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Re: RE: Bicycle Guys 2016/09/07 14:11:18 (permalink)
clark grizwald
Interested to know what people think of this as a starter road bike: http://www.halfords.com/cycling/bikes/road-bikes/carrera-virtuoso-road-bike-2015
 
Been offered an almost new one for £150, only been used a few times. Bear in mind I am pretty much a novice and will mainly be using it to cycle to and from work initially, but with a view to doing a few longer rides and seeing if I can make a bit more of a hobby out of it. All thoughts appreciated!


Yep, not bad for the money - although if you are going out on the regs you'll want decent tyres otherwise you'll have depressing winter weather punctures to deal with, store bike tyres are always shit.
 
Also ALWAYS carry a portable presta pump and a couple of spare tubes. Recommend these tyres if you are going to commute:
 
https://www.evanscycles.com/continental-grand-prix-4-season-700c-folding-duraskin-road-tyre-oe-EV212744
 
Best find out exactly how wide the tyres are on the bike you are buying - 23mm or 25mm, likely the latter.
HTH.
 
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Re: RE: Bicycle Guys 2016/09/07 14:30:02 (permalink)
As it goes, if you've got £1200 to spend/get on 'ride to work' for the first £1k - you can do worse than this:
 
Carbon/full Ultegra as per that Fuji bike mentioned on the last page...
 

 
https://www.evanscycles.com/trek-emonda-s-6-2016-road-bike-EV217036
 
 
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Re: RE: Bicycle Guys 2016/09/07 14:48:42 (permalink)
Cheers for the info on the Carrera mate - the other bike looks a beast but not really looking to go in for a grand at the moment as I am just starting out...If I get the bug though I will keep it in mind!

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Re: RE: Bicycle Guys 2016/10/05 07:59:09 (permalink)
hi, not sure if anyone can help me but thought i'd ask anyway...
 
i've got an old raleigh reynolds 531 and last night cycling home one of the brake levers just came off in my hand! i've looked inside and it looks like it screws onto the handlebars, but i can't get to the screw (because of the housing) to reattach it. any ideas?? i've googled it and can't seem to find anything, not even an old service manual
 
cheers
 
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Re: RE: Bicycle Guys 2016/10/05 08:13:19 (permalink)
Sounds like your friendly local bike shop would like your business imo.
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Re: RE: Bicycle Guys 2016/10/05 08:31:33 (permalink)
yeah, figured that was gonna be the only solution
 
i love this bike but it's proving to be more trouble than it's worth. something breaks every couple of weeks now
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Re: RE: Bicycle Guys 2016/10/05 08:49:33 (permalink)
^^ That's sad - if you bike a lot, can you get a new one via Ride to Work through your employer? Saves loads and you can pay by DD over a year.
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Re: RE: Bicycle Guys 2016/10/05 09:01:08 (permalink)
I used the cycle to work scheme.
Definitely recommend it
See below




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Re: RE: Bicycle Guys 2016/10/05 09:08:36 (permalink)
^^ I've done it twice now, first bike was £650 - sold it for £300 a year later and then got another £1k bike, maximum under the scheme - and a year later once it was paid for 'pimped' it with better components/wheels worth £500, still runs very nicely a year later again.
 
Only way to go if you want a new bike under a grand.
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Re: RE: Bicycle Guys 2016/10/05 09:13:38 (permalink)
Yeah got a £1000 voucher last October so just finished paying mine.
Topped it up and got a Giant Defy Advanced 2 for £1300
4 thousand miles later.....loving it



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Re: RE: Bicycle Guys 2016/10/05 09:24:17 (permalink)
All 105 and disc brakes, nice looker too 
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Re: RE: Bicycle Guys 2016/10/05 09:50:44 (permalink)
yeah, it's a great deal but this bike was a gift from an old friend... so i'm determined to keep it rolling as long as the frame's still in one piece! bit of a cross to bear though now like i said
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Re: RE: Bicycle Guys 2017/03/17 10:58:52 (permalink)
anyone have any experience of touring bikes?
 
