Looking for a very budget bike

Discussion in 'Bikes and Buying Advice - What Bike?' started by per4, 15 Oct 2014.

  1. per4

    per4 Regular

    which is the best bike for daily commuting (6/7 mile round trip):

    rockrider 300


    Apollo Transfer Mens Hybrid Bike


    Real Clifton Mens Hybrid Bike - 18"


    Viking Phantom Bike Senior


    or is there any other good alternatives at the £100 range?
  2. cyberknight

    cyberknight Wibble

    Land of confusion
    Avoid the last one , its awful and those brakes are next to useless as they come on kiddies bikes and dont do a lot .
    The decathlon would be my choice for that sort of distance as your not going to be much quicker on a road bike based hybrid like the other two over the distance you intend to ride.
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  3. DCLane

    DCLane Found in the Yorkshire hills ...

    I'd echo the Decathlon. Avoid the Apollo.

    The Real Clifton one interests me though, but it's only got 6 gears.

    They're all pretty basic.
  4. TheDoctor

    TheDoctor Resistance is futile! Moderator

    Decathlon can't really be beaten at the budget end. I'd really try to go a bit more upmarket, if you can. £120 isn't much to spend on a bike these days...
  5. OP

    per4 Regular

    Thanks for all the input guys.

    The looks of the Real Clifton is what attracts me to it. But if the Decathlon one is better, then i will probably get that one.

    Can i ask though, what makes the Rockrider 300 better than other £100 bikes? i've seen it recommended not only here, but on other threads and sites.

    Also i kind of wanted a hybrid/road bike because it is supposedly a smoother ride (compared to mtb's). is that not really the case at this price bracket?
  6. OP

    per4 Regular

    also what is the difference between the rockrider 5.0 and the 300?
  7. cyberknight

    cyberknight Wibble

    Land of confusion
    err , nothing as far as i can see.
    Road bike wheels are supposed to roll better , especially the less knobbly tyres roll quicker than the MTB type but the gear range on the clifton is rather limited compared to the rockrider which you could always stick some slicker tyres on like city jets for £12 each or you could consider .
    Yes i know its more than your original budget but your getting a lot better bike with mudgaurds which are a real must for commuting as it keeps the spray off your back and helps keep your feet a bit drier as you get no end of spray off the front wheel .
    I have a carrera subway for winter riding and its only maybe 5 mins slower max over a 10 mile each way commute compared to my commuting road bike .
  8. Save your money on any of them and buy a decent used bike. It will outlast any of those new ones IMO.

    @biggs682 is our resident purveyor of quality used bicycles, but TBH your budget is extremely tight.
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  9. biggs682

    biggs682 Smile a mile bike provider

    @per4 with a budget like that its going to be tight

    couple of questions , how tall are you or what size ?

    where are you based ?

    i have a couple of bikes at mo but lowest is around the £145 area once i have finished doing work required on it , the others are £200 upwards

    if local feel free to drop round and try them to get an idea of size and type required but all of mine are road bikes at mo

    @smokeysmoo will do you a deal on a very nice road bike if you are tall
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  10. Not at that budget I won't :biggrin:
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  11. jarlrmai

    jarlrmai Veteran

    I'm in this market as well, my commute is 2 miles I have very few needs, I already own a nice road bike, I bought a single speed but then I injured my knee and starting and going up hill without gears is not good on it.

    Can I buy the BTWIN from a shop anywhere in the Liverpool area?
  12. roadrash

    roadrash cycle chatterer

  13. OP

    per4 Regular

    im 173cm (5'8) and based in london
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  14. biggs682

    biggs682 Smile a mile bike provider

    @per4 great i have nothing around the £100 budget but i do have a 20.5" road bike that should be ideal , i just need to finish some bits on it ie fit new brake cables and road test should be around £145 if its any good , pm if you want its easier
  15. OP

    per4 Regular

    @biggs682 thanks for the help and offer.

    but after visiting the decathlon store today and trying out some bikes, ive decided to spend around 200-250 for a brand new road bike. now just in the process of deciding which one to get.
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