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Old 07-05-18, 12:20 AM
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Bike advice please

Hi all,

I commute to work on a daily basis (usually) and am looking to upgrade my bike, I have a second hand Trek Navigator T80 at the moment, I would assume that it is from about 2013 or so.
I also have a really cheap city bike, but it is not really worth mentioning.
I am currently commuting about 7km only but I do go over both cycle paths (tar) and brick roads (kind of like cobblestone). I also tow my babies in a bike pull car to daycare first.

Basically I am looking for a bike that will be better in every way, I hope but mostly require less maintenance. My current bike I am readjusting the v-brakes every few days.......
I am very hard on bikes because I am quite stocky and pedal really hard....... imagine a rugby player on a bike.

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30 yo male
about 95kg
My trip consists of about half tar (beautiful slick dutch cycle paths) and the other half brick roads (terrible soul rattling torture). I only tow the bike car for the kids for about 2km then I drop it off and hit full speed.
At the moment I have sacrificed some speed by putting marathon supremes on so that I can cope with the brick roads, with thinner tyres I was being rattled to pieces and could barely pedal.

I have made a short list and am looking at about €1000, we get a monthly allowance to cycle here. If this is complete overkill then feel free to suggest something much cheaper, but disc brakes are a must, prefereably hydraulic (I am sick of bad brakes).
I do use the bike for shopping and so on, sometimes longer runs. I don't really do any mountain biking but I do like the idea of a hybrid.

Short list:
Giant Roam 1 disc
Trek DS4
Giant Escape 0 disc
Fuji Absolute 1.1 disc
Giant Fastroad SLR 2018
Cube Cross Allroad

I am willing to do some modding and improvements but not really for the first year, I like to keep new things stock for a while until I start working on them.
None of the bikes on the short list are over €1050 but a few are quite a bit cheaper.
I am willing to pay the bit extra for quality derailleurs and so on.

Thanks!
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Old 07-05-18, 06:17 AM
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Out of those I would recommend Fast Road. This can be your one bike that does it all, especially when later on you decide on wider / slimmer tires and add on racks etc.
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Old 07-05-18, 06:26 AM
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Thanks, I like the look of that one too, I can also get a Merida Speeder 400.
I will probably go look at the bikes in person, although I about half the list I cannot find anywhere near me...
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I don't understand why you have to adjust your brakes so frequently. Something might be wrong. And other than that, you haven't said what's wrong with your Trek.
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Originally Posted by noglider View Post
I don't understand why you have to adjust your brakes so frequently. Something might be wrong. And other than that, you haven't said what's wrong with your Trek.
Well my brakes are just really old and a bit rusted, I could replace them (I will do eventually) but I am also looking for a new bike. The Trek was outside for a long time and basically everything is a bit worn out, weathered and so on, The bike needs quite a bit of maintenance but I will be keeping it as a second bike, I will give it the TLC it needs in a few months.
My other bike has a more sporty feel and the ride position is nicer, the Trek is very upright. But that bike has really really low end equipment on and you can feel it. So I am basically looking for something quality (a bit higher than what my Trek would have been new, think it was around €500 or so when it released) with a more sporty feel, etc.
I think what I am going to do is go and try a few bikes ASAP and see firstly what type of bike I want then maybe I can pick a specific model.
Maybe I will try others and decide that my Trek is actually good enough.
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