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Join Date: May 2005
Location: Gold Coast; Australia
Bikes: 2004 ORBEA Mitis2 Plus Carbon, 2007 Cannondale Bad Boy Si Disc, 2012 Trek Gary Fisher Collection Marlin WSD 29er Aldi Big Box (Polygon) 650b
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I'm going to be castigated for this but here goes...
40 mile round trip (5 days a week?)., but ride a some trails on the weekend.
The priority here is her getting to work in all weather conditions and as fast as possible, and not trail riding. I would suggest instead of a hybrid, a bike more suited to commuting / touring long distances, which can take maybe up to 32mm tyres.
I don't think going down the new path is a good option, rather, looking for a slightly used bike, with good level parts.
Down the track with the money she has saved in transport costs, buy another bike.
Last edited by giantcfr1; 04-18-14 at 08:04 AM.