Hi! This is my first post and I’d like some advice from the wise heads here. I’m an experienced London commuter but have just moved house and my ride has gone up from around 9 miles round trip to around 26. I’m coming in to the City from Twickenham and have worked out the best route for me which gives a mixture of safety, speed, ease and scenery so all good on that front. I cycle in with a fairy light backpack as I have nowhere to store clothes at work. I’ll be commuting 3 or more days a week year round. I’m thinking of using the company C2W scheme (as it’ll save me nearly 40% on the cost of the bike over its life) so I’ll probably end up getting my bike from Halfords. I’m aware of the pros and cons of buying a bike from them – suffice to say I’ll be getting it serviced / checked over by my friendly LBS. So, to get to the point I’d like some advice about bikes. I currently ride a fairly cheap Marin Hybrid. It’s pretty sturdy and not too heavy but some of the components are naff and with the opportunity to upgrade I’d like to go for something lighter and faster. My dilemma is whether to go for a dedicated road bike or a higher specced hybrid. I’ve been looking at the Boardman offerings (due to generally good reviews all round, good looks etc). I’m attracted to the road bars and weight of the Road Comp but also to the disk brakes of the Hybrid Team / Comp. I’m currently doing about 15 mph average over the course of my hour long ride which I feel is okay given traffic. So, do I go full road or stick with hybrid versatility? I’d be interested to get advice from other commuters. Are punctures a problem on road bikes? Are disc brakes a big advantage in heavy (London) traffic? Will a road bike survive a harsh winter on London’s mean streets? Any advice would be heartily appreciated.