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    • andrewf75
    • By andrewf75 23rd Mar 17, 2:33 PM
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    need new commuter bike
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    • 23rd Mar 17, 2:33 PM
    need new commuter bike 23rd Mar 17 at 2:33 PM
    I need a new commuting bike. Currently have a Ridgeback hybrid 21 speed that I have basically trashed by not maintaining it. I don’t have a long commute and not too hilly so should I be looking at fixed gear or enclosed hub bikes as these are more resistant to neglect? I just saw a Bobbin Noodle in a shop which got me thinking. Not looking to spend too much - around 300 ideally but would consider spending more if it will last longer.

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    • fred246
    • By fred246 17th Apr 17, 8:22 AM
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    As a daily commuter I don't clean my bike often. I only clean it when cleaning will result in serious reductions in bicycle weight. I have full length SKS Chromoplastic mudguards which get caked in mud. I remove the wheels and clean them and the insides of the mudguards. I then clean the drivetrain. It's all fidly little bits. Car servicing is all quick jobs one after the other.
    • bigbulldog
    • By bigbulldog 17th Apr 17, 10:00 AM
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    Rohloffs are supposed to be super reliable but are still very heavy and everything about them is expensive.
    Originally posted by fred246

    There are super reliable at a cost for that part alone your looking at over £400 plus.
    • House Martin
    • By House Martin 19th Apr 17, 10:13 PM
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    House Martin
    Yes servicing a car is very easy. All the tricky jobs have gone. The only thing slightly tricky is a cambelt change.
    Originally posted by fred246
    you cannot be serious ! cambelt change is ridiculous nowadays. You cannot get your hands down the sides of the engines.You need a pit . I used to be able to change an alternator in less than 20 minutes but it took me nearly a weekend fighting my way to get at the thing just in an old Corsa C hatchback So much extra stuff has been rammed into the engine bays nowadays. theres no room . I have a Corsa D and cannot even get at the headlight bulb without major surgery. Unless you are talking about an old car or are a pro mechanic "you cannot be serious "
    To the OP I implore you to look out for a Planet X London road commuter bike on Ebay. I ve seen these quality lightweight commuters appearing for less than £300 in either straight or drop handlebars . I got a virtually brand new carbon fibre Planet X 8 kilo bike for only £600 with top quality group set. They will come up eventually. Planet X are leading the way in offering the best prices for really good gear.
    Last edited by House Martin; 19-04-2017 at 10:20 PM.
    • fred246
    • By fred246 19th Apr 17, 10:47 PM
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    I have a pit but don't use it for cambelts as it doesn't help. Alternator removal is not part of servicing but have done it quite easily on my last 2 cars. Sometimes you need to do some disassembly but it's not rocket science. People who work in garages don't have smaller hands than anyone else. Parts and tools seem cheaper than they have ever been.
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