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Advice needed on commuter bike

Discussion in 'Commuting' started by Rykard, 11 Nov 2007.

  1. Rykard

    Rykard Über Member

    Hi,

    I am looking for advice regards the purchase of a new commute bike. I cycle into Leicester totally on the road. I am looking for a quick flat bar road bike. I need it to take a rack and mudguards. The rack will have around 10kgs on it and I weigh around 115kg. I have been advised that 700c should be OK as I am not going off road at all. Budget is around £500 + £100?

    Can you all throw your suggestions my way please.

    Cheers
    Rich

    ps I currently do it on an old, heavy slicked up MTB
     
  2. Maz

    Maz Guru

    Hello Rich
    Another Leicester mester here...I have a Specialized Sirrus (Elite model) and I think it is a great commuting bike. Fits your criteria above. It's lightweight, easy to handle and is a joy to ride. I think you can get a new Elite for £500. Try it out at Webster's on London Rd in Leicester (just up the rd from the railway station).
    Cheers
    Maz
     
  3. Mister Paul

    Mister Paul Honky

    Location:
    North Somerset
    Another vote for the Sirrus.
     
  4. longers

    longers Veteran

    And another BIG Sirrus fan here. No need to get anything other than the bog standard in my opinion. Last years colours are grey (black this year) so may be cheaper. Spend the surplus on kit?
     
  5. I've got an 06 Sirrus and I'll agree with people, I've found it a great bike
     
  6. benjus

    benjus New Member

    Well I've noticed before that there's a lot of support for the Sirrus on this forum and I'm sure they are great bikes. But it's worth at least a look at the Ridgeback Genesis Day range. I've got the entry level Day 00 model and I really like it. Slightly cheaper than the Sirrus entry level and good value for money in my opinion. I considered the Sirrus but couldn't find any shops with one in my size to test, and when I tried the Genesis I was pretty much sold on it.
     
  7. OP
    OP
    Rykard

    Rykard Über Member

    hadn't considered the Genesis, will try and look around at the weekend.. the FCR series looks ok but haven't seen it mentioned here...
     
  8. DLB

    DLB Senior Member

    As an alternative to the other suggestions, i recommend looking at a trek. i have a 7.1 nad think it's really good
     
  9. Zoiders

    Zoiders New Member

    Location:
    Ice Station Zebra
    I dont like flat barred 700c bikes, thats just me though, I dont find they handle that well to be honest

    Slicked up MTB for me, rigid steel is good, an older XC race bike works well if it has the braze ons
     
  10. OP
    OP
    Rykard

    Rykard Über Member

    when you say don't handle well what do you mean? I currently ride a slicked up rigid MTB (26" wheels) I don't want to have a load of issues if I go to 700s
     
  11. OP
    OP
    Rykard

    Rykard Über Member

    when you say don't handle well what do you mean? I currently ride a slicked up rigid MTB (26" wheels) I don't want to have a load of issues if I go to 700s
     
  12. have a look at the Globe and Sirrus range by Specialized, Kara Kum and Discovery range by Dawes, Rapide and World range by ridgeback and the Fcr range by giant.

    For the price your looking at there is a lot out there for you.
     
  13. have a look at the Globe and Sirrus range by Specialized, Kara Kum and Discovery range by Dawes, Rapide and World range by ridgeback and the Fcr range by giant.

    For the price your looking at there is a lot out there for you.
     
  14. 008

    008 New Member

    Location:
    NW London
    Rykard - I was in your position only a couple of months ago, riding a slicked up MTB but fancied something a little quicker.

    I test rode the following bikes -

    Marin Fairfax - didn't like the shifters, felt a bit clumsy.

    Marin Sausalito - didn't feel right, can't explain... maybe cos it only had a double chain ring or maybe geometry wasn't right for me??

    Genesis Day 02 - very fast but found the ride really harsh and wrists were aching after only about 20 minutes... riding around London's roads.

    Giant FCR2 - very nice bike apart from uncomfortable saddle.

    Specialized Sirrus Elite - the one I went for. Good balance between comfort and speed. Also have eyelets for mudguards and rack.

    I'm around the 70 KG mark and it did feel a bit fragile at first... not sure whether it's because I was more used to a MTB but I've heard that the wheels aren't too strong. You may need to double check that bike can cope with your quoted weights.

    No issues with handling apart from being a bit ‘twitchy’ at first, but I guess you’d expect that from a lighter more road orientated bike. I also found that I tend to change gears more often as the ratios are a lot closer than on a MTB. You soon get used to it all though.


    Overall, very pleased with the transition, you realize pretty quickly that you're using a lot less effort than before... by the end of the week, my legs definitely don’t ache as much as before.

    Good luck with your choice.
     
  15. 008

    008 New Member

    Location:
    NW London
    Rykard - I was in your position only a couple of months ago, riding a slicked up MTB but fancied something a little quicker.

    I test rode the following bikes -

    Marin Fairfax - didn't like the shifters, felt a bit clumsy.

    Marin Sausalito - didn't feel right, can't explain... maybe cos it only had a double chain ring or maybe geometry wasn't right for me??

    Genesis Day 02 - very fast but found the ride really harsh and wrists were aching after only about 20 minutes... riding around London's roads.

    Giant FCR2 - very nice bike apart from uncomfortable saddle.

    Specialized Sirrus Elite - the one I went for. Good balance between comfort and speed. Also have eyelets for mudguards and rack.

    I'm around the 70 KG mark and it did feel a bit fragile at first... not sure whether it's because I was more used to a MTB but I've heard that the wheels aren't too strong. You may need to double check that bike can cope with your quoted weights.

    No issues with handling apart from being a bit ‘twitchy’ at first, but I guess you’d expect that from a lighter more road orientated bike. I also found that I tend to change gears more often as the ratios are a lot closer than on a MTB. You soon get used to it all though.


    Overall, very pleased with the transition, you realize pretty quickly that you're using a lot less effort than before... by the end of the week, my legs definitely don’t ache as much as before.

    Good luck with your choice.