View Full Version : What to ride and which way to go?

04-20-2011, 10:26 PM
I wanna ride to work, any insight on routes from the Grey Eagle Casino to the UofC? I'm thinking this way (http://maps.google.ca/maps?f=d&source=s_d&saddr=3777+Grey+Eagle+Drive,+Calgary,+AB+T3E+3X8+(Grey+Eagle+Casino+and+Bingo)&daddr=51.05265,-114.16044+to:51.064558,-114.152628+to:Calgary,+AB+T2L+1K8+(Brentwood+Village)&hl=en&geocode=FWlUCgMdAlYy-SHycGyrfqHLng%3BFWoACwMdyAwy-SnX3hi8Q25xUzE9YkX2loSaoA%3BFe4uCwMdTCsy-SkhaalKUW5xUzGEdG4hG0MGtA%3BFdGBCwMd8JAy-SFex1cMQZabIw&mra=dpe&mrsp=1&sz=14&via=1,2&dirflg=b&sll=51.052995,-114.140997&sspn=0.045105,0.111494&ie=UTF8&ll=51.047546,-114.115162&spn=0.090221,0.222988&t=h&z=13&lci=bike) would probably be best?

Also, my choices right now are a 2007 Norco Six Two (40lb full suspension) or a broken-down Trek 400 (http://www.cyclofiend.com/cc/images/cc041-5-014_012i.jpg) (1992, steel) that's really not worth fixing... What bike should I get? I'd love a proper roadie but I'm not sure it would stand up to the rigors of commuting on our pathetic roads and paths and I think there's even a piece of singletrack on my way :) Would it get too beat up, beyond just truing up the wheels until eventual replacement? What should I look for in a "commuter" bike? I'd also love a nice mtbike to carve up some singletracks, could I just get something that I could swap wheels for road riding? I've been out of the bike game for a while... I'm thinking I should just head down to the bike shop, pick their brains then go bargain hunting on pinkbike...

04-20-2011, 10:53 PM
why not get a cyclocross bike?

04-20-2011, 11:02 PM
Well like I said, been outta the game a loooong time, technology and markets have changed, I don't even know what that is :) Looking...

04-21-2011, 09:58 AM
Well cyclocross has been around since the 70's so they're nothing new, but a cyclocross bike would be a good call.

And what makes you think that a dece road bike wouldn't be able to 'hold up' to your commute?
Commuting on a road bike puts just as much stress on it as if you were to ride it out to Bragg Creek (maybe just more brake pad wear)

Get a road bike, or anything stiff framed.

... And take 37th down to the park, then go up the hill be Foothills Hospital, and you're at the U