Bicycle advice

I have cycled to work.for.nearly 4 years now and couldn’t imagine getting the tube/bus to work anymore.

It’s time for me to upgrade to our new bike. I have a specialised Sirius (hybrid) which has been great for commuting but fancy getting something which is a bit quicker when I upgrade.

Any other cyclists reccomend any bikes?

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Probably not a hardcore commuter bike and fast but not the fastest, but I just bought a new Tokyobike. They are building it for me at the moment. They are a joy to ride!

I’m on the waiting list for this electric bike.

If your budget isn’t as big as the other recommendations require I’d highly recommend Decathlon’s btwin range of bikes. I commute on a road bike and really enjoy it, and the btwin triban range are excellent value and can be fitted out with paniers, mudguards etc.

You could also see if the company you work for participates in the cycle to work scheme, depending on the limits you could have £1000 to spend on a bike and you pay it back via salary sacrifice, which also gives you tax breaks.

As you have a hybrid and want the next bike to be quicker simplest option a road racer, you could look at a lighter Hybrid or even thinner wheels depending on what you have now, or change the rear cog to a racing cog set, if you find still not quick enough change the front cog set to a higher teeth setting (racing) cog set.

I did the cycle to work scheme, got myself a mountain bike, then after say a year felt that even in the toughest gear going up hills was too easy, so change the rear cog set to a racing one and increase the front cog teeth ratio so was close to a hybrid than a racer, then decided I was going to do a charity bike ride and needed a road racer that was 2015, don’t cycle that offer now though :joy:


Do you want a bike with flat or drop handlebars? Speed is often down to aerodynamics as much as it is your legs, so a drop bar bike is probably the way to go.

There are diminishing returns when it comes to group sets. Shimano 105 is a nice combination of value and performance --any Ultegra & Dura Ace shifts the same, but is lighter and far more expensive.

Frames are a little more complicated. A carbon frame is comfortable but fragile for year-round use. A small crack can render the frame worthless. Aluminium can be a little harsh, but Cannondale has been making great strides in that department. Steel is excellent. A nice feel, smooth, and not too expensive. Genesis has some great steel all-rounders to choose from. The Equilibrium would be my pick.

So, pick the frame you like and go for Shimano 105 gears. However…

Best go along to a bike shop to make sure you are buying the right size. If your bike doesn’t fit you, it’ll be horrible to ride and a complete waste of money.

I have a Hybrid, it’s big and heavy, but the change when i switched tyres (from the provided ‘half mountain bike’ style) to puncture resistant, smoother rolling tyres was remarkable. Have you tried that? Would be cheaper than a new bike.

If you have tried that then, all the other advice on this thread applies! :smiley: Good luck.

I’ve always been found of Canyon bikes and Rose Bikes.

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I’ve got a folder for commuting on the train; an upright Batavus Dutch bike, used daily for commuting in London when I lived there; and a Danish cargo trike, which is ideal for loading up with shopping, and the nursery run.