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RE: Biking in Your City
The problem with modern road bikes is that they are designed for dudes with a hard on for Lance Armstrong. They make lots of tradeoffs that reduce their utility as an all around commuter, in the name of... Winning the tour de france? I barely know anything about biking though, so take it from Sheldon Brown, a most respected writer about cycling (RIP).

Skinny tires make the ride uncomfortable, and increase the incidence of flats. Twitchy steering is, well, twitchy - at least for me, more deliberate steering seems a lot safer, and more comfortable, makes it easier to ride straight. Higher bottom brackets so that you can pedal through sharp turns, but make the bike less stable (cyclocross bikes have higher BBs too).

In a race, a few seconds of time shaved can make all the difference between victory and abject failure. For commuting, it's irrelevant - added comfort, safety and stability are easily worth going 1% slower.

http://sheldonbrown.com/upgrade.html
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The Bicycle Thread - General Mayhem - 06-21-2014, 05:13 PM
RE: Biking in Your City - Goldmund - 06-21-2014, 05:58 PM
RE: Biking in Your City - Yeti - 06-21-2014, 06:07 PM
RE: Biking in Your City - birdie num num - 06-21-2014, 06:34 PM
RE: Biking in Your City - General Mayhem - 06-21-2014, 08:31 PM
RE: Biking in Your City - Yeti - 06-21-2014, 08:49 PM
RE: Biking in Your City - WestIndianArchie - 06-21-2014, 08:58 PM
RE: Biking in Your City - Engineer - 06-21-2014, 09:34 PM
RE: Biking in Your City - Yeti - 06-21-2014, 09:32 PM
RE: Biking in Your City - lovejoy - 06-24-2014, 11:15 AM
RE: Biking in Your City - Goldmund - 06-21-2014, 09:37 PM
RE: Biking in Your City - Albertron - 06-22-2014, 12:48 AM
RE: Biking in Your City - General Mayhem - 06-22-2014, 11:23 AM
RE: Biking in Your City - birdie num num - 06-22-2014, 11:45 AM
RE: Biking in Your City - General Mayhem - 06-22-2014, 12:18 PM
RE: Biking in Your City - birdie num num - 06-23-2014, 02:25 PM
RE: Biking in Your City - evilhei - 06-23-2014, 03:45 PM
RE: Biking in Your City - Goldmund - 06-23-2014, 05:10 PM
RE: Biking in Your City - birdie num num - 06-23-2014, 05:53 PM
RE: Biking in Your City - Goldmund - 06-23-2014, 06:08 PM
RE: Biking in Your City - devilution - 06-23-2014, 07:36 PM
RE: Biking in Your City - lovejoy - 06-24-2014, 11:12 AM
RE: Biking in Your City - General Mayhem - 06-24-2014, 11:36 AM
RE: Biking in Your City - speakeasy - 06-24-2014, 11:38 AM
RE: Biking in Your City - birdie num num - 06-24-2014, 12:34 PM
RE: Biking in Your City - lovejoy - 06-24-2014, 10:20 PM
RE: Biking in Your City - roberto - 06-24-2014, 03:22 PM
RE: Biking in Your City - Cattle Rustler - 06-24-2014, 03:55 PM
RE: Biking in Your City - AneroidOcean - 06-24-2014, 04:27 PM
RE: Biking in Your City - General Mayhem - 06-24-2014, 04:08 PM
RE: Biking in Your City - Cattle Rustler - 06-24-2014, 04:36 PM
RE: Biking in Your City - Cattle Rustler - 06-24-2014, 04:41 PM
RE: Biking in Your City - General Mayhem - 06-24-2014, 05:22 PM
RE: Biking in Your City - lovejoy - 06-24-2014, 10:26 PM
RE: Biking in Your City - Celtic - 06-24-2014, 10:36 PM
RE: Biking in Your City - General Mayhem - 06-25-2014, 09:55 AM
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RE: Biking in Your City - General Mayhem - 06-25-2014, 01:43 PM
RE: Biking in Your City - birdie num num - 06-25-2014, 02:54 PM
RE: Biking in Your City - Cattle Rustler - 07-04-2014, 03:23 PM
RE: Biking in Your City - el mechanico - 06-25-2014, 04:02 PM
RE: Biking in Your City - General Mayhem - 06-25-2014, 05:06 PM
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RE: Biking in Your City - mastauser - 06-25-2014, 05:21 PM
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RE: Biking in Your City - lovejoy - 07-09-2014, 05:30 PM
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RE: Biking in Your City - el mechanico - 07-13-2014, 05:47 PM
RE: Biking in Your City - Yeti - 07-13-2014, 05:50 PM
RE: Biking in Your City - Cattle Rustler - 08-29-2014, 10:28 PM
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RE: Biking in Your City - fabulas - 09-01-2014, 08:40 AM
RE: Biking in Your City - Yeti - 09-01-2014, 08:53 AM
RE: Biking in Your City - fabulas - 09-01-2014, 10:33 AM
RE: Biking in Your City - lovejoy - 09-01-2014, 12:40 PM
RE: Biking in Your City - Cattle Rustler - 09-01-2014, 12:41 PM
RE: Biking in Your City - Basil Ransom - 02-15-2015, 08:52 PM
RE: Biking in Your City - Yeti - 02-16-2015, 02:04 PM
RE: Biking in Your City - General Mayhem - 02-16-2015, 01:18 PM
RE: Biking in Your City - Basil Ransom - 02-16-2015, 02:04 PM
RE: Biking in Your City - Cattle Rustler - 03-14-2015, 08:54 PM
RE: Biking in Your City - el mechanico - 03-14-2015, 09:17 PM
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RE: Biking in Your City - lavidaloca - 03-14-2015, 09:26 PM
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RE: Biking in Your City - el mechanico - 03-14-2015, 10:10 PM
RE: Biking in Your City - The_CEO - 03-14-2015, 10:46 PM
RE: Biking in Your City - General Mayhem - 03-14-2015, 11:09 PM
RE: Biking in Your City - Cattle Rustler - 03-14-2015, 11:11 PM
RE: Biking in Your City - The_CEO - 03-15-2015, 11:29 AM
RE: Biking in Your City - estraudi - 03-15-2015, 03:38 AM
RE: Biking in Your City - Basil Ransom - 03-15-2015 11:53 AM
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RE: Biking in Your City - Basil Ransom - 03-15-2015, 12:57 PM
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RE: The Bicycle Thread - Basil Ransom - 03-22-2015, 11:28 PM
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RE: The Bicycle Thread - Basil Ransom - 03-23-2015, 08:09 PM
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RE: The Bicycle Thread - Basil Ransom - 03-24-2015, 12:33 AM
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RE: The Bicycle Thread - Basil Ransom - 03-24-2015, 01:42 AM
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