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Novara Transfer Bike - 2013 $398.83 fs to store @ REI

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Novara Transfer Bike - 2013 [rei.com]

The Transfer is all about getting from Point A to Point B, comfortably, confidently, quickly, with everything you need to get the job done right
Frame offers an easy-mount design with a smooth ride quality; 4130 chromoly steel delivers plenty of strength to support heavy loads and withstand rough roads
Shimano internally geared rear hub is low-maintenance compared to conventional cassette systems and provides 7 smooth-shifting, wide-ranging gears
Using the Shimano Revo twist shifter is intuitively simple, letting you adjust to meet the demands of your ride
Basta headlight is powered by a generator in the front hub and remains on for 4 min. after stopping to ensure your path is lit, even when stopping for lights
Battery-powered taillight provides rear visibility and is motion- and photo-sensitive; battery indicator lets you know when its time to replace the battery
Tektro linear-pull brakes provide comfortable braking and reliable stopping power
Transfer bike rack is ready for cargo, quickly accepting panniers or trunk bag (sold separately)—great for carrying groceries or work essentials
Puncture-resistant Vittoria Randonneur tires feature reflective sidewalls, sure grip and a fast, smooth ride
Designed for a comfortable, upright ride, our Transfer featuers a plush Velo Transfer saddle, mustache-style handlebar, cork grips and height-adjustable quill stem
Fenders and full-length chain guard keep you and your clothes protected; kickstand makes storage/parking easy and the included bell lets you alert others to your presence
Just get on and ride, no fancy shoes required—platform pedals accommodate a variety of shoes
Specs on our Novara Transfer bike are subject to change

All bicycles sold at REI include a free warranty tune-up. New bikes go through a normal break-in period, after which readjustment is important for longevity and performance. Bring your new bike in to your local REI for its free tune-up within 20 hours of use or 6 months from purchase, whichever comes first. Contact your nearest REI bike shop to schedule this important service.

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#2
True commuting bike. Great deal.
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The single speed/no dynamo hub version is also on sale for half price.

http://www.rei.com/product/825376...-bike-2013
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Great deal on a commuter bike. IGH bikes for a decent price are very hard to find. Ordered one for the wife. Thanks OP.
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oh wow so tempted.
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Should I consider this bike for a 14 mile commute round trip (7 miles to and back), probably every other day? Bike newb here, considering bike commuting for the first time.
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Seems like a very heavy (and ugly) bike for that price; I would stick to craigslist for a much better deal (assuming you wait for the right bike to come along)
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Should I consider this bike for a 14 mile commute round trip (7 miles to and back), probably every other day? Bike newb here, considering bike commuting for the first time.
There are cheaper alternatives that ride comparably well but this bike comes with some extra luxuries such as the internal gear hub, rack, lights, etc. Good price for all these extras.
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Quote from LuckyatVMI View Post :
Should I consider this bike for a 14 mile commute round trip (7 miles to and back), probably every other day? Bike newb here, considering bike commuting for the first time.
That looks like a great bike for the price. I personally think you will grow out of it within a year if you stick with that commuting schedule, but at that price it will make a great backup bike once you upgrade. Internally geared hub and hub generator alone are pricey. This is OK for a dedicated commuter, not as great for off-road or high speed.

If you have money to burn, the best option for an all-around commuting bike is probably an expensive cyclocross bike. Wide enough wheels to do some moderate off road, can mount racks, and you would likely never need another bike provided you get a good one. Cyclocross bikes are great for both leisure and serious exercise on the weekends, even fast group rides on the road if you get comfortable. You're looking at a minimum of 2x as expensive and more like 5-10x if you want a life-long ride, though. Go titanium frame if you can spend the bucks and aren't worried about theft. Don't go carbon (for a commuter at least).
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There are cheaper alternatives that ride comparably well but this bike comes with some extra luxuries such as the internal gear hub, rack, lights, etc. Good price for all these extras.
Can you explain what an IGH is to a newb? I googled but the explanations went over my head.
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Quote from BlitzAction View Post :
Seems like a very heavy (and ugly) bike for that price; I would stick to craigslist for a much better deal (assuming you wait for the right bike to come along)
Yes, very heavy. Ugly, who cares for a commuter? And if the goal is to get a workout on your way to work, "Heavy is good, heavy is reliable. If it doesn't work, you can always hit him with it."
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Can you explain what an IGH is to a newb? I googled but the explanations went over my head.
you can change gears (7 in this case). but the gears are built into the wheel hub, not hanging out the right side. there is only 1 sprocket on the rear wheel, not 7.

why is it good? you can change gears when you are not moving (convenient for heavy loads and stop lights), lower maintenance, less unprotected moving parts, chain doesn't move back and forth when changing gears.

why is it bad? harder to fix if broken. harder to remove wheel from frame when you need to fix a flat. may not change gears under high loads (you may need to stop pedaling for a second), gears can't take quite as much load as a set of external sprockets (aka cassette). this last bit is usually not a problem for commuters, but can be if you are heavy and stand up a lot while riding.
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Does anyone know if this is online pricing only or do they offer the same prices at the store?
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Does anyone know if this is online pricing only or do they offer the same prices at the store?
If you can find it, they will price match it. It's also FS to store anyways
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I was looking into buying performance hybrid bike when 2013 closeouts go on sale around next month and September. I would use performance hybrid for commuting to work sometimes, but mainly for cardio at night or early in the morning before work. Would that be a better option than this bike?
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