Is this bike suitable for my daily commute?

Discussion in 'Commuting' started by bernieUK, 12 Apr 2008.

  1. bernieUK

    bernieUK Über Member

    Good evening all

    For quite some time I have been riding a trusty old singlespeed Langster for my daily commute of around 6 miles to and back. I have been thinking of getting a new bike. A work colleague is offering his bike to me at what seems to be a very good price. It is hardly used and, from what little I know, it appears to be more a road/racing bike. The "approx" spec is as follows:

    Time VX EDGE Carbon Frame

    Groupset-Campagnolo Centaur 10 speed

    Mavic/centaur Custom Built wheels

    And various other carbon bits.

    I feel as though it all a bit too fancy for me but the bike does look a cracker. So, would something like this being used for a daily commute be a waste? I would appreciate your opinions.

  2. Plax

    Plax Veteran

    If it's a good price and affordable for your budget, given the specification I'd go for it. You could always make your commute a little bit longer!
  3. MER Veteran

    MER Veteran New Member

    The Mile End Road
    Have you got a picture of it dude?

    I bought a dawes audax 2006 and 2007 for that matter and it's been one of the best most reliable bikes I have ever had.


    Is this it?

    I had a Cannondale a few years back but I didn't really think it was brilliantly suited to commuting.
  4. bonj2

    bonj2 Guest

    definitely , get it
  5. simoncc

    simoncc New Member

    Yeah, get it and get out and ride it. It's a great bike. Buy something more suitable for your commute though.
  6. Abitrary

    Abitrary New Member

  7. Keith Oates

    Keith Oates Janner

    Penarth, Wales
    I wouldn't touch that with a barge pole,.................................... but could you please give me the contact details of your work colleague;)!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  8. RedBike

    RedBike New Member

    Beside the road
    Sadly mud-guards and panniers are often required on a bike used for commuting. You'll struggle to get either on that.
  9. gavintc

    gavintc Guru

    For a 6 mile commute it is a little over the top and if you are locking it up in a public space every day there is a danger it will be targeted. As simon has implied, buy it for cycling, but buy a better option for commuting. Personally, I use a winter bike for my commute. If it disappeared one day, it would be sad, but replacing it would not cost me a fortune.
  10. IMO for year-round commuting, it's a bit impractical - and maybe a bit of a waste of specs. Something a bit more rugged that can at least take full length mudguards would be better.
  11. MER Veteran

    MER Veteran New Member

    The Mile End Road
    Same thing all very wll.

    I found the Cannondale didn't have a lot of clearance for the back wheel and also it was hard to fit mudguards on.Few other niggles as well but as it wasn't really designed as a commuting bike and I did actually buy it to use on the 1999 London - Brighton that probably explains it.
  12. mlg_gsb

    mlg_gsb New Member

    Bike for Commute

    Hi All,

    What sort of bike do you guys recomend for a commute of 6 or so miles then?

    I'm looking into getting a bike but am a bit confused as their seems to be so much on offer. I'd like a road bike for the speed, a trek bike for its comfort, and a hybrid for its ease of use. Are road racers completely impractical? I'd also like to get something I could use for semi long distance, cross country leisure cycles.

    I'm also looking to get my bike s/e so have been looking at old school racers. Also the Trek 6100 range.

    It's probably 6 or some and half a dozen of the other but what woul your recommendation be for the type of bike a first timer (first time commuting, not cycling!) should look at getting for an inner city commute.

    Any help gratefully received.
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