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2009/07/23 19:16:03 (permalink)

Reccomend me a Road Bike for commuting!

Hi,
 
I want to buy a bike for the following purposes:
 
  • Cycle to work (flat road)
  • Occasional "fun" cycle (once a week)- mostly roads or around parks, but would like the freedom of being able to go on a fairly quiet gravel path. Im not interested in some pure commute bike with little harnesses etc on it that a 70 year old would use lol.
 
Im trying to get to grips with it all and have had several suggestions, but seem to get conflicting advice!
 
This is what i have got so far:
 
No need for disc brakes
 
No need for rear suspension, front isn't really worth it either.
 
Have thin tyres with a BIT of grip- not totally smooth
 
No harm in having racing handle bars :)
 
There doesn;t seem to be a best "bang for buck" area in bikes- the more the spend the better they are!!
 
I dont know how much i can spend tbh- i can claim the tax back from work- so a MAXIMUM of £1000 but would happily spend half that for something 90% as good!
 
I have looked at the following bikes from various shops. What do you think of them???
 
http://www.primera-bournemouth.co.uk/Template.aspx?prodID=4282
 
http://www.nationalcycles.co.uk/raleigh-pioneer-urban-3-mens-2008.html
 
Given the cannondale is 3x the price- where is the money going? Will i notice this money?
 
Any advice would be great! have hunted on forums, but its a COMPLETE mountain of knowlege!!
 
Any advice would be great!!!!!
 
Cheers guys.
post edited by freak_in_cage - 2009/07/23 19:38:50
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    Re:Reccomend me a Road Bike for commuting! 2009/07/23 19:30:35 (permalink)
    Both look pricey for what you want TBH.  You would be fne with something 1/2 the price.
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    Re:Reccomend me a Road Bike for commuting! 2009/07/23 19:39:13 (permalink)
    how about going for something a bit differant which you don't see all that often

    a cyclocross bike

     
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    Re:Reccomend me a Road Bike for commuting! 2009/07/23 19:40:13 (permalink)
    interesting......so where does the money go into the £1k bike that the £300 one doesn't have? And if a cheaper bike would suit me, where would i be econimising?

    I do hope to cycle for fun too- prob a decent ride most weekends.

    Bear in mind i can save a decent amount by claiming the tax back!
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    Re:Reccomend me a Road Bike for commuting! 2009/07/23 19:42:18 (permalink)
    look at trek a 1.2. bottom of the range trek road bike that uses the same frame as the higher models. fairly relaxed geometry so its nice and comfy to ride whilst still being fast and handling well. not to bad price wise either at about £550
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    Re:Reccomend me a Road Bike for commuting! 2009/07/23 20:00:32 (permalink)
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    look at trek a 1.2. bottom of the range trek road bike that uses the same frame as the higher models. fairly relaxed geometry so its nice and comfy to ride whilst still being fast and handling well. not to bad price wise either at about £550


    hmmmm, looks pretty nice actually! In your opinion, how does it compare to the £1000 one?
     
     Trek 1.2: 
     
    Wheels Alloy hubs; Bontrager Approved alloy rims
     
    Tires Bontrager Select, 700x25c (43cm: 650x25c) 
    Shifters Shimano Sora STI, 9 speed
    Front Derailleur Shimano Sora
    Rear Derailleur Shimano Sora
    Crank FSA Vero 50/34 or 50/39/30
    Cassette SRAM PG950 11-26, 9 speed
    Pedals Nylon body w/alloy cage 
    Saddle Bontrager Race Basic
    Seat Post Bontrager Alloy, Infinite Angle Adjustability
    Handlebars Bontrager SSR VR Bend OS, 31.8mm
    Stem Bontrager SSR OS, 10 degree, 31.8mm
    Headset Aheadset Slimstak w/semi-cartridge bearings, sealed
    Brakeset Alloy dual pivot w/Shimano Sora STI levers
     
