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Cheap Commuter (under œ160)

david mccdavid mcc Posts: 4
edited December 1969 in Road beginners
Looking for a cheap commuter for going to work.

Seen these 2 but dont know what one is best

http://www.hamiltonbikes.co.uk/fitnessbikes.html See number 1, but mine will have front suspension. œ110

or

http://www.factorydirectbikes.com/b...six_gents_2006/

Anyone got any opinions/recommendations?

Thanks

Davie

David McC
David McC

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  • skywayskyway Posts: 24
    My local bike shop is selling a Ridgeback Comet for 199....wouldn't it be better to save an extra œ40 ?

    Heres the spec (not the shop)
    http://www.airevalleycycles.com/product ... b0s18p1294
    2004 Specialized Sirrus XL
    Cane Creek Ergo II
    Orlieb 2.7L Saddle Bag
  • Hi David

    You know, for the money and if you are doing less than say 5 miles on most trips the Hamilton looks like a very servicable bike. I might be tempted to keep to the rigid forks though.


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  • Ste_SSte_S Posts: 1,173
    Sorry, I'd avoid the first one and the second link doesn't work for me. In general I'd stay away from anything with suspension in this price range.

    Have you thought about buying second hand ? Or another option would be checking to see if your company does the bike to work scheme. Don't pay tax or ni on the bike, and pay the money back over 12 (interest free) months.


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  • skywayskyway Posts: 24
    <blockquote id="quote"><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica" id="quote">quote:<hr height="1" noshade id="quote"><i>Originally posted by Ste_S</i>

    Have you thought about buying second hand ? Or another option would be checking to see if your company does the bike to work scheme. Don't pay tax or ni on the bike, and pay the money back over 12 (interest free) months.<hr height="1" noshade id="quote"></blockquote id="quote"></font id="quote">

    Ahhhh....good idea and exactly what I did, heres my commuter....cost me œ175 http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll? ... &rd=1&rd=1
    2004 Specialized Sirrus XL
    Cane Creek Ergo II
    Orlieb 2.7L Saddle Bag
  • david mccdavid mcc Posts: 4
    I cant get Bike to work scheme as my work already has 2 similar schemes running. Why no suspension?

    David McC
    David McC
  • skywayskyway Posts: 24
    <blockquote id="quote"><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica" id="quote">quote:<hr height="1" noshade id="quote"><i>Originally posted by david mcc</i>

    I cant get Bike to work scheme as my work already has 2 similar schemes running. Why no suspension?

    David McC
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    suspension will be heavy unless you spend lots, you want your commuter to be a light as poss.

    Personally I dont like the way suspension feels when your have to stand up on the pedals to pedal
    2004 Specialized Sirrus XL
    Cane Creek Ergo II
    Orlieb 2.7L Saddle Bag
  • DavidTQDavidTQ Posts: 943
    suspension is for off road use, it saps your pedal power and gives a choppy ride, and can make hills a nightmare. Far better off without unless you are planning on doing off road riding. Carbon forks and seat post soak up road bumps, good gel padded gloves and padded shorts and a good saddle will all be of far more use for comfort purposes.
  • david mccdavid mcc Posts: 4
    so those who cant view my 2nd link, the bike is a Tourismo 20six

    David McC
    David McC
  • Dawes Discovery 201, you'll pick a new one up for œ150ish. I bought one to get me started cycling again, sold it, missed it and bought another second hand.

    I use it mainly for local trips to the shops but but have taken it on 40 mile trips with no problem. A very cheap do it all bike.
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