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Best road bike under £300

Postby duffydotcom » Wed Dec 19, 2012 21:27 pm

I'm looking to buy a road bike in January but since I'm obviously not wanting to set records I don't want to pay >£1000 for a carbon fibre frame etc. Anyone care to direct me to the best sub £300 road bikes. Thanks

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Re: Best road bike under £300

Postby ad_snow » Wed Dec 19, 2012 21:32 pm

Triban 3.
£300 from Decathlon. Excellent reviews and voted best bike under £500 a few months ago.

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Re: Best road bike under £300

Postby elderone » Wed Dec 19, 2012 21:43 pm

Or the carrera tdf from halfords..
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Re: Best road bike under £300

Postby nochekmate » Wed Dec 19, 2012 21:54 pm

Buy secondhand for value.

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Postby thecycleclinic » Wed Dec 19, 2012 22:04 pm

As abiove the best sub £300 road bike is a second hand one.
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Re: Best road bike under £300

Postby Simon Masterson » Wed Dec 19, 2012 22:12 pm

The best is the vintage 753, 531 or SL/SLX (etc) steel racer that you manage to snag on eBay or forum classified for a bargain price, but that takes some doing, knowhow and just a bit of pot luck. I've seen some very nice looking bikes go in that price range.

As a second best/compromise however, a used Specialized/Giant/etc might be available in that price range, or you could just get the Triban. You can only go so wrong if it's cheap; there's only so much you can expect!

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Postby thecycleclinic » Wed Dec 19, 2012 22:15 pm

Or single speed bike. Less components so everything is better quality. Some new ones around £300 but even better is s/H spec Lansgter or Kona Paddy Wagon. These are good bikes and you will get used to oine speed.
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Re: Best road bike under £300

Postby Charlie Potatoes » Thu Dec 20, 2012 04:53 am

duffydotcom wrote:I'm looking to buy a road bike in January but since I'm obviously not wanting to set records I don't want to pay >£1000 for a carbon fibre frame etc. Anyone care to direct me to the best sub £300 road bikes. Thanks


If you don't have a lot experience of bike maintenance or checking the condition of a used bike then something like a new Triban 3 might be your best option. You get a warranty and peace of mind by dealing with a big company.

Decent used bikes under £300 are rarer since TDF/Olympics in my opinion.
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Re: Best road bike under £300

Postby markos1963 » Thu Dec 20, 2012 11:56 am

Without being rude or snobby could you not save for a little longer and look at around £500. Both new and secondhand at that price are going to offer a much better experience. Ask at your local bike shop if they know any of their customers who might be selling a cheap bike or ask on club pages on Facebook if any members are selling, you never know.

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Re: Best road bike under £300

Postby smidsy » Thu Dec 20, 2012 12:07 pm

TBH the best for under £300 (new) is really not worth having.

If you can save over the next few (bad weather anyway) months and get the budget upto £500 you will get a much better bike. Second hand that will net you a crca £1k, 2 year old bike.

I got my CAAD 5 for £320 in January this year but its 6 years old and you have to know what your looking at to avoid a dog.
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Re: Best road bike under £300

Postby dynamicbrick » Thu Dec 20, 2012 12:15 pm

The Carrera TdF from Halfords is on a silly offer at the moment;

http://www.halfords.com/webapp/wcs/stor ... 65710#tab2

Yes, the snobs will decry the fact that it's a Carrera and from Halfords, but it's still a good amount of metal for the cash. It's also a good idea if you're not sure about road bikes and want to dip your toe in the water.

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Re: Best road bike under £300

Postby markos1963 » Thu Dec 20, 2012 12:24 pm

dynamicbrick wrote:The Carrera TdF from Halfords is on a silly offer at the moment;

http://www.halfords.com/webapp/wcs/stor ... 65710#tab2

Yes, the snobs will decry the fact that it's a Carrera and from Halfords, but it's still a good amount of metal for the cash. It's also a good idea if you're not sure about road bikes and want to dip your toe in the water.


It's certainly good value for money and Carreras a decent enough bike but the gearing is hardly beginner friendly. For £500 though the OP might be able to get 9sp Sora a compact chainset and a carbon fork.

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Re: Best road bike under £300

Postby bobones » Thu Dec 20, 2012 15:12 pm

duffydotcom wrote:I'm looking to buy a road bike in January but since I'm obviously not wanting to set records I don't want to pay >£1000 for a carbon fibre frame etc. Anyone care to direct me to the best sub £300 road bikes. Thanks

The only new road bike worth considering at that price is the Triban 3 from Decathlon. It's far better than the Carrera TDF from Halfords for numerous reasons including: it's lighter, it has a carbon fork, and it has better gearing for beginners (triple chainset). Stay well clear of everything else at that price.

