How does this sound? 700cc 32 spoke disc wheels shod in 28mm Conti Ultra Gators, hydraulic brakes, Compact 105 gearing with 12-25 cassette, flat bars, carbon fork, full guards easily, rack mounts. Might need a carbon post & bar ends.
All these commuting threads - let's spec your ideal commuter
red 1994 GT Timberline, singlespeed, red grips too!! Perfect for my commute, I luv'it! (well I rode the Pacific Coast Highway on it last year so thought it will do for my commuter)
Last week it was an ancient Cannondale Tourer frame with Mavic wheels and 28mm Vittoria tyres, full guards, rack and panniers. It had flat bars, XT thumbies, 7 speed mtb rear cassette and big road front double chainset.
This week I'm in between bikes while I swap to a new steed so I am on a 94 Stumpjumper with full slicks and 1x7 gearing with riser bars. My commute today was fun and I realised how dull road orientated bikes are with their efficient geometry. No hoofing it off kerbs with road or hybrid bikes...
Next week will be a flat barred Cotic Roadrat with mavic disc 700c wheels, deore disc brakes, rack, guards, XT rapidfire 2x8 with the 28mm Vittoria Rubinio tyres.
However, if this is an ideal world money no object commuter I have logic issues. If money was no object why would I be going to work?
currentley in process of building one for my 15 mile uppy downy trip
so far it looks like
felt q920 frame
old hope mini's
flat bar and bar ends
on paper seems to be nice but will see whan its built
Got a 17-ish mile up and down road ride to work. Its all fast open roads so a road bike is the preferred tool.
So with that in mind, I'll have something like that Pearson, would need full guards, panniers and disc brakes.
If it was all in town, something with 26" wheels, singlespeed and would need to be good fun just hacking around on it. And preferably stealthy enough not to get nicked.
here's mine on my cheeky commute. Could do with a bigger gear I suppose.
My s/s Roadrat with Hope XC discs is a great way to travel to work. lovely handling bike Took me until lunchtime to stop smiling
My Trek Portland pretty much fits my current commuter bike needs and works ok with a bobyak. For more pickupability I use a brompton.
Patience..... My VRS-11 shifters arrived this morning, so I may have it built by the w/e (my understanding of non-turn washers permitting). Colour cordinated white/black/silver.... includes BB7 discs and a dynamo hub running B+M lights. Been a long time coming, but looking forward to the first ride. If I like the Alfine experience, the frame will change to a Van Nic Amazon.....
This is what my new bike will be like. The VRS-11 shifters are winging their way over the Atlantic and my bike is now about to be built by On-One (I'll finish the build myself when I get the levers).
Is yours on the road yet?
I don't believe the Van Nic has mounts for disc brakes BTW....or indeed dropouts/ecc BB for the Alfine, so rim brakes and a chain tensioner would be required as far as I can tell.
Is yours on the road yet?
This week some time..... fettling time permitting
I don't believe the Van Nic has mounts for disc brakes BTW
Can have this as an option, so no bother - the Amazon Touring certainly has a mount as standard. The Rohloff variant has an EBB as standard, so would look to see what they could do as a semi-custom option to cover all the requirements, or get close enough off-the-peg with a tensioner.
Anyone got a Courier Race from Edinburgh Cycles - thinking of getting one so would like to know if they are up to the job!
Finally decided to cough up for a(nother) Ti frame to replace my rather tired 531 winter bike.
Not a fan of compact road frames but ended up with an off the shelf Enigma Etape as their custom build wait list is approx 4 months.
Transplanted most of the 9 spd running gear, guards, saddle etc over but needed a new longer post and I've thrown some Dura Ace bits on it as well.
Defo not a cheap winter hack but having lost the two past winters I'm determined to keep the mileage up this year and some new shiny should help.
I'll need to juggle some wheels around as it's 22lbs atm and obviously waay too heavy
I have an inbred which i use for everything from commutes, to riding holidays when the full sus has decided to spit it's dummy.
Change the tyres, flick a singlespeed kit on, whatever.
I don't need 6 bikes. (i'd get nagged for a start)
I second the concept of having a good commuter, I use mine for training and touring too.
Ti Yukon frame for £435, disc brakes, rack, mudguards, otherwise dependable non cling kit.
I see a lot of them around Edinburgh, they look like decent bikes, they are designed for the job. Not ridden one tho
My perfect commuter. MTB frame with EBB, alfine, mary bars, short travel coil sprung fork, mary bars, rack and mudguard mounts, 1 3/4 inch road tyres. Not far of what I have
My requirements for a commuter:
Unattractive to thieves
Reliable & low maintenance
Able to carry luggage
Able to cope with the rough cycle path I use
Solution is a 1993 Marin Eldridge Grade, fitted with slicks, guards and a rack. The 7 speed transmission with thumbies never goes wrong, parts are cheap, I can carry plenty of shopping in 2 panniers, and no-one would nick it because it's old and a bit tatty.
I used to use my Thorn Audax, but that was far too nice to wreck on a short commute.
I will also add that I commute on all my bikes and if it ties in with an evening TT, I'll bling up and ride me TT wagon
It's my fastest bike and I like trying to get from A to B as fast as possible :lol:.
At the other extreme I'll pootle in on't full suss every now and then
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