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Public Forum => Buy and Sell - Public => Topic started by: James R on 15, December, 2017, 12:39:11 PM

Title: Commuter Bike Recommendations?
Post by: James R on 15, December, 2017, 12:39:11 PM
  Any advice on a bike that would be good for commuting. Nothing too expensive and preferably something I could pick up second hand. Iím not ruling out a road bike of some kind (no lycra) although if that doubled as a turbo trainer I suppose that would be a win win.


Cheers,
James
Title: Re: Commuter Bike Recommendations?
Post by: Liam Phelan on 15, December, 2017, 01:14:18 PM
If you're looking for something cheap, it's hard to beat the value of the Boardman range (http://www.halfords.ie/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/branddisplay_storeId_11101_catalogId_15551_categoryId_212394_langId_-1_MFName_Boardman) in Halfords.
Title: Re: Commuter Bike Recommendations?
Post by: RobH on 15, December, 2017, 02:01:38 PM
Not the cheapest option, but I bought a CX bike for commuting and have been delighted with the flexibility it offers. It isn't as quick as I expected with the CX tyres but if you want the extra speed you can always put some slicks on it and it's pretty nippy. Also handy for hitting a few fireroads and offroad sections to lengthen the commute in the summer months, added bonus you can race it in the winter too.


EDIT: And I use it plenty on the turbo trainer too! Buy a cheap rim and turbo tyre and just flip it over when you want to ride the turbo.
Title: Re: Commuter Bike Recommendations?
Post by: Ratz on 15, December, 2017, 07:18:39 PM
Defo a cx for me, does everything, on road, off road, so versatile and plenty of decent ones available 2nd hand. Mine is 2nd hand carbon and I love it. Mine has v brakes too, discs were not a biggie for me. (https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20171215/faa76f0f4466c0fe5dfb0d1d07a3423b.jpg)
Title: Re: Commuter Bike Recommendations?
Post by: Roest Whittle on 15, December, 2017, 07:49:35 PM
I have a Kona Rove for sale, I used it as a commuter for a while and it a savage piece of kit.  Serious discount on the asking price for club members ;)
Title: Re: Commuter Bike Recommendations?
Post by: johnbelling on 16, December, 2017, 08:12:21 AM
Go full hipster and build a fixie . No Lycra just flannel.


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Title: Re: Commuter Bike Recommendations?
Post by: James R on 16, December, 2017, 07:30:07 PM
I have a Kona Rove for sale, I used it as a commuter for a while and it a savage piece of kit.  Serious discount on the asking price for club members ;)


What size would this machine be?
Title: Re: Commuter Bike Recommendations?
Post by: James R on 16, December, 2017, 07:39:30 PM
Go full hipster and build a fixie . No Lycra just flannel.


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Haha the flannel makes me iittchhyyyy maaaaan! I need some gears.
Title: Re: Commuter Bike Recommendations?
Post by: Eric on 17, December, 2017, 07:21:07 PM
I've a giant scr road bike, carbon fork 58cm , bottom bracket just serviced and fairly new tyres , 320 euro

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Title: Re: Commuter Bike Recommendations?
Post by: krezi on 18, December, 2017, 10:40:59 PM
Cx bike is a great choice, very versatile. You can put on road tyres and will be flying

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Title: Re: Commuter Bike Recommendations?
Post by: Juan on 20, December, 2017, 07:43:00 AM
A Cx bike opens you future option such as competition in winter time and for the rest of the year you just need a secon pair of road tires
Title: Re: Commuter Bike Recommendations?
Post by: James R on 20, December, 2017, 11:16:47 PM
Thanks for the advice lads. Not sure I'd put myself through a CX race but it nice to have options!!


Would something like this be a good or bad buy?


https://www.adverts.ie/road-bikes/giant-defy-cyclocross-large-needs-tall-owner/14282302


This one looks straight off the back of at truck:


https://www.adverts.ie/road-bikes/bombtrack-2016-cyclocross-bike-hook-1/13852766
Title: Re: Commuter Bike Recommendations?
Post by: Ratz on 21, December, 2017, 11:09:07 PM
Depends on the condition. Its grand if that's the budget you want to spend and it's in good Nick. Can't tell much from that photo. Its an older model bike and in cork though..... here is another option but Clare... XL too. Looks pretty clean. http://www.adverts.ie/13673180  2nd hand can be a waiting game for a good bike at a good price
Title: Re: Commuter Bike Recommendations?
Post by: Eric on 22, December, 2017, 12:22:46 PM
James alot of people size down when it comes to cross bikes btw
i could be worth waiting till after the nationals as there should be alot more available 2nd hand
Title: Re: Commuter Bike Recommendations?
Post by: James R on 23, December, 2017, 02:34:09 PM
Thanks Eric, good to keep that in mind.


