Cheap Bike Vs Super Bike | Commuter Challenge

– [Ollie] We’ve see the difference between riding a cheap bike and a
super bike while cycling. And, well, it’s pretty big. Super bikes allow you to ride
faster for the same effort. And that’s probably why
they feel so much fun. – [Hank] Yeah, but what
about in the real world? What about riding in cities? Riding to and from work? Have you ever wondered how much difference a super bike actually
makes to your commute? (upbeat music) – I wonder what it would be
like commuting on a super bike? – So in this video we
are going to find out by doing an old-fashioned commuter race. (air whooshing) – My weapon of choice is this. The Orbea orca arrow. This is one of the top of the range bikes. I would feel right at home
at the Tour de France. It’s fully carbon fiber and
it’s aerodynamically optimized. It’s got electronic gears from Dura Ace di 2 and to top it all off I’ve gone for aerodynamic carbon-fiber rims from Vision. – Yeah, it’s fair to say Ollie
has absolutely no chance. – I’m not heading to a regular bike shop nor am I going to a
budget Walmart-type store. I’m going to the Bristol Bike Project, which is a nonprofit
initiative set out to help give underprivileged
people access to bikes. They also reuse, recycle
and repair older bikes and sell them at a fraction of the cost of Hank’s super bike. It’s a cheap bike with a conscience. (upbeat music) So this is it in here where they refurbish and repair bikes, and they also got their
fully repaired bikes for sale as well, so
there’s quite a selection. – [Ollie] Right mate. – [Hank] Yeah. – [Ollie] I’ve seen one. – That BMX over there. – Fortunately, I’ve retired from jumping and stunts since Taiwan. (competition music) But the reason why this one caught my eye, which is that rather
smart-looking single speed. It’s also cheap 195 pounds, bargain. (upbeat music) – Right. One bike please. – Okay, 195 pounds, please. (upbeat music) – Yes! (both laughing) – Kid in a candy shop. – I bought a new bike! I’m really pleased with it. It’s the perfect commuter bike. I mean, it’s single speed so, well, it’s really low
maintenance, ideal for commuting. You don’t have to worry about it. We got brakes front and
rear, aluminum frame, again, durable, you know,
pretty light for what it is. And Continental Gatorskin tires. These things are absolutely bomb-proof. They last for ages, ideal for commuting. Right, let’s get to it. (upbeat music) – Now I am really going
to put the hammer down as soon as we go to really
make Ollie work for this one. I think I’ll probably leave
him for dead on the open road. But I’m going to try and make it count through the city streets as well. He’s got no chance. – Right, ready to roll. – Our experiment today is a simple one. We’re doing an old-fashioned race from here in Bristol in the southwest to Bath in the southwest. – Yeah, we’ve plotted the
route on comut and it’s 21 kilometers long and
it begins in urban roads with lots of junctions, lots
of traffic lights, quite busy, but voiding out into some
nice undulating, flowing, sort of, idyllic cycling
roads before the fast run into Bath. – I guess what we’re
trying to find out here is how much faster can we get to work, which means more time
in bed, more time home, I guess and more money saved. – Yeah, well time is money. The smart money as well, and my money. It is on you and your
super bike to beat me. But I want to see how much
time this black beauty, absolute bargain, concedes
to your super bike. – A lot. – Well, hopefully not too much. – Get pedaling mate. – All right, let’s go. (laughing) (upbeat music) – I might not get extra time in bed. But at least when we do get to Bath, unlike James, I’ll be
able to afford a coffee, or probably about 5,000 coffees. – (curses) He keeps sprinting
for every single light. It’s ridiculous. Fortunately, they keep on changing to red, giving me a chance to catch up so I can sort of keep going. Having to constantly accelerate on a slightly heavier bike, it just definitely requires
more effort than Hank’s super light carver ones and it’s hard to quantify, but being aluminum frame
it’s just not quite as stiff and not quite as efficient
when you put the power down, but to be honest, unless if I was just
riding normally to work and I wasn’t racing
against the Duracell bunny I probably wouldn’t notice. There’s not much in it. (upbeat music) – Well this isn’t really
going to plan, is it? It’s like the tortes catching the hare. (inaudible) (upbeat music) (yelling) Oh! He’s done it! He’s done it! (laughing) Not so fast! See you later! Right it’s been about 30
seconds without a traffic light and Ollie’s a speck in the distance. This is when I can gain some
time to get some speed up. Now a good point to make is that riding is also about having fun and enjoying it. So why wouldn’t you want
to be on your best bike? After all that’s what
I’d do on my weekends, so making it count during the week makes sense, doesn’t it? I mean it is great fun riding this. – Right, now I’m plodding along, let’s talk about the benefits
of commuting to work by bike. Now aside from the health
and fitness benefits and also the reduced environmental impact. cycling to work can also save you an absolute fortune and being from Yorkshire
I’m all about that. Once you’ve paid the
