My Triban 3 commuter

Discussion in 'Commuting' started by defy-one, 4 Aug 2012.

  1. defy-one

    defy-one Guest

    hi all, some of you know i was looking at either a 2nd hand quality bike or a brand new Triban 3. Well this morning i happened to be out towards Docklands and popped into Decathlon at Surrey Quays. It's HUGE!!

    tried a couple of sizes and eventually settled for the 57cm frame, rear pannier rack and of course a pannier. This is my first foray into the world of panniers. up to now i was using a rack on my BSO but it wasn't very good for centre of gravity or trying to get my leg over the bike (ooh err).

    enough yapping , here are the pics .....

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    an hour (or 3) of fettling adjusting and general messing about, and i have converted her into my new commuter. The universal full mudguards didn't fit very well under the brakes, so i hacked them and made a custom job, hope you like them. Already tried fitting my work rucksack (laptop/tools) inside the panniers and it's a great fit, with room for sundries.

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    been out a couple of times for test runs and will probably put a stem on that raises the bars, as my Defy has a relaxed geometry, and the seat isn't the best, again will change in due course. Other than that i would say a good bike at £300.
    total outlay with all the bits and pieces has been just shy of £400, and will take me between 2 & 3 months to claw back, from saved diesel & parking in Central London. Not to mention getting much fitter, losing weight ( 16lbs already) and saving loads of wear & tear on the car.

    thanks for reading :-)
  2. Andrew_Culture

    Andrew_Culture Internet Marketing bod

    total pleasure, I don't have a Decathlon anywhere near where I live, but I might have to make a trip!
    Sent from Backup hand no.2
  3. gambatte

    gambatte Middle of the pack...

    S Yorks
    I've got a 5 year old B'Twin I use as a commuter. It's kitted out with all the commuting gear and taken loads of hammer, with no complaints. I was thinking about getting the T3 as my Sunday bike. Luckily though they had problems getting my size in and in a surprise moment,when I mentioned it, our lass said "I don't know about bikes if the next model ups OK......" So I ended up with the T5.
    Can't knock 'em, great machines for the money :smile:
  4. Peteaud

    Peteaud Veteran

    South Somerset
    Nice, if my commute goes well i may go down the same route (so to speak)
  5. sittingbull

    sittingbull Über Member

    South Liverpool
    Nice pix! The finish quality really does look good.
  6. mikmurray

    mikmurray Regular

    you'll have to let me know how you get on with the panniers, i'm thinking about panniers, but just wondering on the handling and what speed they take off
  7. Speedking

    Speedking Regular

    what or the lil switchs on the hoods what do they do?
  8. vickster

    vickster Legendary Member

    They change the gears - didn't you work that out on the one you allegedly bought and returned :whistle:

    Looks really nice defy-one :becool:
  9. Speedking

    Speedking Regular

    you still talking about that?:blink: so r the other type or gear changers better microshifters
  10. OP

    defy-one Guest

    As Vickster states - the little buttons are to change gears up and the big brake levers when pushed towards the centre of the bike change down.

    The Defy 105 shiters are better, but that bike is 3 X as expensive.
    As a cheap commuter I can't complain about the quality of this bike. It's way way better than my BSO, and hence fit for purpose.
    Looks smart aswell :-)
  11. OP

    defy-one Guest

    Early indications are very good. I'm comparing to having my rucksack sitting up high right behind me on BSO hybrid. Luggage weight is the same, but this bike is way lighter than BSO and most importantly the centre of gravity has come way down. This gives a much better feel when cornering and will be very important when whizzing in/out of London traffic. Speed on a quick 3 miler around home showed maybe a 2-3mph increase on my BSO.
    Will update once I've done a few 44 mile round trips in/out of London.
  12. subaqua

    subaqua What’s the point

    i have kept mine as the sunday bike , or for commuting with a light rucksack . I got the riverside 7 for commuting in and it hasn't knocked much off my speed. whats great is not having a sweaty back from a rucksack. panniers all the way for me now
  13. Jdratcliffe

    Jdratcliffe Well-Known Member

    Redhill, Surrey
    looks very smart - might if i can convince her in doors get one as a N+1 for a winter commute and save my CAAD8 for the summer and sunday runs
    defy-one likes this.
  14. Drago

    Drago Guru

    Most pleasant!
  15. Mike!

    Mike! Veteran

    My other half has expressed an interest in getting a roadie to loose her baby weight after our second is born in November. One of these seems ideal if the fit is ok
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