Understanding the Benefits of Upgrading your Commute Bike


UNDERSTANDING THE BENEFITS OF UPGRADING YOUR COMMUTE BIKE

The warmer weather and longer days are finally upon us which means milder riding conditions. It is a great time to start cycling the daily commute, or to get some much needed upgrades done and get the most out of your commute. Whether you’re new to the sport or have been commuting by bike for years, there is always scope to improve your ride.


Uprgrading Your Current Ride

Upgrading your ride can feel like a daunting task, however, if undertaken can renew your passion for cycling and get you back out on the road for a great summer of commute cycling. There a number of upgrades that you can make to your current commuter bike that will make the daily ride to work faster, more enjoyable and safer. We outline some main points that will make you the fastest rider on your way to work.

Mudguards

Mud-guards can make life a whole lot more enjoyable and enable you to ride in varying conditions, meaning you won’t have to take the tube even in the worst conditions! Simply fitted and discrete in look, a mudguard will stop water and grime splashing up from the road allowing you to arrive at work dry and clean.

 

SKS RACEBLADE

The SKS Race Blade Long Mudguards are a clip-on mudguard set. They will protect you, whether you’re riding your road bike in a warm summer rain or on solitary winter trips. The end of each mudguard extends to below the hub axles. This length ensures a full coverage, meaning you, and also the cyclist behind you, are spared from splashing. They can be perfectly adapted to the radius of the wheel by adjusting the length of the stays.

 

ASS-SAVERS

Innovative, ultra-compact and always useful, the Ass Saver Original is a simple solution to annoying problem; all you have to do is quickly un-fold the guard and attach it to your saddle rails to provide quick and easy protection against annoying wheel spray in damp conditions.

 

SADDLE FOR COMFORT

Saddles are a personal affair, as everyone has different sized derrières! The sizing of a saddle is relatively easy and is done by sitting on a foam slab and measuring the distance between your sit bones. Once this has been measured it can be related to the most appropriate width of saddle for you. All CycleSurgery stores have the ability to measure for saddles widths.

 

 

Tyres

The tyres are an easy and effective upgrade that can be done relatively inexpensively. The right set of new tyres can give you more grip in wet conditions, provide puncture resistance and deliver more durability to keep you on the commute day after day.

 

CONTINENTAL GATORSKIN

A favourite amongst a lot of commuters who ride narrower tyres, the Continental Gatorskin provides exceptional grip and puncture resistance in a fast rolling, semi-slick tyre, fantastic for those looking for a quick commute time but do not want to be delayed by punctures.

 

SPECIALIZED ALL CONDITION ARMADILLO ELITE

Another option for this kind of commute cyclist is the Specialized All Condition Armadillo Elite. Providing slightly more puncture protection but with a heavier rolling weight than the Gatorskin, the All Condition is a great option for those tired of getting punctures.

 

SPECIALIZED CROSSROADS

For those requiring the next level of traction on their daily commute, the Specialized Crossroads tyre provides outstanding grip for those whose commute includes a few less desirable roads. With great puncture protection and a relatively low rolling resistance, the Crossroads delivers confidence on a rough commute.

 

 

Commute Bikes Of 2016

 

THE ENTRY LEVEL

GIANT ESCAPE 3 2016

The Giant Escape 3 brings together fast rolling 700c wheels with a lightweight Aluxx-Grade Aluminium frame allows the bike handle with confidence and comfort. Match this with the reliability of the Shimano Tourney 21-speed and versatile bike is created.

 

TREK 7.2 FX 2016

Built around a lightweight yet durable FX Alpha Silver Aluminium frame with a colour matched high-tensile steel fork for maximum handling, the Trek 7.2 FX 2016 will take your fitness rides to the next level.

 

SPECIALIZED SIRRUS SPORT DISC 2016

The Sirrus Sport Disc is constructed from Specialized’s Premium Aluminium frame with a fantastic componentry package featuring great stopping power thanks to the Tektro hydraulic disc brakes, and 700c wheels to deliver a fast and comfortable ride. With rack and fender mounts and super-tacky 32mm Specialized Nimbus Reflect tyres, the Sirrus Sport is adaptable enough to take your fitness to the next level.

THE INTERMEDIATE

WHYTE SHOREDITCH 2016

With intuitive geometry characteristics, designed specifically for the needs and demands for the rider, Whyte have developed every aspect of this bike to bring confidence, comfort and control to a great ride. Equipped with a high performing Shimano 10-speed groupset and sturdy wheelset with a 32mm deep section, this bike looks sleek and rides even better.

 

CUBE SL ROAD RACE 2016

A perfect ‘do-it-all’ bike, the Cube SL Road Race 2016 is capable of commuting during the week and then provides a fitness tool at the weekend. Setting the benchmark high with the legendary Shimano 105 groupset, the SL Road Race is amazingly well set-up with a full 22-speed groupset and Fulcrum Racing Sport CX wheels. With every pedal stroke, it surges forward, not only making it the fastest hybrid on the market, but also the ultimate hybrid.

 

 

ADVANCED

Specialized Diverge Elite

The Specialised Diverge Elite Smartweld is the perfect road bike that takes you just that little bit further. The responsive and reliable E5 Premium Aluminium frame equipped with a unique bottom bracket height and front rake angle increases handling confidence and allows you to extend your ride off the road.

Equipped with AXIS 3.0 Disc wheelset and Specialized Espoir Sport tyres, the Diverge Elite has reliability at heart, while Shimano Tiagra componentry ensure smooth gear shifting mile after mile.

CUBE SL ROAD SL 2016

A perfect ‘do-it-all’ bike, the Cube SL Road SL 2016 is capable of commuting during the week and then provides a fitness tool at the weekend. Setting the benchmark high with the legendary Shimano Ultegra groupset, the SL Road SL is amazingly well set-up with a full 22-speed groupset and DT Swiss Spline Disc wheels. With every pedal stroke, it surges forward, making it not only the fastest hybrid on the market, but also the ultimate hybrid.

WOMEN'S SPECIFIC

SPECIALIZED VITA COMP DISC

If you want to reach and go beyond your fitness goals, then the Specialized Vita Comp is for you. Designed as the perfect fitness partner, the Vita Comp has low weight and agility on its side with a fantastic component set up featuring hydraulic disk brakes for increased stopping power. Equipped with vibration dampening Zertz inserts and a carbon fork, the Vita comp brings control and comfort to your training.

 

CHARGE GRATER 0 MIXTE

With utilitarian design in mind and reliability an essential aspect, Charge created the Grater range. Simple and tough, the Grater 0 Mixte symbolises what many people strive for in a durable urban bike and it is this that has given Charge their popularity. Designed with UK weather conditions in mind, the Grater 0 Mixte features a single speed set up and a 6061 alloy step-thru frame ready to tackle those rainy mornings. Equipped with Charge’s award-winning saddle and grips, the Grater 0 Mixte is made for the everyday cyclist.