Commuting on carbon

Discussion in 'Commuting' started by ricnott, 19 Jan 2018.

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  1. ricnott

    ricnott Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Nottingham
    I currently have a 2009 Trek 1.2 and a 2012 Trek Madone 4.5.

    Due to constraints at home I am having to look into getting rid of one of these. I am looking at keeping the Madone and putting my commuting wheels onto it for week days and using the carbon wheels for sportives etc.

    Does any one have any experience / pearls of wisdom / thoughts on using a full carbon bike for commuting?

    Rack is not an issue as I use a rucksack and commute about 13 miles each way about 3 times a week.
     
  2. Arjimlad

    Arjimlad Tights of Cydonia

    Location:
    South Glos
    I don't see the problem other than the ideal all-weather all-year round commuting bike would have disc brakes, in my experience. I often ride my carbon rim-braked bike to work on dry days but prefer not to chew through the rims with salt & muck 3x per week in the winter.
     
  3. ianrauk

    ianrauk Tattooed Beat Messiah

    Location:
    Barmy in Barming
    I see more carbon on my SE London commute then any other frame material.
     
  4. rivers

    rivers Senior Member

    Location:
    Bristol
    I commute on my carbon bike if it's going to be dry. Why wouldn't I? It's a fun bike to ride
     
  5. vickster

    vickster Legendary Member

    Just get some winter wheels maybe and keep it clean?

    Also, bear in mind where you'll be locking it up, is it secure but also will it get bashed by people locking their bikes up etc. Decent stands rather than wheelbenders?

    Rucksack for 13 miles, ugh, but each to their own!
     
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  6. davidphilips

    davidphilips Senior Member

    Location:
    Onabike
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  7. hennbell

    hennbell Über Member

    Only concern is security of the storage location, besides that If owned a carbon, campagnolo super record eps equipped super bike with deep section wheels I would ride that to work every day.
     
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  8. Welsh wheels

    Welsh wheels Lycra king

    Location:
    South Wales
    I have one bike I use for commuting and road riding. If I had the funds I would have separate bikes, as commuting in all weathers does tend to run a bike into the ground more quickly.
     
  9. Never caused me a problem when I used to ride carbon :okay:
     
  10. MiK1138

    MiK1138 Über Member

    Location:
    Glasgow
    I use my Carbon in the summer and the Hybrid in Winter
     
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