$1000 commuter bike

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$1000 commuter bike

Postby adyall » Mon Feb 03, 2014 12:03 pm

Hi, this is my first post.
I'm about to start commuting to university - about 10k each way, mainly on road and the Yarra bike trail. I've budgeted about $1000 for a bike.
I want panniers, mud guards and a lock too.
Where is it best to put my money - frame, gears, brakes?
Should I get flat handle bars?
I'm thinking I'd like internal gears and a belt-drive, but not sure if this is being silly.
If tempted, I could stretch my budget a bit.
Your advice would be most welcome.
Also, I'm in Albert Park, Melbourne and vendor recommendations would be appreciated.
Thanks,
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by BNA » Mon Feb 03, 2014 4:48 pm

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Re: $1000 commuter bike

Postby Paul 1965 » Mon Feb 03, 2014 4:48 pm

For value for money you really cant go past the REID CITY 1 for $300 you get a bike with mudguards a rack for panniers as standard along with Tektro V brakes Shimano Tourney derailleurs and Shimano Tourney shifters EF 40 EZ FIRE. I bought one 2 months ago to commute to work 33km round trip and so far its done 1200km,s and rides great and most of the commute is off road along bike paths that are a bit rough in places, and it hasn't missed a beat. Not bad for $300.
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Re: $1000 commuter bike

Postby mitchy_ » Mon Feb 03, 2014 4:57 pm

cannondale bad boy commuter
focus planet (belt drive/IGH or normal derailleur options)
avanti inc (belt drive/IGH or normal derailleur options)
giant seek (belt drive/IGH or normal derailleur options)
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Re: $1000 commuter bike

Postby alexander » Mon Feb 03, 2014 5:30 pm

mitchy_ wrote:cannondale bad boy commuter
focus planet (belt drive/IGH or normal derailleur options)
avanti inc (belt drive/IGH or normal derailleur options)
giant seek (belt drive/IGH or normal derailleur options)


Yeah some really solid recommendations there.

add to that:

Kona Dr dew
Norco FBR
Marin Fairfax

all within your price range.
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Re: $1000 commuter bike

Postby jools » Mon Feb 03, 2014 7:16 pm

If you're new to riding and don't want to get too hands-on changing components, buy a bike at the top end of your budget. That should give you good quality frame and components so you shouldn't be breaking or outgrowing anything too soon. If you decide to upgrade parts later you'll be starting from a good place. A $1,000 gear set on a $50 boat anchor frame is still going to ride like a $50 boat anchor.

Fuji Touring is another option, but this is $1100 rrp.

As for flat bars vs drops, its a personal preference and if you can, take a few different bikes for a test ride to see how you feel on them. Flat bars are more relaxed and you get a better view being upright, drops are more aerodynamic so if you just want to get your head down and power on they are much better. Drops also give you more options as you can ride with your hands on the brake hoods or fully down in the drops.

You should also look into bike maintenance courses - Sydney council has a great program with free basic maintenance courses, there may be something similar in Melbourne, or even at your uni.
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Re: $1000 commuter bike

Postby minhyy » Mon Feb 03, 2014 9:30 pm

10km each way, uni student, you don't need a $1k bike if that's all you'll be doing with it imho. i'm a uni student also and i'll be riding ~65-70km return on a 90s road bike fitted with fenders i built for commuting duties that cost not even a third of your budget

imo in all terms of practicality for a money-poor uni student, you'd be better off with three $300 or four $250 etc bikes than just the one $1K bike. I mean, it might get stolen, you lose it during a late night inebriation session etc etc

but if you do want to shell out on a good bike, get something that won't need replacement/onset of upgradeitis so you'll be satisfied with your ride for as long as possible

Just my 2c but it's your money so spend it how you see fit
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Re: $1000 commuter bike

Postby kab » Tue Feb 04, 2014 5:55 pm

Check out a Cannondale Quick.

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Re: $1000 commuter bike

Postby diggler » Sun May 18, 2014 11:56 pm

I bought my Giant Cross City for $1000 a few years ago but it seems you need more than $1000 to get the Tiagra parts I got.

Make sure you budget for a good lock. I had my bike stolen from uni. A rack and panniers will save you from a sweaty back.
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Re: $1000 commuter bike

Postby Calvin27 » Mon May 19, 2014 9:40 am

Just get a $250 cell bike and save the rest. If I was parking my bike outside and in open view, it wouldn't be worth more than $500. The amount of half bikes I've seen floating around the place in Melbourne is ridiculous.
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Re: $1000 commuter bike

Postby Lurkin » Sat May 24, 2014 6:39 pm

^agreed.
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Re: $1000 commuter bike

Postby SheikYerbouti » Sat May 24, 2014 10:44 pm

Calvin27 wrote:Just get a $250 cell bike and save the rest.


+1, or spend say $350 on a second hand bike that is better quality.
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Re: $1000 commuter bike

Postby rodneycc » Sat May 24, 2014 11:28 pm

That trek soho with the deore and discs looks decent enough...

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Re: $1000 commuter bike

Postby rodneycc » Sat May 24, 2014 11:33 pm

Or my fav cheapy of the moment.

http://www.cellbikes.com.au/BEST_Fitnes ... Under_1000

But id maybe see if you can swap for some wider tyres.

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Re: $1000 commuter bike

Postby Becker_11 » Thu Jun 05, 2014 1:22 pm

Regardless of which lock you buy make sure you actually lock the "whole" bike. I can't believe the number of people that lazily lock the front wheel to a rack or the top tube to a rack and nothing else. If you have quick release levers and your lock doesn't pass through BOTH wheels then expect to come back one day to a missing wheel.

Same goes for add ons. I just spent $160 on a cycle computer and you can bet every time I walk away from my bike it will be in my pocket not left on my bike. Same goes for lights and pump. If it's easy to remove at home it's a target for theft on the street.
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Re: $1000 commuter bike

Postby Jangari » Sun Jun 08, 2014 2:33 pm

jools wrote:You should also look into bike maintenance courses - Sydney council has a great program with free basic maintenance courses, there may be something similar in Melbourne, or even at your uni.


CERES bike shed in Brunswick, right near the end of the 96. They operate 11-5 Fri-Sun (not long weekends). Totally volunteer run with the aim of educating people about how to build and maintain their own bikes and, most importantly, recycle and reuse parts and equipment. I built about 5 bikes there over the last couple of years and always took my bikes there to use their tools and their expertise.

If you want a cheap and quick way to learn how to do basic bike mechanics (and even some more advanced stuff), then go here. $5 per year if your a student.
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Re: $1000 commuter bike

Postby AP81 » Tue Jul 08, 2014 8:45 pm

rodneycc wrote:Or my fav cheapy of the moment.

http://www.cellbikes.com.au/BEST_Fitnes ... Under_1000

But id maybe see if you can swap for some wider tyres.



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