22 February 2008

New on the 2008 commuting bikes page

Posted by todd under: Commuter bikes .

I just added the Masi Soulville — a sexy number with a curved top tube, a leather saddle and cork grips (on a steel frame!) and the Redline R530 to the page, you will find pictures on the page.

I continue to be amazed at how the “commuter bike” segment has expanded over the last couple of years.  It’s a great time to be in the market — unless you have a hard time making up your mind. 🙂

3 Comments so far...

Amber Says:

11 May 2008 at 10:15 am.

Hi, just dropping you a line to thank you for posting all your research.

While I have 5 bikes (yes, 5) my current “commuter” bothers my wrists and the other 4 are not suitable for commuting (though I love them for my mountain and recreational road biking). I test rode the Marin and REI models and didn’t like them. I am very intrigued with the Breezer (brand); now, more than ever. I think it’s time to go find a bike shop that carries them and take one on a test ride.

Again, thanks for the time and effort — keep riding and posting!

Jeff Says:

10 July 2008 at 8:46 pm.

Great roundup of commuting bikes! I test-rode 6 of these. But then finally bought a 3-speed Swobo Novak for $699 + $35 Soma rear rack, + $38 Nitto Promenade handlebars. It’s a perfect commuter and I love it. Light, simple and nice components. http://www.swobo.com/catalog/product_info_b.php?cPath=201_203

Another bike I considered is the Felt X-City: http://www.feltracing.com/08/product.asp?catid=1504,1525&pid=8763

Thanks for this great commuter overview.

Nick Says:

25 August 2008 at 3:52 am.

Hey Todd have you looked at the Swobo Dixon, I didn’t see it in the round up of bikes for 2008. Just wanted your opinion about this newer style of commuter bike.

http://www.swobo.com/catalog/product_info_b.php?cPath=201_204

Thanks in advance, this is the bike I am looking at for a commute bike here in California.

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