PLEASE HELP - Advice on buying a bike needed

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PLEASE HELP - Advice on buying a bike needed

Postby fraaaaanka » Tue Oct 08, 2013 09:45 am

Hello, I am new to this forum so hello to you all.

I am looking to buy a new mountain bike as my current one is literately falling apart (it did only cost £30 a couple of years ago from a second hand shop)

To give you an idea on my usage:
I use my bike every day to commute to work, I firstly have to push my bike about a mile while walking my 5 year old to school and then ride about a mile to the train station and back home again after.
I also go for rides in country parks every so often with the family and I am the one who gets the pleasure in pulling along a carriage which my 2 year old sits in.
I never go serious off road mountain biking.

I have a budget of up to £300 tops and want to buy something via ebay.

I have seen two bikes which I am considering but cant find any comparable new prices so was wondering if anyone has any advice/reccomendations between these two:
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/161122985806?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1438.l2649

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/161119525041?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1438.l2649

Also if anyone has any other suggestions for bikes that would be suitable to buy on ebay I would really appreciate it.

Thanks
Andy

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Re: PLEASE HELP - Advice on buying a bike needed

Postby nicklouse » Tue Oct 08, 2013 09:52 am

well one is a 20 year old road bike with flat bars and the other is a very big bike.

both will do what you want but the carbon one might not work to well with the carriage.

TBH get down to Halfords and buy a new bike for that money.

http://www.halfords.com/webapp/wcs/stor ... 0pccarrera
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Re: PLEASE HELP - Advice on buying a bike needed

Postby RockmonkeySC » Tue Oct 08, 2013 10:19 am

A new Carrera hybrid will be better than either of those.

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Re: PLEASE HELP - Advice on buying a bike needed

Postby fraaaaanka » Tue Oct 08, 2013 10:20 am

nicklouse wrote:well one is a 20 year old road bike with flat bars and the other is a very big bike.

both will do what you want but the carbon one might not work to well with the carriage.

TBH get down to Halfords and buy a new bike for that money.

http://www.halfords.com/webapp/wcs/stor ... 0pccarrera


Hi Nick
Thanks for the reply, didnt really want a halfords bike for a couple of reasons:
1) didnt want a standard 'halfords' bike
2) I have £260 locked into paypal as I sold something via ebay and cant extract the money due to a historic issue with paypal.

If you have any ebay bike suggestions I would appreciate it, I am looking for something light as I have to walk and push my bike about a mile every day when walking my daughter to school.

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Postby Kajjal » Tue Oct 08, 2013 10:30 am

Try something like a recent Specialized HardRock or similar as they are solid bikes. Just make sure you get one in good condition and from the past couple of years. There are alot of ancient bikes for sale on Ebay which are often more trouble than they are worth.

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Re: PLEASE HELP - Advice on buying a bike needed

Postby winter zombie » Tue Oct 08, 2013 10:36 am

well my advise would be go to halfords and have a look, if you see something you like try one for a sizing then go online and order it and pay via paypal. simple :)

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Postby RockmonkeySC » Tue Oct 08, 2013 10:38 am

Hardrocks are terrible, I had one.
If you need to buy used then look for a cannondale hybrid, you should get something reasonably modern and a hybrid will be better suited to your use than a mountain bike.

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Postby fraaaaanka » Tue Oct 08, 2013 10:41 am

Kajjal wrote:Try something like a recent Specialized HardRock or similar as they are solid bikes. Just make sure you get one in good condition and from the past couple of years. There are alot of ancient bikes for sale on Ebay which are often more trouble than they are worth.


