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after a bit of a moon on a stick bike

need to buy a bike through cyclescheme to get me to work, needs to take mudguards, needs to be fun so I can use it for non commuting duties, and ideally about £700 (so i can get some extra bits and bobs)

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dave atkinson [6223 posts] 7 years ago
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It kind of depends what your definition of fun is, really... there's plenty of bikes out there that match your other needs. Cyclescheme's best selling bikes are mid-range commuter irons like the Specialized Sirrus Comp and the Trek 7.5FX, and for good reason - they're light, fast and versatile. If you want something a bit more heavy duty (say, if fun means a bit of rough stuff or touring) then cyclo cross bikes like the Kona Jake and Specialized Tricross) make great commuters. If your commute is over some high kerbs and down a flight of steps, then what about a Cannondale Hooligan? they're fun. Oh, but guards are out. And if you're commuting on the flat(ish) you could opt for a fixed or singlesped; the Condor Pista is a great all-round bike.

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BBL [12 posts] 7 years ago
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I'm in a similar position, through the Cycle Scheme looking for a commuter that can also handle the odd triathlon (just for fun - not to win). So trying to decide between a proper road-bike or a flat bar version...

Think I've decided on a flat-bar (but keep changing my mind) and have a short-list of Kona Phd, Giant FCR and Trek FX

All thoughts welcome!

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dave atkinson [6223 posts] 7 years ago
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The Trek's riding position is a tad more upright so if you're wanting to get hunkered down for a TT then one of the others might suit better. The Specialized has a 4-position adjustable stem (via an asymmetric shim thing) which might be good for getting your tuck right. Otherwise, I'd budget to fit a proper adjustable stem and some tribars if you're going racing. Even if you're not (too) serious, the amount of time it'll save you makes it worth the effort...

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wildrnes [14 posts] 7 years ago
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cheers for that folks, i think i would much rather go with drop bars to aid with the climbs (there are a fair few bigguns round here)

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BBL [12 posts] 7 years ago
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Thanks - didn't know about the adjustable stem, I'll need to have another look at the Sirrus.

Of course I could just go for a Cyclocross bike...

Too much choice!