12 mile commute to work….what to buy?
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.Posted 8 years ago
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.jonbMember
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.Posted 8 years agocookeaaSubscriber
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…Posted 8 years agoourmaninthenorthSubscriber
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Fair point. Even I wouldn't ride one through choice. On the road, I mean. 😉
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.Posted 8 years agowest kipperMember
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.Posted 8 years ago
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.foxyriderMember
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 🙂 I got a ribble carbon frame, lovely and soft ride but with 23c tyres wips along amongst the traffic etc 🙂 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.Posted 8 years agoaPMember
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.Posted 8 years ago
It'll be flogged round Deal on Sunday.traildogMember
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.Posted 8 years agoma-maracasMember
This would be the perfect ride for your commute:Posted 8 years ago
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…Posted 8 years agoclaudieMember
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 roadPosted 8 years agorolfharrisMember
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.Posted 8 years ago
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