Is something like this good? Probably out of my price range:


http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/ie/en/lapierre-cx-alu-200-fdj-cyclo-cross-bike-2017/rp-prod148716
Title: Re: Commuter Bike Recommendations?
Post by: Eric on 23, December, 2017, 02:52:11 PM
Thanks Eric, good to keep that in mind.


Is something like this good? Probably out of my price range:


http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/ie/en/lapierre-cx-alu-200-fdj-cyclo-cross-bike-2017/rp-prod148716
Sora is one of the lower drivetrain ranges and the rim brakes are old school now .
For similar money , tiagra and discs
https://www.paulscycles.co.uk/m7b0s194p7465/CANNONDALE-CAADX-TIAGRA-2017.

I just sold a minter cx bike was a focus mares, great fun only sold it as I knew it would be used for a while

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Title: Re: Commuter Bike Recommendations?
Post by: saccades on 23, December, 2017, 03:23:16 PM
I wouldn't get hung up on a cx bike, I used one for several years as it was as close to the bike I wanted as you could get at the time and it's a bit shit for commuting. Race geometry, no rack mounts and not a lot of clearance for mudguards or really big tyres.

Replaced it with a proper commuter (gravel) bike as that's what I was using nearly everyday, it has decent road geometry so you can see what the traffic is doing, rack mounts everywhere and I can fit 29er wheels with mudguards if I so want.

I've also done sub 9 hour Wicklow 200s (I'm a fat bastard, them climbs is hard) and regular 85km road spins on it. Stuff that would be no fun on a cx.

Mine's a planetX London road, I recommend the bike highly even if they are a bit shit in customer service and quality control.





Title: Re: Commuter Bike Recommendations?
Post by: James R on 08, January, 2018, 10:02:46 PM
I wouldn't get hung up on a cx bike, I used one for several years as it was as close to the bike I wanted as you could get at the time and it's a bit shit for commuting. Race geometry, no rack mounts and not a lot of clearance for mudguards or really big tyres.

Replaced it with a proper commuter (gravel) bike as that's what I was using nearly everyday, it has decent road geometry so you can see what the traffic is doing, rack mounts everywhere and I can fit 29er wheels with mudguards if I so want.

I've also done sub 9 hour Wicklow 200s (I'm a fat bastard, them climbs is hard) and regular 85km road spins on it. Stuff that would be no fun on a cx.

Mine's a planetX London road, I recommend the bike highly even if they are a bit shit in customer service and quality control.



Thanks Ian, I hadn't heard of Planet X until you and Juan mentioned them to me.
Title: Re: Commuter Bike Recommendations?
Post by: James R on 08, January, 2018, 10:03:38 PM
Thanks Eric, good to keep that in mind.


Is something like this good? Probably out of my price range:


http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/ie/en/lapierre-cx-alu-200-fdj-cyclo-cross-bike-2017/rp-prod148716 (http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/ie/en/lapierre-cx-alu-200-fdj-cyclo-cross-bike-2017/rp-prod148716)
Sora is one of the lower drivetrain ranges and the rim brakes are old school now .
For similar money , tiagra and discs
https://www.paulscycles.co.uk/m7b0s194p7465/CANNONDALE-CAADX-TIAGRA-2017 (https://www.paulscycles.co.uk/m7b0s194p7465/CANNONDALE-CAADX-TIAGRA-2017).

I just sold a minter cx bike was a focus mares, great fun only sold it as I knew it would be used for a while

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That's a fair point, I'll defo hold out for disc brakes.
Title: Re: Commuter Bike Recommendations?
Post by: James R on 17, January, 2018, 10:19:38 PM
So I've narrowed it down to three potentials:


Genesis Croix de Fer
Planet X London Road
Planet X Kaffenback 2


Only issue with picking up a second hand one is I need an XL or L. At least I have some bikes to go search for now.


