Getting started with Road Bikes

Discussion in 'Beginners' started by FlatTyre81, 10 Aug 2012.

  1. FlatTyre81

    FlatTyre81 Member

    Hi,I've just signed up to the forum and introduced myself on the newbies page http://www.cyclechat.net/threads/newbie-from-stockport.108173/#post-1975856

    I'm going to try my current mountain bike with some better and slicker tyres to reacquaint my self with cycling after years of off. Hopefully once I do this I can consider a more road suitable bike.

    Can anyone recommend what to start looking at new/second hand in terms of a decent beginners road bike. won't be in the market for a while yet, but I like to do my research. Any brands to stay well clear of?

    What would be your essential bits of kit for getting started?

    Lots of questions obviously as its all pretty new to me.

    Thanks
     
  2. Cubist

    Cubist Still wavin' Moderator

    Location:
    Ovver 'thill
    How much can you realistically spend?
     
  3. TVC

    TVC Guest

    Like Cubist said, it depends what you want to spend. There really isn't such a thing as a 'beginners' road bike, and if you buy something right at the bottom of the market you will soon find yourself wanting something better pretty quickly.

    As for essential kit - padded shorts and a decent pair of gloves are a must, the rest is down to personal taste and budget.

    welcome :welcome:
     
  4. :welcome:

    Upto £500 the Triban 3 and 5 from Decathlon are universally accpeted as being excellent VFM.

    Above this the world starts opening up all sorts of possibilities :thumbsup:
     
  5. Andrius.B

    Andrius.B Active Member

    Location:
    Bristol
    Giant Defy 1 is a good bike.
     
  6. sidevalve

    sidevalve Über Member

    As above really, but if you haven't already got one get a track pump. clothing etc you can pick and choose to suit yourself but you're a bit stuffed with flat tyres [and on a road bike that's anything belowe 90 psi].
     
  7. stephen.rooke

    stephen.rooke Senior Member

    under £500 get a triban 3, 500 -1000 boardman, specialized or giant defy
     
  8. Cubist

    Cubist Still wavin' Moderator

    Location:
    Ovver 'thill
    Or Cube, or Bianchi, or Ribble or Planet X or Cannondale, or Genesis or Merida but most definitely a Canyon, or a Rose, or a Pinnacle, or a Rosa, or a .......
     
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  9. Banjo

    Banjo Fuelled with Jelly Babies

    Location:
    South Wales
    Specialized Allez or Secteur are good bikes if you can stretch to 600. Allow another 100 minimum for shorts pump tools seat bag puncture repair kit and spare inner tube.

    Dont waste money on cheap gear. Pump needs to be m,an enough for 120 psi Shorts will cost £30 plus to get decent pad.
     
  10. stephen.rooke

    stephen.rooke Senior Member

    agreed pay over £500 and no major brands really disapoint. all down to finding the right bike for you
     
  11. Cubist

    Cubist Still wavin' Moderator

    Location:
    Ovver 'thill
    Yep. What looks good, and what goes with your hairstyle. What does your LBS stock? What does your hero ride?
     
  12. OP
    OP
    FlatTyre81

    FlatTyre81 Member

    Yeah, quite a broad thread question. I think realistically around the £300 mark. Don't know anything about road bikes and what is reasonable amount to pay etc. I'm just scoping at the moment for potential outlay.
     
  13. OP
    OP
    FlatTyre81

    FlatTyre81 Member

    Triban 3 would be around the kind of price range I'm looking at.
     
  14. vickster

    vickster Legendary Member

    That's probably the best vfm at £300 unless you can find a second hand bargain :smile:
     
  15. OP
    OP
    FlatTyre81

    FlatTyre81 Member

    What would be a decent track pump to start with which wouldn't break the bank?
     
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