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first road bike

Postby pe1ter » Sun Mar 03, 2013 14:08 pm

im thinking of getting a scott speedster s35 2011 model can get it for 679 brand new will it be ok for me in getting into road riding the spec is mixture of 105 and tiagra with truativ tourno chainset goals are to lose weight and get pretty fit

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Re: first road bike

Postby SmoggySteve » Sun Mar 03, 2013 14:30 pm

If you want to lose weight and get fit, the weight and spec of the bike is irrelevant. If you are pushing the pedals and getting your heart pumping and working your muscles thats what matters. TBH a heavier cheap bike will get you fitter quicker as you have to get it up the hills etc. weight and fancy spec only matter if you are planning to compete so don't get caught up in that trap if you have no intention of doing so. Your LBS can sell you something light and wonderful for whatever you let them but its not going to make you fitter just because its got aero rims and a superlite carbon frame.

The bike you mention is good enough for your needs, if you like it, get it. Just make sure its the correct size you need and it fits well.

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Re: first road bike

Postby Mikey41 » Sun Mar 03, 2013 16:15 pm

+1

More than enough for your needs IMO.
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Re: first road bike

Postby hipshot » Sun Mar 03, 2013 16:44 pm

+2

Sound advice. Its about the legs, not the wheels.

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Re: first road bike

Postby Simon Masterson » Sun Mar 03, 2013 21:59 pm

SmoggySteve wrote:If you want to lose weight and get fit, the weight and spec of the bike is irrelevant. If you are pushing the pedals and getting your heart pumping and working your muscles thats what matters. TBH a heavier cheap bike will get you fitter quicker as you have to get it up the hills etc. weight and fancy spec only matter if you are planning to compete so don't get caught up in that trap if you have no intention of doing so. Your LBS can sell you something light and wonderful for whatever you let them but its not going to make you fitter just because its got aero rims and a superlite carbon frame.

The bike you mention is good enough for your needs, if you like it, get it. Just make sure its the correct size you need and it fits well.


This; all of it.

You just can't buy a road bike that will hold you back in any meaningful way. You might need to put on a saddle that suits you, and replace the pedals. There's every chance that your cheap bike will have crappy bearings that will wear out and components that won't last as long as better ones. If it's cheap it almost certainly won't ride as smoothly or shift as nicely or look as good as a bike that isn't, but these are just a matter of getting what you pay for. If you want to tear up your limits and ride until the lactate burns unbearably, it doesn't matter if it's a Carrera or a Colnago...

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Re: first road bike

Postby Danlikesbikes » Sun Mar 03, 2013 22:55 pm

SmoggySteve wrote:If you want to lose weight and get fit, the weight and spec of the bike is irrelevant. If you are pushing the pedals and getting your heart pumping and working your muscles thats what matters. TBH a heavier cheap bike will get you fitter quicker as you have to get it up the hills etc. weight and fancy spec only matter if you are planning to compete so don't get caught up in that trap if you have no intention of doing so. Your LBS can sell you something light and wonderful for whatever you let them but its not going to make you fitter just because its got aero rims and a superlite carbon frame.

The bike you mention is good enough for your needs, if you like it, get it. Just make sure its the correct size you need and it fits well.


^-^ Agree with this.

You could even get a cheaper bike now & save yourself a load of cash. If & when you are a bit fitter and if you fall in love with cycling and decide to keep it up after you have met your goals you can always splash the cash later and keep your first bike as a winter/do-it-all bike.

You might feel good spending all that cash up front but its not going to make a bit of difference to meeting your goals.
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Re: first road bike

Postby SmoggySteve » Mon Mar 04, 2013 06:47 am

Simon Masterson wrote:
SmoggySteve wrote:If you want to lose weight and get fit, the weight and spec of the bike is irrelevant. If you are pushing the pedals and getting your heart pumping and working your muscles thats what matters. TBH a heavier cheap bike will get you fitter quicker as you have to get it up the hills etc. weight and fancy spec only matter if you are planning to compete so don't get caught up in that trap if you have no intention of doing so. Your LBS can sell you something light and wonderful for whatever you let them but its not going to make you fitter just because its got aero rims and a superlite carbon frame.

The bike you mention is good enough for your needs, if you like it, get it. Just make sure its the correct size you need and it fits well.


This; all of it.

You just can't buy a road bike that will hold you back in any meaningful way. You might need to put on a saddle that suits you, and replace the pedals. There's every chance that your cheap bike will have crappy bearings that will wear out and components that won't last as long as better ones. If it's cheap it almost certainly won't ride as smoothly or shift as nicely or look as good as a bike that isn't, but these are just a matter of getting what you pay for. If you want to tear up your limits and ride until the lactate burns unbearably, it doesn't matter if it's a Carrera or a Colnago...


The bike the OP mentions if a quite reputable bike and not a cheap POS.
I'm also sure some of the people here who bought bike at the £600ish mark would take offence to your comment. High end bikes are expensive. Cheaper heavier bikes are by no means rubbish. You can get a brilliant bike for £500 upwards. Maybe even cheaper if its 2 years old like the Scott speedster the OP likes.


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