How many bikes is enough bikes? Let me show you a simple formula to help calculate this:
b = n+1
where b is enough bikes and n is your current number of bikes
Currently my n value is 2. However, as you can see from the above formula, I do not have enough bikes. (Interestingly, this formula also works for books!)
I ride a GT Transeo 3.0 Ladies 2014 hybrid for my main leisure/commuter bike, and a second-hand Raleigh Oakland vintage/city bike for shopping/local trips.
This was my first new bike since 2003. I purchased it through Cyclescheme from my local bike shop The Bike Centre in June 2014 and have to say I absolutely love it. I use this bike daily for my commute, and also for longer weekend leisure rides which sometimes take me off-road, so I needed something not too heavy and bulky which could slow my commute, but also something rugged enough to handle the gravel tracks, bridleways, mud slicks and inevitable pot holes I encounter on my rides.
This bike was the perfect choice: having low profile 700c size tyres keeps me moving fast, whilst the Schwalbe Landcruiser tyres offer the best traction I have ever experienced, especially when taking corners at speed and when cycling in icy conditions. The aluminium frame is lightweight but solid and the suspension fork adequately handles the obstacles in my path, pot holes and the like. The gears change as smooth as butter and provide plenty of range for me to climb mammoth hills, and then hurtle down them afterwards.
Plus, it comes in teal!
As a commuter bike I had to make some modifications to the out-of-the-box bike, which the guys at the Bike Centre were happy to help me with. I added a pannier rack, full front and rear mud guards and a kick stand, all in coordinating silver. I have also added the Cateye Volt 300 headlight and Omni-5 rear light.
Full specifications below, from the GT website.
|Frame:||GT Transeo Triple Triangle 7000 Series Alloy, Smooth Welded, and Hydroformed (TT,DT), Forged Drop-Outs, Chainstay Disc Mounts, All Utility Braze Ons|
|Fork:||SR NEX-4610 63mm Travel, Pre-Load Adjust, SpeedLock Mech. Lockout, Disc Specific, Fender Mounts|
|Crank:||Shimano M311 Octalink 48/38/18|
|Bottom Bracket:||Cartridge Sealed|
|Pedals:||High Impact Nylon Comfort|
|Rear Derailleur:||Shimano Acera 8-Speed|
|Shifters:||Shimano Acera 8-Speed Rapid Fire|
|Cog Set:||Sunrace CM55 8-Speed Casette 11-32T|
|Rims:||Jalco DM-23 Double Wall Alloy, 32H|
|Tires:||700 x 40C Schwalbe Landcruiser w/Puncture Protection and Reflective Sidewalls|
|Hubs:||(F) All Terra Alloy 32H Disc Specific, (R) All Terra Alloy 32H Freehub Disc Specific|
|Spokes:||14G Stainless Steel|
|Brake:||ProMax DSK-310 Mechanical Disc Brake, 160mm Rotor F/R|
Raleigh Oakland Ladies (2009?)
This bike was purchased second hand from the Bike Centre so I can’t be sure how old it is, though it looks like the 2009 model. I consider this to be my back up bike – if I have a problem I can’t fix on my main bike, I can still cycle to work on this so I won’t be late. However, it is much heavier than my GT, with a sturdy steel frame and basket in addition to the pannier rack, and with only 6 gears it is not equipped to handle the hills I encounter on my daily ride. It is a pleasure to ride to the shops however, as its step through frame allows me to head out in any clothes I wish (yes, even a skirt or dress), and the basket and pannier rack, sometimes combined with a backpack, mean I can carry a week’s worth of shopping home. The frame is solid but the lack of suspension and less rugged tyres on this bike compared to the GT mean I can’t expect it to handle pot holes or off-road, but I can happily whiz along cycle paths and well-kept roads.
The bike came with mud guards, pannier rack and kickstand as standard, and as I only use for leisure I have no lights permanently fitted to this bike, but it only takes seconds to move the ones from my GT over due to the Cateye FlexTight fittings.
|FRAME:||Raleigh Women’s steel trekking frame|
|FORK:||Rigid steel unicrown|
|CASSETTE:||6 speed Shimano|
|FRONT BRAKE:||Alloy V-Brakes|
|REAR BRAKE:||Alloy V-Brakes|
|HANDLEBARS:||riser style handlebar|
|STEM:||Alloy adjustable stem|
|TYRES:||700c x 28c trekking tyres|