12 mile commute to work….what to buy?

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  • Premier Icon neil853
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    i was thinking about a cyclocross bike with mudguards on and perhaps some road tyres? but is it worth just buying a road bike? or are there any 26" bikes that are worth considereing?

    Premier Icon ourmaninthenorth
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    12 miles? Any bike will do, but some road tyres will make it a bit more pleasurable.

    Premier Icon geoffj
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    Get a road bike that'll take 28c tyres and guards. Probably more of a tourer/audax geometry may be more comfortable and provide better clearance.

    Premier Icon neil853
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    well my ransom won't ๐Ÿ˜‰ i like the look of the scott and trek cx bikes, nice oppotunity to use the co cycle to work scheme too

    Premier Icon Mad Pierre
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    I got myself a Specialized Sirrus for commuting a little bit further.

    Just the job.

    Premier Icon DezB
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    Of course "any bike will do" but you'd get there a lot faster and with less effort on a road bike than an mtb.
    I use a 23c shod roadbike for a similar distance. If I was going to replace it, I'd consider a crosser with mudguard capabilities, but I still go for skinny tyres.

    thomthumb
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    fixed wheel.

    will make you grow into a big strong man. the girls will swoon over you and the boys will admire you.

    Premier Icon neil853
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    ๐Ÿ™„

    jonb
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    A winter road bike would work. The biggest things I'd want to consider are gears, do you need them? Mudguards, you need them! Rack or Back? Strong wheels are important if you're riding in traffic and the dark as it's not always easy to avoid things.

    You could do it on a slicked up mountain bike but I personally would be going cyclocross, touring, audax, winter road bike for fast reliable options.

    I like on-ones and there's on in the planet x clearance so I'd consider and uncle John or kaffenback.

    12 miles isn't that far, I'd have thought 45 minutes would be easily achievable on a mountain bike so you don't need a proper race bike.

    Something you can bolt proper mudguards and a rack to, if you need them, but which can run skinny tyres. 700c or 26" (or 650b, 29" for that matter) dosn't matter in the least. But you'll want it to be quick.

    Gary_M
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    I use a cx bike with 25mm road tyres and full guards for my commute which is slightly longer.

    Premier Icon neil853
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    cheers guys, think i'll stick with the cx idea

    Premier Icon cookeaa
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    Assuming it's a completely on road commute then get a Road bike and lycra up, I've had mine a couple of years and compared to the MTB it makes my 20mile commute a relative joy, so much more efficient…

    Having said that if it was feasable for me to commute more offroad and simply take longer I would…

    if you do have an offroad or partially offroad commute then I reckon a nice robust fully rigid, skinny tyres XC bike is the way to go, it's all about saving some energy for the journey home later…

    Premier Icon ourmaninthenorth
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    well my ransom won't

    Fair point. Even I wouldn't ride one through choice. On the road, I mean. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Road bike – good, but not usually enough clearnace for 'guards or a pannier rack, which you'll appreciate in the grotty weather. Fast.

    Winter/audax road bike – clearance for 'guards and rack, but maybe less sprightly than straight race bike. Unlikely to be any slower on a commute.

    CX bike – versatile, but choose carefully. True cross frames have no 'guard or rack mounts (or even bottle bosses). Get one that does all of these things. Watch that the gearing may be a bit lower than normal road.

    west kipper
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    Much as I love cx bikes, I kind of roll my eyes a bit at their current popularity as commuters. In a tarmac-only role they are inferior in most ways to a true roadbike or tourer- heavier, , slack steering, frequent toe overlap and just less agile overall.
    Now, if you intend to use them offroad , then, thats different,the're great! but otherwise I'd get a road bike and feel the speed difference.

    brooess
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    Cotic Roadrat here. Fast, handles like an MTB, 23c tyres for efficiency. Singlespeed cos London's flat and less maintenance

    mikey74
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    winter road bike

    What is that exactly?

    Just get a road bike: Tools for the job etc etc

    foxyrider
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    I would recommend a road bike as well as it makes the journey much easier and therefore you will be able to keep it up all week. A MTB or heavy bike will do your fitness the world of good but I have done it and it is much harder graft and wears you down over time ๐Ÿ™‚ I got a ribble carbon frame, lovely and soft ride but with 23c tyres wips along amongst the traffic etc ๐Ÿ™‚ I use the Crud Road racer guards (full). I carry a saddle pack with a few spare coins, spare tube, tyre levers and mini-tool. In my rucksac I have a pump and a puncture repair kit with my spare clothes.

    chilli
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    I do a similar commute and i got a CannondaleBadboy 700disc on the biketowork scheme,it's alot better than doing it on my old Kona and i like the stopping power of discs in traffic.

    monkeychild
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    On One Pompino get a 135mm if you fancy gears. I run a fixie one and commute 15miles each way. I use a carradice saddlebag for carrying all my rhubarb and sks full guards.

