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using a MTB to commute

coinneachcoinneach Posts: 78
edited February 2009 in Commuting chat
I thought it'd be a good idea, what with all the miserable weather, snow slush and ice we've been having.
I was SO wrong!
The disc brakes are both contaminated and need new pads, the suspension forks need daily love and care to stop them rusting up. Don't even mention my egg beater pedals!
This is after 2 weeks.
Maybe I've been unlucky, but I've gone right off the idea of disc brakes.
Any other opinions?
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  • andy83andy83 Posts: 1,558
    its all i got to commute, but does have slick tyres on.

    disc breaks are annoying in rubbish weather, and my forks were dead a long time ago, more like rigid ones now lol

    although my pads do last a little longer than yours lol
  • Been commuting on what I guess is a MTB for coming up a year, 9 miles each way, no problems at all.

    If you feel it isnt working for you find another option. But my disks are maintenance free, effective and dont require cleaning. Maybe you've been unlucky?
  • alfabluealfablue Posts: 8,497
    andy83 wrote:
    disc breaks are annoying in rubbish weather
    strange when this is when they are supposed to come into their own!
  • I have to say that's odd, haven't noticed any issues with my hopes, but then i'm only out occassionally.

    I have a rigid mtb as one of my commuting/hack bikes and it seems to love the wet and the muck.
  • girv73girv73 Posts: 842
    I've been riding a rigid converted MTB with discs through the worst censored the NI winter could throw at me, and it's been little trouble.

    It came with a dodgy rear wheel that I got repaired twice and eventually replaced. I let the chain get rusted up and it neeed replaced too (but it was a cheap no-name one to start with), and it's now run out of brakes so I need new disc pads, but on the whole it's been fine.

    With the better weather we've had this week I've been considering taking the road bike in, but at the first hint of rain I'll be back on the MTB.
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  • passoutpassout Posts: 4,425
    A rigid MTB with rim brakes would be better. Magura rim brakes are maintenance free and Vs aren't too bad. Slick tyres are the main thing though.
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  • disks are rubbish? are you kidding? i'm 17 stone, over the years i've had a lot of bikes. v brakes on the rear needed so much pressure to stop, the frame flexxed, rim brakes in the rain with road censored on, hit n miss n eventually wore the rim out. disks, never ever had a problem ever. why do you think mountain bikers use em, coz they are great in the mud, they are well away from the road gunge. are you for real? :shock: :shock: :shock: :shock: :shock: :shock: :shock: :shock:
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  • tardingtontardington Posts: 1,379
    I've just switched to a mtb after the severe injury of my tricross - It's actually great fun! But problems ;

    Must ditch knobblies for semi or full slicks
    Panner'censored heels so onto a rackpack (and/or rucksack)
    Could do with a higher gear!
    Also badly missing drop bars! Only one or two hand positions?!
  • m0scsm0scs Posts: 196
    edited February 2009
    Glad to read a few post praising the virtues of MTB's and disc brakes.

    Mine has Avid jiucy 5's, which have never let me down in any weather.

    One of my main concerns about getting a road bike is their braking power or lack of it in wet weather.
    Specialised Epic MTB on slicks.
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  • i agree tardie, i have carbon bars which i am going to change so i can get bar ends. i did put bar ends on but i cracked the end of the bar by pulling on the bars uphill
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  • CycloRosCycloRos Posts: 579
    put semi slicks on my mtb commuter for the first time last night and wow what a difference! knocked a good 5 minutes of my early morning commute without even trying, I'm just hoping we don't see any more snow :)
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  • tardingtontardington Posts: 1,379
    i agree tardie, i have carbon bars which i am going to change so i can get bar ends. i did put bar ends on but i cracked the end of the bar by pulling on the bars uphill

    My borrowed mtb has a rear view mirror AND bar ends, so I can't really use the bar ends... Annoying. The single position really gets to you after a while.

    But! Slightly more traumatising, you cracked carbon handlebars?! :shock: ouch!
  • yeah but i put on some odi grips and never had a problem since (bout 2 years). only cracked em on the end...phew!!
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  • il_principeil_principe Posts: 9,152
    m0scs wrote:
    Glad to read a few post praising the virtues of MTB's and disc brakes.

    Mine has Avid jiucy 5's, which have never let me down in any weather.

    One of my main concerns about getting a road bike is their braking power or lack of it in wet weather.

    This really isn't an issue. Good road brakes are very effective, the issue is more to do with the amount of tire actually in contact with the road. I've never had any problems you just have adjust your riding in relation to the weather.
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  • m0scs wrote:
    Glad to read a few post praising the virtues of MTB's and disc brakes.

    Mine has Avid jiucy 5's, which have never let me down in any weather.

    One of my main concerns about getting a road bike is their braking power or lack of it in wet weather.

    This really isn't an issue. Good road brakes are very effective, the issue is more to do with the amount of tire actually in contact with the road. I've never had any problems you just have adjust your riding in relation to the weather.

    Yeah, I agree wholeheartedly with Jash here, the bog-standard factory fit blocks you get on a lower priced bike (and I'd know) are a bit rubbish, but swap the blocks out and you've got a pretty damn effective braking system. I've never had any scary moments even on my cheap and cheerful selection.

    And I nearly put myself over the handlebars pulling the brakes on a good road bike!
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