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In your case, go with a used hybrid-style bike. Something light, with ~28inch tires you can pick the best tread as is applicable. MTB bikes will ultimately be "slow" for a commuter, you are primarily going to be on city-streets so don't bother with an MTB-design, too much of your energy is transferred or absorbed by the wheels, shocks, tread, etc. Street ...


For your budget, price a pair of slick tyres, and buy a decent track/stand pump for home. All that should cost under a hundred pounds. If you want to go MTBing you'll have to swap the tyres over for the day is the only downside. An MTB makes a fine commuter, and it can probably take the mudguards and lights you'll want. Do lock-out the front suspension ...

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