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dave0w



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PostPosted: Thu Jul 28, 2016 2:52 pm    Post subject: What to buy on a budget Reply with quote

Wanting a road bike at around £300
frame must be around 58cm

There is so many bikes this the price range but what is the diamond in the ruff
I was told to look at the Carrera Vanquish but its only out in 54cm
http://www.halfords.com/cycling/bikes/road-bikes/carrera-vanquish-road -bike-2015

The bike is just for getting miles on the road and nothing more,
what do you guys this i should be looking at.

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 28, 2016 2:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

pal just phoned me and said look at the Claud Butler Elite R2
http://www.halfords.com/cycling/bikes/road-bikes/claud-butler-elite-r2 -gents-700c-14-speed-sti-alloy-road-racing-bike

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 28, 2016 3:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'd be looking at something like a 2nd hand Specialized Allez or Giant Defy for £300.

You'll get a far better bike than anything new in the £300 range.

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 28, 2016 4:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

http://www.paulscycles.co.uk/m7b0s6p5226/CANNONDALE-CAAD8-2300-2013

^that

*if its your size.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 28, 2016 11:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Is there a Decathlon store near you??

Look at their B'Twins

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 29, 2016 3:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

really wanting new so i know the history of the bike. over time i will upgrade the parts that are needed.

i looked at b twin before but i was told its a cheap bike.... i know i am looking for a cheap bike.... but i was told there budget bikes are super cheap bikes.

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 29, 2016 7:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes BTwin is a cheap bike, but good value cheap. The halfords stuff is cheap and not so good.

The Triban 500 SE is a steal. And it gets rated very highly. Cycling Weekly loved it

http://www.cyclingweekly.co.uk/reviews/road-bikes/btwin-triban-500se
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 29, 2016 7:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Jase wrote:
Yes BTwin is a cheap bike, but good value cheap. The halfords stuff is cheap and not so good.

The Triban 500 SE is a steal. And it gets rated very highly. Cycling Weekly loved it

http://www.cyclingweekly.co.uk/reviews/road-bikes/btwin-triban-500se


Totally agree with this, good advice. Wink

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 29, 2016 7:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Can you get the cycle to work scheme by the way to help stretch your budget?
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 30, 2016 3:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Jase wrote:
Can you get the cycle to work scheme by the way to help stretch your budget?


yes i can cycle to work but only in November haha, why i dont know.
my budget is not low because i cant spend the cash but more because i dont want to. i have two mounting bikes but total around £3000 now i have done spending on them and i dont what this to become the same thing.
All i want a road bike for is so i can try and get 20 to 30 mile a week on the clock as i am not riding my other bike as much as i used to and i can feel my fitness lvl's slipping.

i could wait a month and make the budget £600 or 2 months and make it £900 but i dont want to. all i want is a good strong(light ish)frame, good wheels and drive train. if i buy a bike now and IF i am getting the miles down i can drop £200 into it next month on drive train and again £200 the next month on wheel as a reword for hitting a set distance each month

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PostPosted: Sat Jul 30, 2016 8:27 am    Post subject: o Reply with quote

not sure how you'd go about upgrading a £300 bike. the frame and finishing kit would be basic

As someone else said. go 2nd hand.

I got an £800 bike a few years back (GT GT3) for £300 a few years back it had maybe only done 50 miles.
I upraded the wheels and groupset shortly after and it was and still is a good bike to ride.

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PostPosted: Sat Jul 30, 2016 9:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

In my experience, upgrading usually means you spend more and end up with less.

The Triban 500SE will hold its value, especially going into winter as it's got mudguard eyelets, and you could sell it and get a better bike if you wanted by putting the money towards it that you'd have spunked away on upgrades.

It's your money though, do whatever makes you happy.
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 30, 2016 3:02 pm    Post subject: Re: o Reply with quote

Roberto wrote:
not sure how you'd go about upgrading a £300 bike..


would it already be top end gear on a £300 bike?
then thats how i would go about upgrading it....

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