New commuting bike for under £300

Discussion in 'Beginners' started by elvisparsley, 6 Dec 2007.

  1. elvisparsley

    elvisparsley New Member

    Salut all
    Looking for a first bike for a relative but only want to spend about £200-£300. Mainly for commuting, putting in about 15 miles a day. I would love to get him a drop-bar road bike to force him into real road cycling but he doesn't fancy it much, somehow. He liked the look of the Ridgeback Genesis I had with flat bars and faster wheels which would be ideal for him but this is a bit expensive as a present. I have these in mind for the moment

    or even

    Does anyone have any advice or other suggestions at this price range, bearing in mind he knows nothing about bike maintenance so would prefer a new rather than second-hand bike?
  2. HJ

    HJ Cycling in Scotland

    Auld Reekie
    The problem with such a low budget is that you are buying the cheapest components which will wear out faster, especially if the bike is being used everyday, buy cheap buy twice. So try and get him to up the budget a bit. The other bit of advice I would give that once he has decided on a budget, go to a good Local Bike Shop (LBS) and try a range of bikes within that budget and buy the one that feels the best. If the shop won’t get he buy the bike out side, then walk away and never go back. Don’t try and force him into any particular style of bike, if he doesn’t enjoy the experience of cycling from the start, he won’t continue, get a bike that is fun for him and he will be hooked for life.
  3. Mister Paul

    Mister Paul Legendary Member

    That price will only get you something decent if you know what to look for.

    But you seem to know what to look for. The Decathlon will be great value for money, as will the EBC bike. I'm not as confident about the Carrera, not least because Halfords have a reputation for not putting bikes together very well, but some of the Carreras are good bikes.

    I'm going to disagree with Hairy. I think you've made some good choices, and the components on these bikes won't be bottom end cheap ones. I'd go for the Decathlon personally. I bought one of their cheap road bikes last year for £149 and it's probably the best bike buy, price considered, I've ever made.
  4. OP

    elvisparsley New Member

    Thanks Hairy- I realise this but as it's a present the money just doesn't stretch. I really can't spend any more than this, I know this won't be the best bike you can buy, but it's something to get stuck into and get started with regular cycling. I spent £120 on my first bike and loved it for 3 years, by which time I was well into it and ready to spend more on something better.
  5. John the Monkey

    John the Monkey Frivolous Cyclist

    Also in budget is the £279 Revolution Courier Race (a nippier, 700C version of the courier linked above). If it's for a commute, I reckon the decider is how flat/hilly it is - the Decathlon has a triple chainset at the front, which might help if a granny gear is needed.
  6. PrettyboyTim

    PrettyboyTim New Member

    I have a Claud Butler Urban 100, which you can get for £180 online (I paid £200 in my LBS). Sure it's not high end, and it's not as light as the more expensive bikes, but it's been serving me well for the last five months or so for my commute, which is about 7 miles each way.

    The components aren't high end, but they're Shimano and Suntour so they shouldn't fall apart.

    I guess the nice thing about going for the cheaper end is that it leaves you some more room for other bits and bobs, like locks, lights, mudguards, racks, panniers etc.

    Good luck!
  7. OP

    elvisparsley New Member

    Ta John I knew I'd seen that Courier Race somewhere- looks spot on to me.... I think that's the one
  8. kyuss

    kyuss Über Member

    Yep, the EBC Courier Race looks like a cracking commuting bike. A guy my brother works with has one and he loves it. If I had the money I'd get one myself.
  9. biking_fox

    biking_fox Veteran

    Another option is the Dawes Giro 300 which is the first serious bike I bought. It is drop proper road bike through, so maybe not. It seems to be <<£300 from online shops. Decent componets and real fun to ride.
  10. fossyant

    fossyant Ride It Like You Stole It!

    South Manchester
    The important thing is to get him/her to look after it - like wash it and ensure all parts are lubed - and WD40 / GT85 isn't good for chains - use it on other bits, but no where near hubs or Bottom brackets and chains.

    £300 will buy a good machine, £3000 will buy a very good machine, but they all fail if they aren't looked after.

    Keep the drive system clean - get them to read on here !!
  11. Cathryn

    Cathryn California Correspondant

    Dawes Discoveries are fantastic introductory hybrids...I have one that I adored and served me faultlessly for three years, not even a puncture. I'd hugely recommend having a look at them.
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