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Buying advice

Discussion in 'Beginners' started by Stewart, 17 Feb 2008.

  1. Stewart

    Stewart New Member

    I need about as much help as i can get. I am looking to buy a bike for the 12mile commute to work in London. I am using a bikes for work scheme and am willing to spend up to 800. I think I need a road bike as opposed to a hybrid and quite like the look of the Genisis day 2 but can't find any rider info on this.

    Any recommendations or tips given will be gratefully received.
     
  2. Mister Paul

    Mister Paul Honky

    Location:
    North Somerset
    Bikes vary. Different bikes suit different people.

    Get a few alternatives sorted and then go and test ride them. Any bike shop that won't let you do this isn't one that you want to be buying from. They may make you leave a deposit but you'll get it back.

    Check the manufacturers' websites and you'll find a dealer list.

    As important as the bike IMO is the dealer. If you're torn between two bikes and your local, good LBS does one, then I'd go for that make. If you're getting it thrtough BTW then you still want to know that your LBS will look after you.

    £800 will get you a bike which is more than adequate. And at that price, none of them will be poor bikes.

    My only concern about commuting in London is the roads. you may want to think about the strength of the bike/wheels. As you go up the road bike price scale things get lighter, not necessarily stronger.
     
  3. bonj2

    bonj2 Guest

    i've got a scott road bike and i've been riding it on very shoot roads for over a year and it's still in pretty fine shape.
     
  4. 008

    008 New Member

    Location:
    NW London
  5. domtyler

    domtyler Über Member

    The roads can indeed be pretty bad in London. But my bike seems to manage just fine on 23 mm tyres. Have never had a buckled wheel yet. Mind you I try to not just ride through pot holes, but around them. On the few occasions when I have not managed to avoid one it has been a bit of a jolt.
     
  6. Tynan

    Tynan Veteran

    Location:
    e4
    that's a good budget

    I'm about to spend £800 and I've eventually plumped for a Fratello from Condor cycles, hand built and with a free fitting thrown in, everyone seems to love them

    there's an alu version if steel isn't what you want
     
  7. walker

    walker New Member

    Location:
    Bromley, Kent
    where abouts will you be riding in from?
     
  8. Paul_Smith SRCC

    Paul_Smith SRCC Über Member

    Location:
    Surrey
    Not many manufacturers make a straight bar fast road bike like the Genisis day 2, your local bike shop may also have one of the few that do in the Specialized Sirrus range.

    These can take full guards and pannier rack and make superb all weather commute bikes, with clearances for 700 x 28 puncture resistant tyres they are well worth considering. The larger clearances are why the Sirrus range have V Brakes; it still has a fast geometry though and makes an excellent mile eating commuter.

    Ask your employer about the Ride to work Scheme, it can save you hundreds on an £800.00 bike

    Paul_Smith
    www.bikeplus.co.uk


     
  9. Yorkshireman

    Yorkshireman New Member

    Mudflaps ... Don't forget the Mudflaps :biggrin: :biggrin:.
     
  10. Paul_Smith SRCC

    Paul_Smith SRCC Über Member

    Location:
    Surrey
    He has a budget of only £800.00, one of your special mudflaps would make it priceless :biggrin:

    Paul_Smith
    www.bikeplus.co.uk

     
  11. Yorkshireman

    Yorkshireman New Member