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Hi Everyone

Discussion in 'Beginners' started by Sig SilverPrinter, 30 Jun 2008.

  1. Sig SilverPrinter

    Sig SilverPrinter Senior Member

    Location:
    In the dark
    Hi all am new to all this forum stuff could I have some advice please.
    After rescuing my mtb from dads garage where they had been stored for 10 yrs while I lived in a flat. Went to Lbs to get new tyres and saw a specialised sirrus .I now keep going back just to look at it.I am toying with the idea of cycling to work (about 16 miles).For the past 9 yrs I have commuted by train and brompton would the sirrus be a good bike for the 16 miles?I know nothing about hybrids would this bike be ok for cycling round the park with the kids?
     
  2. Danny

    Danny Legendary Member

    Location:
    York
    Welcome.

    Yes the Sirrus would be a good choice if you want a flat bar bike. Personally if I was commuting 16 miles (each way?) I would want a bike with drop bars as you can change you position more easily during the ride.

    If you are commuting you are likely to want to add a rack so you can have panniers, and mudguards which together will add about £50 to the price of the bike. So you might want to look at alternatives which already have these fitted.

    The key thing is to explain to your LBS what kind of riding you plan to do, and try out some different bikes and see what feels comfortable for you. Don't just go by looks!

    Any hybrid would be fine for cycling round the park with the kids.
     
  3. Crock of Gold

    Crock of Gold Guest

    Location:
    London
    I use a Specialized Sirrus for a daily 28 mile round journey commute. All year round. It's been battered and bashed by London roads and potholes, is fast, comfortable, sturdy and low maintenance.

    I picked mine up 2nd hand for £250.

    I did buy a 2nd more fancy bike for the commute but then realized, hey, the Sirrus is fine. Don't have to worry about throwing it around. So the other bike is kept for weekend jaunts.

    One thing I will say about it, though. Too many gears.
     
  4. Maz

    Maz Guru

    I've got a Specialized Sirrus, too. Very nice bike for commuting. It's the only bike I have, and has served me well year round, day in day out.
     
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    Sig SilverPrinter

    Sig SilverPrinter Senior Member

    Location:
    In the dark
    Thanks for the replies.I know I shouldn't go on looks alone but I now covet this bike!! I was looking at flat bar as i have a lower disc problem and was worried with drops I might aggravate it even more.
     
  6. swee'pea99

    swee'pea99 Legendary Member

    I've heard only good things about the Sirrus, but like DannyG, if it were me, for that distance I'd be looking at a racer. (I wouldn't clutter it up with racks or mudguards tho'...you can carry most things in your jersey pockets, or take a little rucksack when you need to, and mudguards are for jessies.)

    Whatever you choose, I reckon you'll enjoy it a lot. Do!
     
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    Sig SilverPrinter

    Sig SilverPrinter Senior Member

    Location:
    In the dark
    I may have to go for panniers where would i put my packed lunch !!
    I also sometimes have to take work home which includes heavyish boxes of paper which is not too bad at the mo as on the brompton i'm only cycling for 15-20 min in one go.
     
  8. John the Monkey

    John the Monkey Frivolous Cyclist

    Location:
    Crewe
    Sirrus is a good bet - I see a few around town, and they're surprisingly quick in the right hands. My personal choice is an SCR2 (drop bar bike) but then I knew I wanted drops...
     
  9. gbb

    gbb Legendary Member

    Location:
    Peterborough
    Hi Sig....
    Dont discount a dropbar bike because of your back...there are advantages.

    A flat bar bike ony really gives you one position to ride in. A lot of weight is being passed through your hands and onto the bars. This could cause discomfort on longer rides...
    Drop bars offer you more riding positions, hands either side of the stem, hands a bit further forward where the bars curve forward or hands wrapped round or resting on the hoods....also, when ridng against the wind (back permitting) you can get lower down (even if you're not on the drops) and it makes a big difference in your speed.
     
  10. Soltydog

    Soltydog Guru

    Location:
    near Hornsea
    I have a Spesh Globe which i use mainly for my commuting approx 17 miles each way. Fit bar ends & you'll have more than one riding position. The sirrus will be a bit quicker thna my globe tho :tongue:
     
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    Sig SilverPrinter

    Sig SilverPrinter Senior Member

    Location:
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    Now I don't know what to do! I worry i will spend money and get the wrong bike. I have a very old racer about 25yrs old thats sitting in my dads shed maybe i should have a look at it see how comfotable i would feel going back to drops.
    Out of interest how long does a 17 mile commute take on average?
     
  12. Soltydog

    Soltydog Guru

    Location:
    near Hornsea
    Depends on fitness, hills, traffic, surface you are travelling on :tongue:

    probably looking at over an hour to start with, but as your fitness levels improve your time will come down :smile:
     
  13. pinkkaz

    pinkkaz Senior Member

    Location:
    London
    It takes me 50mins to do 11.5 miles, but that's from one side of London to the other with traffic, traffic lights, lots of other cyclists, lots of pedestrians, potholes etc. etc. If I could get rid of everyone else it would be sooooo quick!
     
  14. swee'pea99

    swee'pea99 Legendary Member

    What is it? There's a very big difference between a very good very old racer and a very average very old racer (not to mention a very crap very old racer). If by any chance it was a good 'un, I would have thought it would certainly be worth changing the tyres (they'd be past their sell-by after 25 years for sure, even if they don't visibly appear perished); squirting a bit of wd-40 around in the obvious places (down cable housings, at fulcrums of moving bits) and taking it for a spin.
     
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    Sig SilverPrinter

    Sig SilverPrinter Senior Member

    Location:
    In the dark
    I'm not sure could be a raleigh.I bought it 2nd hand when I was 16[am 42 now]now i'm wondering if it was one of my bikes that dad accidently set fire to by placing a CARDBOARD box full of hot ashes in the garage i know one of my bikes melted dad recked he could rebuild but never did. I will look in his shed this weekend.