Thanks all!
Title: Re: Commuter Bike Recommendations?
Post by: Liam Phelan on 18, January, 2018, 11:46:02 AM
Yeah I'd recommend the Planet X bikes. I've had road bike one for a few years. Good value for money.


These have hydraulic brakes for nearly the same money:
https://www.planetx.co.uk/i/q/CBPXLDNRIVHRD/planet-x-london-road-sram-rival-11-hydraulic-disc-road-bike
https://www.planetx.co.uk/i/q/CBPXLDNRIV1/planet-x-london-road-sram-rival-1-hydraulic-disc-road-bike


I've never trusted mechanical disc brakes.

Title: Re: Commuter Bike Recommendations?
Post by: Eric on 18, January, 2018, 05:52:08 PM
you know theres a planet x shop in athlone ,
they do be at alot of cx races with demos , so you might get a demo of a few from the shop if you drop down
Title: Re: Commuter Bike Recommendations?
Post by: Ratz on 18, January, 2018, 09:03:29 PM
https://www.facebook.com/groups/490954040982138/permalink/1528621310548734/?sale_post_id=1528621310548734

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Title: Re: Commuter Bike Recommendations?
Post by: James R on 18, January, 2018, 11:18:43 PM
Saw that one on FB mark. Didn't realize it would work for a commuter. Thanks.

That place in Athlone has the London road drop bars for slightly more than the U.K. But the kaffenback is about Ä999.

Speaking of which just saw this:

https://www.donedeal.ie/bicycles-for-sale/planet-x-kaffenback-sram-rival-22-road-bike/17371001
Title: Re: Commuter Bike Recommendations?
Post by: Eric on 20, January, 2018, 07:31:55 PM
https://www.facebook.com/teambiking.ie/posts/1998952803679699

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Title: Re: Commuter Bike Recommendations?
Post by: James R on 30, January, 2018, 11:38:42 AM
https://www.facebook.com/teambiking.ie/posts/1998952803679699 (https://www.facebook.com/teambiking.ie/posts/1998952803679699)

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58cm probably too small. I reckon I need an XL. A few decent Large sized bikes around but might be best to hold off for the right frame size rather than faffing about with longer stems, seat posts etc.


London Road and a Charge Plug 4 are top of my list at the moment.
Title: Re: Commuter Bike Recommendations?
Post by: saccades on 05, February, 2018, 07:55:16 AM
Just a quick note, I found importing my bike from the UK direct from planetX was cheaper and had a higher spec than the athlone franchise.


Liam: bb7's are awesome mech disc brakes, had them on one bike for over 7 years now.
Title: Re: Commuter Bike Recommendations?
Post by: saccades on 05, February, 2018, 10:57:00 PM
My pc LR is a large if you want to sling a leg over, although I'm nearly in Wexford.
Title: Re: Commuter Bike Recommendations?
Post by: James R on 05, March, 2018, 01:33:13 PM
My pc LR is a large if you want to sling a leg over, although I'm nearly in Wexford.
Thanks Ian. I ended up getting a good deal on a new Genesis CDA 20. It doesn't have hydraulic brakes or Tigra but it sure is pretty. What mudguards did you put on yours for commuting? Any point in getting the ones that can be clicked off and removed?
Title: Re: Commuter Bike Recommendations?
Post by: Liam Phelan on 05, March, 2018, 02:33:21 PM
I have these on my road bike. Nice and light and not too bulky. Easy to fit too.


https://www.bikeradar.com/gear/category/accessories/mudguards/road-mudguards/product/review-crud-roadracer-mk2-mudguard-39903/
Title: Re: Commuter Bike Recommendations?
Post by: Stephen McMullan on 05, March, 2018, 03:01:29 PM
I got these on my commuter bike since Feb '14:

http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/ie/en/crud-race-pac-guard-set-mudguards/rp-prod36521 (http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/ie/en/crud-race-pac-guard-set-mudguards/rp-prod36521)

They work well. No complaints
Title: Re: Commuter Bike Recommendations?
Post by: saccades on 06, March, 2018, 09:49:24 PM
I've the crud catcher MK3 on my bike. Really handy to put on and off (have to have them on when chain ganging in the wet), good coverage of the tyre against spray and pretty robust.