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It's hard to make out from the picture but the biggest factor in cycling for commuting is tyres.
Mountain bike type tyres are horrendous on roads, they will slow you down terribly.

I had a Carerra Vulcan when I first got back into cycling which is a front auspension mountain bike, I swapped the tyres for hybrids which improved things but they still weren't great.

Best to look at bikes with 700c size wheels and slick tyres and avoid anything in the style of a mountain bike unless you can honestly say you will do anything more off road than the odd canal path.
This is similar to mine
http://www.google.co.uk/products/catalog?q=specialized+sirrus&oe=UTF-8&hl=en-gb&client=safari&um=1&ie=UTF-8&cid=15009365715598591811&sa=X&ei=WHLfUIzaMpTa0QWB74C4AQ&ved=0CD0Q8wIwAQ

It's a little more expensive but gives you an idea.

There are hybrid bikes which lean more towards road bikes and hybrids which lean more towards mountain bikes.
 

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It's hard to make out from the picture but the biggest factor in cycling for commuting is tyres.
Mountain bike type tyres are horrendous on roads, they will slow you down terribly.

I had a Carerra Vulcan when I first got back into cycling which is a front auspension mountain bike, I swapped the tyres for hybrids which improved things but they still weren't great.

Best to look at bikes with 700c size wheels and slick tyres and avoid anything in the style of a mountain bike unless you can honestly say you will do anything more off road than the odd canal path.
This is similar to mine
http://www.google.co...ved=0CD0Q8wIwAQ

It's a little more expensive but gives you an idea.

There are hybrid bikes which lean more towards road bikes and hybrids which lean more towards mountain bikes.
Yeh mainly be using the main roads, no off road stuff, will be doing about 5 to 6 miles to work and back home.
 

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First thing i did when i got my Cube MTB was change the tryes for something that were more suited to roads.....
 

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I've got a subway and the tyres are slick mountain bike types.
No good for commuting .
I've also had a carrera gryphon which was great for a 10 mile commute.
At one time i was doing 35- 40 miles a day on it.
Really regret giving it to my brother in law.

http://www.halfords.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductMobileDisplay?catalogId=10151&storeId=10001&productId=810613&categoryId=165534&langId=-1

Very similar to the specialised.

I've now gone time trial bike,kinetic one as i do more miles.
Like this one
http://shop.kinetic-two.co.uk/2013-kfoil-arrivez-custom-built-monocoque-tttri-bike-78-p.asp
 

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I had a Carrera bike and the worst thing about them is the folk at Halford build them. I had heaps of issues with my Carrera Kraken and TBH I'd never buy another bike from Halfords again. The chain had a bent link which I got them to sort only to find out that the bent a tooth on the front chainset. Was going to get that sorted when the Chain twisted and ripped its way though the rear derailer and snapped the rear hanger.

Rather than get them to mess it up more I put a new front cranks, rear derailer, chain and hanger and it was perfect.

The Carrera Subway gets a lot of good write ups and is meant to be a sound bike to have. The one I had was really easy to work on, but if you do get it from Halfords check it over before you take it away.
 

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Yeh mainly be using the main roads, no off road stuff, will be doing about 5 to 6 miles to work and back home.
5-6 miles is a fairly steady distance. Main things as above are stay away from suspension, slows you down and extra weight, no benefit for your use.
Nice thin tyres and wheels, slick tyres, nothing with deep tread.
Avoid disc brakes too, they are a pain to maintain and not needed for what your going to do, a set of Vee brakes will do fine.

Have fun cycling, I love commuting on my bike, upto 40miles round trip in the summer, I cycle and use the train in the winter.

Make sure you have warm clothing and waterproofs too and a decent helmet. It's even fun to cycle in the rain if you can keep warm.
 

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Yeh mainly be using the main roads, no off road stuff, will be doing about 5 to 6 miles to work and back home.
What about a cyclocross bike then? It's kind of a beefed up road bike which can be used on muddy bits, not full on off roading like a mountain bike. Not sure what price they start from but will be better than what you've highlighted above in my opinion.
 

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I've got a subway and the tyres are slick mountain bike types.
No good for commuting .
I've also had a carrera gryphon which was great for a 10 mile commute.
At one time i was doing 35- 40 miles a day on it.
Really regret giving it to my brother in law.

http://www.halfords....65534&langId=-1

Very similar to the specialised.

I've now gone time trial bike,kinetic one as i do more miles.
Like this one
http://shop.kinetic-...i-bike-78-p.asp
Ben the one in the top link whats the main difference from the one i want would it be the tyres on them?
 

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Buy a singlespeed hack bike. I bought an old Raleigh Amazon, stripped it, re-painted it Ford Panther Black and re-built with one gear and semi slicks. I cycled 7 miles to and from work and my fitness improved massively. Cost £90 all in!
 

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5-6 miles is a fairly steady distance. Main things as above are stay away from suspension, slows you down and extra weight, no benefit for your use.
Nice thin tyres and wheels, slick tyres, nothing with deep tread.
Avoid disc brakes too, they are a pain to maintain and not needed for what your going to do, a set of Vee brakes will do fine.

Have fun cycling, I love commuting on my bike, upto 40miles round trip in the summer, I cycle and use the train in the winter.

Make sure you have warm clothing and waterproofs too and a decent helmet. It's even fun to cycle in the rain if you can keep warm.
Thanks for the advice, the last time i use a bike was before i starting working back in 1992 lol being using buses and driving cars after that time, i can sense it being fun to get back on one.
 

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Buy a singlespeed hack bike. I bought an old Raleigh Amazon, stripped it, re-painted it Ford Panther Black and re-built with one gear and semi slicks. I cycled 7 miles to and from work and my fitness improved massively. Cost £90 all in!
lol thats what i'm trying to do, improve fitness and secondly save petrol lol
 

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Ben the one in the top link whats the main difference from the one i want would it be the tyres on them?
The frame is thicker on the subway,more mountain bike.
The frame on the gryphon is more road bike ,like a carrera Vulcan.
Wheels are 26" subway.
gryphon 700 wheels x 28c

Pretty sure the cranks are different.
Both have disc brakes which i hate.do
 

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I had a Carrera bike and the worst thing about them is the folk at Halford build them. I had heaps of issues with my Carrera Kraken and TBH I'd never buy another bike from Halfords again. The chain had a bent link which I got them to sort only to find out that the bent a tooth on the front chainset. Was going to get that sorted when the Chain twisted and ripped its way though the rear derailer and snapped the rear hanger.

Rather than get them to mess it up more I put a new front cranks, rear derailer, chain and hanger and it was perfect.

The Carrera Subway gets a lot of good write ups and is meant to be a sound bike to have. The one I had was really easy to work on, but if you do get it from Halfords check it over before you take it away.
lol Halfords sell a couple of VOODOO's too if i'm right lol
 

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i'm going to Halfords tomorrow to have a look around and maybe buy something, not looking to spend no more than £300 maybe a bit more if they throw in some specials with the bike
 
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