    Cannondale
     
    Frame: CAAD9 Cyclocross
    Fork: Cannondale Ultra SI XR
    Rims: Shimano R500A
    Hubs: Shimano R500A
    Spokes: Shimano R500A
    Tyres: Hutchinson Bulldog CX, 700x34c
    Pedals: N/A
    Crank: FSA Omega MegaExo 36/46
    Chain: Shimano HG-53
    Rear Cogs: SRAM PG-950 9sp, 12-26
    Bottom Bracket: FSA Omega MegaExo
    Front Derailleur: Shimano Tiagra
    Rear Derailleur: Shimano Tiagra
    Shifters: Shimano Tiagra
    Handlebar: Cannondale C3 CX
    Stem: Cannondale C4, 31.8mm
    Headset: Cane Creek
    Brakes: Tektro Oryx
    Brake Levers: Cannondale C2
    Saddle: Fi'zi:k Pave CX Sport with Mg rails
    Seatpost: Cannondale C3, 27.2x250mm
     
    There is a Trek dealer near me so i will check that out for sure!
    post edited by freak_in_cage - 2009/07/23 20:03:24
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    Re:Reccomend me a Road Bike for commuting! 2009/07/23 21:08:51 (permalink)
    i think the trek is one of the best cheaper alternatives if you decide your unwilling to pay a grand.

    iadmittedly the cannondale is definitely better specced with better deralieurs (sp?) brakes, cranks and rims.
    you will notice the difference in quality slightly but the trek will leave you plenty of money for upgrading as you progress. the trek is by no means of bad quality. both bikes are from very reputable brands.

    i would recommend that if  buying the trek you spend £20 extra and get the tripple chainring version.

    best of luck
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    Re:Reccomend me a Road Bike for commuting! 2009/07/23 21:18:41 (permalink)
    cool- thanks a lot m8!

    will check the trek out tomorrow!
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    Re:Reccomend me a Road Bike for commuting! 2009/07/23 21:46:32 (permalink)
    www.wiggle.co.uk

    The Focus bike range on there is very good value and you can have a full carbon frame and forks with full 105 groupset for just under 1k.

    Around 7 to 8 hundred gets you a quality bike with full shimano 105 groupset thats a reasonable light weight.

    Quality stuff for the money.
    post edited by Trident - 2009/07/23 21:50:07
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    Re:Reccomend me a Road Bike for commuting! 2009/07/23 23:55:23 (permalink)
    I have just bought a road bike for commuting to work using a tax back scheme, so it will cost me about 62% of its original price over the year and the payments are interest free too.
     
    I bought a Claud Butler Vicenza and I have to say it is superb.  I spent the money on a bike costing more than I would usually dream of spending (I am a bit tight tbh).  The way I look at it is that it actually only costs me £35 a month which is about what I would pay for a bike.
    A few colleagues bought cheaper road bikes and theirs are the ones going back to the shops after only a couple of hundred miles for adjustments and fixes.  Mine is still going strong.  Some others have spent far more than me on Bianchis or the likes.
    As your journey appears to be a good road, don't waste money on suspension bikes, as the effort you put in will also be lost in the springs.
     
    I know its down to my cycling and not an expensive bike, but it does help - I am averaging 17-20mph on the journey to work, so it doesn't take that long to cover the 10 miles in, no more than a 30 min morning cardio session.
     
    The other way to look at it is that if you are REALLY going to use it, get something you really want and take advantage of the saving of the tax back (assuming it is a salary sacrifice scheme)

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    Re:Reccomend me a Road Bike for commuting! 2009/07/24 00:38:28 (permalink)
    cool man- my thoughts exactly!

    how much was your bike? what model did you get?

    i too will be paying about 60% of its new price! :)
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    Re:Reccomend me a Road Bike for commuting! 2009/07/24 06:39:47 (permalink)
    For £1k you have 2 carbon options, Ribble and Boardman, Planet X for a little more. 

    All of there would be fantastic for the money, as would a Can Caa9, fantastic frame.

    I have a Trek 1.5 and love it, but you really need to get out and try some first.