    foxyrider
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    I guess it also depends on how hilly it is – a flat ride would suit a fixie I guess. Discs would suit city/busy town riding i.e. frequent stopping for lights and cars etc. Mine is town out into countryside and had no major hills.

    aP
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    I use a custom frame 853 road bike designed to take 23mm tyres and Salmon guards with standard drop brakes. But then that's probably all a bit over specialised for you. I bought as a second CX a bmc CX02 earlier this year which I could put guards on, and which I used for a week's cycling in the Alps 6 weeks ago (as I don't like flying with my nice road bikes) and was able to hang quite easily with a big group of Dutch club cyclists from Eindhoven on their way up the Col du Joux-Plane. It does the job just fine and is actually quite agile for a CXer. Of course I threw the 105 away and put Centaur on instead, and for mere mortals you'll not really require bigger than a 48 or 50 chainring.
    It'll be flogged round Deal on Sunday.

    Premier Icon jimmy
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    mikey74 – Member

    winter road bike

    What is that exactly?

    A road bike with thick lube and mud – sorry spray – guards on according to 224 Triathlon this (maybe last now) month.

    I liked the article in this month's mag about 'winter bikes'. Too bloody right.

    traildog
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    I do a similar distance and use a variety of my bikes. All the bikes have main uses, and commuting is their secondary use. The cross bike is one of my favourites to use, but that's because I can use it to go off road. If I wasn't going offroad, then the road bike is the best as it's fastest and less tiring.
    If the weather is bad, then it's my cx bike or hardtail mtb because I want to keep the road bike gleaming. The mountain bike gets a bit tiring riding everyday.

    If I was to get a bike which was to be used purely for commuting, then I'd get a tourer or 'winter' road bike. As must as I love my cross bike, the geometry of a road bike is better on the road, it's not easy getting guards on the crosser, the brakes can be a bit temperamental, the ride is stiff for racing and it doesn't take panniers.

    west kipper
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    OK neil, the general view is that you should get 'a 100mm travel, carbon monocoque unicycle with tri-bars, panniers and at least two full length mudguards.

    jackthedog
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    Carrera do a nice flat bar commute bike. Nice and cheap, fast, comfortable. Job's a gudgeoun.

    Kramer
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    Is a road bike much faster on a commute than an XC bike with slicks?

    Premier Icon firestarter
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    ive just got a flat bar 700cc single speed with discs for my new commute ๐Ÿ™‚

    jackthedog
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    Is a road bike much faster on a commute than an XC bike with slicks?

    You wouldn't think so but it really is. I made the jump and wouldn't go back.

    Coleman
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    "Is a road bike much faster on a commute than an XC bike with slicks? "

    Oh yes.

    Premier Icon geoffj
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    Genesis Aether would be perfect

    Premier Icon stevomcd
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    Bit of a hijack here, but for grinding up BIG road hills (I live on the road to the Col de l'Iseran) is a road bike noticeably quicker (for the same effort!) than a slicked-up rigid MTB? Just curious, I should really get around to pedalling up some of that weird smooth black stuff some time, but neither the up nor the smooth really appeal…

    claudie
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    I switched from a MTB with slicks to road bike with 700c 23mm tyres and really like the change. Faster and much less effort. Recently fitted crud race guards which work well. Commute is 12 miles each way country lanes in crappy condition but my wheels seem fine so far. Got talked out of CX bikes by this forum as none of my ride is off road

    "Is a road bike much faster on a commute than an XC bike with slicks? "

    not in my experience, but i'm much more of an MTB'er really, so maybe i'm no good at getting the most from a road bike. Running 1" slicks and a 48t chainring helps the MTB too.

    steve_b77
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    The boardman hybrid comp is the ideal commuting tool in my mind.

    Nice geometry, strong wheels, 28mm tyres, mounts for racks & guards, disc brakes, SRAM gears, flat bars and 23lbs.

    Certinaly does the trick for me

    tiss
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    How about a singlespeed crosser,like the Breed I'm selling………..

    richcc
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    Another Road Rat here. Added full mudguards, clipless pedals and an Avid BB7 front disc brake. Running it single speed and do 12.5 miles each way in about 45 minutes with rucksack.

    rolfharris
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    Road bikes go on the road.

    Cross bikes go on the rough.

    Trek cross bikes don't have racks. A trek 1.2 has 25c tyres and room for guards and a rack. A trek 1.5 does too but isn't good value and a bit rough compared to the competition.

    Giant Defys also have this space and a lovely frame and are great value. Incredibly dependable bikes, although they look a little boring.

    I used to commute on a Planet X cross bike and it was slow and too low geared. It wasn't the right tool for the job. It was also much heavier than a road bike.

    aviemoron
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    Does me fine

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