[Newbie] Looking to commute...

Discussion in 'Beginners' started by Zagek, 31 May 2008.

  1. Zagek

    Zagek Senior Member


    Well I enjoy cycling a lot and used to cycle to my old place of work but I was an idiot and got myself involved in an accident (I say that - even though it wasn't my fault - but we've all heard that :tongue:) & on top of that my road bike kept getting punctures!

    Anyway, I'm looking to commute to work again but I don't want to get endless punctures like I did before. The roads I go on are not the best so this time I'd like to stay away from a road bike and maybe go for a hybrid if that's what they're called?!

    Does anyone have any information on a good hybrid/commuter thingy! My budget is around £500 and I've been looking at the Giant Escape M1 if that's any good.

    Thanks :smile:
  2. bonj2

    bonj2 Guest

    not all road bikes get punctures. I haven't had one in about 1000 miles and i ride on shite roads.
    The cause of repeated punctures is most likely to be old tyres.

    get a road bike or a mtb, most hybrids are just "easy to use" cycles for non-cyclists.
  3. OP

    Zagek Senior Member

    Thanks, is it advisable to get a MTB for road use?
  4. Tynan

    Tynan Veteran

    road bikes don't get more punctures than hybrids

    hybrids are quicker on the road than MTBs and road bikes quicker than the other two

    all things being equal

    good tyres at the correct pressures on a road bike will cope just as well as a hybrid, assuming you're prepared to avoid the worst of the potholes, get an MTB if you want but bear in mind it's you that'll be puffing all the extra weight and bad design (for roads)
  5. You might consider a flat bar road bike for the commute, something like a Specialized Sirrus. I used to commute on mine when I had 17.5 mile commute but I've moved closer to work now and I've bought a cheap Ridgeback Hybrid.
    I think if I'd was doing a longer commute I'd use a road bike, IME they don't p****ture more I've not had any, touch wood (my head will do) on my road bike in 1625 mls.
  6. OP

    Zagek Senior Member

    Thanks everyone and sorry for my idiocy!
  7. bonj2

    bonj2 Guest

    yes, you can do..

    The only reason roadbikes are faster on the road. is (in order of most significant first):
    * thinner tyres which have less rolling resistance
    * closer ratio gears
    * lighter weight.
  8. punkypossum

    punkypossum Donut Devil

    If the roads are pretty rough, you might be better off with a hybrid. Also depends on how long your commute is and if you want to use the bike for other stuff. For example, if you wanted to go off-road at weekends and only had a short commute, a mountain bike with slick tyres might be a good option. Similarly, if you want to do long distances on the road when not commuting and can only have one bike, you might want to use the road bike as your commuter... A hybrid lets you do a bit of everything, but is not an expert at anything... (well, that's all a bit generalised, but sort of sums it up I think)
  9. Mister Paul

    Mister Paul Legendary Member

    It's not idiocy.

    The best advice is to try out a few.

    MTB -heavier than the other options. You'll want to think about changing the tyres for slicks, as heavily-treaded tyres will make you go slower and aren't as grippy on the road.

    Hybrid -covers a range of bikes, from road bike with flat bars to MTB with slick tyres. Try something like the Specialized Sirrrus for a faster bike, or the Specialized Globe for a more sturdy bike which is more capable on not-so-good surfaces and is better at carrying loads.

    Tourer -drop bars, like a road bike, but sturdier and usually comes with mudguards and a rack for panniers.

    Road bike -the fastest, and arguably the most comfortable over distance. Not so sturdy, given the narrow wheels and tyres, and the more 'head-down' riding position isn't as good for visibility aroudn traffic as a more upright bike.

    There's loads more to say on the subject, so keep asking. But again, your best bet is to try a few bikes out and see what feels good for you.
  10. Mister Paul

    Mister Paul Legendary Member

    That's three reasons bonj, not the only one, and there are more. Like aerodynamics.
  11. OP

    Zagek Senior Member

    I'm looking at the Specialised Globe & Sirrus. I'll probably go round my local stores if they're open tomorrow and see if any have them so I can have a look in person :tongue:

    Do you lose a lot of speed not having drop down handle bars?
  12. Mister Paul

    Mister Paul Legendary Member

    I only metioned Specialized because I like the brand.

    Different bike shops will be dealers for different brands. But all of the big brands do the same types of bike. If there's a bike shop local to you that you're impressed with, it would be worth you considering the brand that they sell.
  13. RedBike

    RedBike New Member

    Beside the road
    There isn't that much of a difference between flat bars and riding 'on the tops' of drop bars. You are normally sat more upright on a hybrid so it is harder to get out of the wind.

    Normally it's the heavier wheels / tyres that makes a hybrid feel slower.
  14. Dayvo

    Dayvo Just passin' through

    And fitness; and ability; and nerve!
  15. redfox

    redfox New Member

    Bourne End, UK
    And how clean and well lubricated you keep whatever choice of bike!
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