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« on: Monday, August 13, 2012, 21:30:33 »

Hi gang!

I gots me a new job where I'll need to commute to pipers way, as per the title I plan to cycle, which will involve buying a road bike (as opposed to a mountain bike).
Has anyone bought anything, got any tips on where to go, what to buy or got one going free?

Lots of love and kiss

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« Reply #1 on: Monday, August 13, 2012, 21:34:39 »

budget?
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« Reply #2 on: Monday, August 13, 2012, 21:35:59 »

hello mr batch, a couple of hundred pounds. but ideally the less the better, but if it'll end up costing less in the long run to spend more then i don't have a problem spending more

(i went into total bike and the "salesman" advised me that the 649 allez bike had naff brakes that you'd have to upgrade anyway, when i made it clear i was after a commute bike)
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« Reply #3 on: Monday, August 13, 2012, 21:38:20 »

Don't rule out a mountain bike so quickly.

They are fine for the road and you might want to go exploring sometimes. Road bikes have skinny tires meaning you can get stuck in the mud too easily.
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« Reply #4 on: Monday, August 13, 2012, 21:41:06 »

i don't fancy doing offroady stuff really, so a roadbike would do me (and would make it easier to cycle on roads to work). but if i'm paying for skinny tyres and a raised arse then i might as well get a mountain bike
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« Reply #5 on: Monday, August 13, 2012, 21:41:39 »

Was looking at this t'other day but bought a new PC instead, quite over budget though

http://www.decathlon.co.uk/triban-3-id_8167038.html
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« Reply #6 on: Monday, August 13, 2012, 21:45:31 »

i don't have a problem spending money on anything decent, but being a bit of a skav i saw a bike for 125 on tesco's and wondered how much difference there would really be...
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« Reply #7 on: Monday, August 13, 2012, 21:46:44 »

Btwin bikes were highly rated by the Gadget Show. You can't get much better for a budget bike. I'm looking to pick one up soon as I need a new MTB.
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« Reply #8 on: Monday, August 13, 2012, 21:48:29 »

You're not going to get anything even close to decent for 125 quid. You'll just get 'a bike' for that money.

Your best bet might be to look for something second hand.
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« Reply #9 on: Monday, August 13, 2012, 21:49:37 »

Your best bet would be to go onto bikeradar and ask the question in the road bike section.
You could always get a mountain bike and stick some schwalbe land cruiser tyres on it. They roll reall well on the road and you can still use them on gravel cycle paths.
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« Reply #10 on: Monday, August 13, 2012, 21:50:36 »

 
i don't have a problem spending money on anything decent, but being a bit of a skav i saw a bike for 125 on tesco's and wondered how much difference there would really be...

Weight, mostly. Cheap bikes are steel framed, mid-range bikes are aluminium (lighter) and top end bikes are carbon (the lightest).

You can get into the intricacies of gearing, braking and suspension, but at the lower end it's all much of a muchness.
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« Reply #11 on: Monday, August 13, 2012, 21:51:19 »

You're not going to get anything even close to decent for 125 quid. You'll just get 'a bike' for that money.

Your best bet might be to look for something second hand.
that's what i thought, but the gent in total bike has me convinced that all bikes are naff unless you spend thousands
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« Reply #12 on: Monday, August 13, 2012, 21:54:54 »

that's what i thought, but the gent in total bike has me convinced that all bikes are naff unless you spend thousands

He would though, he's trying to sell you something.

In this part of the world I can't see how I would get anything worth while for under 200 quid.  Anything else would just be a frame with pedals and wheels.
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« Reply #13 on: Monday, August 13, 2012, 21:57:46 »

He would though, he's trying to sell you something.
his patter of slagging everything that is less than a small car requires attention!

many thanks for your assistance, i'm going to go annoy some people on a bike forum
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« Reply #14 on: Monday, August 13, 2012, 22:00:36 »

Here is a scan for the review of the bike I linked to.

http://www.cyclingscotland.org/news/cycling-active-btwin-triban-3-review/

Not that I trust magazine reviews Smiley

I've never ridden one mind, didn't get that far - closest Decathlon shop is Reading.
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