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Advise on road/commuter bike (flat bar roadie?)

June 21, 2019, 6:56 a.m.
Posts: 156
Joined: Jan. 2, 2018

So I want to dip my toes in the water of road biking and commuting, my mountain bikes are just silly on the road, not the right tool for the job, but I don't rest want to go full spandex boy either. 

I want to be able to put some miles on with comfort a priority over speed, and maybe also have a bike I can use on gravel paths with my kids. 

I was thinking flat bars - or does that just limit me to mostly junky bikes? 

Kona unit x, or maybe a few?

Some manner of surly or all-city? 

Would prefer to keep it under 2k but would buy used to improve buying power. 

Am I better off with a drop bar bike with more MTB-rider-friendly geometry? 

Norco Search xr steel? Giant anyroad? Bombtrack hook ext or santa Cruz stigmata? (getting expensive there).

I guess everything is relative but what's our thoughts on a good compromise between not being too flimsy/uncomfortable/racy but also not being a slug on the road and basically a mountain bike? 

Any thoughts much appreciated!

June 23, 2019, 10:28 a.m.
Posts: 2041
Joined: April 2, 2005

I‘m on last years Bombtrack EXT-C, have you looked at the 2019 steel Audax? That‘s what i would getting now, considering how i use the bike most of the time.

 Last edited by: Sethimus on June 23, 2019, 10:29 a.m., edited 1 time in total.

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