1st road bike, opinions please

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1st road bike, opinions please

Postby gerroffandmilkit » Fri Oct 12, 2012 16:51 pm

Some of you may have seen my first post on the commuting board regarding which type of bike to buy to set me going on the (hopefully) enjoyable road of cycling.

After much advice I decided that a road bike was the best option for my requirements.

I've been having a scout round for my first road bike and found something which looks quite a decent buy for the money. Any advice or recommendations? Is it a good starting bike? Please be honest!!!


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Re: 1st road bike, opinions please

Postby dyson1590 » Fri Oct 12, 2012 17:46 pm

Never ridden one myself but always heard of the Carreras as solid bikes, that one has a great review on here too. Don't think you'd regret buying one. There are a couple of other entry level bikes in the sales too worth considering...


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Re: 1st road bike, opinions please

Postby centimani » Fri Oct 12, 2012 18:02 pm

Is it for commuting...and do you see the need for mudguards ? Perhaps ask at Halfords (or maybe someone on here will know) if there's clearance for them. Wet weather (even damp weather) riding is the pits if you arrive at work with wet clothing.
Otherwise, the bike will be fine.
Here's a comparison. The TDF, an expensive, well kitted bike it's not. My Raleigh Chimera wasnt either, cro-mo frame, steel fork, basic but strong wheelset and Sora 8 speed tranmission probably falls into a similar category as the TDF. That bike did me proud for 4 years i think, all weather commuting, about 6000 miles, sold it with 99% of its original equipment and didnt actually lose that much money on it.
Do you notice the difference between a budget bike and an expensive one...yes. Do you go faster on an expensive bike...yes, but not that much. A budget bike (excuse the term) wont be as comfortable, perhaps not quite as fast...but you'll love it all the same.

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Re: 1st road bike, opinions please

Postby coriordan » Fri Oct 12, 2012 18:44 pm

Did you look into Decathlon's B'twin Triban? They are extremely highly reviewed!

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