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Old 12-22-11, 07:20 PM
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Smile Advice needed on new commuter hybrid bike!

Hi everyone,

As you can tell by my newbie tag, I am new to the site and also know very little about bicycles.

Here is my situation:

I'm currently at studying at University. I cycle to campus (1.5-2 miles) every day (or used to) before my bike (A carrera subway 2) was stolen .
I managed to claim on the insurance and now have a quote for £557 (inc. accessories) with which I need to buy a new bike (from wheelies.com).
At first I was keen to go for an out and out road bike (such as a claud butler san remo) however realistically I need this bike to be durable and able to carry varying loads (groceries etc).

I have decided that a hybrid bike would be best in my situation, as I cycle some of my journey off road (nothing major, e.g. gravel paths) with some hills as well.

I have managed to compile a shortlist of bikes (which isn't too short!) that appear to fit the bill, but I would greatly appreciate some advice on A) whether any of them look good, B) whether there are any I should remove from the list or C) which one seems the best out of the options presented.

Giant Escape 1 2012: https://www.wheelies.co.uk/p45460/Gia...pe-1-2012.aspx
Specialised Globe Daily: https://www.wheelies.co.uk/p38773/Spe...ly-2-2012.aspx
Merida S-Presso 100-MD 2012: https://www.wheelies.co.uk/p51454/Mer...0-MD-2012.aspx
Cannondale Quick 5 2012: https://www.wheelies.co.uk/p48864/Can...ck-5-2012.aspx
Forme Ramble 2011: https://www.wheelies.co.uk/p41585/Forme-Ramble-2011.aspx
Scott Metrix 40 2012: https://www.wheelies.co.uk/p49129/Sco...x-40-2012.aspx
Saracen Urban Rush 2011: https://www.wheelies.co.uk/p35909/Sar...Rush-2011.aspx
Giant Roam 2 2012: https://www.wheelies.co.uk/p48767/Giant-Roam-2-2012.aspx
Kona Splice 2012: https://www.wheelies.co.uk/p51356/Kona-Splice-2012.aspx
Merida Speeder T1 2012: https://www.wheelies.co.uk/p51506/Mer...r-T1-2012.aspx
Merida Crossway 100 D 2012: https://www.wheelies.co.uk/p51446/Mer...00-D-2012.aspx
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Old 12-22-11, 11:55 PM
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Do you plan on putting a rack and/or full fenders on the bike? That will eliminate some of those bikes.

The Giants, Cannondale and Konas have been mentioned in other posts. Some of those brands must only be available in the UK. I can't get to the Wheelies site right now. You might want to read about other people's buying experiences and reviews.

If you ride some of those bikes, you'll probably find some that your like more than others.
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Old 12-23-11, 12:19 AM
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Gravel paths certainly don't call for a suspension so I'd dump any bike that has that. As mentioned make sure it has rack mounts to carry your gear.

Have you ridden any of these? consider that mandatory, and it should also help winnow some from the list.

I like the Cannondale Quick, Giant Escape, and Scott Metrix. These are the brands I am familiar with though.
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Old 12-23-11, 09:37 AM
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I haven't ridden any of thm before, and am only purchasing online so won't get a chance to!

I plan on having mudguards (fenders), I'm not too sure about panniers, I managed without them on my previous bike so they wouldn't be a necessity!

I haven't been able to find many reviews to be honest. Are there any that stand out as being definite avoids?

Thanks!
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Old 12-23-11, 09:50 AM
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Originally Posted by Scarts View Post
I haven't ridden any of thm before, and am only purchasing online so won't get a chance to!

I plan on having mudguards (fenders), I'm not too sure about panniers, I managed without them on my previous bike so they wouldn't be a necessity!

I haven't been able to find many reviews to be honest. Are there any that stand out as being definite avoids?

Thanks!
Yeah, avoid the ones that don't fit.

You should be reading reviews to get an idea of the bikes features and construction, not as a replacement for test rides.
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Old 12-23-11, 05:33 PM
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The reviews seem to be pretty positive for most of them..

In terms of brakes, are disc brakes better in all circumstances? or are some V brakes good? (as the giant escape has V brakes, but seems to have decent reviews!)

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My mountain bike has v-brake brakes and my cannondale bad boy has discs, both brake types stop the bike. Given the option though I would take discs over v-brake but am perfectly happy with the v-brakes on the mountain bike.

The discs have a cool factor the v-brakes don't have. V-brakes are lighter, less expensive and easier to maintain though.

There are many other factors to consider, read Sheldon Brown pages on brakes or do a search on the forum here, you will find more info (and opinion) than you could ever dream of.

