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    Bike for commuting - Novice :Vitus vee / 27 / Giant Defy 4 or Escape M2 /Canondale

    Hi ,
    Really interesting to read so much information and support in your forum .
    I decided to jump in riding a bike - I will need it to ride daily 3-4 miles couple a times a day, in town,mostly on the road but sometimes in park/across pavement and looking to do it more rarely outside the town -both on the roads and slight tracks.
    i will be looking to be fast / not needing often repair (have done it in the past with old road bike-my dad's ) /sturdy to some degree .

    I know that this examples that I have given in the title a quite different but I am looking for advise - from the range of road bike sturdy enough for town/occasional off road to hybrid type bike .

    I could find a Cannondale Synapse 8 2300 Triple 2013 and Cannondale CAAD8 2300 2013 Compact - for 500 and I like how they look but I can't found them except online .
    I like the simplicity of Vitus Vee/Dee/29 although this is simple speed(much difference on the roads?) type and slightly heavier ,probably.(http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/v...e/rp-prod80999)
    I found reduced price - again online - Giant Defy 4 and read good things about Giant Escape M2( cheaper -300 ) (http://www.bikeradar.com/gear/catego...scape-m2-11181

    What will be your initial advise if I can't test them ?
    Cannondale - Synapse 8 2300 Triple

    Frame:
    Synapse Alloy, 6061 Alloy, SAVE PLUS
    Fork:
    Synapse SAVE, carbon blades, 1-1/8 inch
    Front Derailleur:
    Shimano 2300, 31.8mm clamp
    Rear Derailleur:
    Shimano 2300
    Number of Gears:
    24
    Shifters:
    Shimano 2300
    Chainset: FSA Vero 50/39/30
    Chainrings: 5103930 tooth
    Bottom Bracket: FSA
    Cassette: SunRace 12-25, 8-speed
    Chain: KMC 8-Speed
    Front Brake: Promax dual pivot, long reach
    Rear Brake: Promax dual pivot, long reach
    Brake Levers: Shimano 2300
    Handlebars: Cannondale C4 Compact
    Stem: Cannondale 31.8mm 7 degree
    Headset: Synapse Si, 25mm top cap
    Grips: Cannondale Suede Bar Tape with gel, 3.5mm
    Rims: Maddux RS 3.0, 32 hole
    Front Hub: Cannondale C4
    Rear Hub: Cannondale C4
    Spokes: Stainless Steel, 15g
    Front Tyre: Kenda Kontender 70026c
    Rear Tyre: Kenda Kontender 70026c
    Saddle: Cannondale Stage Ergo with Steel Rails
    Seatpost: Cannondale C4, alloy, 27.2300mm

    Thank you !

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    Quote Originally Posted by otaka View Post
    What will be your initial advise if I can't test them ?
    Buy something you can test. The only way to know for sure how a bike will fit and how it rides is to get in the saddle.

    Any shops in your area? What do they carry?

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    I could find a Ridgeback - they proposed Velocity 15'' slightly shorter ( not aviable straight now ) around 350 , they have as well Ridgeback Flight for around 500-600 .
    I am still considering but either single speed bike like Vitus or going up to Cannondale ....
    I will look around for more choice even second handed . Any comments on Velocity by the way ?

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    Otaka, I just purchased my hybrid for the same conditions you described and I think you should be able to find it at a reasonable price if it interests you. It's a BMC Alpenchallenge AC01 as seen here at Ryan's Cycles but check around for lower prices. I got mine for 500 here in Sweden.

    http://www.evanscycles.com/products/...-bike-ec044539

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    Thanks Canadiandude ,

    BMC Allpenchalenge also looks interesting , but the price goes up to 800 and I am not sure i will have a chance to try it somewhere near by .
    I heard Sweden is a very nice place as well
    I found a interesting 2nd hand shop to check what they have for my size and to try it...
    I haven't been on bike for so long that I wonder if not every bike feels almost the same - slightly akward - before riding it for more than a hour ..?
    Other options is Halfords but ....

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