Bike recommendations for commuting

volks
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Re: Bike recommendations for commuting

Postby volks » Thu Jan 17, 2013 1:03 am

I was in a similar boat, and found it hard to find a bike shop with the right sort of bikes I wanted, but the main thing was all the advice or the in difference shown by the various sale people just wanting to impart some knowledge or ideas... it's quite hard

Then I was watching portlandia the comedy show and did a search for bike shops in portland and came across http://www.joe-bike.com/ .

I e-mailed them a raft of questions, they set me straight on a few things, like why you don't need front suspension on a commuter bike etc answered all my dumb questions. Sent him my measurements, and after some more e-mails managed to get a Norco Ceres belt drive bike with a 11 speed internal hub with the racks, guards etc on the bike. Sent to me via UPS by Price USA which all worked out really well. http://www.priceusa.com.au

As I bought the bike outside the Norco Australian distributer arena here because of a lack of stock "needed a large size" and the $$$ prices, I take my bike to a independent service place who is really great http://qualitybicyclerepairs.com.au so I am very happy.

I have been riding the Ceres for a year now, I have added a Ortlieb Downtown QL3 Bag http://www.ortliebusa.com/prod-368.htm and have a Blink Steady http://www.blinksteady.com on the back which is great as well...

I think it's down to finding a bike you want, I wanted 29inch wheels, belt drive, steady and reliable, no hassles as I was riding to work and needed reliability. I found a business willing to help me answer my questions, was not worried to change or tweek the base bike with extras to suit my needs, and was friendly and helpful.

All this stuff bought online, with little hassle.

geoff_tewierik
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Re: Bike recommendations for commuting

Postby geoff_tewierik » Sat Jan 26, 2013 5:13 pm

Sounds like you've lucked out with the Norco Ceres volks.

Have just checked out Norco's website, and the Ceres isn't listed anymore.

How does it compare to the Indie IGH? http://www.norco.com/bikes/urban/urban- ... indie-igh/

Blackrock
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Re: Bike recommendations for commuting

Postby Blackrock » Sun Mar 17, 2013 5:43 pm

Bike: 2014 Merida Cyclocross 5

Find me on youtube and FB page; Merida Test Rider-Commuter Bikes.

www.merida.com.au

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elStado
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Re: Bike recommendations for commuting

Postby elStado » Thu Mar 21, 2013 11:39 pm

Sorry - i didn't read every single post in this thread. But if you want to ask me what i think is an awesome bike for commuting and touring, most of us know the answer already.

http://www.viventebikes.com/

Yes it's a bit more expensive than most will want, but it's worth it IMHO.

I've got a review of last year's model that I bought, here.

matt_h1
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Re: Bike recommendations for commuting

Postby matt_h1 » Mon Apr 01, 2013 6:34 pm

Have a peek at the Giant Seek model, it's in your price range and is a comfort commuter bike, it's a hybrid road bike, but it has a relaxed riding position and disc brakes, also has fittings for a pannier and mudguards

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Jonno
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Re: Bike recommendations for commuting

Postby Jonno » Wed Apr 10, 2013 2:36 pm

This could be one to consider:
http://www.wiggle.com.au/charge-mixer-8 ... tion-2013/

Steel, alfine, disk brakes, rack mounts, pre fitted mudguards.

With a few obvious moves you will get the price low enough to avoid paying the GST on the import.

superwhatnot
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Re: Bike recommendations for commuting

Postby superwhatnot » Fri Dec 11, 2015 10:24 am

I saw this bike shop in Fitzroy Melbourne:
http://iamfree.com/the_bicycle

Their alloy disk brake commuter bike is only $370. Worth it?

Mububban
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Re: Bike recommendations for commuting

Postby Mububban » Fri Dec 11, 2015 4:01 pm

Looks fine for a basic bike, similar to the Cell bike below but that has more gears. It probably won't be the lightest or fastest but for the money I reckon it'd be worth a shot.

http://www.cellbikes.com.au/Cell-SS200- ... -Road-Bike
When you are driving your car, you are not stuck IN traffic - you ARE the traffic!!!

Razr
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Re: Bike recommendations for commuting

Postby Razr » Thu Jan 14, 2016 9:08 pm

Melbourne Bike Ceter Prahran...HUGE range in store. See if you can stretch your budget a little... I am now riding a Focus Planet Belt and truly love it. * speed internal..Hydraulic Disks and Belt Drive...AWESOME...

Razr
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Re: Bike recommendations for commuting

Postby Razr » Sat Jan 16, 2016 3:43 pm

Damn that should be 8 speed...Alfine internal...

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