I've just got a new job in Harrogate, so I am hoping to commute by bike at some point in the week, I'm a virgin to road commuting.
I used to commute 14 miles each way from Saltaire to Leeds centre along the canal (never touched a road) and used my hardtail. I used to do it a max of 3 times a week as any more and I would feel knackered.
Baildon to Harrogate is about 18 miles, and is reasonably flat too apart from 1 reasonably long big hill. Will the road bike, and being on roads make it easier and therefore just as do able 3 x per week?
The tyres on my ageing road bike are cheap slicks, and at the slightest damp patch you can wheel spin them or be off the bike. What tyre would make a fast rolling, cheapish and safe commuter tyre?
I'm also thinking that I need to buy day glow everything? Again can you get reasonably cheap day glow t-shirt tops, or do you just have to wear a day glow vest over a T-shirt? Or am I kidding myself it will make any difference to drivers?
Finally the direct commute is along the reasonably busy country A roads the A658. Does any one think there is a safer/as quick route that avoids it?