Buying a cheap road bike....

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Buying a cheap road bike....

Postby nacnudsmada » Mon Dec 10, 2012 08:22 am

Hi All,
After a few changing plans as was going to ride to work, sadly this will not happen now, so i can going to keep my current bike which is a carrea subway for taking my daughter out on etc i am looking to get a road bike,

Sadly my budget is 150-200 at a push, Ive seen a few

http://compare.ebay.co.uk/like/39048394 ... pla&crdt=0
or
http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B003DZ15CQ/? ... B003DZ15CQ
or
http://www.sportsdirect.com/muddyfox-pa ... src=google
OR
would it be better to look around for a second?

I really cannot go any higher than 200

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Re: Buying a cheap road bike....

Postby Bustacapp » Mon Dec 10, 2012 09:05 am

nacnudsmada wrote:Hi All,
After a few changing plans as was going to ride to work, sadly this will not happen now, so i can going to keep my current bike which is a carrea subway for taking my daughter out on etc i am looking to get a road bike,

Sadly my budget is 150-200 at a push, Ive seen a few

http://compare.ebay.co.uk/like/39048394 ... pla&crdt=0
or
http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B003DZ15CQ/? ... B003DZ15CQ
or
http://www.sportsdirect.com/muddyfox-pa ... src=google
OR
would it be better to look around for a second?

I really cannot go any higher than 200


That muddyfox looks nice!! Just get it!

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Re: Buying a cheap road bike....

Postby mattrixdesign2 » Mon Dec 10, 2012 09:06 am

I would either consider second hand (nearly new or older if you know what to look for) or you may just about find something in either Decathlon or Halfords, you may need to wait for a sale though.

Decathlon Triban 3 is well regarded but out of your budget, but it sets the base line for a decent road bike at the budget end, Halfords have the Carrera TDF, again above your budget, but gives an idea of what minimum spec to go for. Try seraching for these on Ebay, as they a cheaper than most to start with so you could find a bargain. Also looks for the likes of popular choices Specialized Allez etc second hand.

Also why are you looking for a drop bar road bike, I presume the obvious answer is to ride on roads... but you already have the Subway, which would be another option I would have suggested if you didn't already have one!

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Re: Buying a cheap road bike....

Postby nacnudsmada » Mon Dec 10, 2012 09:28 am

Thanks both, I just wanted a road bike to be a road bike if you get me, ill keep the subway as just brought a seat for my daughter so we can go down the canals, paths etc and i wont worry to much about the bike!

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Re: Buying a cheap road bike....

Postby lc1981 » Mon Dec 10, 2012 09:39 am

Cycling Weekly just reviewed the Triban 3 and it got a good write-up. I second the advice to see if you can stretch to one of these or find one second-hand on eBay. You might also be able to find a second-hand bike from one of the bigger brands such as Specialized, Trek or Cannondale at this price if you keep your eyes peeled.

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Re: Buying a cheap road bike....

Postby nacnudsmada » Mon Dec 10, 2012 09:58 am

i don't think the boss would allowed the stretch as she does not know Ive stretched to 200
Thanks for the advice!

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Re: Buying a cheap road bike....

Postby Guanajuato » Mon Dec 10, 2012 14:30 pm

To be honest, I'd stick with the Subway rather than get one of the ones you linked to. Your subway is a better spec all round. The only thing missing is drop bars. But with those three, the shifters are all on the top of the bars anyway, so you'd not be gaining anything. Spend £30 on a set of lower rolling resistance tyres and you'll get the same benefits.

If you really must get a road bike, You'd be far better off with a 2nd hand Carrera TdF or Triban as mentioned before. You might get hold of a better spec than those 2nd hand too if you're lucky. Or persuade the Boss that the extra £100 is worth it.

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Re: Buying a cheap road bike....

Postby surfatwork » Mon Dec 10, 2012 21:01 pm

I strongly suggest a second hand. There are some fantastic deals to be had on places like gumtree or even in the classifieds here and on other forums.

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Re: Buying a cheap road bike....

Postby hipshot » Mon Dec 10, 2012 21:13 pm

Heed the advice above. You can get a 2nd hand Triban for about 200. Don't take a chance on anything else.

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Re: Buying a cheap road bike....

Postby nacnudsmada » Wed Dec 12, 2012 07:55 am

Hi All, Thank you for your advice, Ive managed to get my budget increased...
Ive come across the barracuda blackfin http://www.barracudabikes.co.uk/bikes/b ... unisex.php and form the above i like the Carrera TDF - http://www.halfords.com/webapp/wcs/stor ... yId_165710

Also ive seen Halords have http://www.halfords.com/webapp/wcs/stor ... yId_165710 - as well... Its £30 over but does look like a better bike...

