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Best Everyday City Bicycle?  
User currently offlineMaverickM11 From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 17420 posts, RR: 46
Posted (8 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 1838 times:

I'd like to buy a bicycle for biking around town but also for my commute to work. The one I have is 15 years old and rusted out thanks to the sea air. Any recommendations? I don't really have a price range as long as it's good quality and will last a long time. Then again I don't really want to spend thousands of dollars on a bike just for going to work and the bike trails in the neighborhood.


E pur si muove -Galileo
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User currently offlineAndz From South Africa, joined Feb 2004, 8451 posts, RR: 10
Reply 1, posted (8 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 1833 times:
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Bicycles are a waste of energy, dangerous and a road hazard. Get something safer.




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User currently offlineMaverickM11 From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 17420 posts, RR: 46
Reply 2, posted (8 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 1832 times:

Quoting Andz (Reply 1):
Bicycles are a waste of energy, dangerous and a road hazard. Get something safer.

I think they frown on those on the bike trails in the parks...but this is Texas and everything is bigger.



E pur si muove -Galileo
User currently offlineCanadianNorth From Canada, joined Aug 2002, 3389 posts, RR: 9
Reply 3, posted (8 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 1809 times:

For the city of Whitehorse I would recomend the same bike I invested in. It's relatively cheap (about $500ish I paid, including a little thing that tells you your speed, trip distance, etc); and built like a rock. I've been riding the s*** out of it for a year now and I've yet to have any kind of maintenance problem with it (my last bike I was always fixin something, replacing something or adjusting something).

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However, I will admit that half of the "city riding" in Whitehorse involves off road trails, snow, or mud. So yeah the road it's ok to ride and the trails it handles very well.


CanadianNorth



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User currently offlineEWS From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (8 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 1808 times:



:D

Lew


User currently offlineBMIFlyer From UK - England, joined Feb 2004, 8810 posts, RR: 58
Reply 5, posted (8 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 1800 times:

Quoting EWS (Reply 4):

Great Bike Lew, screams as well when you ride it, so I hear  Wink  duck 



Lee



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User currently offlineJean Leloup From Canada, joined Apr 2001, 2116 posts, RR: 19
Reply 6, posted (8 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 1798 times:

I'd recommend going for a Hybrid made by Giant. Giant bikes really have the best value and excellent construction, in my opinion. And a hybrid is what you want for city riding, unless your city has absolutely impeccable roads, in which case a road bike might be in order - but this would be less comfortable.

Don't waste your time on a mountain bike. I guess some folks still think they're 'cooler' to ride, but they're really a waste of energy.

JL



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User currently offline2H4 From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 8955 posts, RR: 60
Reply 7, posted (8 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 1796 times:
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Quoting Andz (Reply 1):
Bicycles are a waste of energy, dangerous and a road hazard. Get something safer.

I sincerely hope you're joking, Andz...




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User currently offlineFelixZRH From Switzerland, joined May 2005, 226 posts, RR: 17
Reply 8, posted (8 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 1791 times:

I really like my bike for the exact same purpose:


Details at Cresta.

But I don't know where you can buy it in Denmark.


User currently offlineAndz From South Africa, joined Feb 2004, 8451 posts, RR: 10
Reply 9, posted (8 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 1787 times:
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Quoting 2H4 (Reply 7):
I sincerely hope you're joking, Andz...

Having seen the gauntlet that street cyclists run here, no I'm not.



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User currently offline2H4 From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 8955 posts, RR: 60
Reply 10, posted (8 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 1773 times:
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Quoting Andz (Reply 1):
Bicycles are a waste of energy, dangerous and a road hazard. Get something safer.

A waste of energy?

Well, for the record....in this country, bicycles are the single most efficient (and cleanest) use of transportation energy. You see, ours don't use fossil fuels. Not sure about yours....

Dangerous?

