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    Default Re: Bicycle enthusiasts: recommend a bike

    Quote Originally Posted by Markk View Post
    Bigger wheels will make for a smoother ride. I wouldn't worry all that much about friction. And you won't need disc breaks unless you've got some mad hills or are over 300lb. VBreaks should be good enough.
    I agree on the brakes but there's no way you need big mountain/all terrain tires if all you do is ride on concrete to go to work... furthermore, smaller tire will have a definite impact on the amount of energy you need to make it go faster... don't dismiss this factor. If it weren't true there's no way I'd be riding my race bike on slick 23 mm tires inflated to 110lbs...
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    Default Re: Bicycle enthusiasts: recommend a bike

    Quote Originally Posted by Markk View Post
    Bigger wheels will make for a smoother ride. I wouldn't worry all that much about friction. And you won't need disc breaks unless you've got some mad hills or are over 300lb. VBreaks should be good enough.
    Being a Veteran of V brakes.....I went with Discs.

    It's very likely I will need to ride in the rain and in colder conditions.

    I also found that the fact that there were no parts to replace on them would lend themselves to being more eco-friendly and a better long-term investment.

    The difference in price was also minor as well.

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    Default Re: Bicycle enthusiasts: recommend a bike

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    I do wish though, that more countries would adopt a more cycle friendly road layout, much like that have in Amsterdam. Motorists are real aholes when it comes to cyclists.
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    Default Re: Bicycle enthusiasts: recommend a bike

    I used to work in a bunch of shops anddo ALOT of riding back in the day.

    Here's a few guidelines to follow

    Any good brand (from a bicycle shop) will suffice. they are all basically the same relative to price.

    Knobby tires eat up your energy. thinner and slicker is better.

    Wheel bearings (higher quality) have just as much influence as knobbies

    I would also recommend 1.5" slicks or semi slicks on a mountain bike for big guys. less flats that way

    Generally, the quality starts at $500 and spending twice as much doesn't get you a ride twice as good.

    oh yeah, don't forget tire pressure! 60 lbs minimum for road riding. checked with a gauge.

    Glad to see more people riding to work! saving gas money will pay for the bike inside of a few months!

    Heck, I ride to do my errands only because i am a carpenter by trade.

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