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    I'd add a rack and (lockable) panniers as essentials to a commuting bike. A rucksack quickly becomes an irritant especially on a longer ride and you don't worry so much about carrying things you might only need occasionally.

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    Altura jackets are good, could be expensive depends on what one you go for. they have reflective bits on them or you could get a bright yellow one!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr.Ben View Post
    I cycle to work on a mountain bike fitted with Scwalbe City Jets - The best purchase that I have made as the difference between them and regular mountain bike tyres was about 10 mins off of the 50 minute journey.
    Hi Mr.Ben

    How are you finding their performance in the wet/winter conditions interested in swapping to these myself

    Cheers
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    Quote Originally Posted by jinnantonnixx View Post
    Many may frown, but the Carerra Subway 2 is very good value and I think might be on offer now. The '2' has disk brakes.
    This is the bike I am riding right now and I can confirm that it is very nice for the money you pay. The only downside is that the saddle is essentially a flat piece of plastic and provides no padding whatsoever, but that's easy to replace. Oh and it has cable disk brakes (rather than hydraulic) which apparently some people turn their noses up at? I've never had a problem with them though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Griff View Post
    Hi Mr.Ben

    How are you finding their performance in the wet/winter conditions interested in swapping to these myself

    Cheers
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    City jets - bit slippy over wet leaves / mud but they're cheap, last well and hardly ever get punctures (touch wood).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sdrawkcab View Post
    This is the bike I am riding right now and I can confirm that it is very nice for the money you pay. The only downside is that the saddle is essentially a flat piece of plastic and provides no padding whatsoever, but that's easy to replace. Oh and it has cable disk brakes (rather than hydraulic) which apparently some people turn their noses up at? I've never had a problem with them though.
    Cheap cable discs (on 60 tesco / reebok / dunlop / various other brand bikes) are awful - in keeping with the rest of the machine. Better cable discs can be very good and avoid the mucking about with hydraulic fluid that the other sort need.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mats View Post
    Cheap cable discs (on 60 tesco / reebok / dunlop / various other brand bikes) are awful - in keeping with the rest of the machine. Better cable discs can be very good and avoid the mucking about with hydraulic fluid that the other sort need.
    The Subway uses the Tektro IO system which is a fairly reasonable cable system. Changing the pads takes under 30 seconds without tools - they're held in place by magnets. Adjustment is easy and they work reasonably well. The cable only operates one pad so be sure to adjust the opposing pad every so often to maintain a good braking operation. This is done with a hex key through the wheel spokes into the static pad holder.
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    Quote Originally Posted by theriver View Post
    Depending on where you’re leaving it you’ll need a lock . . . D locks will often come with a mount so you can attach to the frame when it’s not in use (handy for not forgetting it). I read somewhere a while ago that the police recommend budgeting 15-20% of the value of your bike for a lock.
    There's an important point to pick up on here. Especially if the bike is of any value and you have it insured. After having three bikes stolen in quick succession (third was insured) my current bike was insured for the first couple of years of it's life. Insurance companies will insist on Gold rated D-locks as a minimum. Some I've seen insist on two different types of Gold rated lock and your bike must always be locked to an immovable object when not in use. Don't follow the rules and the insurance is void!

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    I must be a nut cycling in without all the things people say about

    I cycle in with

    Helmet
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    lights (for darker days)
    old jacket
    shorts
    old trainers

    but my work is a 15 minute cycle ride away so dont really need all the extra like tools etc plus i get changed at work so i only carry in my clothes in on the monday.

    Thats also a good thing to take/store at work is a wash kit so you can freshen up at work if you get a bit smelly!

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    Already booked in with the PE department to use the staff shower room in the Sports Hall in the mornings

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    Quote Originally Posted by HaleStorm View Post
    Already booked in with the PE department to use the staff shower room in the Sports Hall in the mornings
    I dont have the luxary of a shower at my school!

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    This looks like an interesting idea:



    I don't think it would have helped prevent either of my biking incidents but I can see where it would be helpful.

    Link: Blaze Components

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    thats a cool idea but until people know that light is about I dont think it would actually stop motorists as its designed to do.

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    I almost forgot - I hope all you London cyclists remember that 11 Dec is Drive To Work Day.

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    Popcorn at the ready for Wednesday, BBC1 9pm.

    BBC One - War on Britain's Roads

    This guy is in the programme, and has reservations on the title. He says: "There is no war on Britain's roads."
    The Mind of a Helmet Camera Cyclist: War on Britain's Roads?


    [Edit: removed a few lines as it's unfair to prejudge the progamme]
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