Beginner cyclist what cycle to buy?

Discussion in 'Beginners' started by tilly, 24 Jul 2012.

  1. tilly

    tilly Member

    Location:
    Lincolnshire
    Ok so I have just started out cylcing currently on a mountain bike which is not the best! I am wanting to buy a road bike, I am looking at Carrera virtuoso from halfords for £349 I will be covering round about 60-70km per week, is this a good bike for me to start out on? Any advice will be great. I am new to all this I have come from running to cylcing..
     
  2. Cubist

    Cubist Still wavin' Moderator

    Location:
    Ovver 'thill
    Excellent value for money, well equipped, and as good for a beginner as you're likely to get. See also Decathlon's Triban 3 for a comparator at the same pricepoint.
     
  3. OP
    OP
    tilly

    tilly Member

    Location:
    Lincolnshire
    Oh thank you, I'll check it out.
     
  4. sidevalve

    sidevalve Über Member

    Both good. I've had the virtuoso and it was a fine machine for the price but lots of others recomend the triban.
    One thing, if you look around you can get "last years" virtuoso even cheaper. Mine was the 16 speed model and I found I never needed any more.
     
  5. Sandra6

    Sandra6 Veteran

    Location:
    Cumbria
    Have you seen the carrera tdf? It's on offer at the moment for just shy of £300. It's yellow - does that help?!
     
  6. OP
    OP
    tilly

    tilly Member

    Location:
    Lincolnshire
    Yes I have seen that, it's between a triban, C virtuoso and C tdf what's the difference except price between them all?
     
  7. OP
    OP
    tilly

    tilly Member

    Location:
    Lincolnshire
  8. musa

    musa Über Member

    Location:
    Surrey
    T3 is VFM and its red :hyper:
    a lot of good talk of the T3 can't go wrong there?
     
  9. OP
    OP
    tilly

    tilly Member

    Location:
    Lincolnshire
    Yep, but what is the difference between them all? Maybe I'll pay a visit to the local halfords and see if they can order the T3 in!
     
  10. Stonepark

    Stonepark Senior Member

    Location:
    Airth
    triban 3 is decathlon
     
  11. OP
    OP
    tilly

    tilly Member

    Location:
    Lincolnshire
    Ahh ok so which would be best for someone like myself just wanting if for road cylcing?
     
  12. Andrius.B

    Andrius.B Active Member

    Location:
    Bristol
    OK, both Carrera TDF and Triban 3 are great for the price. You can't go wrong with any of them. However, I personally would still get the triban 3 as it is a bit lighter (like 1.5 pounds difference), has carbon forks, and comes in red.
     
  13. MJC

    MJC Regular

    If you're considering a Triban 3 it might be worth getting a copy of this month's Cycling Active - they've reviewed it and they love it!
     
  14. stephen.rooke

    stephen.rooke Senior Member

    triban 3 looks 100 times better than it does in the pictures you see online
     
  15. OP
    OP
    tilly

    tilly Member

    Location:
    Lincolnshire
    I am not bothered about the looks just the ride and comfort...
     
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