clipperton wrote:i kinda want to offer advice, but there's a few things here that i fundamentally (but respectfully) disagree with.
tourer - i've got the vivente as well, wasn't really by choice (my brother owns a shop over in wa, sometimes my "choices" are limited to what he's got available and cheap), but had to quickly replace a trek 520 once they decided that after 3 cracked frames i'd used up my "lifetime" warranty. i love the tourer for commuting, weight and speed be damned. i also far prefer panniers to a backpack.
shop selection - when folks wanting to try out cycling ask for a good shop, i'm always inclined to say to buy local so that should you need servicing, you're not trekking halfway across town to get it done.
victor, i know you're a grown up so would be well aware of the pros and cons of the above, but that's my $0.02 worth.
ps. my backup commuter is a specialized diverge with discs, no pannier mounts though. it's a fun bike to ride, but i'm always happier commuting on the vivente. currently pondering a custom steel touring frame through gellie or somebody like that - i've got a birthday coming up so might put that on the wishlist!
mtb101 wrote:look at what this guy used to race across usa - Abdullah Zeinab. we can think about all the marketing stuff we get sold on, Titanium, steel, brand this brand that, but really for commuting it comes down to a 'light weight rig that's got performance components on it' .... that you're comfortable on of course, disc brakes are a no brainier for durability especially in the wet and the day to day commuting tasks.
would you go di2? you'd think electronic gearing won't stand the rigors of commuting, I use both cable and di2, I keep the super bike di2 for weekend rides but to be honest the functionality of di2 is next level compared to cable gearing, very impressed.
carbon wheels/thru axles, tubeless, all friends of the commuter as lower rotating weight and puncture resilience - .
and what bike to recommend? I go Giant due to lifetime warranty and great value to component ratio.
Ivanhoe Cycles or Lygon Cycles
victor wrote:I have a question on disc brakes, to help me decide whether to include them: when they squeal, how difficult is it to remove the source of the noise? I've read descriptions of this previously which said it can be very difficult, which to be honest was putting me off disc brakes, but I'm happy to be educated on this.
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