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Re: Best road bike under £300

Postby bobones » Thu Dec 20, 2012 15:19 pm

smidsy wrote:TBH the best for under £300 (new) is really not worth having.

If you can save over the next few (bad weather anyway) months and get the budget upto £500 you will get a much better bike.

Sorry, this is absolute tosh. It might have been true a while ago, but the Triban 3 has changed the game and for £300 is as good as, if not better than, most mainstream road bikes at £500.

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Re: Best road bike under £300

Postby RobertSims » Thu Dec 20, 2012 15:27 pm

Triban 3 is certainly on the 'To me - From me' list for Xmas as first road bike! Can't wait!!!!! All reviews are superb - better than many at £500 mark. I've ridden one as was v impressed
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Re: Best road bike under £300

Postby smidsy » Thu Dec 20, 2012 16:01 pm

bobones wrote:
smidsy wrote:TBH the best for under £300 (new) is really not worth having.

If you can save over the next few (bad weather anyway) months and get the budget upto £500 you will get a much better bike.

Sorry, this is absolute tosh. It might have been true a while ago, but the Triban 3 has changed the game and for £300 is as good as, if not better than, most mainstream road bikes at £500.


Yes but you conveniently removed the bit I wrote about spending the £500 on a second hand bike.

I agree that £500 new will probably not get you any better than the £300 triban - but that was not what I was saying, is it!!!

If you are going to quote me at least quote me accurately.
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Re: Best road bike under £300

Postby bobones » Thu Dec 20, 2012 17:38 pm

smidsy wrote:
bobones wrote:
smidsy wrote:TBH the best for under £300 (new) is really not worth having.

If you can save over the next few (bad weather anyway) months and get the budget upto £500 you will get a much better bike.

Sorry, this is absolute tosh. It might have been true a while ago, but the Triban 3 has changed the game and for £300 is as good as, if not better than, most mainstream road bikes at £500.


Yes but you conveniently removed the bit I wrote about spending the £500 on a second hand bike.

I agree that £500 new will probably not get you any better than the £300 triban - but that was not what I was saying, is it!!!

If you are going to quote me at least quote me accurately.

If you want to be understood (and quoted) correctly, don't put full stops in the middle of sentences! Here's what you wrote:
TBH the best for under £300 (new) is really not worth having.

If you can save over the next few (bad weather anyway) months and get the budget upto £500 you will get a much better bike. Second hand that will net you a crca £1k, 2 year old bike.

Anyway, the "best for under £300 (new) is really not worth having" part is far from true, and while the used market may be great for those with a bit of experience, it can be a minefield for newcomers who may prefer to buy new for the peace of mind, warranty and support that come with it.

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Re: Best road bike under £300

Postby MattyyP » Thu Dec 20, 2012 22:18 pm

I boosted my road bike budget by waiting for a couple of extra months, and managed to bag myself a steal in my eyes! A second hand 2011 Specialized Secteur Sport with RS30 wheels, good tyres and with a carbon seatpost! All in absolutely mint condition! I paid £495 including delivery, I really would not have done it differently looking back! It's amazing what bargains you can get on here second hand! But if you go down that route, go and have a ride on the bike you want to buy before parting with cash!
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Re: Best road bike under £300

Postby duffydotcom » Fri Dec 21, 2012 11:10 am

markos1963 wrote:Without being rude or snobby could you not save for a little longer and look at around £500. Both new and secondhand at that price are going to offer a much better experience. Ask at your local bike shop if they know any of their customers who might be selling a cheap bike or ask on club pages on Facebook if any members are selling, you never know.


It's not the fact I need to save, I could easy spend 1K on a bike. For my first road bike though I don't want to be throwing stupid money around. I've looked all over eBay but as someone else said I wouldn't really know what I'm looking for as far as quality

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Re: Best road bike under £300

Postby KingOfTheTailwind » Fri Dec 21, 2012 11:12 am

bobones wrote:
duffydotcom wrote:I'm looking to buy a road bike in January but since I'm obviously not wanting to set records I don't want to pay >£1000 for a carbon fibre frame etc. Anyone care to direct me to the best sub £300 road bikes. Thanks

The only new road bike worth considering at that price is the Triban 3 from Decathlon. It's far better than the Carrera TDF from Halfords for numerous reasons including: it's lighter, it has a carbon fork, and it has better gearing for beginners (triple chainset). Stay well clear of everything else at that price.


Another vote for the Triban. I've upgraded a few things since buying - seat, pedals and a shorter stem. But overall I'm very impressed. Perfect for a noob like myself.


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