I'm looking for a practical hybrid bike with full mudguards, rear pannier rack, lights and no suspension.
I've looked at the Pashley Roadster Sovereign and I like the classic styling, hub brakes and gears but would prefer something a bit more sporty looking.
The Creme range has only two with rear carriers but the five-speed is only available in white.
Possibly the Ridgeback Tradition but it's quite low spec.
Thanks in advance for any suggestions.
Couple of good ideas on the tail end of this thread; http://www.boards.ie/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=2057713467
Have a look at the giant hybrid bikes.
Or canyon do a very nice commuter it would certainly be unique I've yet to see new in the flesh.
I like the look of the canyon 4.0 commuter. One question though - what does fixing a puncture on the rear wheel involve on a belt drive bike? Can you remove and replace the wheel easily?
I have a belt drive bike although it's a Cube. If you are considering the Canyon then probably a Cube Travel is in the same price range and you can see them at Cycle Bike just off Capel Street. I did really like the look of that Canyon before I went for the Cube, but it looked a little too cool for me to feel confident leaving it out where scumbags could get access.
I've yet to have to get a puncture (a phrase I seriously considered not typing out) but for the Cube the process is that you break the rear triangle using an allen key and get the wheel off this way. I've read that in general people don't bother taking the wheel off but instead patch the tube at the side of the road without taking it off the bike, something that I've not done in decades. I should probably practice just in case.
Either way it shouldn't be too difficult, but slightly more awkward than a standard derailleur and chain set up. I'd certainly go for bullet proof tyres, although I would do that regardless. Fixing punctures is no fun whatever the set up.
Id say it would be tough enough to swap out as the hear cables etc are attached to the hub of the wheel.
As above I'd probably get tubeless ready tyres and fill them with stans fluid they'll run till the wear off the wheel with that set up.
What's your budget OP ?
Great suggestions - thanks for the replies!
Re a Giant - I'd need full mudguards and a rear pannier rack. Do their hybrids lend themselves to fitting these?
The Canyon is an impressive looking bike. The pannier rack is only bolted tot he frame at two points - how practical would it be, such as for carrying two large bags of groceries?
By the way, I only do A-B journeys - a couple of miles every day through traffic - to work, socialise, grocery shop et al.
I don't really have a budget - I want a quality durable bike with as little maintenance as possible. It's to replace a thirteen-year old Dawes Sonoran.
Specialized Sirrus always get my vote. I've got 2. One is a cheaper/heavier model that I used with panniers and the other is a more expensive one I got with my bike to work.
Both are very fast and very durable. I'm often the fastest on my route to/fro work and only get overtaken once in a blue moon (though admittedly that's down to the rider as much as the bike)
I got mine in Cycleways, but perhaps there are other places (or buy online/NI)
if you zoom in on the giants you can see on the frame whether they have mounts for a rack. the couple i've looked at there certainly do.
i recently got a Fuji Absolute 1.1 with a rack and full length mudguards. i carry reasonable weight on the rack as well as my 1 year old on a child seat mounted above the crossbar and it handles the weight absolutely fine. i think tbh that if you pick a price range, most of the hybrid bikes from the well known brands will be very similar. i found there was around €50-€100 max in it between the one i got and similarly specced bikes from other brands. only thing i needed to do with mine after i bought it was change the stock slick tyres to schwalbe marathon plus.
Thanks, not actually in need of a new commuter atm, was just curious when i looked at the canyon ones linked.
I think this would swing it for me and i will probably avoid a belt drive when i ever do get around to changing hybrid bike. I would want to be able to throw a new tube on if necessary when cycling to / from work.
I'm looking myself for something similar OP..
Herself got a Giant bike a few years ago and its been brilliant..
Was looking at this, Giant Escape 2 City Sports
I'd love any opinions on these...
All of the examples above are nicer
Just kidding but at a certain price point they'll all be very similar.
Does anyone know this bike?
I have that one although it's a previous year's model. It works well.
My biggest complaint is probably that the narrow carrier makes trying to balance something on there (like a cake box) kind of a farce. I think that's a pretty good indication that there are no serious problems.
Do you have something specific you are interested in about it?