Commuting – why not use your good bike?
does depend where you store it ….
mine lives outside at home for ease of access so i dont want to leave my good bike there ….
i ride it in the salt and road grime all year round and wash it once a month or so at best …..
other folk leave them locked up outside during work hours in city centers. …Posted 7 years ago
I've been commuting on my nice road bike since the weather got nice, mainly because the Power Tap wheel's on that, and I can't be arsed to swap back to the heavier nastier commuter bike!
If it gets nicked, then c'est la vie, that's what insurance is for, but it seems pretty safe here!
Hmmm… that's a false sense of security if I ever I heard one…Posted 7 years agomamadirtMember
Despite swapping frames every 5 minutes I do like to have just the one bike and up until a month ago was more than happy to ride my (totally impractical but so much fun it should be illegal) Slopestyle to work. I guess the wanna-be bike thief probably did me a favour by showing up the flaws in my locks (Abus Steel-o-Flex was hanging by a few threads, New York lock was unmarked but one of the railings was nearly cropped through). Since then I've been paranoid despite finding more secure storage, and I've spent an absolute fortune trying to find a commute bike I'm happy with – 6 builds in just over a month is excessive even for me but at the end of the day I agree, why should we have to put up with riding crap to work, as enthusiastic as we are over bikes and cycling 👿 . Build No 7 (lightweight 4X bike) will be complete by the end of this week (Parcelforce permitting), – hopefully featuring zero crapness and 100% fun. Watch this space . . .Posted 7 years agokimbersSubscriber
one of these was parked in the bike shed this morning
but its been neutered and fitted with skinny road tyres, what a waste of a good offroad bike
and it certainly will be a waste when some scrote smashes the 10 quid lock and carries it off or just undoes the qr wheels and seatpost
i use my old kona lava dome rigid with semi slicks so i can still hit the odd trail if im so inclinedPosted 7 years ago
I pass a guy who rides an S-Works Epic into Guildford town centre, appears to head into a car park under a well known computer games manufacturer, so I guess it gets left there.
Let's be honest, most opportunist thieves don't know the difference between a £50 Apollo and an S-Works.
You see, there's that optimism again…Posted 7 years agoGary_MMember
I don't have a crap bike as a commuter, there are three reasons for that. I have a very secure bike shed, I have a 20 mile each way road commute and I don't want to ride a bike that looks like shit.
Most of the time I use my kona jake the snake which wasn't cheap to strat with and has a few nice bits added. In the good summer weather I use my full on road bike.Posted 7 years agoooOOooMember
£500 hardtail with a rack, MX comps and saint discs here.
I have gone the insurance route. That gives me the peace of mind to not worry about it whilst shopping.
No attempts at theft in 4.5 years so far (touch wood). My attitude is as I have no car, I'll be ufcked if chavs are going to make me spend hours a day on some BSO or other rat bike. I do more miles on the commute than for pleasure.
Realising that the insurance I pay is more than some people pay for their car insurance is getting to me now though!Posted 7 years agodonksMember
one bike for everything…single speed with 130 revs and kenda small block 8 tyres, the same machine goes to cannock chase once a month and the local woods as often as i can….the good thing is i can thrash it around the skate park which is just down the road from work at lunch times for a hour or just into town for a sarnie. I park it in the office under the stairs so theft isn't such a issue.Posted 7 years agoBushwackedSubscriber
When I post goes up asking what bikes you've got, how many bikes etc there are always replies saying "I've got x, y, z and a commuter"
If I worked in an office I'd love to have a good bike to ride since I'd probably use it more than my "proper" bikes.
Why is it people use some old, put together bike rather than their decent bike to ride to work? Are they ashamed to be seen on a good bike at work? 😉Posted 7 years ago
The general rule is:
Nice weather: nice bike
Crap weather: crap bike
Whether commuting or not! I got used to my commuter over winter, although the brakes are horrific (105), the geometry's all to cock (much too high at the front) and it weighs more than my MTB, but as soon as I got back on the Madone it's just so much nicer, may as well use it!Posted 7 years agoaPMember
Running a nice bike for commuting costs too much and you run the risk of it being out of action when you want to use it elsewhere. When I used one bike for everything I used to get through 2 pairs of rims, about 30 pairs of brake blocks, 2 changes of cables sets, 6 chains, and 3 changes of cassette/chainrings a year.Posted 7 years agojoemarshallMember
Mine would cost £700ish to replace, compared with £300 for my mountain bike.
It is my only road bike, it gets 3 or 4 thousand miles a year of riding, and that would be a right old pain on a mountain bike.
It has a hub dynamo, lights, great big rear saddlebag thing, mudguards etc. and is set up very much for commuting, shopping etc. If I did road biking seriously, I'd probably want something else too.
It's insured on my household insurance, as long as it's locked up (costs me £30 a year or so), and it lives in my office at work, and somewhere quite secure at home, but I do lock it up and leave it in town, or at the shops or wherever.
JoePosted 7 years ago
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