LondonBikeCommuter wrote:For my price point I'd be looking at a weight penalty of about 1kg for the cyclocross over the racer but for that I'd get a much more solid durable bike. Seems the best compromise to me. Also to my mind disc brakes are for city commuting essential.
That would be my choice and I would recommend a Genesis Day-One Alfine 8 for London. Its flat so you don't need a lot of gears but eight hub gears and disc brakes make for a good robust commuter that rides well for about half your budget.
I was being a bit flippant about the near death experiences but was trying to get a feel for what commuting is like in London at rush hour. I've got Google Maps to show me its cycle route and it seems OK but do those that commute in London feel that its fairly stress free?
I find it stress free generally and it can be good fun traffic jamming. Relax, enjoy and keep an eye out for tipper trucks