- ideal bike for bad weather work commute ?
This would probably top my list for a commuter: http://www.ribblecycles.co.uk/bikebuilder.asp?action=GenerateConstructor&part=BBRIBBLE7005AUDWINT&sub=conf_BBRW&bike=1Posted 3 years agojacob46Member
Currently using my lovely carbon Tarmac and magic wheels.
I did consider building my own winter bike but it’s cheaper to buy straight off the shelf.Posted 3 years ago
The must accept mudguards and comfy but fast ride. Friend told to look at the secteur with disc brakes. Alternatives please?MoreCashThanDashSubscriber
I’ve had a couple of those Ribble bikes. Not that comfy tbh but great value.
I’d look at disc equipped cx machines like tbe Boardman or Arkrose that will take guards and racks. Choose spec according to budget. Bomb proof for commuting, can fit ice tyres if necessary. Did a 150k audax on mine with slick tyres on.
Fuji Sportif looks interesting as well.Posted 3 years agoSinglespeed_ShepMember
I’ve just built up a charge filter. pretty cheap off ebay.
Will take cx tyres for the offroad and spikes for ice in winter. Sticking with standard lights as the salt near me destroys hubs and don’t fancy wrecking a dynamo.
If i didn’t have a big hill to go up i’d be singlespeed with discs for sure.Posted 3 years agoamediasSubscriber
I ran a single speed Langster through several winters (and summers) worth of road filth and bad weather.
12,000 miles, one drivetrain, two BBs and one pair of wheels.
Finally had to build some new wheels as the rims were paper thin and the hubs bearing races were on the way out, drivetrain would have survived a bit longer but replaced it anyway with the wheels.
I can see the benefit of discs but a few of my (maintenance shy) friends have had problems with stick pistons and seized calipers after a lot of winter filth. I’m not convinced in the long run whether the savings on rim wear are worth it, but the better stopping definitely is so given the choice It’d be SS Disc for me.
If you must have gears then I suggest something with an Alfine 8, much cheaper than a Rohloff, and more reliable than the gearier alfines.Posted 3 years ago
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