Commuter bike - small

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largeruk
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Commuter bike - small

Postby largeruk » 8 Jan 2020, 5:22pm

I'm looking for a commuter (c10 miles each way) bike. I'm 5'7" tall, inside leg 29" so something small-framed. Flat bars, mudguards, puncture-resistant tyres, lights, decent condition, relatively lightweight etc would all be great!

Located in SW London (work in central London) but happy to be flexible for the right bike.

Budget ideally <£200. Not really sure what one can get for that kind of money but any thoughts, suggestions or offers very gratefully received!

bagpussctc
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Re: Commuter bike - small

Postby bagpussctc » 10 Jan 2020, 6:10pm

I have this available .
Dawes Kara Kum touring bike .
19 inch frame.
Shimano Deore comopnents etc .
2000 model?.I bought it end of last year with a view to transfering all the parts onto a frame of my size , I have gone another route.
Previous ladly owner had hardly ridden it .
£200 . Present version is around the £600 mark . I think the early model is a lot better spec.
I am in Derby.

ImageDawes Kara Kum by rebalrid, on Flickr

GOHughes
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Re: Commuter bike - small

Postby GOHughes » 11 Jan 2020, 1:14pm

PM sent

largeruk
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Re: Commuter bike - small

Postby largeruk » 13 Jan 2020, 7:41pm

@bagpussctc
Apologies for the delay in replying - I've only just seen your post. Don't know much about that particular vintage of this model but will do some research - would it be suitable for a reasonably brisk commute or is it more a 'steady as she goes' type? Btw, what tyres (700c wheels?) are currently fitted? Some more details re components/specs, condition, and a few close up pics would be great if that's not too much hassle.

@GOHughes
I've replied to your PM.

bagpussctc
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Re: Commuter bike - small

Postby bagpussctc » 14 Jan 2020, 5:58pm

Pm sent .

largeruk
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Re: Commuter bike - small

Postby largeruk » 28 Jan 2020, 10:38am

I'm still looking. If anyone knows of or has anything suitable, please do get in touch.

@bagpussctc - I've left you a few PMs but no reply. Do get in touch please.

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Re: Commuter bike - small

Postby niggle » 1 Feb 2020, 4:19pm

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Re: Commuter bike - small

Postby niggle » 3 Feb 2020, 9:34am

I would suggest looking for a decent make used hybrid locally and factor in what extra bits you need to pay out on. E.g. my wife has an old Trek Navigator bought for £100 from a local bike shop when they were selling off their cycle hire fleet, it has been absolutely brilliant for the money, rides superbly and now I have put an ebike kit on it she loves it even more. It was a bit scruffy but had been well maintained, just needed lights and mudguards for around £40 when we got it.

Alternatively a couple of new bikes worth considering that are quite well equipped and close to your budget:
1. With a tyre driven dynamo: https://www.decathlon.co.uk/elops-520-c ... 78493.html
2. With a hub dynamo, which I think is worth the extra cost: https://www.decathlon.co.uk/hoprider-10 ... 05477.html

EDIT; Do you have access to a Cycle To Work scheme? Worth investigating to save money and spread the cost if you do.

largeruk
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Re: Commuter bike - small

Postby largeruk » 3 Feb 2020, 6:55pm

I am still waiting to hear from bagpussctc re his bike which I think would suit very well. Am rather concerned as he appears not have been on the forum since 25 Jan and hasn't responded to any of my recent PMs.

Failing that, I'm still looking for a decent used bike if anyone can help.

largeruk
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Re: Commuter bike - small

Postby largeruk » 13 Feb 2020, 12:42pm

A plea for help from fellow forum members.

Does anyone know how to contact @bagpussctc other than via PM? We were exchanging PMs until 25 Jan about arranging a date/venue to meet up for a test ride/possible purchase of his Dawes Kara Kum which he'd offered on this thread. However, all went silent and I see he has not been on the forum since then either. Frustratingly, I didn't get his email address or phone details so know no other way of getting in touch.

First and foremost, I really do hope all is ok with him as such a sudden silence is rather concerning. Can anyone help or advise?

Many thanks

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Re: Commuter bike - small

Postby niggle » 13 Feb 2020, 4:21pm

Yes it is very unnerving but I am not sure what can be done about it, maybe a moderator can help, but maybe not as I think all you need to register is an email address, to which I suppose your PMs were being sent in any case.