Hot road bikes for the commute

Here at Commute By Bike we focus primarily on utility bikes designed more for practical transportation rather than fast sport recreation. I know many of you, however, like the fast road bikes.

My good friend Ken Conley in Silicon Valley is a fast bike fanatic who rides his bike to work. He recently had an opportunity to test the amazing Storck Absolutist 0.9 road bike. This $6,700 carbon fiber bike is handbuilt in Germany and weighs less than 15 pounds.

Using this bike for your commute is a little like racing down the freeway in a Formula 1 race car, so I thought it amusing that Ken wrote about his commute on this bike.

My record for commuting to work was also beat by 5%. I thought my commute time wouldn’t be improved upon because of traffic lights, but I was able to sprint through lights I normally miss.

I’ve been riding my own “go fast” bike (a carbon fiber Specialized Roubaix) lately. How about the rest of you? Do any of you regularly commute in full road kit on a nice bike? Do you usually commute on a commuter but sometimes take the road bike? Does anybody combine training with your commute?

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