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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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