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  • SpacemanSpiff12
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    I picked up this bike on sale from REI a couple years ago and couldn't be happier: https://www.rei.com/product/159859/c...es-adv-22-bike

    It's reasonably fast but can also handle gravel, potholes, rain and light snow.

    I got it for 20% off and it ended up totaling about $1200. Not cheap, but with the cost of our hospital parking it paid for itself in about six months.

    Would highly recommend the Co-op line if you're looking for something quality that won't break the bank.

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  • Lordosis
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    Originally posted by burritos View Post
    I second the advice of consulting LBS(local bike shop, not low back strain/sprain). I had tire wear my first year. After 2 flats, I consulted the shop owner. He recommended that if I’m commuting(not trying to PR), go for the cheaper, thicker, more durable tread.
    I decided to just get a cheap replacement and see if it happens again. Maybe the tires it came with were just crappy. If I burn this one out quickly I may change tactics. Or maybe get a new bike anyway.

    900 foot climb is no joke. I only have a shade under 300 and I am huffing. It was in the 90s and super humid yesterday as well.

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  • burritos
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    Depending on which clinic I’m at, my one way commute is either 4.5 to 9 mi. In October I’m being moved to a different clinic such that my commute one way will either be 9 or 17.5 mi(with 900 ft of climbing). I’m feeling a bit anxious about the longer commute, I guess we will see if this sustainable.

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  • burritos
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    I second the advice of consulting LBS(local bike shop, not low back strain/sprain). I had tire wear my first year. After 2 flats, I consulted the shop owner. He recommended that if I’m commuting(not trying to PR), go for the cheaper, thicker, more durable tread.

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  • Tim
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    Originally posted by BigoteGrande View Post
    When I see someone on a motorcycle I think they’re a dumb*** to be out on the road with all the idiot drivers I see daily.

    Not sure how riding a bike to work is supposed to be any different.

    Not meant as a knock against bicyclers themselves.
    Bike lanes help tremendously. In congested areas, it seems like traffic laws matter when convenient. Pass on the left, right or any way to bypass traffic in lanes. Then it’s okay to claim a whole lane. Rolling through stop signs and expect the car you just passed on the right to not make a right hand turn.
    Some Dumb*** bikers too. I yield to bikers, they need to yield too. Most do.

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  • BigoteGrande
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    When I see someone on a motorcycle I think they’re a dumb*** to be out on the road with all the idiot drivers I see daily.

    Not sure how riding a bike to work is supposed to be any different.

    Not meant as a knock against bicyclers themselves.

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  • JB14
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    [QUOTE=Lordosis;n199492]
    Originally posted by uptoolate View Post
    . I did it on and off or roller bladed on occasion back when I was clinical. ]

    Roller blades? I hope it has been a few decades since you were clinical
    Tell us you don't live in Minnesota without saying you don't live in Minnesota.

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  • White.Beard.Doc
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    I am riding my ebike to work this summer. It makes me happy to ride and the weather has been great. My ebike has a 1500 watt engine so it gets me there very quickly.

    I am also riding on mountain bike tires on the road. So far, no issues with worn out tires, but I have only been riding for about a month so far.

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  • Lordosis
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    Originally posted by Kamban View Post
    I suspect using mountain bike tires on a smooth road surface. More surface contact area = more wear.

    You would be better served by changing to a road bike or a hybrid bike with a narrower tire. If you are biking that much to work, investing in a good bike will be worth it. If not for savings, at least as a gym equipment.
    I have been on the lookout for something nice. But I am not the type of person to just drop a 4 figure amount on a whim. But now that I know that I am committed and will continue to ride I am willing to invest more time and money into it.

    It is ridiculous what some bikes cost!

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  • Kamban
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    I suspect using mountain bike tires on a smooth road surface. More surface contact area = more wear.

    You would be better served by changing to a road bike or a hybrid bike with a narrower tire. If you are biking that much to work, investing in a good bike will be worth it. If not for savings, at least as a gym equipment.

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  • Tim
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    Originally posted by Lordosis View Post
    I am trying to figure out of I am doing something wrong. The internet tells me that tires should last 2000-3000 miles. My rear tire is ground down to nothing and I got a flat the other day. My front tire is a little better but not very much. I replaced the tube because I had one handy but It is going to blow as well if I do not replace the tire obviously. But I wanted to figure out if I am doing something wrong because I estimate that I only put 500-600 miles on so far. Is it because I am using a MTB with MTB tires on the road? Am I too fat? Using the break too aggressively?

    Even with gas the way it is now this biking cost me more than driving. Neutral at best. But do not get me wrong I enjoy every minute of it so I am doing it for that reason and exercise. But I am not going to kid myself that it is saving money.
    Consult a good bike shop. Logic tells me it might be some simple alignment problem. But I am not your bike shop advisor.

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  • Lordosis
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    I am trying to figure out of I am doing something wrong. The internet tells me that tires should last 2000-3000 miles. My rear tire is ground down to nothing and I got a flat the other day. My front tire is a little better but not very much. I replaced the tube because I had one handy but It is going to blow as well if I do not replace the tire obviously. But I wanted to figure out if I am doing something wrong because I estimate that I only put 500-600 miles on so far. Is it because I am using a MTB with MTB tires on the road? Am I too fat? Using the break too aggressively?

    Even with gas the way it is now this biking cost me more than driving. Neutral at best. But do not get me wrong I enjoy every minute of it so I am doing it for that reason and exercise. But I am not going to kid myself that it is saving money.

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  • StarTrekDoc
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    Originally posted by burritos View Post

    One of my concussions was veering off track while trying to avoid a snake. My buddy also had his rear tire blown out when a rattlesnake bit his MTB tire. Fortunately it was the tire that got hit and not his leg.
    True.

    Still better your bike and head vs hood of car and concrete block.

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  • burritos
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    Originally posted by White.Beard.Doc View Post
    I ride a regular mountain bike in the woods every morning. But I have a new ebike for commuting to the hospital. It takes me 5 minutes to drive, and 6 minutes on the ebike. My ebike is very fast and the parking is so much easier with the bike. The valet guys are my buddies (generous tipper, hah!) so they take care of my bike.
    Do you have to pay for valet! And what kind of ebike do you have(I’m sure this is going to make me jeaous)? How long have you been bike commuting?

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  • burritos
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    Originally posted by StarTrekDoc View Post
    San Diego is an exercise and bike friendly town. Yet, it's populated with bunches of distracted bafoon bafoons.

    Seen way too many bike accidents where total responsibility is the car. Stay on the trails. At least you have a better chance with the snakes
    One of my concussions was veering off track while trying to avoid a snake. My buddy also had his rear tire blown out when a rattlesnake bit his MTB tire. Fortunately it was the tire that got hit and not his leg.

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