I want to get a bike that I can use for the following:
 
i) load up with full camping gear for short trips and camping touring trips of a few days at a time
ii) put my daughter's seat on the back of it (it's a Yepp Maxi)
iii) longer distance rides with minimal gear loaded on it
 
It needs to be tough and comfortable.  I have a nice racer that doesn't get that much use at the moment.  I'm not entirely keen on drop bars and would prefer flat or touring bars.
 
Any thoughts?  Budget is max 900 really - as I still need to budget for panniers and a lightweight sleeping bag and stove. 
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Re: RE: Bicycle Guys 2017/03/20 07:52:41 (permalink)
SmokedEggs
anyone have any experience of touring bikes?
 
I want to get a bike that I can use for the following:
 
i) load up with full camping gear for short trips and camping touring trips of a few days at a time
ii) put my daughter's seat on the back of it (it's a Yepp Maxi)
iii) longer distance rides with minimal gear loaded on it
 
It needs to be tough and comfortable.  I have a nice racer that doesn't get that much use at the moment.  I'm not entirely keen on drop bars and would prefer flat or touring bars.
 
Any thoughts?  Budget is max 900 really - as I still need to budget for panniers and a lightweight sleeping bag and stove. 




I've got a Surly Long Haul trucker and it's taken me across some hench mountains with frankly way too much gear. Can't recommend it enough if you want to get into touring. Picked mine up in Bangkok for roughly £900. Also, they're very heavily customisable, you'd rarely get one straight off the rack I reckon. Mine was gonna come with butterflies but I went for drops cos I prefer them. On reflection I regret that.
http://surlybikes.com/bikes/long_haul_trucker
https://www.instagram.com...taken-by=shandymallett
 
Not a commuter tho, I find it too slow at the lights, but then I'm a fat bastard at the moment and my lighter road bike isn't making me the rapid lycra wanker I envisioned.
post edited by Shiverman - 2017/03/20 08:10:09
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Re: RE: Bicycle Guys 2017/09/07 09:22:32 (permalink)
easy all
 
looking for a decent beginner hardtail mtb, if anyone has any recommendations the'd like to throw my way? max budget £600 which i know isnt a huge amount in the grand scheme of things but should be enough to get something aimed at an enthusiastic amateur without being completely shit
 
had my eye on these
 
https://www.evanscycles.com/genesis-core-10-2017-mountain-bike-EV289627
https://www.evanscycles.com/specialized-pitch-expert-650b-2018-mountain-bike-EV306343
https://www.evanscycles.com/specialized-rockhopper-comp-29-2018-mountain-bike-EV306338
 
but then i dont really know what im looking at other than ive always wanted a specialized for some reason, and i think genesis bikes are pretty decent
 
any help/advice etc would be hugely appreciated
 
thanks!
 
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Re: RE: Bicycle Guys 2017/09/07 10:05:39 (permalink)
For that price range i'd say the most important thing to look for is a half decent front fork. the rest can be upgraded as you go without breaking the bank if you want to, but forks are expensive. 
Budget MTB all seem to come with those Suntour XC forks these days which are OK, but a few years ago you could get air sprung forks for that price bracket instead of coils, so shop around and see if any are still available. 
 
Bikeradar are generally a good source of reviews http://www.bikeradar.com/mtb/gear/article/the-best-mountain-bikes-under-750-45333/
 
I quite like this Scott Aspect from Evans https://www.evanscycles.com/scott-aspect-730-2017-mountain-bike-EV286164
 


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Re: RE: Bicycle Guys 2017/09/07 11:48:24 (permalink)
I can vouch for Genesis making nice frames - I have a Croix Le Fer which I love. 
 
