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    Im thinking of a cheap bike for work

    I am 300lbs have a Specialized Rockhopper comp disc 09 which I dont want to leave outside work during the day!

    i am thinking about http://www.evanscycles.com/products/...-bike-ec001472 a Specialized Centrum sport.

    Is this any good or are there any other sudgestions around 250 (uk money).

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    No one have any opinions on that bike for work? Or any other sudgestions?
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    Are you in Europe?
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    ya bristol is in the UK... hence the British pound for money...

    I'm in the same situation... I built a bike up around being a good road/commuter bike (my redline 29er) in hopes that when I finally found a job I'd be able to commute... now that I found a job they won't let me stash the bike in a safe place... it stays outside on the rack...

    so I bought this...


    it's a '1988 GT avalanche (1st year of the GT triple triangle)... got it for $50... almost feel bad using it as a commuter... i'll be tossing a few inexpensive things on it along with a full tuneup and she'll rock I pick it up tommarow (friend a few towns away picked it up for me and I've gota meet up with him)

    i think the biggest thing for a commuter bike is a good lock... and the uglier it is the better... make it so no one would even want to take it...
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    Quote Originally Posted by donalson
    ya bristol is in the UK... hence the British pound for money...

    I'm in the same situation... I built a bike up around being a good road/commuter bike (my redline 29er) in hopes that when I finally found a job I'd be able to commute... now that I found a job they won't let me stash the bike in a safe place... it stays outside on the rack...

    so I bought this...


    it's a '1988 GT avalanche (1st year of the GT triple triangle)... got it for $50... almost feel bad using it as a commuter... i'll be tossing a few inexpensive things on it along with a full tuneup and she'll rock I pick it up tommarow (friend a few towns away picked it up for me and I've gota meet up with him)

    i think the biggest thing for a commuter bike is a good lock... and the uglier it is the better... make it so no one would even want to take it...
    Nice find! I ran some Scott bars similar to that when I retired my trusty (and beloved) vintage 1988 Diamondback Apex and converted it into an urban assault commuter. Wow, I miss that thing... and to think, it wasn't even a 29er.

    In terms of finding an inexpensive commuter, an old steel-framed MTB is hard to beat, but easy to find on Craigslist... as long as you know what you're looking at.

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    Quote Originally Posted by donalson
    ya bristol is in the UK... hence the British pound for money...

    I'm in the same situation... I built a bike up around being a good road/commuter bike (my redline 29er) in hopes that when I finally found a job I'd be able to commute... now that I found a job they won't let me stash the bike in a safe place... it stays outside on the rack...

    so I bought this...


    it's a '1988 GT avalanche (1st year of the GT triple triangle)... got it for $50... almost feel bad using it as a commuter... i'll be tossing a few inexpensive things on it along with a full tuneup and she'll rock I pick it up tommarow (friend a few towns away picked it up for me and I've gota meet up with him)

    i think the biggest thing for a commuter bike is a good lock... and the uglier it is the better... make it so no one would even want to take it...
    Nice bike Don. Reminds me of my first bike- a 1995 GT Timberline. Still got it & ride it. Get a good lock for a good bike. OP- I remember seeing some rigid Treks in What Mountain Bike mag & Speciallized as well not offered in the states. You may have a better selection of rigid/commuter bikes than us in the U.S. . You could try to post a thread in the new Europe forum.
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    haha I looked at the bristol craigslist... i'd have recommended it except i saw all of 1 bike... if you have a place to find used good i'd take a look at an older used MTB... rigid is ideal IMHO... but an old MTB with some slick tires will make a good commuter
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    Quote Originally Posted by donalson
    haha I looked at the bristol craigslist... i'd have recommended it except i saw all of 1 bike...
    Yeah, my bad on the CL suggestion - I didn't properly take the UK location in to consideration. Aside from the poor showing on CL, I wonder what the used bike market is like in the UK, anyhow?

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    Thanks for the reply's I have been looking on Bristol Gumtree http://bristol.gumtree.com/bristol/b...le_2659_1.html this is like CL and I have been looking on Trade It http://www.trade-it.co.uk/category/f...uth-west-avon/ , but I really need a 17" frame and these dont seem to come up often, thats why I was thinking of the Specilzed I linked in my first post.
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    In the end I went for a Giant CRS 3.0 got 50 off the price from my LBS on a 2009 model!

    http://www.cyclesurgery.com/1027884/Giant-CRS-3-0.html
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    looks like a nice commuter man... have fun riding to work ... i need a few tidbits on mine before i can do that still
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    Thanks donalson I'm looking forward to picking it up next weekend, I tried it out and rode one but needed a slightly different frame size.
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