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The Bike Geek: Challenge number three done

Where is the post about that Quad lock you may ask? It is coming up next, this weekend you get not one but two posts from your favorite Bike Geek!

Last week I posted about planning my multi-modal commute to work. One of the challenges that I had was that I had no commuter bicycle and I was going to try to score one for $150.00 from CraigsList.

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After searching for a few days and going through a sea of big box store “bicycles”, countless fixies, old ass bikes referred to as “vintage” and bikes listed for a dollar but not really selling for one (although some were worth a buck) I decided to change my search parameters.

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I really wanted a bike that could handle mild off road trails and be fast on the pavement; that meant that what I needed was a cyclocross bicycle. A search for “cyclocross” yielded few results and most of the bikes were way over the $150 price point. However, I saw this Devinci Caribou 1 bike being touted as a “touring/cyclocross” bike for $300. I’ve never heard of Devinci and a quick search yielded that this bike is Canadian and it was indeed a touring bike that could handle dirt trails.

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Long story short, I brought this bike home for a decent $338 Canadian dollars. The bike is in decent shape, not perfect but it suits my needs perfectly. I have amassed quite a bit of parts during my cycling years so this bike will inherit some carbon fiber bits such as a seatpost and handlebars, a Selle Italia Saddle and a Minnehaha rear rack pannier and Grand Bois tires that were provided by Wabi Cycles(more on those later on).

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I also placed an order for a set of Kenda King Cross knobby tires, new bar tape and Crank Brothers pedals. I don’t think that I will wait until Bike to work week, I really want to try this bike out once the time changes.

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