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Old 02-21-2008, 05:45 PM   #1 (permalink)
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The Ultimate Commuter Bike

Ok, so I found a seller on craigslist that will sell me his mountain bike for $45...pretty good deal if you ask me (picture attached, it looks decent from what I can tell). My question is, what all should I do to it to make it into a commuter bike. I'll substitute where necessary to save money on the project, I just want to here what you guys suggest I should do. I should also note that I ride on all kinds of roads/paths on my commutes which is why I went with a mountain bike rather then a cruiser or road bike. I also get off work at 8PM some days of the week from work so I am planning on putting a headlight and taillight on it already. Other then that I want to hear your suggestions on what you would put on your ultimate commuter bike to make it the most functional bike for day to day use.

Suggested Items:
Walden medium twin rear carrier
Axiom Laurentian Trunk Bag
Slime Tube (Lazarus)
Front Wheel Mudguard/Fender (Lazarus)

Stuff I already have
Flat fix kit / CO^2 quick pump
Speedo/Trip meter
Bike Lock

What am I missing? I also may just go with a rear rack for just the bag instead of the baskets because the baskets are a little overkill I think...but I might just buy them and if I don't like them, sell them. I just don't want to have too much weight to lug around but at the same time I need to use this to get groceries for a few days at a time.

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