Probably the Sport 1.Maz said:84 quid for a road bike? How do they do it? Are the components made by well-known companies?
did you see the prices on line or shop?
One month and one week in:
90 miles a week commuting though London. So about 500 miles so far.
Every thing seems to be holding up (touch wood). It did seem to be running a bit squeaky, but switching from White lightning lube to 3 in 1 oil seemed to sort that out. This bike prefers to be fed on cheap stuff
Brake pads seem to wear a little quickly, but we shall see.
Still very pleased with it all.
I've got the Sport 2 16S, race style, shimano sora, STI, aluminium frames got a 5 year warranty.Tynan said:people seem to like them but they're heavy and stories about parts wearing out quickly
yes they're cheap but it doesn't make the bike better, good for starters I suppose, I sued to ride some awful rubbish when I started out
mind you. I'm riding awful rubbish now too
The gear changers in that bike in the link (do they call them downtube shifters?)...excuse my ignorance - I thought those were rather old school (I'm not saying crap or unreliable). Is it easy to use these shifters? They look a bit cumbersome to me.John the Monkey said:Probably the Sport 1.
A guy on ACF is giving it a long term test. His last post on the subject;
am i right in thinking you can only put downtube shitters on bikes with narrow tubes, or even only ones with the bosses already drilled into the frame?fossyant said:Down tube shifters are dead easy, especially indexed ones. Still use Ultegra and Dura Ace down tube shifters on both my road bikes
I reckon indexed ones for the rear block is the way to go, if not all round. (TBH, friction is easy enough for the front, as the alignment is less crucial).fossyant said:Down tube shifters are dead easy, especially indexed ones. Still use Ultegra and Dura Ace down tube shifters on both my road bikes
hmm... only ask 'cos I did at one point consider trying DT shifters, or at least a front one just for simplicity's sake - 'cos my front one was beinga bitof a bitch to get right - it got stiff but i think i've found the causeof that which was that the cable was routed on the wrong side of the clamp bolt!fossyant said:You get used to using shifters (bonj - you need bosses or an adapter)- well I don't know much different with my road bikes as they were all indexed from the time I bought my first proper bike at 16 in 1886 (sorry 1986) .... this is from someone who still can't ride non handed...argh f'in argh !
The front isn't indexed - as you can trim it, but the rear shifter is - DA and Ultegra last years -my DA is as sweet as the day they were bought - click - in gear, that's it.
The only reason I didn't move, is... I had two nice bikes, both haven't broken (i.e. components), but are both now outdated as for getting 'good' secondhand replacements.... and they are old, but both work perfectly - yes running on new chain rings, cassettes and chains... Good value !
Although the only thing I'd say, I'm getting STI thumb shifter RSI - my right hand is knackered using the STI's on my MTB on a daily basis - OK during the day, but middle of the night, it locks up and I wake up... bugger... will it stop me using it...nah.....
STI / ERGO - blooming great invention...but still use indexed down tube shifters on the road bikes as it hasn't broken yet.......
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