    YOu shouldnt spend less that £400 on a bike really as the parts will not be great, BUT CRC have this great gem ATM that a few people on bike radar have ordered and love

    http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/Models.aspx?ModelID=37303

    or
    http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/Models.aspx?ModelID=38414

    or even
    http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/Models.aspx?ModelID=38415 - has great wheels for the money as well, I have put these on my Trek




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    Re:Reccomend me a Road Bike for commuting! 2009/07/24 10:31:43 (permalink)
    if you're after something for commuting and the odd gravel track I would avoid the pure road bikes, for the simple reason they won't have big enough tyres for gravel or enough clearance for mudguards

    http://www.edinburghbic...amp;f_bct=c003155c002912


    After going through a few road bikes, this kind of bike is what I ride 90% of the time now (a road tourer) - its no slower than a pure road racer, but a lot more versatile for commuting with more effective brakes, mudguards, rack and a slightly more relaxed riding position.

    As an alternative, a mountain bike with a solid fork, and road slicks, would make a good commuter but won't be quite as fast.
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    Re:Reccomend me a Road Bike for commuting! 2009/07/24 10:33:01 (permalink)
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    look at trek a 1.2. bottom of the range trek road bike that uses the same frame as the higher models. fairly relaxed geometry so its nice and comfy to ride whilst still being fast and handling well. not to bad price wise either at about £550


    hmmmm, looks pretty nice actually! In your opinion, how does it compare to the £1000 one?
     
     Trek 1.2: 
     
    Wheels Alloy hubs; Bontrager Approved alloy rims
     
    Tires Bontrager Select, 700x25c (43cm: 650x25c) 
    Shifters Shimano Sora STI, 9 speed
    Front Derailleur Shimano Sora
    Rear Derailleur Shimano Sora
    Crank FSA Vero 50/34 or 50/39/30
    Cassette SRAM PG950 11-26, 9 speed
    Pedals Nylon body w/alloy cage 
    Saddle Bontrager Race Basic
    Seat Post Bontrager Alloy, Infinite Angle Adjustability
    Handlebars Bontrager SSR VR Bend OS, 31.8mm
    Stem Bontrager SSR OS, 10 degree, 31.8mm
    Headset Aheadset Slimstak w/semi-cartridge bearings, sealed
    Brakeset Alloy dual pivot w/Shimano Sora STI levers
     
    Cannondale
     
    Frame: CAAD9 Cyclocross
    Fork: Cannondale Ultra SI XR
    Rims: Shimano R500A
    Hubs: Shimano R500A
    Spokes: Shimano R500A
    Tyres: Hutchinson Bulldog CX, 700x34c
    Pedals: N/A
    Crank: FSA Omega MegaExo 36/46
    Chain: Shimano HG-53
    Rear Cogs: SRAM PG-950 9sp, 12-26
    Bottom Bracket: FSA Omega MegaExo
    Front Derailleur: Shimano Tiagra
    Rear Derailleur: Shimano Tiagra
    Shifters: Shimano Tiagra
    Handlebar: Cannondale C3 CX
    Stem: Cannondale C4, 31.8mm
    Headset: Cane Creek
    Brakes: Tektro Oryx
    Brake Levers: Cannondale C2
    Saddle: Fi'zi:k Pave CX Sport with Mg rails
    Seatpost: Cannondale C3, 27.2x250mm
     
    There is a Trek dealer near me so i will check that out for sure!


    One major difference from what you have listed that will greatly effect the price is the Trek is a bog standard road bike and the Cannondale is a Cyclo-Cross bike, so a much stronger bike designed for off road use hence will be more expensive parts as they need to be far stronger
     
    if you want a bike for commuting and fun use then as Lost suggested a cyclocross will be bets bet of you want drop handlebars, or a fast commuter such as a Scott Speedster or a Marin Belvedere are good enough bikes for what you need, no point in paying a fortune on full carbon bikes etc for all you are going to use it for.

     
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    Re:Reccomend me a Road Bike for commuting! 2009/07/24 10:40:21 (permalink)


    I got a Trek 7.1 FX hybrid, - it'll go off road and up and down curbs - and it's also reasonably quick on the road, - it does the job
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    Re:Reccomend me a Road Bike for commuting! 2009/07/24 11:14:32 (permalink)
    so a much stronger bike designed for off road use hence will be more expensive parts as they need to be far stronger


    Which parts will be stronger, exactly?

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