Ultimately though you don't need discs as v-brakes are proven and work. If you ever plan on upgrading buying a bike that already has discs will be less expensive in the long run.
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Originally Posted by Scarts View Post
I haven't ridden any of thm before, and am only purchasing online so won't get a chance to!

I plan on having mudguards (fenders), I'm not too sure about panniers, I managed without them on my previous bike so they wouldn't be a necessity!

I haven't been able to find many reviews to be honest. Are there any that stand out as being definite avoids?

Thanks!
Why not? Though you may be limited in where you purchase your next bike, nothing stopping you from doing some 'field research' by riding as many of those models as you can at bike shops around you.

And are you going with wheelies because you want or is the insurance company telling you have to shop there?
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Also, depending on what you consider "hills", this looks like something that would be a nice all round, all weather rig:


Rigid fork, disc brakes, and a 3 spd IGH.
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Old 12-23-11, 11:26 PM
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my cannondale bad boy has the 3 speed IGH and it is dreamy
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my cannondale bad boy has the 3 speed IGH and it is dreamy
Now you are showing-off.
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Old 12-25-11, 12:07 AM
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Maybe a little, I love that bike
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Old 12-25-11, 04:32 PM
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If theft is a problem on your Campus, I would suggest buying a nice used chromoly steel-framed bike with adequate gearing, that fits properly.

Otherwise, the Bad Boy sounds pretty good to me!

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Originally Posted by SlimRider View Post
If theft is a problem on your Campus, I would suggest buying a nice used chromoly steel-framed bike with adequate gearing, that fits properly.

Otherwise, the Bad Boy sounds pretty good to me!

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Theft isn't a problem on campus, it was stolen from my house, but that won't be a problem in future because I plan to keep the bike inside from now on when not in use!

I think I am going to go for the Merida S-Presso 100-MD 2012: https://www.wheelies.co.uk/p51454/Mer...0-MD-2012.aspx, from what I can see (and with my limited knowledge, it seems to have all the attributes of a good bike (such as disc brakes, good gears) can anyone see any reason not to go ahead with this choice?

Thanks!!
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Will it fit you? I don't see the geometries listed on the Merida web site and there is a large gap between the available sizes.
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I would stay away from anything too flashy. Flash and bling equals theft magnet. Disc brakes are a nice feature I guess, but I weigh close to 300 pounds and I can do a braking wheelie with my Shimano LX V-brakes. Again, those discs scream, "STEAL ME." The hard way, I've learned that, unless you ride off road, want to jump curbs and those parking blocks, and other forms of bicycling shenanigans, front and/or rear suspension is a not necessary addition, and again adds to the theft magnet status of your bike. Unless you live on perfectly flat ground or have legs like Lance Armstrong, gears are nice to have. How many? That depends on the terrain you are traversing, but a 3x8 should be more than sufficient for nearly any street or semi paved (gravel, etc) path you'll ride. Internal gearing is more maintenance free, but I believe more costly if something goes amiss.

Do try and ride any of the bikes you are seriously considering. You can have the most uber-cool bike on the planet, but if it doesn't fit your bod, you own a nightmare! Even if your situation forces you to purchase online, try to ride an example at an LBS. You might discover either a dreamboat in disguise or the bike that sounded perfect on paper just didn't make it in the real world. Good luck either way.
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Originally Posted by a1penguin View Post
Will it fit you? I don't see the geometries listed on the Merida web site and there is a large gap between the available sizes.
I know very little about bike sizes, especially listed in cm! I am about 5"10, and the listed sizes are 45cm, 50cm, and 55cm.
Do you know which one would fit (if any)?
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Originally Posted by SlimRider View Post
If theft is a problem on your Campus, I would suggest buying a nice used chromoly steel-framed bike with adequate gearing, that fits properly.

Otherwise, the Bad Boy sounds pretty good to me!

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+1 That could actually be the best bike in the park - so guard it!
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Buy a cheap mountain bike with braze ons for a rack off of Craiglist.
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I managed to claim on the insurance and now have a quote for £557 (inc. accessories) with which I need to buy a new bike (from wheelies.com).
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Who's you're insurer? Do they insist you buy from wheelies.com?

Also: How did you manage to get a £557 quote for a £250 bike from Halfords?
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Hey I just made a similar thread asking for recmmendations, albeit I am in LA not the UK. Will be watching this closely as well.

Any thoughts on Giant 1 vs 2 ? I hear the 1 has better parts, but I'm not sure if the extra $100 bucks is worth it if I am not looking for a long term investment.
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Who's you're insurer? Do they insist you buy from wheelies.com?

Also: How did you manage to get a £557 quote for a £250 bike from Halfords?
The question is natual, yet, I remind the original poster that one should never talk legal or financial aspects online, especially when all sorts of investigators are using the net to gather information for their clients.
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