My company has just announced they're going ahead with cyclescheme, and I'm going to buy a new bike for commuting. It's a 21 mile round trip, all on road, with about 1250 feet of climbing. I would like to commute year round (within reason). I don't want to do the journey on a mountain bike, and I already have a reasonable road bike which I'm currently using for the journey. I'm thinking about a flat bar "city" bike with room for a rack, 700C wheels and mudguards. Anyone got any recommendations ?
Which bike for commuting ?
I'm pretty happy with my Roadrat. Rack and mudguards are essential. 28mm Bonty hardcase tyres seem OK for the odd gravel path too.
No gears on a roadrat though, which wouldn't suit the ride - some of the hills are quite steep, and if I picked a ratio to suit the ups I'd be spinning out all the time on the flat / downhill bits.
I'd be thinking about something with drop bars for that sort of distance. But you're right to be looking for rack/mudguard mounts. How about a Kona Dew Drops?
No gears on a roadrat though
It comes with a chaintug/gear hanger - it will run a full compliment of gears!
I've had mine for a few years now - my only 'complaint' is that it could be a bit lighter. Other than that I find it a perfect commuter - runs well with loaded panniers.
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