So these are my final Three, what would you suggest is best set up?

I should say that once brought i do not plan to buy a new bike! and will aim to get out on it 3-4 times a week!

Many thanks

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Re: Buying a cheap road bike....

Postby Guanajuato » Wed Dec 12, 2012 09:24 am

I don't understand why the Zelos is more expensive than the TdF - it seems lower spec to me. The main differences are the Zelos has one less sprocket at the back, the frames are different Aluminium grades and the Zelos is black rather than yellow. :)
The problem with the TdF is that its gearing is a bit high if you live in a hilly area. The wheels are very heavy as well, which doesn't help. Even a fairly cheap pair of wheels weighs about the same as just one carrera wheel.(review on here) The Blackfin has a triple so would make easy(er) work of hills.
Try them all out and pick the one that suits you best.

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Re: Buying a cheap road bike....

Postby Phill B » Wed Dec 12, 2012 10:07 am

Raleigh airelite 100 at Rutland cycles was £500 now £344. has had some decent reviews and much better than any of the halfords stuff in the same price range

http://www.rutlandcycling.com/42347/Ral ... White.html
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Re: Buying a cheap road bike....

Postby zx6man » Wed Dec 12, 2012 10:11 am

I have the TDF and it takes everything I through at it. Commutes and coast to coasts so would be fine for you.

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Re: Buying a cheap road bike....

Postby zx6man » Wed Dec 12, 2012 10:15 am

Guanajuato wrote:I don't understand why the Zelos is more expensive than the TdF - it seems lower spec to me. The main differences are the Zelos has one less sprocket at the back, the frames are different Aluminium grades and the Zelos is black rather than yellow. :)
The problem with the TdF is that its gearing is a bit high if you live in a hilly area. The wheels are very heavy as well, which doesn't help. Even a fairly cheap pair of wheels weighs about the same as just one carrera wheel.(review on here) The Blackfin has a triple so would make easy(er) work of hills.
Try them all out and pick the one that suits you best.


Probably the zelos is just "newer" with the new tourney groupset, does look way better in the flesh too than the tdf.

Wheels on tdf although heavy, mine still run true after 2000 miles including some hefty commuting potholes.

Agreed with gearing, changed my cheap shimano bits, A050 front mech and AO50 chainset for Shimano 2300 compact and its great.

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Re: Buying a cheap road bike....

Postby Buckie2k5 » Wed Dec 12, 2012 10:49 am

get the triban 3, you cant get a new bike with that spec for anywhere close to 300. I had 1 and loved it.

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Re: Buying a cheap road bike....

Postby zx6man » Wed Dec 12, 2012 10:52 am

My tdf was 265 in the "sale", but wasn't aware of the TR 3 at the time, carbon forks and a triple. But I don't like the red :-)

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Re: Buying a cheap road bike....

Postby surfatwork » Wed Dec 12, 2012 11:03 am

If you are insistent on getting a new bike, then nothing matches the Triban at that price. But I still think a used Specialized (or similar) is a better choice. All the bikes you have listed above (from Halfords etc.) are heavy!!! 11.7kg??
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Re: Buying a cheap road bike....

Postby zx6man » Wed Dec 12, 2012 11:07 am

Phill B wrote:Raleigh airelite 100 at Rutland cycles was £500 now £344. has had some decent reviews and much better than any of the halfords stuff in the same price range

http://www.rutlandcycling.com/42347/Ral ... White.html



TDF beat it in the reviews.... :-)

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Re: Buying a cheap road bike....

Postby zx6man » Wed Dec 12, 2012 11:11 am

surfatwork wrote:If you are insistent on getting a new bike, then nothing matches the Triban at that price. But I still think a used Specialized (or similar) is a better choice. All the bikes you have listed above (from Halfords etc.) are heavy!!! 11.7kg??


Not really sure that folks buying a 300 quid bike the weight really matters. All are similar, just go woth the one you like the look of, although I have heard red bikes are faster ofc :-)

My tdf with pedals was bang on 11kg, so only 500g heavier. TR3 do have the carbon fork so makes sense its lighter.

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Re: Buying a cheap road bike....

Postby zx6man » Wed Dec 12, 2012 11:19 am

For info, slightly biased ofc on the tdf front, but do have 1 mate has bought the Zelos, 2 who have the triban as they weren't halfords fans. All are happy with there purchases.


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