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)
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.
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!
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...
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)
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!