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      10-19-2012, 06:08 PM   #1
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Any road cyclists?

Looking to getting first road bike
What do you guys have?
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      10-20-2012, 03:30 AM   #2
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Bianchi 'coast2coast' - Italian superbike.

1500 quid worth of bike which you can now probably pick-up on ebay for around 600.
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      10-20-2012, 03:48 AM   #3
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I've got a 400 7 year old Saracen road bike, alloy frame with carbon forks, cheap wheels and gear mechs but serves me well....My boss at work has a 5K top of the range Trek, the whole bike weighs the same as my wheels....I like to think thats why his 4mph faster than me on the same stretch of road but in reality I think its more due to the fact he cycles 100miles+ a week whilst I barely mange 15 miles
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      10-24-2012, 03:33 PM   #4
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Canyon is best value for money if you know what size you need. I have Giant and Cervelo, would buy a Canyon when these need replacing.

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      10-24-2012, 03:37 PM   #5
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Versions I use are :

Giant TCR Composite, ultegra = Winter bike
Cervelo RS, Dura ace = Sportive bike
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I have this. Now with a few upgrades. The pic was taken just after delivery. For what it is it's cheap.



I also have a blue Ribble Audax for winter use.

As Katoom says, the Canyon bikes are very good and good value. Only problem would be size and since it's your first road bike it would make sense to go to a shop and get fitted as a road bike that doesn't fit will be so uncomfortable that you won't use it.

My choice would be a Cube. Nearly bought one last year and the urge still hasn't passed.
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      10-24-2012, 04:19 PM   #7
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Thanks
I like the cube

Keeping an eye on a second hand 53cm version
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What do you want it for?

I had one of these....

http://www.giant-bicycles.com/en-gb/...ce/4857/38950/

Great for doing 50+ mile runs.


I also have a 1980s Peugeot road bike with Reynolds 531 tubing that is just a great bike, really comfy. So much so the Giant got sold.
The giant I paid 900 from 1500 by the way, was last years model.
The Pug was 20.

However, what I really wanted from a bike was to stay a bit fitter, I don't commute, I don't find going out for 4 hours or so that much fun I really just wanted some excercise.

So I bought one of these...


Now got flat bars on, brake on front and a freewheel on one side.

Now, 30 minutes on that and I come back more knackered than 5 hours on the Giant.


So really depends what you want from your bike, an effortless road bike is not the best if you want a quick blast to get the blood flowing.
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      10-31-2012, 05:31 PM   #9
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Thanks
Want to get fitter, commute, sportives and a general long term keeper
I like the cube road bikes, just missed one as sold before the seller saw my email interest
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      10-31-2012, 05:49 PM   #10
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A decent road bike isn't ideal for commuting, you be forever worried about bucking the wheels, people trying to nick it, and by the time you added on the weight of a lock/change of cloth it defeats the point of light weight carbon frame. So if you do get a decent road bike your need to get another 'shed' bike for commuting, and than your want a fixe because they just look cool and before long your have 3/4 bikes to choose from
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What do you want it for?

I had one of these....

http://www.giant-bicycles.com/en-gb/...ce/4857/38950/

Great for doing 50+ mile runs.


I also have a 1980s Peugeot road bike with Reynolds 531 tubing that is just a great bike, really comfy. So much so the Giant got sold.
The giant I paid 900 from 1500 by the way, was last years model.
The Pug was 20.

However, what I really wanted from a bike was to stay a bit fitter, I don't commute, I don't find going out for 4 hours or so that much fun I really just wanted some excercise.

So I bought one of these...


Now got flat bars on, brake on front and a freewheel on one side.

Now, 30 minutes on that and I come back more knackered than 5 hours on the Giant.


So really depends what you want from your bike, an effortless road bike is not the best if you want a quick blast to get the blood flowing.
I had that same bike, Fuji Classic. Single speed is a bit too trendy for me though.

I would say something like a Cube Attempt or a Boardman will be good enough for your needs. Unless you are going to be racing you don't need super light wheels that will buckle at the rumour of a pothole.

The wheels on the carbon bike I posted are a cheap Campag set. They were swapped immediately for a carbon set I already had as that is my race bike. The Campags went on my other bike where they have been for the last year and several thousand miles without a single problem. I'm happy using my other bike for everything other than racing, it's comfortable and it never breaks.
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I'm a fairly keen cyclist...understatement! I've got a few bikes including:

1. Wilier Izoard carbon road
2. Van Nicholas titanium road
3. Dolan alluminium cross
4. Giant XTC hardtail mtb

For me my most versatile bike and the one which offers best value for money has to be my cyclocross bike. It's fairly competent on the road, the only time that it starts to feel out of it's depth is when doing really long fast rides on road. I did 70 miles yesterday on it at 18mph average over some fairly hilly terrain and it was fine, I did have road tyres on rather than knobblies. The added benefit is that you can also take the thing off road on tracks and footpaths which is a blast. For commuting it would be ideal as CX wheels are fairly strong and will put up with alot.

PlanetX are doing a nice carbon cross at the moment which looks a good deal>>>

http://www.planet-x-bikes.co.uk/i/q/...clocross_rival
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Looking to getting first road bike
What do you guys have?
If you are still in search of a road bike then from my view, fixies will be the best option for you as it is easy to ride because of its lightweight and it is cheap also.I too have the same bike.
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Do you road bikers wear all that spandex stuff?
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Does your employer run a cycle to work scheme, great way to save a load of cash and employer saves a bit too.

Saves the employee either 32% or 42% on cost of bike and accessories.
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