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Education We Like to Ride Bicycles

Discussion in 'General' started by RTT, 8 May 2008.

  1. NigelT

    NigelT New Member

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    Yeah it's insured, but because of personal injury claim not being settled & insurance company dragging their heals I'll be paying out of my own pocket initially. Plus all the components are in perfect working order, I just need to source a frameset.
     
  2. Threefiguremini

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    Ok, my work has just signed up for a cycle to work scheme so I can get a nice bike for basically nothing. I know nothing about bikes, haven't even used for several years but this is a good opportunity to get into it, get some exercise etc.

    So, because of the specific deal that it is I have an absolute maximum budget of £1000 and it makes no financial difference to me whether it's less so it makes sense to spend as close to a grand as possible (I may also get 10% corporate discount as well, not sure if it applies to the scheme, will have to check).

    Requirements

    • I will need a bike, helmet, lights, lock? (do I need anything else?) and everything combined has to come within budget
    • Everything has to come from Halfords as they're running the scheme (or at least sponsoring it)
    • I live in a city so I think a road bike probably makes the most sense for me

    I think that's all, apologies if this sort of thing has been asked before. Looking for general advice or specific things. Cheers :thumb:
     
  3. dynamis_dk

    dynamis_dk Grr... Grumpy!!

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    I'd throw a basic tool kit (or a saddle bag, tube and pump) in just in case - and if your very much a begginer its worth jabbing a poundland special innertube with a sharp something and have a go at fixing it. When its peeing with rain on your way to work isn't the time to be doing a first time hand on test at puncher repair :p

    I would be very tempted to go better spec on a hardtail (no rear suspention) bike as your likely to get better gear for the money.
     
  4. dullonien

    dullonien Master of the unfinished.

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    For your needs, I'd suggest going for a hybrid bike. It'll be less agressive, and much more comfortable than a full on road bike, but still extremely fast and agile.

    How about this Boardman hybrid. At under 22lb's it's reasonably light. It also allows for £250 worth of kit, which is a healthy amount to get quality locks etc.

    As far as accessories go, I'd suggest the following:
    - Quality helmet. I've always brought Giro, but it's up to you really. Spend £60 or above and you can be safe in the knowledge that it won't fail.
    - Quality locks. Get a good D-lock + a wire lock to prevent the theft of your wheels etc. You're probably looking at another ~ £80 here minimum.
    - Lights. Have a look yourself and make a choice. Cateye is a brand I've used quite a bit.
    - Pumps. I'd get two pumps if possible. A track pump is always nice to have at home to pump a tube from flat, whilst a small transportable one is good to have with you at all times. At least one should have a pressure gauge so you can keep the tires nice a firm.
    - Tool kit. If the budget allows get yourself some kind of tool kit, even if it's just a multitool to carry with you so you can tighten bolts etc.
    - Saddle bag as dynamis siggested, to carry a spare tire, multitool, puncture repair kit.

    That's about it, and you should be able to afford at least most of that within your £1000 budget.

    If you'd prefer a mountain bike, such as a hardtail dynamis_dk suggested, there are plenty of options. I don't really see the need for suspension in the city, but sometimes people prefer the riding position etc. Make sure the suspension can be locked out, and buy a set of slick tires to go with it (makes the world of difference).
     
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  5. Lovah

    Lovah Apple and Canon fanboy

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    Well I actually didn't get the Loupe, I've decided to stick with the saddle that comes with the Secteur for now: the Riva model. Sorry if my poor English didn't make that clear, I was just considering upgrading.

    - Secteur Elite : 1.000 Euro
    - Roubaix base : 1.500 Euro
    normal list price is 1.800 Euro, but they offer a discount if the model below (the Secteur) is out of stock, which it is in a different store.

    Difference : Seat, Seat post, Brakes, Frame, Wheels

    I choose the Secteur as this is my first bike in a long time and I have no idea how long I will keep this up this time. The 1k euro is a nice round mark to stick with. If I start to upgrade parts to Roubaix items, then from a price point of view, it would have been a stupid not getting a complete roubaix from the start.

    I've already started regretting that I didn't get the Roubaix, but if I did, then I would probably be regretting not getting the Roubaix Elite...

    So I decided to keep the bike as stock as I possibly can. If I keep the riding up for 2 years and still like the geometry/feel of the bike, then I'll probably splash out a on a new shiny top level roubaix. But for now, I'd rather stick with the stock Secteur Elite as long as I can.

    Thanks for the tip on the gloves, I found my old gloves but the material hasn't took the time in the basement so well. So yeah, I will definatly pick up a set of gloves!

    cheers
     
  6. Malvolio

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    I wasn't telling you to go out and get it, just giving you my thoughts on saddles in general :p the Riva isn't a terrible seat in and of itself, just has too much padding for my taste.
     
  7. dullonien

    dullonien Master of the unfinished.

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    As far as saddles go, I'm a massive Charge Spoon fan myself. They're great for road and xc imo. I've got a Flite Ti on my mountain bike, and whilst it's light as a feather and a bit of a classic, I noticed the difference when I got my charge spoon for my singlespeed. It felt like sitting on a cloud in comparison to the Flite, yet is still slim and extremely light. For ~ £30 for the Cro-mo version, you can't really go wrong, and there's also the nice real leather Ti options for more dosh.

    I'd love to try a Brooks mind, but the prices are a little eye watering.
     
  8. dullonien

    dullonien Master of the unfinished.

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    Double post.
     
  9. Cookie Monster

    Cookie Monster Well-Known Member

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    This!
     
  10. MeddlE

    MeddlE Norwegian Blue

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  15. Threefiguremini

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    Thanks dynamis_dk and dullonien! Given me some stuff to look for. Cheers!
     
  16. MeddlE

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    Yes, as soon as I get the seat shim sorted out this week!
     
  18. MeddlE

    MeddlE Norwegian Blue

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    Excellent! I don't see the point of carpet queens so always happy to see one getting used. A friend of mine has a collection of old school Mongoose BMX and every one of them has seen action on the track.
     
  19. Jipa

    Jipa Avoiding the "I guess.." since 2004

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    Damnit.. Borrowed my house mate's Ironhorse Sunday for a quick DH-blast and now I don't really feel like riding my own rubbish down the same hill anymore :( So... Smooth...
     
  20. Malvolio

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    Until I get around to doing some proper pictures of the latest addition to my stable of two-wheeled stallions, have a rather funny snap from today. Can you guess what the theme is for tomorrows group ride?

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    (and yes, I know that the vest is well too big for me, but it is bloody hard finding suits and tweed in my size)
     

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