFFICIAL] Cycling thread for commuters and the casual enthusiast

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My GT KARAKORAM was just stolen last week, so I'm looking at picking up a budget bike for trail and commute. If you had to choose between a GT Karakoram or a Norco Storm 9.2, what would it be? Anyone know frame weights? I do prefer the geometry of the Norco better, but components seem to be just slightly less impressive.
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I need an anti-theft seat clamp. Anyone have any recommendations? TIA
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pattyking18 wrote:
Jul 19th, 2017 1:39 am
Anyone know where i can get Marin bikes in the GTA?
Royal Distributing in Whitby.
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casual rider. Starting to ride to work. About 16.5km each way.
Have a hybrid, but thinking of getting a road bike. The headwind on the way home is pretty brutal, and a road bike should help with that.

LBS has a used Colnago AC-R in my size. Carbon frame, Shimano Ultegra. Reg $3300 on for $1700. I understand that the AC-R is Colnago's entry level bike. I was originally thinking that my budget was going to be around $1500. I assume that spending the extra few hundred will be more than worth it?

Or is this overkill for my casual needs? Any thoughts?

Anything I should be aware of when buying a used bike from a reputable bike store?
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What are your thoughts on this bike and the price?

https://www.sportchek.ca/categories/equ ... 34597.html

I'm just looking for a decent bike to ride with my kids. Nothing serious, but I don't want a piece of junk. Should I go with a Specialized Sirrus instead? I probably could get a Sirrus under $1k on sale or is this bike sufficient? I'm about 6 feet so I was going to get the L size bike. Thanks for your help!
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golfcraze wrote:
Jul 20th, 2017 11:29 am
What are your thoughts on this bike and the price?

https://www.sportchek.ca/categories/equ ... 34597.html

I'm just looking for a decent bike to ride with my kids. Nothing serious, but I don't want a piece of junk. Should I go with a Specialized Sirrus instead? I probably could get a Sirrus under $1k on sale or is this bike sufficient? I'm about 6 feet so I was going to get the L size bike. Thanks for your help!
looks fine to me. A fancier Sirrus would be overkill unless you have really fast kids!
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mcewen wrote:
Jul 20th, 2017 10:12 am
casual rider. Starting to ride to work. About 16.5km each way.
Have a hybrid, but thinking of getting a road bike. The headwind on the way home is pretty brutal, and a road bike should help with that.

LBS has a used Colnago AC-R in my size. Carbon frame, Shimano Ultegra. Reg $3300 on for $1700. I understand that the AC-R is Colnago's entry level bike. I was originally thinking that my budget was going to be around $1500. I assume that spending the extra few hundred will be more than worth it?

Or is this overkill for my casual needs? Any thoughts?

Anything I should be aware of when buying a used bike from a reputable bike store?
Carbon is a material that can fail and need warranty service. Do it come with a warranty? That's the big downside of buying carbon, warranty may not apply to a second owner.

It's only overkill if you think so. Having a great bike to commute with is fun, but at the same time, most people pick a bike that they don't mind riding in the rain and leaving locked up in a rack.

A new ACR seems to go on sale for 2300 http://www.wheelsofbloor.com/specials/r ... -r-ultegra as a point of comparison

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