Complete Newbie after advice please

Discussion in 'Bikes and Buying Advice - What Bike?' started by ShaneWBA, 9 Sep 2019.

  1. ShaneWBA

    ShaneWBA New Member

    Afternoon all,

    I know there will be many many posts similar to this, but I am looking at getting a bike - thinking either from Halfords or Evans Cycles via the cycle to work scheme

    However I have no idea where to start with bikes, I spent last night reading through this forum, but I know that little, all the talk regarding the type of forks and breaks etc just confused me lol

    Initially I’m after a bike to ride on canal paths and tarmac, where I can go for a ride along the canal or ride to a nearby town and back, I’ve been thinking a mountain bike but now thinking a hybrid would be a better option as well

    My budget for the bike alone would ideally be in the £400-£500 region

    Any advice or recommendations would be greatly appreciated
     
  2. vickster

    vickster Legendary Member

    Perhaps take a look at the Trek 7.x range and Pinnacles at Evans, plus the Boardman hybrids at Halfords

    As it’s for commuting, make sure it takes proper mudguards for inclement weather and maybe a rack for panniers

    Certainly no need for a mountain bike for those uses
     
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  3. ozboz

    ozboz Über Member

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    Hiya , hybrid is a good starting point , Ridgeback are good value I’ve always thought , a bloke I know and his girlfriend bought them last year and peddled from Richmond ( London) bikepackimg a fair ways across France and and not a peep out of them ,
     
  4. SkipdiverJohn

    SkipdiverJohn Über Member

    Location:
    London
    Either a rigid mountain bike or a hybrid will do the job you want it for, not much in it really. Both tend to have similar wide range gearing. Just avoid anything with suspension forks!
    You don't really need to spend four or five hundred quid to pootle along a few gravel paths either. I had a good ride along the Grand Union canal the other day using a 30 year old steel framed Raleigh that I paid £20 for secondhand. The bike performed faultlessly, as it always does. Whatever you choose, make sure you run decent puncture-resistant tyres, not the cheap ones that tend to come with new bikes to keep the cost down and the profit margin up. Tow path surfaces can often be quite rough in places and punishing on tyres. There is nothing guaranteed to spoil a ride more than getting a puncture, and on most of my bikes the tyres are the most expensive thing on them.
     
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    ShaneWBA

    ShaneWBA New Member

    Thanks for the replies all

    I know eventually once I’ve got comfortable with biking me and my mate plan on going camping and taking bikes with us that’s one reason why I was debating a mountain bike as well. Instead of walking trials to bike along them

    Is it best not to get a bike with suspension then? I always thought getting front suspension at least would be more beneficial than not?
     
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  8. vickster

    vickster Legendary Member

    Not on tarmac no. If you’re 90% off road properly (not a towpath or park, but woods and trails), then yes, maybe
     
  9. vickster

    vickster Legendary Member

    Go try them out. Evans do test rides as do the Cycle Republic arm of Halfords

    What’s your commute like? How far? Terrain?
     
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    ShaneWBA

    ShaneWBA New Member

    It’ll be about 3/4 miles, Mainly tarmac, but I’ll more than likely use it more when cycling on canal paths and walking trails than I will to work if I’m honest
     
  11. vickster

    vickster Legendary Member

    Isn’t it a c2w bike?

    If you prefer suspension go for it, but be aware it’ll be low end and heavy on a £500 bike. Make sure it has a lock out for tarmac or you’ll be bouncing along like Zebedee!
     
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  12. snorri

    snorri Legendary Member

    A hybrid would be suitable for most camping trips:okay:.
     
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    ShaneWBA

    ShaneWBA New Member

    Depends
    If I go Evans cycles it’s C2W - how much you use it to C2W though is a different thing and not monitored

    If I went Halfords I’d be buying it myself
     
  14. vickster

    vickster Legendary Member

    If you join British Cycling or Cycling UK, you can get 10% off at Halfords/Cycle Republic
     
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    ShaneWBA

    ShaneWBA New Member

    Wicked thanks for that

    Only one ive seen that can be locked within my budget would be the Trek DS 2

    Other option also is buying 2nd hand
     
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