Need help.

Ehsan14
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Need help.

Postby Ehsan14 » Sun Jul 08, 2018 6:26 pm

Hello everyone.

I plan on purchasing a commuter bicycle to help me get to and from office. My commute will be around ~9km each way and will mostly be on paved roads in dubai/sharjah. I'll usually carry an avg size office bag. My budget is around 2000 usd.
Btw i like the idea of a internal gear hub (less maintenance and all)and belt driven cycles which is why i quite liked Canyon Urban 8, badboy 1, Scott evo. Are hybrids more suitable?

My first bike was Trek Fx 7.1 which i used in sydney on avg 5km a day. The problem with that bike was that it had very thin tyres and a poor paint job.

I was hoping to get some advice from the more knowledgeable members here as my know how regarding bicycles is limited. I welcome all suggestions even ones without carbon belt. Please help me not waste my hard earned money! Thank you.

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Re: Need help.

Postby 10speedsemiracer » Mon Jul 09, 2018 12:21 am

Ehsan14 wrote:Hello everyone.

I plan on purchasing a commuter bicycle to help me get to and from office. My commute will be around ~9km each way and will mostly be on paved roads in dubai/sharjah. I'll usually carry an avg size office bag. My budget is around 2000 usd.
Btw i like the idea of a internal gear hub (less maintenance and all)and belt driven cycles which is why i quite liked Canyon Urban 8, badboy 1, Scott evo. Are hybrids more suitable?

My first bike was Trek Fx 7.1 which i used in sydney on avg 5km a day. The problem with that bike was that it had very thin tyres and a poor paint job.

I was hoping to get some advice from the more knowledgeable members here as my know how regarding bicycles is limited. I welcome all suggestions even ones without carbon belt. Please help me not waste my hard earned money! Thank you.


Maybe something like a Giant Toughroad? Or a Kona Sutra if you prefer drops..

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Re: Need help.

Postby Velt » Mon Jul 09, 2018 10:58 am

Malvern Star Oppy S series are great commuters. Also good commuters include the dedicated gravel bikes - trek checkpoint, specialized diverge etc.

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Re: Need help.

Postby redsonic » Mon Jul 09, 2018 11:37 am

What about a Polygon?
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I don't know how hilly Dubai is, but with only 8 gears, you may be running out of options on the hills. This would be the case with any internal gear hub

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Re: Need help.

Postby Thoglette » Mon Jul 09, 2018 1:33 pm

redsonic wrote:I don't know how hilly Dubai is, but with only 8 gears, you may be running out of options on the hills. This would be the case with any internal gear hub


About as hilly as Holland. :D And the city is along the coastal strip, so the local freeway crossings are the biggest hills you'll encounter. I've not been across the border to Sharaj but I assume it;s similar.

I was surprised by how relatively pedestrian friendly Dubai is (compared with some other gulf states) on my few trips, and there's lots of subcontinentals riding subcontinental bikes around (if you'll excuse the terminology). It's hot and dusty and 32mm or bigger tyres are "the go" as it involves lots of kerb hopping/cobbles etc. Get a rack for the office bag (and change of clothes).

My only thought would be: if you're near the Dubai Metro, would a folding bike be worth considering? 9km is a fair distance in summer and a folder might (check the rules!) allow you to reduce that to two shorter stints.
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Re: Need help.

Postby Ehsan14 » Mon Jul 09, 2018 5:50 pm

Thoglette wrote:
redsonic wrote:I don't know how hilly Dubai is, but with only 8 gears, you may be running out of options on the hills. This would be the case with any internal gear hub


About as hilly as Holland. :D And the city is along the coastal strip, so the local freeway crossings are the biggest hills you'll encounter. I've not been across the border to Sharaj but I assume it;s similar.

I was surprised by how relatively pedestrian friendly Dubai is (compared with some other gulf states) on my few trips, and there's lots of subcontinentals riding subcontinental bikes around (if you'll excuse the terminology). It's hot and dusty and 32mm or bigger tyres are "the go" as it involves lots of kerb hopping/cobbles etc. Get a rack for the office bag (and change of clothes).

My only thought would be: if you're near the Dubai Metro, would a folding bike be worth considering? 9km is a fair distance in summer and a folder might (check the rules!) allow you to reduce that to two shorter stints.


Maybe i havent thought this through....but folding bikes are out of the question. I want something that looks good too.
One of the reasons for considering bike commuting was that due to a hectic schedule i would find it difficult to go to a gym so this activity would have served as a workout too.

I might have to just get a bike for the weekend rides. ☹

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Re: Need help.

Postby Thoglette » Mon Jul 09, 2018 7:03 pm

Ehsan14 wrote:One of the reasons for considering bike commuting was that due to a hectic schedule i would find it difficult to go to a gym so this activity would have served as a workout too.

I might have to just get a bike for the weekend rides. ☹


Depending on your route it should be eminently do-able, if you have a shower at the office or nearby gym. And can ride home after sunset in summer (perhaps pause the commute then :0)

Like everywhere else it's a case of "plan your route": the trick is to stop thinking like a car driver (e.g. you're not likely to be using Sheik Zayed). The challenge is to find shared paths or low-speed roads that link your two ends (Dubai has rules about riding on the road and on the footpath. And you need a helmet*). Something to do on a quiet Friday.

Just watch your hydration, especially during Ramadan!

*If you haven't been there for long, I'd certainly be talking to long-term expats about what is currently considered viable and acceptable. Social "norms" can be complex and subtle (to outsiders like me). It's a bit like the bathers/undies "Trumpet ad
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