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PostPosted: Fri Sep 01, 2017 10:52 pm 

So deciding to change from a bus wanker to a bike wanker. Looking for recommendations.

Went into some bike shops and its basically between a 'hybrid' and a 'road' bike

Hybrid: https://www.theedge-sports.com/bikes-c1 ... 1cm-p16161

Road: https://www.theedge-sports.com/bikes-c1 ... lue-p15965

Site/Shop: https://www.theedge-sports.com/bikes-c18/bikes-c19

Those were the two the stood out the most, I was gearing towards the hybrid one as it was much lighter and the tires were bigger and felt more 'secure'.

Just wondering if anyone has any input on what to get. Is it best to stick within the 800 price range or would something like https://www.theedge-sports.com/bikes-c1 ... 017-p13920 do the job just as well?

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 01, 2017 11:29 pm 

You eligible for cycle to work scheme? If so, you've about a grand to play around with, you pay it back weekly at a greatly reduced rate. Got it years ago, wouldn't even notice the deduction from pay.
As for the bike, I'd go for the hybrid. I made the mistake of going for a mountain bike (god only knows why, just liked the look of it) and it was far too cumbersome for city travel. Never really got the use out of it in the end.


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PostPosted: Fri Sep 01, 2017 11:39 pm 

Yeah, get on this http://www.bikes4work.ie/faq.html

I live in the sticks so went for a mountain bike and put street tyres on it, the likes you'd get on a hybrid. Not having suspension was a no-no on the roads down my way. If you spend around €800 on the bike and another chunk on helmet, good lights, lock, etc you can get a really nice setup for under €500 using the scheme. Spend big on the helmet and make sure you're lit up like an xmas tree, you cannot be too easy to be seen by car drivers.


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PostPosted: Sat Sep 02, 2017 1:08 pm 

Cheers lads, yeah will be going through the scheme at work. It will be 99% travelling by roads so probably go for the hybrid for convenience.


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PostPosted: Sun Sep 03, 2017 9:40 pm 

You the sure you haven't got those back to front? The top one has drops, so isn't a hybrid.

That said, cycling's class for getting into work. If you're in Dublin some of the infrastructure for it is great and you'll save a clean fortune on bus/luas/dart charges.

The short and skinny is, if you think you might eventually like to cycle outside of your commute then get the road bike. Otherwise the hybrid's a decent choice and will be more comfortable. And as the others said, Bike to Work is top notch and will save you nearly half the cost of the bike. Covers your safety gear too.


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PostPosted: Mon Sep 04, 2017 2:52 pm 

All good advice in this thread.

I bought a bike on this scheme a few years ago, really good value.

My morning commute house-gym-work is about 30mins all in so I decided not to go over the top price-wise and went for a lower end Trek bike. This one - https://www.theedge-sports.com/bikes-c1 ... 017-p15576

It has served me well for nearly 6 years - solid and well made - but I don't think it would stand up to anything more than just commuting to and fro one hour per day.

I'd like to trade up and get something that mixed a hybrid's city cycling comfort but with racer drop handle bars.


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PostPosted: Mon Sep 04, 2017 6:41 pm 

@Midhir yup, I just linked the wrong version of it

https://www.theedge-sports.com/bikes-c1 ... 017-p16077


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PostPosted: Mon Sep 04, 2017 6:54 pm 

Modern bikes are fucking amazing. When I used the bikes4work scheme, I bough a Boardman brand from Halfords for about €850. I used to cycle a lot when I lived in Dublin in the 90's and bought what was a very good bike at the time for quite a lot of money. The new ones just blow the old ones away though. Spend 500 quid now and you'll get something really very good indeed.


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 05, 2017 5:20 pm 

The bigger the tyre the more grip on the road it will have but that also means more energy is needed to move it. Something very skinny which is designed for racing is probably uneseceary for comunting though and only a really fat tyre which isint designed for roads anyway is going to slow you down. It's easy and inexpensive enough to change tyre sizes anyway.

Hybrid bike is going to give you a different posture aswell to the road so it depends on the kind of bikeing you want to do. Road bikes are more basically racing bikes I think. But the lighter frame on the hybrid would definitely be an advantage.

I wouldn't rush into anyway scince it's a big spend and something you will have for some time. I would recommend looking at the second hand market on adverts even just out if curiosity although maybe there are some stolen ones on there ?


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 05, 2017 6:55 pm 

Dark Age Of Reason wrote:
The bigger the tyre the more grip on the road it will have but that also means more energy is needed to move it. Something very skinny which is designed for racing is probably uneseceary for comunting though and only a really fat tyre which isint designed for roads anyway is going to slow you down. It's easy and inexpensive enough to change tyre sizes anyway.

Hybrid bike is going to give you a different posture aswell to the road so it depends on the kind of bikeing you want to do. Road bikes are more basically racing bikes I think. But the lighter frame on the hybrid would definitely be an advantage.

I wouldn't rush into anyway scince it's a big spend and something you will have for some time. I would recommend looking at the second hand market on adverts even just out if curiosity although maybe there are some stolen ones on there ?


Cheers for the input although I read the last bit as 'check on line for some cheap stolen ones' at first :lol:


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 07, 2017 6:27 pm 

Probably should pick this up for it too... for the hydrations!

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