i have the option to commute on 25s but take the bike that can take 28s, like you say a lot nicer ride and less risk of pinch flats from potholes you cant see in the dark28! Bloomin' luxury...Mine came with 23c and is max 25. Riding the mixte with 28s is a magic carpet ride!
doesn't matter whether its called a road bike with clearance or a gravel bike, but get yourself something with drop bars, clearance for at least 35mm tyres, mudguard mounts and then buy a spare set of wheels for it.Thanks for the replies all. Going to go with a road bike that can take bigger tyres , that should do the job
You don't need marathon pluses for commuting. There are tyres out there that have good puncture protection and roll better than a set of marathon plus. In the summer, I commute on carbon road bike with 25mm GP5000s because it's fun. And it's nice to be able to extend the commute and have it take the same amount of time. It's also the bike I use for weekend rides. Prior to it being stolen, I commuted in the winter on an aluminium cx bike with 32mm pirelli cinturatos- which I highly recommend as commuting and general crap weather road tyres. They can even handle light gravel and dry single track. Those tyres are now fitted to the road wheels for my new gravel bike for commuting and general crap weather rides.Marathon Plus on a 'sport tour' 26" road bike. Best/worst of both worlds.
Commuting bike needs to be robust rugged and ultra-reliable. Speed is not the main consideration. If you're actually training for events you'll need another bike. Having a 'spare' occasional commute replacement while something eventually needs fixing is always useful.
So that will be a touring bike then, with proper mudguards and a rack on it so you can carry stuff around. I really don't know why everyone makes it so hard. Unless you are actually using a bike for racing on, a touring bike or flat bar hybrid is quite capable of dealing with pretty much anything barring mud-plugging off road use.Thanks for the replies all. Going to go with a road bike that can take bigger tyres , that should do the job
Got a domane al2 that can take 32mm without mudguards and 35mmSo that will be a touring bike then, with proper mudguards and a rack on it so you can carry stuff around. I really don't know why everyone makes it so hard. Unless you are actually using a bike for racing on, a touring bike or flat bar hybrid is quite capable of dealing with pretty much anything barring mud-plugging off road use.
Hah. That's very much assuming you have control over 'a decent road surface'. Which doesn't match any urban situation I've ever ridden in.If you have a decent road surface, almost any tyre will do.
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