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Re: RE: Bicycle Guys 2018/01/03 00:02:59 (permalink)
Looking at getting a Hybrid from Halfords on the cycle 2 work scheme. £500-£700

Am I best looking at Boardman and ignoring the Appollo/Carreras?

I know fuck all about bikes but am aiming to ride mostly on road/gravel/canal paths that sort of thing.
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Re: RE: Bicycle Guys 2018/01/03 02:48:43 (permalink)
Don't bother with Halfords imo, loads of other places do cycle to work and aren't staffed by mouth breathing fuckwits
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Re: RE: Bicycle Guys 2018/01/03 08:14:20 (permalink)
If you're going gravel and canal paths then a hybrid isn't ideal is it? A hard tail mtb of some sort would probably be better suited. I picked up a Carrera something or other from halfords with a decent front forks and decent hydro brakes for about 700 and it hasn't missed a beat in the year I've had it. It's had a hard life too, it lives outside, I take it round the local bmx track, hack it round the woods and jump it off the sea wall from time to time and it's still straight. It's obviously not as good quality as the proper brands but if you're just pottering about then there's nothing wrong with a Carrera imo.
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Re: RE: Bicycle Guys 2018/01/03 08:45:24 (permalink)
Hybrid would be perfect imo? I've long distance toured on a hybrid, just need the right tyres
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Re: RE: Bicycle Guys 2018/01/03 09:00:23 (permalink)
I don't know anything tbh, I always associate them with being a bit too flimsy for anything but Tarmac but I'm a bit hard on bikes and I don't have any experience apart from BMX and MTB. You're probably right though, the majority of people would do fine on a hybrid in that situation.
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Re: RE: Bicycle Guys 2018/01/03 09:22:51 (permalink)
Yeah unless you're absolutely battering it it should be fine I think. This is what I had and it made it through some pretty dodgy East European terrain with heavy panniers on it
https://www.trekbikes.com...x/fx-3/p/1327010-2017/
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Re: RE: Bicycle Guys 2018/01/03 09:27:58 (permalink)


Enjoying riding this at the moment between home, the crèche and work. It's an electrically assisted bakfiets. It flies along. Although today due to the wind it was like sailing a yacht along an aquaduct in a hurricane
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Re: RE: Bicycle Guys 2018/01/03 09:38:08 (permalink)
I thought that was a BANTZ suggestion until I read your explanation underneath
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Re: RE: Bicycle Guys 2018/01/03 09:43:31 (permalink)
post edited by Bare Grills - 2018/01/03 09:49:21
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Re: RE: Bicycle Guys 2018/01/03 09:48:24 (permalink)
gutlessrhyme
I thought that was a BANTZ suggestion until I read your explanation underneath



Nah, since my car was written off this is now my main transportation.  And it's awesome.  It will accelerate up to 28kmh whilst you pedal, and if you put it on high power mode you barely have to pedal.  Considering the weight of the thing that is pretty impressive.
 
Urban Arrow is better but about double the price.

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Re: RE: Bicycle Guys 2018/01/03 13:01:57 (permalink)
Fucking hell 
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Re: RE: Bicycle Guys 2018/01/03 15:41:56 (permalink)
I see people bombing about on those in Amsterdam and often daydream about moving there and doing the same, spliff on the burn, not giving a fuck. 
 
I'm done with driving in the UK - it's fucking shit. Driving here is absolute garbage. Bumper to bumper traffic means you barely get out of second gear to have a rag about anyway. 
 
Soon come the day we just float about in little drones.  
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Re: RE: Bicycle Guys 2018/01/03 16:13:22 (permalink)
dazdsb
I see people bombing about on those in Amsterdam and often daydream about moving there and doing the same, spliff on the burn, not giving a fuck. 
 
I'm done with driving in the UK - it's fucking shit. Driving here is absolute garbage. Bumper to bumper traffic means you barely get out of second gear to have a rag about anyway. 
 
Soon come the day we just float about in little drones.  




cycling here is amazing, I just miss hills
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