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philsalliss
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first road bike

Postby philsalliss » Tue Nov 13, 2012 01:03 am

hi just after a bit of advice. ive currently got a fairly decent hybrid bike which i am starting to use more to cycle to work and for general fitness but tried a mates road bike and found it more comfortable and faster. how much would those with more knowledge than me recommend spending and what sort of components do i really need.

my commute is 6 miles each way and have a couple of ride outs in the week of 10 - 15 miles for fitness.
ive been looking around at second bikes and new stuff around 500 then i look at better stuff with carbon frames and so worth but am fairly sure in reality i dont need a carbon frame. also dont really understand benefits between compact an triple.

any advice or direction would be appreciated

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Re: first road bike

Postby Sprool » Tue Nov 13, 2012 08:56 am

There's a lot of choice on really good quality entry-level road bikes around £700 level, which will give you years of service. Is this the sort of price level your hybrid was?
You may WANT carbon but you don't NEED it. UNless you want to start doing events and time trials, or have loads of money and want to spoil yourself, and why not, I would if I had it, I'd stick to Alu frame.
Lots of heated debates about compacts and triples here. I'm a fan of triples, once the middle ring is set up sweet and thats not rocket science, I like the wider choice of gearing and it allows me a really low gear for the big steep hills surrounding me. If you are fitter and stronger and think that saving 120g extra weight by going for a compact will aid your performance, then you should go for it. I'd imagine the narrower, taller gears compared to a hybrid or MTB might be a bit of a shock at first. If you live in a relatively flat area maybe you are happier going for a compact. You could go for the sort of cassette and gearing that gives you similar top end and bottom end to a triple, but It is a big jump from one ring to the next.

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Re: first road bike

Postby philsalliss » Tue Nov 13, 2012 12:39 pm

Thanks mate I can afford to get a carbon bike but reality is don't need it and won't get the benefit in reality I bet. And money could be best spent elsewhere. How much do you need to spend for a good basic starter road bike? And what groupset do you recommend

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Re: first road bike

Postby zx6man » Tue Nov 13, 2012 12:43 pm

The starter bikes like triban 3 from decathlon at 299 seem to be the steed of choise these days, and they are triples with full 2300 groupset.

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Re: first road bike

Postby philsalliss » Tue Nov 13, 2012 13:10 pm

Ill have a look but their site is down for maintenance at the moment

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Re: first road bike

Postby zx6man » Tue Nov 13, 2012 13:23 pm

my road bike is a carrera tdf, 265 quid , almost same spec as the £500 trek/specialised offerings, but half the price and does for me to be honest for what its used for. Search this site for triban 3, I think a few guys have given pretty good reviews/pics of them

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Re: first road bike

Postby philsalliss » Tue Nov 13, 2012 14:31 pm

Will have a look started looking at 500 bikes then 1200 and realised I was getting a bit silly for what I actually need for now

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Re: first road bike

Postby smidsy » Tue Nov 13, 2012 14:36 pm

philsalliss wrote:Will have a look started looking at 500 bikes then 1200 and realised I was getting a bit silly for what I actually need for now


I don't see your point :P

If you can afford something and it makes you happy who cares if you can use it to its full potential 8)
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Re: first road bike

Postby philsalliss » Tue Nov 13, 2012 14:48 pm

Ha I know trying to sensible which is unlike me ha

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Re: first road bike

Postby singletrackanne » Tue Nov 13, 2012 14:53 pm

smidsy wrote:
philsalliss wrote:Will have a look started looking at 500 bikes then 1200 and realised I was getting a bit silly for what I actually need for now


I don't see your point :P

If you can afford something and it makes you happy who cares if you can use it to its full potential 8)


Exactly.
If you think you are going to stick with it, and you want a carbon bike - go for it! What does more, does less. :mrgreen:
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Re: first road bike

Postby Chadders81 » Tue Nov 13, 2012 21:42 pm

Looks good for the money. Or have a look at Ribble.

http://www.merlincycles.com/bike-shop/b ... -bike.html

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Re: first road bike

Postby philsalliss » Tue Nov 13, 2012 21:50 pm

Thanks mate was looking at the sensa range at merlin

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Re: first road bike

Postby Ricey83 » Wed Nov 14, 2012 11:19 am

The Sensa Romagna is a really nice looking bike ans gets good reviews. I've just bought a Giant Defy 4 @£599 which also gets good reviews. here' a decent article going through the price ranges http://www.bikeradar.com/road/gear/arti ... est-35756/

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Re: first road bike

Postby thegreatdivide » Wed Nov 14, 2012 13:39 pm

Probably the best Alu bike you can buy at the moment.

http://www.canyon.com/_en/roadbikes/bike.html?b=3076

IMO I wouldn’t buy a lower end bike just to see if you’re into this road malarkey because you’ll end up getting hooked, realising you should have bought the better bike and regretting it. It’s what happened to me!
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Re: first road bike

Postby zx6man » Wed Nov 14, 2012 13:48 pm

thegreatdivide wrote:Probably the best Alu bike you can buy at the moment.

http://www.canyon.com/_en/roadbikes/bike.html?b=3076

IMO I wouldn’t buy a lower end bike just to see if you’re into this road malarkey because you’ll end up getting hooked, realising you should have bought the better bike and regretting it. It’s what happened to me!


A bit much tho for a 6 mile commute witha few 10-15 milers. (Its a beauty tho)

IMHO for what you are doing I would have thought the hybrid would do the job anyway.

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Re: first road bike

Postby Ricey83 » Wed Nov 14, 2012 13:51 pm

thegreatdivide wrote:Probably the best Alu bike you can buy at the moment.

http://www.canyon.com/_en/roadbikes/bike.html?b=3076

IMO I wouldn’t buy a lower end bike just to see if you’re into this road malarkey because you’ll end up getting hooked, realising you should have bought the better bike and regretting it. It’s what happened to me!


On the other hand he doesn't get hooked he has a very expensive coat hanger.

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Re: first road bike

Postby smidsy » Wed Nov 14, 2012 16:13 pm

thegreatdivide wrote:Probably the best Alu bike you can buy at the moment would be the CAAD10 but you can also get one of these
http://www.canyon.com/_en/roadbikes/bike.html?b=3076

IMO I wouldn’t buy a lower end bike just to see if you’re into this road malarkey because you’ll end up getting hooked, realising you should have bought the better bike and regretting it. It’s what happened to me!



Fixed it for you :lol:
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Re: first road bike

Postby Noller » Wed Nov 14, 2012 20:44 pm

Check out Merlin malt rs at Merlin cycles.Same frame as Sensa Romagna with full TIagra gear.Had mine for a few weeks now,my first road bike also,and loving it

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Re: first road bike

Postby philsalliss » Thu Nov 22, 2012 18:22 pm

pretty much decided im going to go for a ribble just not sure which one yet. think im settled on going for a triple but am unsure whether to go for tiagra or spend a bit more and go for the 105. would i notice any difference for the extra 150 isn


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