Just start :)

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Gintas, 13 Jun 2018.

  1. Gintas

    Gintas Member

    Location:
    Preston
    Hi for all, just bought my bike week before, it’s used, but still doing good job it is my first road bike. After few rides I just thought where I was before. So hopefully it’s not too late to start riding. I’m 27 years old from Lithuania, but now lives in UK, Bamber Bridge. Few days before ordered odometer to seek my results . So to be honest will be good if somebody can give my some advise for to do project for new bike. I’m on budget at moment so will try to get all parts by auctions or similar way So if someone can help and gives some advises for me please text me. Sorry for my language mistakes. Thank you

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  2. Cycleops

    Cycleops Veteran

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    Accra, Ghana
    Hello and welcome. You're already off to a good start. I saw one of those Envoy bikes down here recently, think they might be US mail order.

    Re a new bike project it might be worth looking on Gumtree to find bikes local to you. Better than eBay as you won't be buying blind. Anything interesting post on here for an opinion.
     
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    Gintas

    Gintas Member

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    Preston
    I mean, I wish to buy frame, wheels and all parts and then build it on my own :smile: I'm not sure if it's wrong way let me know. Thanks
     
  4. Cycleops

    Cycleops Veteran

    Location:
    Accra, Ghana
    Sorry I misunderstood. You can certainly do it that way if you wish, you just need to make sure everything is compatible. What sort of bike do you want to build, racer, tourer, commuter ? Flat or drop bars?
    You'll need a good set of tools which you can build on as you go.
    Good luck.
     
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    Gintas

    Gintas Member

    Location:
    Preston
    Right, so I need racer bike with drop bars.
    Need to do list of parts and try comparing better buy bike from shop or build it on my self. Never did that before, so really need yours advises. Thanks
     
  6. Cycleops

    Cycleops Veteran

    Location:
    Accra, Ghana
    If you are comparing buying a new bike from a shop to buying new parts and building the self built option will come out more expensive every time. This is because the manufacturers can buy group sets, frames and components at a highly discounted price and the savings are passed on, then you have the added incentive of last years/seasons reductions.
    Going the second hand route will of course give you savings but then you need to watch for compatibility and wear issues.
     
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  7. Fonze

    Fonze Totally obsessive , cool by nature

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    Bradwell
    Hello there .. :bicycle:
     
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    Gintas

    Gintas Member

    Location:
    Preston
    No if I’ll do it on my own, so I will use some used parts like frame, some new ones probably. Maybe somebady have a list of parts and brands in which I have to look? Like frame, bars, gears and etc. And for expample how to know which new bike is good for me
     
  9. Cycleops

    Cycleops Veteran

    Location:
    Accra, Ghana
    This will be your problem, you won't know until you ride it! Until you've had experience of riding various types/sizes it will difficult to know which way to jump.
    I think in your instance you might be better off buying new so you can at least ride it and find out if it suits you. You could go used but you need to know what you are buying.
    But don't mind me if you want to go with a self build go for it, we've all made mistakes and its a good way to learn :smile:
     
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    Gintas

    Gintas Member

    Location:
    Preston
    That’s true, learning from mistakes. Ok but can you give me good example from Halfords or somewhere, just put me on good way
     
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    Gintas

    Gintas Member

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    Preston
  12. Cycleops

    Cycleops Veteran

    Location:
    Accra, Ghana
    Looks good, but its collection only so you'll need to travel to see it, about an hour by train I think from you.

    Is it your size? What's your inside leg measurement in cms?
    Try looking on Gumtree for local ads, here's one:
    https://www.gumtree.com/p/for-sale/carrera-virtuoso-road-bike/1302178329
    Not as high quality as the Cube but good solid well thought of bike on here and hardly used. You'll need to reduce the price by about fifty pounds as a new one is £325.

    Hers another, these are very popular and well specced for the money, again little used, this is the thing to aim for:
    https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?mpre=https://www.ebay.co.uk/ulk/itm/323289172099

    This is another well thought of model on here so deserves consideration:
    https://www.gumtree.com/p/for-sale/...th-shimano-105-mavic-aksium-wheels/1300536944

    I think all are a 56cm frame except for the virtuoso which is 54. All close to you.

    If it were me I’d go for the Allez.
     
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    Gintas

    Gintas Member

    Location:
    Preston
    All looks good and really close from me. How to know which size do I need?:biggrin: I’m 175cm
     
  14. Cycleops

    Cycleops Veteran

    Location:
    Accra, Ghana
    You're 175cms tall so the 56cm frame should be the best fit but you need to try. Your inside leg measurement (crotch to floor) would give a clearer indication of size you need.
    You could go on the Specialized or whatever website to check sizes.
    When sitting on the saddle your leg needs to be straight or thereabouts with the pedal at six o'clock. You can adjust this by the seat post pitch bolt.

    Good luck and let us know how you get on.
     
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    Gintas

    Gintas Member

    Location:
    Preston
    Yes 56cm should be brilliant. Do I need to orient to some brands or check especially some parts?
     

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