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Old 03-15-2012, 11:32 PM
 
Location: In Sticky San Antonio TX
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Bike shops would also know about / be able to refer you to used bikes in their shops or others persons may be selling in the community. You can get a great bike at a reasonable price if you go used. I second the helmet suggestion with small fender and lights, but add a florescent vest and gloves. What about panniers instead of the backpack? The summer sweat factor is enormous. There's one bike shop I can support, having recently gone there, though there are a number of others, as has also been mentioned:

Blue Star Bicycling Company in San Antonio Texas (http://www.bluestarbrewing.com/bikes/ - broken link)

Happy riding, be safe.
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Old 03-16-2012, 12:51 AM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX
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Thanks for your post and wish it would let me rep. Did not know I needed two locks but with a quick release front wheel it makes sense. Off to buy more locks!
You should also run the cable lock through the seat rails, if possible. I've known people who had their seat stolen before.

We use the U lock to lock the frame to the bike rack, then a cable lock through both wheels, seat rail and once around the bike rack...my kids used to complain about having to lock it up that much, but now it's become habit.
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Old 03-16-2012, 01:06 AM
 
Location: Metromess
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The wind direction and speed make almost as much difference as hills do on a bicycle. I'd certainly recommend a bike with more than one gearing. That being said, IMO many bikes go completely overboard. No one really needs 21 different "speeds" IMO. I have a 10-speed and seldom use more than 3 or 4 of them.
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Old 03-16-2012, 01:09 AM
 
Location: southern california
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buy a mountain bike or hybrid if u r guna buy a heavy use bike u r guna warp the rim pdq if u get a racer, assuming u got potholes like we do.
also buy a high end bike used, go for good frame.
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Old 03-16-2012, 10:53 AM
 
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Thanks for all the input everyone
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Old 03-16-2012, 03:36 PM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX
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I wouldn't buy the fixed gear, either (I like a little flexibility), but the messenger-type bikes are really popular, and a lot of people really like them, so what do I know?

I ride a Bianchi Milano with the three-speed internal hub. I have one gear for climbing, one for cruising, and one for downhill, which for me is a good compromise. I really value the chainguard and fenders, so I don't get crud on my clothes (when your commute is just a few miles, sometimes you just want to jump on and go, without having to bring a change of clothes).
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Old 03-16-2012, 04:19 PM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX
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I wouldn't buy the fixed gear, either (I like a little flexibility), but the messenger-type bikes are really popular, and a lot of people really like them, so what do I know?

I ride a Bianchi Milano with the three-speed internal hub. I have one gear for climbing, one for cruising, and one for downhill, which for me is a good compromise. I really value the chainguard and fenders, so I don't get crud on my clothes (when your commute is just a few miles, sometimes you just want to jump on and go, without having to bring a change of clothes).
That's a really good point about the chainguard.

You can buy velcro straps to secure your pants legs so they don't get caught in the chain, if you opt for a bike without a chainguard. My daughter has got her jeans chewed up by the bike a few times on the way to school, she doesn't like the velcro strap idea though so she just rolls her right pants leg up to her knee and looks silly on the way
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Old 03-18-2012, 07:30 AM
 
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You should also run the cable lock through the seat rails, if possible. I've known people who had their seat stolen before.

We use the U lock to lock the frame to the bike rack, then a cable lock through both wheels, seat rail and once around the bike rack...my kids used to complain about having to lock it up that much, but now it's become habit.
Oh, by any chance do you have a graphic illustration? I just want to get the cable lock right. Also what size of cable lock do you use?
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Old 03-18-2012, 08:05 PM
 
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any one know of a shop that sells SE draft bikes?
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Old 03-18-2012, 10:38 PM
 
Location: Schertz
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any one know of a shop that sells SE draft bikes?

I believe Bike City and San Antonio Performance Bicycle both carry the SE line but I don't know of the specific types.
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