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New Bike Day - New to Commuting

Old 08-14-18, 10:48 AM
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New Bike Day - New to Commuting

Just purchased the Breezer Liberty 1.3+ 2018 and will start my commuting lifestyle shortly! My only hold up is the bike had to be shipped to my local store, and unfortunately the front fender was bent (it's thin plastic). The shop is ordering a new one, so I'm waiting for the new fender to show up... so now I have to wait to get my hands on the new bike - feel like a kid waiting for Christmas morning! The bike shop mechanic has offered to bring his heat gun in to straighten the fender out, but I think I'd like to just get a new one that is straight from the get go.... but waiting is so hard!!!! I'll post a picture as soon as it is my possession!

I did want to pick some of your brains a bit - the bike has a Racktime Light-it Touren (Racktime Snap-IT platform) bike rack - are some of the other bag systems compatible with this rack system? I'm looking at eventually getting a bag that will snap in to the rack, if possible, to carry my work cloths and lunch. I like the idea of it snapping in, but if I have to tie it down, then so be it.

Just a bit about me - I love biking and just moved to an area of town that has great bike trail access and started to ride a lot more often. I typically ride a road bike for fun, but wanted something a little more relaxed for commuting and general cruising. My ride to work will be approximately 10 miles each way, with 90% of this on a paved bike path. I'll be parking the bike in the parking garage, next to the attendance gate, so it's a little more secure. There is a gym at the office that I plan on joining to use their shower, but all in all, my commute will be about 10 mins longer, but way more enjoyable!

Thanks for your help!
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PS - I know this is a hot topic, but I do wear a helmet - my helmet is bright orange and I wear it everywhere!

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Old 08-15-18, 08:30 PM
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Bike is finally here! I took it our for a short 6 Mike ride and it's super comfortable. Unfortunately they had to order a new front fender, but I'm going to start commuting 2-3 times a week and add the fender when it gets in.

Still need to get a brighter headlight for dusk/dawn rides and some spare tubes.
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Nice! Looks like a big gear range. I almost bought a similar bike three years ago, but with drop bars. It came with fenders, rack and generator lights. I went with a skinny steel-frame bike that just felt a little more "right", but I would be very happy with the bike you chose (except I can't ride straight bars anymore).
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Nice! Looks like a big gear range. I almost bought a similar bike three years ago, but with drop bars. It came with fenders, rack and generator lights. I went with a skinny steel-frame bike that just felt a little more "right", but I would be very happy with the bike you chose (except I can't ride straight bars anymore).

The bike does have a nice wide gear range and I've had a lot of fun on just riding around the neighborhood getting use to it. I wasn't sure I would like the flat bars but they are actually quite comfortable (may be my middle age body speaking). I'll start actually commuting on the bike next week (I've been fighting the flu this week). I'm very impressed with the bike so far - especially the 42 tires! - and I'm excited to start riding in to work a few time a week.
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I have a 2 year old Breezer Greenway which is the older version of the Liberty but didn't come with the rack or fenders. It has been a great commuter and tough as nails. Good panniers can be pricey. If the rack isn't compatible it wouldn't cost much to replace. Enjoy your commute.
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2 weeks in and I'm loving the bike and commuting in to work. Ride is about 40 minutes each way, mostly on bike paths, so not a lot traffic to contend with. The only major addition I've made was adding this bag: Vaude Comyou Shopper and it's perfect fit for my cloths and lunch. I'll get a picture of it on the bike tomorrow.

I'm still waiting on the replacement fender though... apparently they don't have extra fenders laying around

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Old 08-29-18, 08:12 AM
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2 weeks in and I'm loving the bike and commuting in to work. Ride is about 40 minutes each way, mostly on bike paths, so not a lot traffic to contend with. The only major addition is I've added this bag: Vaude Comyou Shopper and it's perfect fit for my cloths and lunch. I'll get a picture of it on the bike tomorrow.

I'm still waiting on the replacement fender though... apparently they don't have extra fenders laying around
Just about perfect. I really enjoyed my 10-mile commute on mostly bike path before moving closer, and I often miss it.
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It really is just the right distance for a commute... Having a gym across the street where I can shower is the bonus that makes it possible! it doesn't hurt that I get to ride along the river a good portion of the way.
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Thanks for sharing. Looks a lot like my bike :-)

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A new bike, and especially waiting for it — that is a sweet time yeah.

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So CrewFan, after 6 months, what do you think of your new Breezer? I'm considering one of those myself.

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So CrewFan, after 6 months, what do you think of your new Breezer? I'm considering one of those myself.

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Yes, @CrewFan...how's it going?
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Oyo - @BobbyG and @dmitchell

Just giving a bit of a follow up - sorry it's been late coming (moved recently and I'm still unpacking life). I have been using the bike for just under a year and still really enjoy it and have increased my commute to 15 miles each way. I've got just under a 1k miles on it and really have no complaints. I did have an issue with my front fender coming in bent (plastic wouldn't straighten out), but I got that sorted out. I find the Liberty a bit heavy, but considering all the extras (rack, dyno lights, etc) that is to be expected. I have not had any really issues with it and it keeps trucking. My brother in law also got one of the Breezer Beltway bikes and loves it. He also uses it to commute about 10 miles each way and has had the same view. His bike a bit lighter, but doesn't have rack or dyno lights...

To be critical, the bike shop I got it from was a bit sloppy putting the bike together (performance), but as they were starting to get rumors of closing, I guess they were a bit distracted. Regardless, I had to work with them to get a few quirks worked out that were mostly just dialing the bike in to make it more comfortable for me.




If I were to do it again, I would buy a Breezer for sure, but maybe opt for the Cafe Doppler bike
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Oyo - @BobbyG and @dmitchell

Just giving a bit of a follow up - sorry it's been late coming (moved recently and I'm still unpacking life). I have been using the bike for just under a year and still really enjoy it and have increased my commute to 15 miles each way. I've got just under a 1k miles on it and really have no complaints. I did have an issue with my front fender coming in bent (plastic wouldn't straighten out), but I got that sorted out. I find the Liberty a bit heavy, but considering all the extras (rack, dyno lights, etc) that is to be expected. I have not had any really issues with it and it keeps trucking. My brother in law also got one of the Breezer Beltway bikes and loves it. He also uses it to commute about 10 miles each way and has had the same view. His bike a bit lighter, but doesn't have rack or dyno lights...

To be critical, the bike shop I got it from was a bit sloppy putting the bike together (performance), but as they were starting to get rumors of closing, I guess they were a bit distracted. Regardless, I had to work with them to get a few quirks worked out that were mostly just dialing the bike in to make it more comfortable for me.




If I were to do it again, I would buy a Breezer for sure, but maybe opt for the Cafe Doppler bike
Thanks for the update!
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Oyo - @BobbyG and @dmitchell

If I were to do it again, I would buy a Breezer for sure, but maybe opt for the Cafe Doppler bike
I recently saw a Doppler Cafe in a Scheels store. What about that bike appeals to you more than the Liberty? just curious
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I recently saw a Doppler Cafe in a Scheels store. What about that bike appeals to you more than the Liberty? just curious

Now that my commute has increased, the doppler cafe looks to be a touch more aggressive and would be a bit more suited for my 15 mile commute (each way). When my commute was 10 miles or so, the I found the Liberty a perfect fit, but with the extra distance, I find myself sometime wishing for a little more aggressive nature to the bike. Also I think the Doppler Cafe's look sexy
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