- Cheap sub £300 commuter
I’m thinking about commuting to work most days instead of driving. I use to have to carry a laptop in so driving was easier. Now i don’t need the laptop, driving 2.5 miles seems wasteful. I have an Mtb and Road bike but both are too nice to leave locked outside. I can’t take them in as i work in a college. So I was thinking this morning about getting/building a sub £300 commuter. Maybe a single speed Mtb. I’ve looked online but not been able to find anything. I must be looking in the wrong places. Could atone give me any directions to any sites or brands to look at? I’m happy to look at second hand or bikes needing a little work. Just have no idea what to look for.Posted 4 years agochakapingSubscriber
You should be able to get a secondhand Ribble Winter road bike for your budget. They have clearance for full mudguards – handy for road rides in the wet also.
Or this is pretty good for the money new…Posted 4 years ago
Old hybrid and a couple of targeted upgrades (cheap v brakes + sks guards).
I have an old muddy Fox which I can lock just about anywhere without any worries.
It’s heavy and slow but comfy and good upright position for traffic.
Edit should add I was lucky to find it largely unused in a family members garage so was old-new when I got it. No point getting something that is already totally shagged outPosted 4 years ago
I was just chatting to a mate who bought a bike off me about 4 years ago. It’s a 2001 (ish) Jamis that i built up as a play bike. Mostly LX and standard shimano from what i remember. He said I can buy it back for what he paid and it’s not been used since. It will need some work and its only a 14″ frame. But then i’m only 5ft5 so might still be ok for a few miles each way. Worth doing?Posted 4 years agoNorthwindSubscriber
Just in the middle of replacing mine… £80 Boardman hybrid off the forum (may be too small, that’s OK, I’ve been riding a too-small commuter for 15 years). Probably some Superstar XC wheels for £160. And everything else will be random garage floor sweepings so doesn’t count as expense 😉
But for such a short commute, anything’ll do the job. Ancient mtb out of a skip, new drivetrain and cables from Woolyhatshop, sorted.Posted 4 years agojoshvegasMember
mjsmke – Member
Dmorts, thats exactly what I was just thinking. I think I can walk it in 45 mins. Slowish riding in 15 mins plus 10 mins each end getting changed etc so not much quicker. Walking is just so boring next to a road.
Wait a 2.5 mile ride and you need to get changed? Its a commute you are doing not a sprint.Posted 4 years agopalmer77Member
I’m selling mine due to working from home. It’s a Kona Dew City, size c49, with shimano deore hubs on mavic a319 rims, really good wheels, deore groupset, XT brakes, FSA headset, stem, bars and seat post, selle italia seat, DMR v8 pedals, project 2 forks, 25-11 9 speed cassette, ODI grips and KMC chain. £300 Ono. For the right price I may through in my winter metal spiked tyres.Posted 4 years ago
Well I picked up a bike off a mate last week. It was originally my bike before I sold it to him about 4 years ago. He was planning on re building it but never got round to it. It’s an old Jamis hardtail I had built as a play/jump bike. He have me £70 for it and never used it. So I gave him £70 last week for it and he threw in a single speed tensioner, 3 sets of bars, a few old stems and a seat, and 4 inner tubes. (None of it fits his current bike). So now my plans changed a bit. I now aim to build a sub £100 singlespeed commute/play bike.Posted 4 years ago
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