Possible Commuting Virgin

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NWLondoner
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Possible Commuting Virgin

Postby NWLondoner » Sat Nov 10, 2012 09:45 am

Oops... it seems I may have started something off that may mean i'll have to start commuting in the middle of the winter :shock:

My route will be from hendon (greyhound hill) and ending up in Muswell Hill. So a few hills to tackle each way :wink:

I will have to cycle in ALL conditions so that rules out a road bike as I need a bike that can take 35/38 winter snow tyres.

I'm torn between getting a hybrid or a CX, although am leaning towards a CX as i think i'll get more use out of it.

My budget for the bike is £800 max but could stretch a little for the right one. I am leaning towards disc brakes as the idea of commuting in rush hour with heavy rain/snow with rim brakes fills me with dread.

Any suggestions??

I've seem the Jamis Nova at Evans pus the boardman Hybrid range at Halfords and am totally confused. Evans also have a 2012 tricross disc for £750!!!

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JBA
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Re: Possible Commuting Virgin

Postby JBA » Sat Nov 10, 2012 09:58 am

How about a 2012 Charge Filter Hi?
Currently on sale from Wiggle for £700.

I have a Filter Mid and is a great commuter bike. Comfortable and nice to ride. The Hi is the same frame but with disc brakes and a Tiagra group set.
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Ber Nard
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Re: Possible Commuting Virgin

Postby Ber Nard » Sat Nov 10, 2012 10:42 am

I was in the same boat recently and considered hybrids (though not seriously - I wanted drop bars), CX bikes and light tourers. In the end I went for a tourer, specifically this:

http://www.evanscycles.com/products/jam ... e-ec031761

Over budget but there are cheaper alternatives. It's perfect for commuting: strong, capable of load lugging, a good spread of gears, a good riding position and it's surprisingly quick. Full guards and 35mm Marathon Winters isn't a problem either.

Rob

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Re: Possible Commuting Virgin

Postby Kieran_Burns » Sat Nov 10, 2012 14:52 pm

http://www.mcconveycycles.com/store/pro ... 2012-56CM/

I've managed to sort out my BB5s and you know what? They're not bad at all... stop the bike really well no matter the conditions (takes some sorting and are noisy until they bed in)
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Crouching Peeky
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Re: Possible Commuting Virgin

Postby Crouching Peeky » Mon Nov 12, 2012 10:23 am

NWLondoner wrote:I will have to cycle in ALL conditions so that rules out a road bike as I need a bike that can take 35/38 winter snow tyres.

I am leaning towards disc brakes as the idea of commuting in rush hour with heavy rain/snow with rim brakes fills me with dread.


Just a thought, you're planning your purchase around extreme adverse weather which we have down south for what, no more than 10 days a year. What about the remaining 355? Surely it's better to plan around the majority?

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Re: Possible Commuting Virgin

Postby rubertoe » Mon Nov 12, 2012 11:43 am

Crouching Peeky wrote:
NWLondoner wrote:I will have to cycle in ALL conditions so that rules out a road bike as I need a bike that can take 35/38 winter snow tyres.

I am leaning towards disc brakes as the idea of commuting in rush hour with heavy rain/snow with rim brakes fills me with dread.


Just a thought, you're planning your purchase around extreme adverse weather which we have down south for what, no more than 10 days a year. What about the remaining 355? Surely it's better to plan around the majority?


You can ride a CX in the summer you...
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