Hi Kajjal,
What do you think out of these two
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/specialized-hardrock-2013-disc-brake-19-inch-frame-26-inch-wheel-/200970069386?pt=UK_Bikes_GL&hash=item2ecabfe58a

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/specialized-hardrock-pro-19inch-hydraulic-brakes-new-chain-cassette-/161121760936?pt=UK_Bikes_GL&hash=item25839af6a8

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Re: PLEASE HELP - Advice on buying a bike needed

Postby winter zombie » Tue Oct 08, 2013 10:41 am

also at the moment halfords on their website are doing half price apollo bikes if you want a cheaper bike in your budget or for your full £300 look at their carrera bikes because again their is 30% off so you could get this

Carrera Vengeance Mountain Bike 2011/2012 - Medium 18"
WAS £449.99
SAVE £150.00 (33%)
£299.99

http://www.halfords.com/webapp/wcs/stor ... yId_165499

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Postby The Rookie » Tue Oct 08, 2013 11:06 am

Most Lardrocks are horrid things despite Kajjals obsession with recomending them, a carrera vulcan is a better bike and typically 2/3's the price on ebay. having said that the silver one you linked to looks reasonable, forks not the best but fine for your usage. Although for your usage I'd look for a Carrera Subway, tough as old boots and around £100-130 on ebay, make sure you get one with 8 gears at the rear as the rear wheel is much better quality.

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Re: PLEASE HELP - Advice on buying a bike needed

Postby winter zombie » Tue Oct 08, 2013 11:38 am

The Rookie wrote:Most Lardrocks are horrid things despite Kajjals obsession with recomending them, a carrera vulcan is a better bike and typically 2/3's the price on ebay. having said that the silver one you linked to looks reasonable, forks not the best but fine for your usage. Although for your usage I'd look for a Carrera Subway, tough as old boots and around £100-130 on ebay, make sure you get one with 8 gears at the rear as the rear wheel is much better quality.


But if you do want to buy a new one halfords do take paypal as payment.

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Re: PLEASE HELP - Advice on buying a bike needed

Postby passout » Tue Oct 08, 2013 12:52 pm

I'd get a hybrid too. Maybe local bike shop or on line, see: http://www.realcycles.com/m49b0s307p433 ... rk%29_2013
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Re: PLEASE HELP - Advice on buying a bike needed

Postby passout » Tue Oct 08, 2013 12:55 pm

'Happiness serves hardly any other purpose than to make unhappiness possible' Marcel Proust.

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Re: PLEASE HELP - Advice on buying a bike needed

Postby Croptonboy » Tue Oct 08, 2013 13:05 pm

The Rookie wrote:Most Lardrocks are horrid things despite Kajjals obsession with recomending them, a carrera vulcan is a better bike and typically 2/3's the price on ebay. having said that the silver one you linked to looks reasonable, forks not the best but fine for your usage. Although for your usage I'd look for a Carrera Subway, tough as old boots and around £100-130 on ebay, make sure you get one with 8 gears at the rear as the rear wheel is much better quality.


I know it's been rebuilt, but that silver Hardrock is a 2004 model I believe (maybe even 2003). Perhaps for your usage, you'd be better with a hybrid?

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Re: PLEASE HELP - Advice on buying a bike needed

Postby junglist_matty » Tue Oct 08, 2013 14:16 pm

I'm guessing you want a Large frame going by the bikes you've posted? ....How tall are you?

Something like this would be worth a punt....

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Kona-Splice-M ... 2330592f9a

In my opinion, a 29er is much better suited for what you want (others may disagree), but the bigger wheels on the road are much easier and faster to ride than 26". Off road for the stuff you're doing, a 29er will be more than adequate.

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Re: PLEASE HELP - Advice on buying a bike needed

Postby Kajjal » Wed Oct 09, 2013 08:33 am

The Rookie wrote:Most Lardrocks are horrid things despite Kajjals obsession with recomending them, a carrera vulcan is a better bike and typically 2/3's the price on ebay. having said that the silver one you linked to looks reasonable, forks not the best but fine for your usage. Although for your usage I'd look for a Carrera Subway, tough as old boots and around £100-130 on ebay, make sure you get one with 8 gears at the rear as the rear wheel is much better quality.


I said a hardrock or something similar. I think you need to calm down a bit.

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Re: PLEASE HELP - Advice on buying a bike needed

Postby The Rookie » Wed Oct 09, 2013 11:02 am

The point is use an example that is a decent bike 'Carrera Vulcan or something similar' for example!

Pick something similar to a rotten bike and it's still therefore a rotten bike!


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