- Which one bike to do it all?
I’m only allowed one bike, it’s a law passed by Mrs Teadrinker. I curretnly have a Charge rigid 29er which is ok.
I’m finding though since becoming a dad I don’t have time to go out as much on the bike and living on the Essex/Suffolk border the mtb routes aren’t the best. I still go away with the family a couple of times a year for long weekends in the Lakes and I do use my bike to commute all week, only ten miles a day and mainly all road although when summer comes round I may deviate. So if I was to possibly change my current steed what sort of thing would STW’ers reccomend?Posted 5 years agocookeaaSubscriber
Practically speaking it sounds like your Charge covers most of your commuting duties but what you want is something that can handle commuting with a bit of rough and tumble at the weekends… Right?
How about a Lurcher (seeing as you’re riding a 29er already) with a fork that has lockout and a 2nd set of wheels, during the week; slick tired wheelset, and lockout on for commuting, at the weekend, knobbleys on and lockout off for proper riding…
Or keep the charge and get a 2nd “proper” MTB…Posted 5 years agoSprocketJockeyMember
It sounds to me like you want something that is fun to ride locally on gentle trails and roads, OK for commuting but also robust enough to deal with some occasional tougher offroad routes.
Not a very STW response but in your position I’d just buy an extra set of wheels for your 29er with cross or road tyres fitted.
Or if you want a change, as above something like a Fargo would be a good call. Or perhaps a Swift?
If I was to keep one bike it would be my Surly Karate Monkey – versatile as hell, can be run geared or singlespeed, takes racks and guards, tough as old boots and really capable on properly rough stuff but also quite happy run with drops and slicks for the road.Posted 5 years agozipMember
I too moved to Essex/Suffolk border from North Wales a few years ago. A year later I ditched my Orange Alpine for a Ragley Blue Pig. It’s great for pootling along local bridleways and can take the abuse when I go back to Wales, Spain or the Alps. I’ve got 140mm forks on so it’s not too slack. It currently weighs about 12kg with chunky tyres and tubes.Posted 5 years agocoolhandlukeSubscriber
What Speocketjockey said about Surly KM’s +1
Also worth considering a 456ti too. IME the best bike I’ve ever had and the 456ti gets to ride all over the UK where my Enduro sits languishing waiting for tis trip to the Alps (or similar)
The KM I have is used mainly for road / canal tow path stuff.
If I could only have one bike I’d sell the KM and Enduro straight away and keep the 456t or do what Gunz suggested.Posted 5 years ago
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