baudman wrote:barefoot wrote:Yes, it's true, he's said that he intends to commute on it. But really, he just wants to buy a nice new zippy bike that he enjoys riding.
Then, I like fattima's advice. N=N+2. Buy a half-decent roadie run out model, and a slightly more utilitarian commuter. (And ditch the hybrid).
That's kind of the direction I was heading.
Get a nice zippy road bike that's enjoyable to ride. Commute on it.
Then come to the conclusion - as most of us have - that it's far more comfortable carrying your gear on the bike rather than your back, and that big puncture-resistant tyres are a good trade off, and that mudguards are awesome, and that SPD sandals with wool socks is a good look... and add a dedicated commuter to the fleet.
But I didn't want to scare the poor guy off by informing him that he really does need two new bikes. At least. For starters
Marx wrote:I though the reason derailleurs appear on anything approaching performance (regardless of application) is because derailluer gears are faster, shift slicker & provide the *best gearing solution to any type of cyclist.
*”Best” is subjective of course.
Weight is also a serious factor.
And gear range. And cost.
Rohloff 14-speed hub gives a gear range comparable with a triple-ring MTB or touring derailer setup. But the price makes most people's eyes water. Alfine 11-speed is probably comparable with a normal (~compact) road gear range.
Other than those... the various 7- and 8-speed IGHs have big jumps between gears (so as to get a decent spread with so few gears). And are heavy. Great for commuting, but not going to win any races... and most bikes sold in the last 30 years or so are intended to at least look like competition bikes. The "bikes as sporting equipment" phenomenon.