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#11
I guess if you have to bash up a few kerbs etc, the hybrid would be a.tad more.robust?
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#12
If i was to buy a hardtail it would be something like an evil soverign, one of those with slicks, full guards and a rack would just be wrong, not to mention the much more sit up and ride position, think of the arse turning it back to and from to a proper mtb. In my opinion you need full guards on a commuter and a rack to stop you getting a sweaty back. As Thats why i thought a fast hybrid would be good as its got a slightly more dropped position and should be reasonably quick?
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#13
You're more upright on a hybrid than a roadbike & you have more responsive control because of the bars therefore a hydrid is a much better, safer option for commuting if there's traffic involved.
A roadie is also likely to have caliper brakes so more wheel removal issues (not that it's tricky.)

If it has 700c wheels you can fit most tires you could to a road bike so you're not loosing any rolling speed.
Assuming a 9 speed double - for flexibility & usability use 27-12 & 32/44.

I'd look for a steel frame with carbon forks & bars.  No one wants to arrive at work with a battered 'arris :B

You'll love it, promise.
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#14
All such valid comments. I guess where I was coming from was that I have 13 miles of open busy A-roads that is non stop riding so I think a roadie would be ace. However if it was more of the last 3 miles i will be doing, busy trafficed areas and traffic filtering, a slicked 29er etc would be ace.

Whatever you get, its going to be awesome. I can not wait to get out my car. Should feel more awake at work, extra miles in the saddle, potential to be able to afford a better car... etc etc.  8)
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#15
You need a bike that's a good mix of MTB & roadie, that's like a mix, a combination of the two, right down the middle, the best if both - Oh! What's the word Undecided
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#16
I've got a spesh allez with flat bars, it's got a proper roadbike geo but goes like a demon and still feels confident in traffic. I'm not a fan of drop bars as my neck aches when I'm using the drop sections.

This is very confusing, I'd get whatever saves you the most 'cos it's a 'last years model'
Keep it foolish...
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#17
my thoughts whilst reading this before I got to Tincs post was that a road bike would be dangerous. If your in the drop position your not likely to be looking up and around and taking in all your surrounding traffic potential problems/dangers? In the drop position your likely to be concentrating on caning it flat out, with a hybrid your upright and able to see whats coming.
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#18
"mashley" Wrote:my thoughts whilst reading this before I got to Tincs post was that a road bike would be dangerous. If your in the drop position your not likely to be looking up and around and taking in all your surrounding traffic potential problems/dangers? In the drop position your likely to be concentrating on caning it flat out, with a hybrid your upright and able to see whats coming.

Your not wrong Ash, maybe a little over dramatic though.  The roadie wouldn't be dangerous per se, you can definately see where you're going Wink It's just that the hybrid is less dangerous, maybe "more suitable" is a better term.
It's a horses for courses kind on thing.  Buzz could make the journey on the Butcher or a roadie, but a Hybrid would be easier, safer & therefore better IMHO.
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#19
Hybrid it is then, job done.
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#20
"Tinc" Wrote:Your not wrong Ash, maybe a little over dramatic though.  The roadie wouldn't be dangerous per se, you can definately see where you're going Wink It's just that the hybrid is less dangerous, maybe "more suitable" is a better term.
It's a horses for courses kind on thing.  Buzz could make the journey on the Butcher or a roadie, but a Hybrid would be easier, safer & therefore better IMHO.

me, over dramatic, never!! I've driven past gillette corner and it is a nightmare.
On my drive to work there is a bloke on a bianchi rodie every morning and he never seems to be looking where he's going, he's always head down and swerving all over the road, i guess thats what i was thinking off. he's not a problem really on our quiet roads but in ldn its different.
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