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simonheadsimonhead Posts: 1,399
edited September 2013 in Commuting chat
Sorry if ive posted this in the wrong section, i dont get hybrids, arent they just mountain bikes without bobbly tyres? I have been looking at getting something for my run into work rather than use my proper bike, popped in to Evans and the guy says to me, if you are only doing 7 or 8 miles each way you may as well get a mountain bike and just put road tyres on to it, save yourself a bit of cash as hybrids are generally over priced.

Any thoughts
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  • arran77arran77 Posts: 9,260
    Have you thought where your panniers are to go? I believe you can get some sort of basket that goes on the handlebars if you prefer....

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  • davisdavis Posts: 2,566
    Oh, look, another road forumite joining is. Obvious troll is....
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  • arran77arran77 Posts: 9,260
    davis wrote:
    Oh, look, another road forumite joining is. Obvious troll is....

    What :?

    That's genuinely my commuting bike, I don't like to use my proper bike for commuting, I suppose you'll mock me for this too...

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    "Arran, you are like the Tony Benn of smut. You have never diluted your depravity and always stand by your beliefs. You have my respect sir and your wife my pity" :lol:

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  • simonheadsimonhead Posts: 1,399
    davis wrote:
    Oh, look, another road forumite joining is. Obvious troll is....

    Sorry i dont get your point.
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  • simonheadsimonhead Posts: 1,399
    simonhead wrote:
    davis wrote:
    Oh, look, another road forumite joining is. Obvious troll is....

    Sorry i dont get your point.

    Actually yes I do, a wicker basket, thats rediculous, I should just attach a briefcase to the rack on the back.
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  • arran77arran77 Posts: 9,260
    simonhead wrote:
    simonhead wrote:
    davis wrote:
    Oh, look, another road forumite joining is. Obvious troll is....

    Sorry i dont get your point.

    Actually yes I do, a wicker basket, thats rediculous, I should just attach a briefcase to the rack on the back.

    Sorry, you're right, this is clearly the way forward..

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    "Arran, you are like the Tony Benn of smut. You have never diluted your depravity and always stand by your beliefs. You have my respect sir and your wife my pity" :lol:

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  • simonheadsimonhead Posts: 1,399
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    Do you think i could put a rack on the back of this?
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  • tailwindhometailwindhome Posts: 15,902
    Posted repeatedly on your own Troll thread, just to try to get it going, is a fairly big fail.
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  • arran77arran77 Posts: 9,260
    Posted repeatedly on your own Troll thread, just to try to get it going, is a fairly big fail.

    You just got it going again though?

    :?
    "Arran, you are like the Tony Benn of smut. You have never diluted your depravity and always stand by your beliefs. You have my respect sir and your wife my pity" :lol:

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  • tailwindhometailwindhome Posts: 15,902
    arran77 wrote:
    Posted repeatedly on your own Troll thread, just to try to get it going, is a fairly big fail.

    You just got it going again though?

    :?

    What?

    How?

    Oh!!!
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  • supersonicsupersonic Posts: 82,708 Lives Here
    Ok, back on topic.

    Hybrids vary a lot, is a name that encompasses a lot of styles from basically flat bar road bikes to MTBs with slicker tyres. And a lot in between.
  • YossieYossie Posts: 2,600
    On a serious note, I used to have a C90 scooter with a basket on the front when I worked in Vietnam- after the initial mocking people actually really that it was well cool for getting stuff home in without having to wear a haversack.

    It was double cool because I worked in ordinance disposal so you could hoon around with bombs in the front and pull skids and people thought that they would blow up and throw themselves to the ground.

    Although I don't have a C90 over here, what do experienced commuters recommend to carry things around in - I always find a rucksack too intrusive, so any suggestions welcome.
  • nicklousenicklouse Posts: 81,520 Lives Here
    simonhead wrote:
    Sorry if ive posted this in the wrong section, i dont get hybrids, arent they just mountain bikes without bobbly tyres? I have been looking at getting something for my run into work rather than use my proper bike, popped in to Evans and the guy says to me, if you are only doing 7 or 8 miles each way you may as well get a mountain bike and just put road tyres on to it, save yourself a bit of cash as hybrids are generally over priced.

    Any thoughts
    looked in here for an idea what people use?
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  • arran77arran77 Posts: 9,260
    Yossie wrote:
    On a serious note, I used to have a C90 scooter with a basket on the front when I worked in Vietnam- after the initial mocking people actually really that it was well cool for getting stuff home in without having to wear a haversack.

    It was double cool because I worked in ordinance disposal so you could hoon around with bombs in the front and pull skids and people thought that they would blow up and throw themselves to the ground.

    Although I don't have a C90 over here, what do experienced commuters recommend to carry things around in - I always find a rucksack too intrusive, so any suggestions welcome.

    I can imagine you on one of these....

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    Don't think it's what the OP is after though so probably better to take the advice of Mr Louse :wink:
    "Arran, you are like the Tony Benn of smut. You have never diluted your depravity and always stand by your beliefs. You have my respect sir and your wife my pity" :lol:

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  • PituophisPituophis Posts: 1,025
    simonhead wrote:
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    Do you think i could put a rack on the back of this?

    Is that what a "metrosexual" is?
    It looks like a man dressed as a business woman to me, but then I don't work in the city :?
  • pinnopinno Posts: 40,165
    This is my new getting-to-work contraption:

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  • wandsworthwandsworth Posts: 354
    simonhead wrote:
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    Do you think i could put a rack on the back of this?

    You probably could but it would likely come loose after you'd ridden him over a few bumps.
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  • wandsworth wrote:
    simonhead wrote:
    62809BlueBike_523Web.jpg

    Do you think i could put a rack on the back of this?

    You probably could but it would likely come loose after you'd ridden him over a few bumps.

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  • Hmm - assuming the OP is still looking for a bike, get a "Dutch" bike for the commute. You don't need to wear lycra or special shoes, nor make your back all sweaty with a rucksack, nor get covered in censored when it rains.

    Nice and sensible - mudguards, hub gears, rack for your bag, etc.

    I like arran77's. I keep meaning to get one like it.
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