Sorry, yet another 'which bike' thread!!

What bike and bike bits should you buy?
springer64
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Sorry, yet another 'which bike' thread!!

Postby springer64 » Fri Jun 28, 2013 08:11 am

I'm sure you're all not sick of these one bit!! :wink: Anyway, in a nutshell. Discovered cycling again through a new folder for the last bit of my commute (8 miles a day), which drove me to dust off my old shed-based bike (a cheapo Saracen with huuuuge knobbly tires) for some 10-12 milers round the local lanes on my days off. I'm a big lad and seeing some weight finally dropping off is a fantastic spur to get out. Exhilarating is the word, but blimey it's hard going :shock: Looking at a new bike around the £500-£600 mark on the C2W scheme - roads yes, but not with tyres thinner than a human hair or 'owt silly. Set my sights on the Specialized Tricross 2011 for something a bit more versatile, but the Jamis Satellite Comp has honed into view. I had a beautiful Coventry Eagle steel tourer around 30 years ago - cycled everywhere and have never been as fit in my life - and there's something old-school and lovely about the Jamis which appeals. Thoughts?? Other suggestions?? Or, conversely, you can ignore this newbie completely. Wasn't sure whether to stick this in the beginners forum or here, but hey-ho. This site is such a great resource - thanks all.

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Re: Sorry, yet another 'which bike' thread!!

Postby Phil_D » Fri Jun 28, 2013 08:19 am

Why don't you want narrow tyres? Is the terrain not suitable or is it that you've never ridden on them before, or have you but hate them that much?

springer64
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Re: Sorry, yet another 'which bike' thread!!

Postby springer64 » Fri Jun 28, 2013 08:26 am

Never had thin tyres and the roads around us are patchy, but then there are plenty of club riders out and about (we live right on the route of next year's TdF), so they can't be too bad. No plans to off-road, but there are a few decent flat tracks that the Tricross might enjoy. Combination of those, really.

lc1981
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Re: Sorry, yet another 'which bike' thread!!

Postby lc1981 » Fri Jun 28, 2013 09:22 am

Sounds like you'd be better off with a road bike than a 'cross bike, if you're not going to be going off-road. I'm pretty sure that after one or two rides you'd be comfortable with narrow tyres.

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Re: Sorry, yet another 'which bike' thread!!

Postby mpatts » Fri Jun 28, 2013 09:23 am

I personally love the tricross, but if you are sticking to road you are better with a a road bike. Honestly, they are comfy!
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springer64
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Re: Sorry, yet another 'which bike' thread!!

Postby springer64 » Mon Jul 15, 2013 12:09 pm

Tricross purchased, collected Friday. Working at the w/e, so just been for its inaugural trip round Brontecestershire. Just shy of 15 miles, plenty of long hills and my god, the views!! Very pleased, although those cheapy plastic test pedals and straps have had their first and last outing :shock:

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