Bike For My Boss

Discussion in 'Beginners' started by Jezston, 18 May 2010.

  1. Jezston

    Jezston Über Member

    Location:
    London
    No I'm not buying him one, I'm not THAT much of a fawning sycophant!

    But my boss is keen on cycling to work at least a couple of days a week but has no idea what kind of thing to get. Recommend he goes to the LBS near work and have a chat with them and try some out, and I've suggested he checks out touring bikes.

    If anyone has any recommendations and things to consider, not just in terms of bike but also accessories, riding tips etc please share so I can encourage him!

    Criteria is:

    - Journey is a newbie-dawnting 17 miles each way. Relatively flat and mostly country roads, but starts with a steep uphill for almost a mile.
    - Boss is about 40, seems in fairly ok shape for his age, but does have lower back problems.
    - He'll be bringing change of clothes and perhaps a few other bits and bobs.
    - Probably only doing a couple of days a week to start, and doesn't fancy it in winter. We need to encourage more!
    - Work has cycle to work schemes available, but part of reasoning is to save money so may be hard to convince them to pay too much. I'm thinking £600-700 max perhaps. Good if something nice could be bought for less.
     
  2. Davidc

    Davidc Guru

    Location:
    Somerset UK
    He should try several, and if he has back problems a good lbs sounds an excellent starting point.

    With back problems he should think carefully about whether to use panniers rather than a rucksack.

    A tourer would carry his clothes etc, but so would a good hybrid type bike, which as a novice he might prefer. (Drops on a tourer might not be to his taste).
     
  3. Moodyman

    Moodyman Guru

    Depends what your boss is like.

    If he's a dragon, get him the cheapest, heaviest BSO and watch him suffer. Tell him how much you saved him whilst secretly rejoicing in his physical pain. Keep reminding him that the pain is normal in the first few months.

    If he's a dream boss, then suggest the best bike for his terrain / fitness level / budget. Then when he's bitten the bug, go on weekend rides with him, stop at some pubs/cafes and become best mates. This will lead to an automatic promotion.
     
  4. g00se

    g00se Über Member

    Location:
    Norwich
    Let him borrow yours - then, of course, you'll need something else.

    N+1 and all that...
     
  5. OP
    OP
    Jezston

    Jezston Über Member

    Location:
    London
    Heh, no he's a good guy so I want him to get something good.

    Was thinking flat handlebars would not be recommended due to the long ride. A tourer with drops and those little brakes on the flat part of the bar I reckon would be good so he can hang around there while he's getting used to it whilst having the option to move his hands around when he gets uncomfortable.

    Panniers definitely over rucksack, but I suppose those could be fitted to bikes other than just tourers.
     
  6. g00se

    g00se Über Member

    Location:
    Norwich
    Interruptor or cross brake-levers I think they're called.
     
  7. adds21

    adds21 Rider of bikes

    Location:
    North Somerset
    I thought there were called suicide levers! (or are they better these days?).
     
  8. g00se

    g00se Über Member

    Location:
    Norwich
  9. adds21

    adds21 Rider of bikes

    Location:
    North Somerset
    Oh, those look quite good... Thanks for the pointer.
     
  10. jethro10

    jethro10 Über Member

    Location:
    Lake District, UK
    Bike for your Boss?

    Hmmm.....

    seems like a good swap ;)

    Jeff
     
  11. upsidedown

    upsidedown Waiting for the great leap forward

    Location:
    The middle bit
  12. OP
    OP
    Jezston

    Jezston Über Member

    Location:
    London
    that sounds perfect, cheers!
     
  13. threebikesmcginty

    threebikesmcginty Corn Fed Hick...

    Location:
    ...on the slake
    Flat bar might be better, if he has a bad back the drops could be uncomfortable.
    If he doesn't mind looking like a looney he could try butterfly bars which give a good range of hand positioning.
     
  14. They are just intensive-care levers now ;)
     
  15. OP
    OP
    Jezston

    Jezston Über Member

    Location:
    London
    Hmm, boss is unsure of his total budget having considered the cost of all the extras he'll need (pannier bags, lights, clothes etc). We saw this one at the local bike shop (who annoyingly don't stock touring bikes) which looks like it might do, if possibly being a bit heavy and clunky.

    http://www.ukcyclestore.com/category-72/trek-t30-gents-09.html

    Any thoughts?
     
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