Here are death rates derived from federal transportation research studies and crash statistics:



Death Rates per 1,000,000 population

Pedestrian - 16.9
Car - 12.9
Motorcycle - 11
Bicycle - 2.5




Death rates per 1,000,000 miles travelled

Motorcycle - 27.6
Car - 1.3
Pedestrian - 0.2
Bicycle - 0.2





Remove high-risk groups (such as helmetless motorcyclists, drivers without seat belts, etc) and drunk drivers from the fatality rates, and suddenly they look much different:



Death Rates Excluding Drunk Drivers

Car - .78
Motorcycle - 19.6
Bicycle - .15
Pedestrian - .13



Death Rates Excluding High-Risk Groups

Motorcycle - 5.45
Car - .31
Pedestrian - .13
Bicycle - .12




Finally, when cycling is compared to other per-capita deaths and injuries, you're nearly twice as likely to be killed by a horse, six times more likely to drown, and 100 times more likely to die of pneumonia or the flu:

Death Rate per Capita

From cancer - 2,010
From pneumonia/flu - 237
From poisoning - 73.5
From falling - 50.9
From suffocation - 44.0
While walking - 16.9
From drowning - 14.8
While driving - 12.9
While motorcyclng - 9.8
On horseback - 3.8
While bicycling - 2.5
Struck by lightning - 2.0
While skiing - 0.2




...And lastly, cyclists (here in the US, anyway) are not a road hazard. I could go get more data, but instead I'll let my 20 years of cycling experience attest to the fact.

Andz, if you're speaking specifically for South Africa, that's fine. Just don't attempt to apply your generalizations to every other country.




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User currently offlinePelican From Germany, joined Apr 2004, 2531 posts, RR: 8
Reply 11, posted (8 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 1766 times:

I use a KTM for my everyday rides to work or university and even for shopping. It's really well built and reliable. But I doubt you get KTM-bicycles in the states, so I agree with Jean Leloup. Giant bikes are good value for your money.

pelican


User currently offlineCanadianNorth From Canada, joined Aug 2002, 3389 posts, RR: 9
Reply 12, posted (8 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 1755 times:

Quoting Jean Leloup (Reply 6):
Giant bikes really have the best value and excellent construction,



Quoting Pelican (Reply 11):
Giant bikes are good value for your money.

I'll agree with these statements as well. As I said I only paid $500 for mine, I ride the heck out of it and it just wont break.



CanadianNorth



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User currently offlineAndz From South Africa, joined Feb 2004, 8451 posts, RR: 10
Reply 13, posted (8 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 1719 times:
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Quoting 2H4 (Reply 10):
Just don't attempt to apply your generalizations to every other country.

Oh get off your high horse. Did you see me say "this applies all round the world?" I said that having seen what cyclists go through here, it is valid. As for waste of energy, I would rather use my energy doing something more constructive that pedalling a mobile road obstacle.

[Edited 2006-04-10 19:20:02]


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User currently offline2H4 From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 8955 posts, RR: 60
Reply 14, posted (8 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 1704 times:
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Quoting Andz (Reply 13):

Oh get off your high horse. Did you see me say "this applies all round the world?"

No, I didn't...but I did see you base your input on the assumption that Denmark is the warzone you're used to...




Quoting Andz (Reply 13):
As for waste of energy, I would rather

Exactly. Keyword being "rather". If one were inclined to examine facts, bicycles are anything but a waste of energy.

The fact is, Andz, you said "Bicycles are a waste of energy, dangerous and a road hazard". You then went on to recommend...to a citizen of Denmark, apparently...to "get something safer". Things are different in Denmark than in South Africa, Andz. Perhaps we should keep that in mind when making recommendations.

High horse, indeed...  sarcastic 




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User currently offlineAndz From South Africa, joined Feb 2004, 8451 posts, RR: 10
Reply 15, posted (8 years 4 months 2 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 1689 times:
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Quoting 2H4 (Reply 14):
warzone you're used to

Another one who believes everything he sees in the media, oh dear.

Anyway I'm bored with this little repartee now, I have to go and clean my bazooka so that I can shoot the elephant raiding my dustbin.



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User currently offline2H4 From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 8955 posts, RR: 60
Reply 16, posted (8 years 4 months 2 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 1681 times:
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Quoting Andz (Reply 15):
Another one who believes everything he sees in the media, oh dear.

Well which is it, then, Andz? Is it a safe place to ride, or is it a dangerous place to ride? Make up your mind.  sarcastic 




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