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« Reply #15 on: Monday, August 13, 2012, 22:02:47 »

There's nowt necessarily wrong with a frame with pedals and wheels, many people are just fine with that.

If you want something more specific though such as a 'road bike', you'll need to dig a bit deeper.
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« Reply #16 on: Monday, August 13, 2012, 22:54:11 »

that's what i thought, but the gent in total bike has me convinced that all bikes are naff unless you spend thousands
If it was the old guy he would probably tell you Pinarellos are the best bike ever. Which they are not. As for the Spesh Allez's brakes, well I doubt if you'll be hurtling down any Alpine mountains anytime soon so ignore that.

As Batch has already said look at the Decathlon/Btwin, not the biggest name but you won't find better for the price. You really do get what you pay for with bike and I'd desperatley avoid anything from any big supermarket/sports shop.

As already mentioned get a MTB and put some thinner slick tyres. Or go for the hybrid option which will see you over most half decent surfaces. If you can't be arsed to shop around go for a big brand name (Spesh/Trek/Cannondale), you may not get the best groupset/equipment but you'll get a good reliable frame.
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« Reply #17 on: Monday, August 13, 2012, 22:57:39 »

that's what i thought, but the gent in total bike has me convinced that all bikes are naff unless you spend thousands
The guy that runs Total Bike is a complete tool, I've had run ins with him in the past. Get down to Mitchells (Shrivenham Road), they have a decent range of road bikes at the lower end of the price scale in one of the rooms upstairs.
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« Reply #18 on: Monday, August 13, 2012, 23:08:14 »

Buy a cheap bike to start with. You'll probably realise cycling is really shit when it's pissing down with rain (80% of the time). If you foolishly never realise this then go for a more expensive bike should it take your fancy.

Don't forget to budget for a comfort saddle, some lights, a basket and a bell.
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« Reply #19 on: Monday, August 13, 2012, 23:27:57 »

Buy a cheap bike to start with. You'll probably realise cycling is really shit when it's pissing down with rain (80% of the time). If you foolishly never realise this then go for a more expensive bike should it take your fancy.

Don't forget to budget for a comfort saddle, some lights, a basket and a bell.
...I've got a bike. You can ride it if you like.
It's got a basket, a bell that rings and things to make it look good.
I'd give it to you if I could, but I borrowed it.
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« Reply #20 on: Tuesday, August 14, 2012, 12:50:08 »

I own a kona, nice and easy to ride on the road
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« Reply #21 on: Tuesday, August 14, 2012, 20:05:07 »

The Btwin stuff (sold by Decathlon) gets some quality write ups in the specialist cycling press, excellent value for money.

Have you considered a Hybrid, halfway house between MTB and Road bike? Might be exactly what you're after.
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« Reply #22 on: Tuesday, August 14, 2012, 21:23:51 »

If it was the old guy he would probably tell you Pinarellos are the best bike ever. Which they are not. As for the Spesh Allez's brakes, well I doubt if you'll be hurtling down any Alpine mountains anytime soon so ignore that.

As Batch has already said look at the Decathlon/Btwin, not the biggest name but you won't find better for the price. You really do get what you pay for with bike and I'd desperatley avoid anything from any big supermarket/sports shop.

As already mentioned get a MTB and put some thinner slick tyres. Or go for the hybrid option which will see you over most half decent surfaces. If you can't be arsed to shop around go for a big brand name (Spesh/Trek/Cannondale), you may not get the best groupset/equipment but you'll get a good reliable frame.

I have got a Spesh Allez and had it for three years, never had any problem with the brakes, its a good quality bike.

Also got a Spesh Stumpjumper MTB, fantastic piece of kit but never get the chance to use it enough.

Pity this disn't come up a couple of weeks back, I had a spesh Hardrock I was selling, but sold it to a mate for 40.
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« Reply #23 on: Tuesday, August 14, 2012, 22:16:51 »

Ive been commuting everywhere for the last year in Bristol and now back in Swindon on a Cannondale Badboy hybrid. Great bike...worth looking out for second hand.

Important to consider the possibility of attatching mud guards and racks...a lot of the very race orientated bikes...like the Allez I believe...do not have eyelets for such attatchments making it difficult if you want such things. Also worth considering the comfort of the bike too, a real racer could be difficult to get on with on swindons shit cycle paths.

Cyclocross bikes are becoming Exponentially popular with commuters because they enable you to have a drop barred roadie for giving it the beans when you want to, but also the comfort and practicality for commuting. It's what I'll be purchasing sometime soon hopefully.

I'd suggest trying to save a bit to get something decent...not thousands by any means...the decathlon bikes do get very good reviews. Have you considered a cycle to work scheme where you pay through your wages and get a pretty significant chunk off the cost of a bike? Worth looking at.

Have to say I love riding my 20 mile round commute. But it's not for everyone.
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« Reply #24 on: Wednesday, August 15, 2012, 07:27:47 »

I'd suggest trying to save a bit to get something decent...not thousands by any means...the decathlon bikes do get very good reviews. Have you considered a cycle to work scheme where you pay through your wages and get a pretty significant chunk off the cost of a bike? Worth looking at.

i've got up to 400 i reckon, so i'm not looking at anything held together by bluetac, but that said i'm not keen to spend it for the sake of it.

my employers only run the scheme january to january, and as i'll need it soonish it's probably best to bite the bullet on this occasion
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« Reply #25 on: Wednesday, August 15, 2012, 07:50:59 »

Good time to buy, if you can wait around a month. A lot of the major manufacturers are releasing their 2013 models shortly, so expect to see some discounts on current 2012 models. Might mean a bit of shopping around, but bargains are out there if you look.

But it would be nice if all you cunts could lay off from buying a Cube Analog Disc in Large any time soon ;-)
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« Reply #26 on: Wednesday, August 15, 2012, 08:17:28 »

Mitchell Cycles on Shrivenham Road every time for me. They also have pitch side advertising at the county ground....
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« Reply #27 on: Wednesday, August 15, 2012, 22:18:19 »

mitchells didn't have anything that looked "cool", and as the fella said "if there's nothing you like the look of, don't buy it, as you'll only resent it and look to move it on".

i'm gunna go look at the one in decathlon i think
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« Reply #28 on: Thursday, August 16, 2012, 10:11:42 »

The decathlon Triban got 92% in one of the cycling mags last month. For 299 with a carbon fork its a deal, its a steel, its the sale of the fuckin century

http://www.decathlon.co.uk/triban-3-id_8167038.html
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« Reply #29 on: Thursday, August 16, 2012, 10:18:29 »

its a steel,

Nah, its mostly aluminium. Mostly.
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