bike advice

Discussion in 'Beginners' started by liambauckham, 5 Jun 2008.

  1. liambauckham

    liambauckham Über Member

    hey gang I'm starting to cycle to work (12 miles hilly country A-B roads) at the moment i have a "downhill" MTB, which is a nice bike but really isn't designed for prolonged use. my question is, im thinking of getting a second bike i have an old frame laying around that ive been tempted to turn into a road bike, but have also been thinking it may just be cheaper to buy a second bike. what type of bike do you recommend?

    any questions let me know

  2. Maz

    Maz Guru


    For that sort of distance, you'll be better off with a road bike or hybrid. Mine is a Specialized Sirrus Elite. Nice n light, easy ride etc. A 2nd-hand one might cost £100-150 (?) depending on condition. Have a look on ebay for what they go for.
  3. Abitrary

    Abitrary New Member

    If you've already got an MTB, and you're enjoying your cycling, I'd buy a roadbike.

    If thats 12 miles each way, I'd definately get a road bike with drop handlebars as after a few weeks of doing that distance, you will get tired and stiff not doing it on a smoother faster bike with more handlebar positions.
  4. Noodley

    Noodley Guest

    Welcome to the forum.

    Like Maz I would recommend a road or hybrid bike for commuting. Check out classified adverts here or on or "others" as well as ebay. I have just picked up a decent bike (Dawes Horizon Tour) for 40 quid for my wife to pootle about on and commute...

    Maybe even post a "wanted" notice on one of the bike forums? There will be someone somewhere with a bike which they will be willing to part with..
  5. OP

    liambauckham Über Member

    correct me if im wrong a hybrid is road bike crossed with an mtb
  6. RedBike

    RedBike New Member

    Beside the road
    Yes, you'll find that some hybrids are effectively road bikes but with flat bars.

    It will probably cost you more to build your frame up that it will to buy a complete bike. Definately get a road bike thats capable of taking mud-guards / pannier racks.
  7. domtyler

    domtyler Über Member

    This is the time of year to be out on a lightweight road bike, no mudguards, no rack (if it doesn't fit in your jersey pockets leave it at home!), no excess weight, just get out there and go for it.
  8. OP

    liambauckham Über Member

    another idea i had was to buy a couple of quick release wheels and put slicks on them so i could interchange them on my mtb. another thought tho back to my stripped out mtb frame is the components ill probably need to restore it is:
    rear wheel

    all the original parts should still do the job
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