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What bicycle do you ride on, to your NHS workplace?

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1. Tourer
 
14% (1 votes)
2. Mountain Bike
 
0% (0 votes)
3. Racer
 
0% (0 votes)
4. Folding Bike
 
0% (0 votes)
5. Hybrid Bike
 
86% (6 votes)
6. Electric Bike
 
0% (0 votes)
7. A Trike
 
0% (0 votes)
8. recumbent bicycle
 
0% (0 votes)
9. Cargo bike
 
0% (0 votes)
10. eCargo bike
 
0% (0 votes)
11. Vintage Bike pre 1980's
 
0% (0 votes)
 

Help - which bike should I buy

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September 21. 2012
sofia layton

I would be really grateful for some advice on choosing a bike, thoughts on whether my logic so far makes sense and any thoughts on comparisons between the two I have been looking at – or others I should consider instead. I don’t know much about the components and how they stack up against each other.

So for background, I've been cycling the 3 or 4 miles each way to and from the station and taking my bike on the train for a few years now but every winter my riding drops off. I have a Planet X carbon road bike which I love and ride all summer but have a really heavy old hybrid for the winter that needs replacing. For background, I am a 40 something female, 4 ft 4" with quite short fingers and longish legs and I struggle with the steep hills on my route (how I wish I had never smoked as a teenager!). The roads round my way are in terrible repair and the shortest route involves a cobbled street and there is an option of a short cut across a field which would avoid going up over one of the hills.

I want something light weight, able to cope with roads in disrepair, the odd track or bit of grass (though I am a road cyclist at heart) and our wet winters. So I am considering a cyclocross bike. Despite their terrible customer service, I love my Planet X bike and am considering the Uncle John http://www.planet-x-bikes.co.uk/i/q/CBPXUJSP/planet_x_uncle_john_sram_rival_bike. The break/gear levers are apparently adjustable so my short fingers should be able to reach. And I have looked at the Pinnacle Arkose two in Evans (and I can comfortably reach the levers on that one, unlike the Cannondale) http://www.evanscycles.com/products/pinnacle/arkose-two-2013-cyclocross-bike-ec039562.

Finally, I’ll be buying on the cycle to work scheme, so there’s a £1000 limit.

I would be very grateful for any thoughts or advice you might have. Thank you.

 

September 22. 2012
niggle

Have you considered a touring bike? Mudguards and rack fitted, 32mm tyres, triple chain set with wide ratio gears to get you over the hills. Sturdy build that will cope with poor surfaces etc and give comfort as well, so you might even start to ride further afield and improve that fitness.

Eg:

http://www.realcycles.com/m37b159s283p2849/_RIDGEBACK_Voyage_2012/RS_GB/6623

http://www.winstanleysbikes.co.uk/product/39368/Dawes_Horizon_2012_Bike

http://www.evanscycles.com/products/dawes/horizon-plus-2012-touring-bike-ec027656?utm_source=froogle&utm_medium=froogle&utm_campaign=froogle#features

http://www.realcycles.com/m37b159s283p2847/_RIDGEBACK_Journey_2012/RS_GB/6611

and if you are disc brake fan:

http://www.google.co.uk/products/catalog?q=kona+sutra&oe=utf-8&rls=org.mozilla:en-GB:official&client=firefox-a&um=1&ie=UTF-8&tbm=shop&cid=6176709860130679671&sa=X&ei=CYFdUJ-mIqGK0AW764DYDA&ved=0CEcQ8wIwAg#scoring=tps

BTW I am guessing you are 5'4", not 4'4", otherwise you would never be able to climb on board that Planet X Carbon...

September 22. 2012
niggle

Another link for the disc brake tourer, which will work better hopefully:

http://www.cyclelane.co.uk/m4b3s21p5678/KONA-SUTRA-2012/RS_GB/19352

September 22. 2012
niggle

Should have mentioned that the Ridgeback Journey I linked to has an Alfine 8 speed hub gear, which is really practical for winter commuting. I have a Carrera Subway with 8-speed hub gear that I have used for my 6 mile each way commute in all weathers for three years and it has been really reliable and low maintenance.

September 24. 2012
sofia layton

Thanks very much Nigel. Lol, yes I did mean 5 not 4 ft! I'll look at these at lunch time. One key consideration for me is the weight and comfort of carrying the bike over the footbridges at train stations. I love being able to pick my carbon bike up and dash up the steps so easily.

September 24. 2012
sofia layton

I had a look and nope, a tourer isn't for me. I want more strength and grip than my carbon for the wet winter but keeping it as light as possible. I don't carry more than I can fit in a back pack so don't need the racks. I went to rotherham and had a ride on the planet X on Sunday and it felt very good - especially like the sram double tap gears.

September 25. 2012
sofia layton

I spent last night weighing up the options and have ordered the planet X this morning. Thanks for your input Nigel, I looked at a number of other options at the links you sent but somehow, I kept going back to the planet X - perhaps for me they are the Apple of bikes.

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