upfront cost of a bike, then the annual cost of cycling per year is estimated to be about 200 pounds. And that factors in replacement
parts for wear and tear, things like your chain and maybe a service from a
friendly bike shop as well. And also a few accessories like, waterproof clothing which would of come in handy today. Now if you compare this to
commuting to public transport, well a route like Bath and
Bristol or Bristol to Bath by train is going to cost you
around 2,200 pounds a year. Loads! And then if you drove
to work in a car, well even a small family hatch
back like a Ford Fiesta, that’s going to cost
you about 2,900 pounds a year in running costs. Which is loads! Although this isn’t really a Ford Fiesta it’s more like a Volvo 850 Estate. It’s astonishing though, isn’t it? The amount of money that can be saved, but it is noticeably
slower than my normal bike and I’m finding it even harder than usual to keep up with Hank and that is something that
I do normally struggle with on my best bike, but the bike just feels
a bit more sluggish. I mean, it’s heavier and so consequently every
time the road heads uphill it feels a little bit harder. but you know this could be a good thing, I mean to go the same speed, you have to put in more effort which means you get a
better workout every cloud. There’s another advantage to, which is that right now, while Hank’s riding his best bike mine is safely tucked up at home meaning that after I’ve
ridden this all week, when I get it out and ride it on Saturday it’s going to feel even better! (pants) (bass music) – Well saving your best
bike for the weekend is an interesting one. I mean, how long does it take to ruin your best bike if
you’re riding it everyday? I guess it’s like a car, if you’ve got a car and
you take care of it, you service it regularly, you clean it and you look after it. Well the bills aren’t going to rack up and it’s much the same as a bike. These are made to take punishment, so as long as you service it, clean it,
lube the chain, etcetera. It will last! Then again you will have to
eventually replace brake pads and chain, etcetera and that will be more expensive than Ollie’s cheap project bike, but look how much fun you’re having! Even around the corners and everything. (excited shouting) One of the biggest differences
between our two bikes are the brakes and brakes are essential
when you’re commuting and riding your bike anytime really, but particularly when commuting because of all the hazards and junctions and things that
you often need to stop at in urban environments, but these brakes… they’re a low cost break, but event if they’re properly maintained they can work really well. Not as well as Hank’s super expensive hydraulic disk breaks, but well enough to stop me should I need them. (upbeat music) – Right, here he is. – Oh god, how long you been here? – Well, I had half my hot chocolate so I would say around seven… seven and a half minutes. – Seven minutes? Pfft, that’s not too bad. – [Ollie] Hank completed
the 22.8 kilometer route in 41 minutes 18 seconds with an average speed of
33.1 kilometers per hour. He did have to stop for
quite a few traffic lights out of Bristol. I managed it around 7 minutes slower, 48 minutes 42 seconds around 28 kilometers per hour. Although admittedly had I
also been on a super bike Hank probably still would’ve beaten me just by a smaller margin. – One thing I did do mate,
is order you a coffee – Aw, thanks mate… – and a waffle. – A half eaten strut waffle (laughter) – Yeah… about that. – Thanks mate, thanks for that. Well I’ll tell you what right, the cheap bike does have a big advantage
over the super bike right now, and that is… it’s a far less attractive
target to thieves than your super bike and no bike lock in the world is going to stop a determined thief from nicking your bike, it’s so nice. And I think it just
makes it less practical, like if I want to stop off
at the shops on the way home, you can’t really do that with yours. – It’s by no coincidence
that we’re sitting outside and I’ve got a good view of of my bike, but for riding purposes the super bike is a far better bike to ride and far more fun, but it’s not that much quicker and yeah, I can’t just roll up to a cafe and leave it out of sight or even a pub. – Yeah.. but I think if your commute is over a few kilometers then there’s no reason
why you shouldn’t do it on a really nice bike like that as well, you’ll get your destination quicker, you’ll save more time… there’s more time you can have you know.. back home. It’s not dead time or you can use it to ride further and you’ll probably enjoy
your riding more as well. – Even a bike that costs a few thousand
pounds can be cheaper than commuting by train or by car making it economical justifiable – Yeah! Right mate.. I’ve got to go. – Where you off to? – Oh I’ve got a flight to catch, business class. Flying to the Maldives for a cruise. Putting all that money that I saved not buying a decadent
super bike to good use. See yea! (chuckling) – Well I guess that ends our experiment. If you did enjoy this video then make sure you give it a big thumbs up and for more cheap bike versus super bike why don’t you click over there. I’ve got home vacation… (cursing) He’s got my bike!

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