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#31
I commute 15 miles each way into London on my stumpjumper HT. have a spare set of wheels with 1" slicks and a road cassette. Once you get to roads where there is lots of stopping/slowing because of traffic lights all the advantages of a road bike disappear - I used one for 18 months to cycle in on and my commute times are no slower.
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#32
"General Sparks" Wrote:I commute 15 miles each way into London on my stumpjumper HT. have a spare set of wheels with 1" tires and a road cassette. Once you get to roads where there is lots of stopping/slowing because of traffic lights all the advantages of a road bike disappear - I used one for 18 months to cycle in on and my commute times are no slower.

That's a mud bike, not a commuter Wink
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#33
Ive still not done this. Its to easy to just sit in my car for the whole way, also the thought of putting a bike in and out of the car and then parking up somewhere is a bit of effort. So ive just thought sod it ill ride the whole way a few times in each shift.

The shortest route ive found to work is 22miles each way, who thinks if i bought a road bike i could do that sort of distance a few times a week?

General how long does your 15mile comute take?
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#34
"Buzz" Wrote:Ive still not done this. Its to easy to just sit in my car for the whole way, also the thought of putting a bike in and out of the car and then parking up somewhere is a bit of effort. So ive just thought sod it ill ride the whole way a few times in each shift.

The shortest route ive found to work is 22miles each way, who thinks if i bought a road bike i could do that sort of distance a few times a week?

General how long does your 15mile comute take?

You could do that easily mate. When I ride into Blean, do the usual (short) lap and ride home that's about 20 miles and that only takes me an hour and a half, so on road you could easily do that under an hour i reckon.
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#35
My commute is 11miles each way and takes me around 35 minutes on the roadie at a steady pace. Having ridden a few 40 and 60 milers recently id say a 22 mile commute is definitely something you could do without being too tired at work.  What's the route profile like?  
Have no experience of riding a mtb with road tyres though.  
Also, the benefits of commuting q coule of days a week is very noticable when out on the mtb.  
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#36
speaking to somebody only yesterday about this, he commutes by bike from Harlow to Welwyn Garden City which is around 20 miles three times a week. He had a nice looking but fairly unremarkable scott roadbike. It takes him just under an hour, but he seemed superfit and pretty keen with a Garminator and all that sort of stuff.
Keep it foolish...
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#37
The profile is fairly flat but it is cutting across from surrey up the far west side of london up to heathrow area so the roads are fairly busy.

Ill look at getting a proper roadie/tourer/CX bike for this.
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#38
I have a flat bar, carbon MTB hardtail I can sell you that would be perfect for this!
2010 Canyon Aeroad 9.0 SL
2014 Specialized Epic Marathon
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#39
I've some brand new specialized 26" x 1.00" slicks for sale which are perfect fo commuting if anyone is interested. Cheaper than a flat bar'd carbon hardtail!
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#40
"treaclesponge" Wrote:I have a flat bar, carbon MTB hardtail I can sell you that would be perfect for this!
I thought you liked the Whippet?
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