Complete n00b help choosing cheap road bike
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coussens



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PostPosted: Thu Aug 14, 2008 2:29 pm    Post subject: Complete n00b help choosing cheap road bike Reply with quote

Hey,

Was looking at buying a new road bike, but am very limited on funds (200 budget). Just looking for building up fitness and losing weight Smile I have been looking at a couple and would like some honest opinions.

http://www.dawescycles.com/dawes/giro-200.htm

or

http://www.decathlon.co.uk/EN/sport-1-42393917/

Thanks in advance!

Jon
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mr-marty-martin



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PostPosted: Thu Aug 14, 2008 4:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

i think the first choice would be the best option.

it has shimano componentry as well Wink

didnt think the other bike did Question
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 14, 2008 4:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

With limited funds and your intention being to build up fitness and lose weight, I would, in your shoes, go for the Decathlon.

Purely because it has a triple chainring up front thus giving you a greater range of gears to help you with any hills you have in your area, i.e. you will have 21 gears with the Decathlon over the Dawes' 14 gears.

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coussens



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PostPosted: Thu Aug 14, 2008 4:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good call with the 21 gears, I live in the very hilly sheffield! Are there any others that you could recommend or do you think I should go for the decathlon bike? Cheers
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 14, 2008 5:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

coussens, at the price point you are looking at, there isn't really that much to differentiate between the bikes. That's why I'd go for the one with the extra gears/triple chainring, especially if you want it for "building" up your fitness as that seems to suggest that you are not that fit already.

As for things being Shimano, again at that price they generally tend not really to be, or rather not the Shimano kit we know and trust.

I'd go for the Decathlon, but listen to see what anyone else may say first!!!

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mr-marty-martin



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PostPosted: Thu Aug 14, 2008 5:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

having a longer and closer look at the bikes the lower gears could only be to an advantage to you as gunner said.

and just a little tip. with the weather starting to get on the rainy side of things Rolling Eyes see if theres room to fit mudgards
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 17, 2008 1:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

2 year parts 5 year frame guarantee on the Decathlon would have me pointing that direction too!
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 17, 2008 4:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

heres somthing else i found

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/VENTURA-ROAD-RACING-TRI-BIKE-54cm-56cm-58cm-16SP D-Shima_W0QQitemZ130247353108QQihZ003QQcategoryZ33503QQtcZphotoQQcmdZV iewItemQQ_trksidZp1742.m153.l1262
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