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1) As in Scotland, I would recommend you to look for a second-hand bike (possibly gumtree is a good place to start with, bear in mind that you need to check and make sure the bike is not stolen). The reason is that in the winter, all the salt on the roads will corrode your bike badly.So go cheap, then keep it as winter bike, then upgrade gradually. ...


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When you think about the time involved it is worth thinking about the "total cost" – all of the costs (in time) that go into your commute. For example: If you were driving or taking public transit how long would it take you to earn the cost of the commute (don't forget taxes)? Do you include time for exercise in your day? The commute time could do double ...


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First, I am childish roadie. My commutes often end up as races, but I do 300+km a week, so I have this one pretty much down now. I use a back pack as paniers on a skinny road bike is just wrong. I leave shoes at work unless I am taking holiday. Trousers I fold neatly and I tend to wear the same ones for a week (excepting lunch time accidents). I take 3-4 ...


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I have a Two Wheel Gear pannier type bag for over 2.5 years now and would be lost without it. I can bring everything I need to the office - suits, shoes, and even lunch. This one bag does it all. Highly recommended.


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The bike should be comfortable and make you smile when you ride it. Do some reading about bicycle fit (I highly recommend Grant Peterson's book Just Ride for a nice readable introduction to fitting a bicycle and all sorts of other information). Then buy a used bike that fits your needs as best you understand them – and that seems to fit. You'll be lucky if ...



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