WHOA! Hold on! Not SO Fast here! Since I posted my winning bike choice for my pending bike commutes; I’m seeing myself backpedaling at the moment. Admittedly the Giro 26 can be setup with disc brakes and maybe even ordered in my favorite commute color, yellow. BUT, I continue to look at that front HIGH crank position and wondering if it’s maybe too high for stop and go cycling on sidewalks. (At times) This past weekend I actually took the Aero out for some short commuter style cycling and found the constant clip in / out with the high front crank a small nuisance. Some starts from a dead stop at a blind intersection were a tad tricky and awkward. Admittedly on my Aero I’m very laid back seat and body position wise and for commuting you really need to sit in a more upright position. As much as I like the m5 seat I’d really like to utilize the lawn chair setup on my commute bike. On the Giro the lawn chair really has you sitting up high and causes somewhat of a problem with being able to plant your feet squarely on the ground. (Something you will do a lot of in city commutes) I’d already given up the lawn chair setup for the Giro, which also presents a dilemma. This bike will be out in the open, hot sun and possible afternoon showers. There’s no way the sponge or foam mat that’s on the m5 seat will last long in the elements. I’d really have to consider packing the sponge with me when arriving to work; where as with the lounge chair setup; just throw a trash bag over it and go.
There seems to be this little voice saying, the Rans Tailwind might be a better choice for your commute endeavor. (I’ve already previously owned “4” of them) Cheaper priced, closer to the ground (Duel 20in wheels) lower front crank and the very comfortable Rans seat. The blue color is something I’ll need to seriously think about; as a brighter color bike is really a must have item. Here's a look at one of my earlier Tailwinds. Admittedly my proposed new one will not have the fancy fairing or skinny performance style of Conti tires. For the sidewalk / street kind of riding I'll be doing, I'll be using a much heavier duty kind of tire. SO stay tune for pictures of my commute bike!!!
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