TOTAL novice ....

Discussion in 'Beginners' started by Kovu, 14 Aug 2007.

  1. Kovu

    Kovu Über Member

    Okay so I need help and tips and advice and opinion, everything basically!

    Totally new to biking and all, decided to get my first road bike soon, but wanted to do some research. So anything will help me with anything related to bikes! ;)

    Please and many thank x
  2. chris42

    chris42 New Member

    Deal, Kent
    What info are you wanting?
  3. OP

    Kovu Über Member

    Anything that might help. Good bikes? tips to look out for when I am buying? Everything as possible.

    If this helps i'm five foot 8 and a half ;)
  4. gbyers

    gbyers New Member

    Well the web is a big place. On here there are maybe 800 + (nearly said odd) people so you might get too varied a response.

    What about we start a thread with the best links for road bike info and see if we can amass a reading list for you. I've started the thread and posted a couple of links.
  5. OP

    Kovu Über Member

    Yeah thank you very much! Okay I'll let put a few questions up that I am intersted in:

    • What in people's opinion is the best starter road bike [bearing in mind a budget of about 250 pounds]?
    • Iv'e read around on a few other cycle sites, and it seems that Halfords have got a bad reputation for selling road bikes, I was wondering why that was?
    • Is it safe to buy from e-bay?
    As you can see a total novice in this! I will put more specific questions within this, but i won'y overwhelm anyone! ;)
  6. hubgearfreak

    hubgearfreak Über Member

    if i wanted a road bike for £250, i'd get an old, high quality, steel one from ebay, with downtube shifters.;)

    you could link the advert of any you're interested in onto this thread and ask for opinions them
  7. roshi chris

    roshi chris New Member

    I agree. For £250 you want an old steel warhorse. If you want a new bike you'll have to up your budget i'm afraid to at least £400ish.
  8. Tynan

    Tynan Veteran

    my LBS does interest free finance

    stick a down payment of £100 down and the rest in easy payments, use the balance for some kit
  9. hubgearfreak

    hubgearfreak Über Member

    :becool:warhorse may be the wrong word?

    these few on ebay now may be a good buy, although i don't know what size someone your height would want
  10. Blue

    Blue Legendary Member

    N Ireland
    In the August edition of Cycling + a beginner asked this question in the letters section.

    He too was advised to up his budget, but told that if that wasn't possible to consider The Dawes Giro 300, The Carrera Virtuoso from Halfords and the Decathlon Sport 2. The merits of each were outlined in the mag.
  11. alecstilleyedye

    alecstilleyedye nothing in moderation Moderator

    the halfords carrera range is not too bad at all for the money. the pitfalls lie in that they can come poorly set up which, assuming you're a newb to the whole thing, can go undetected and result in problems sooner ot later.

    i went down the halfords route, got a carrera virtuoso for £250 and have since spent at least as much again upgrading it, but it's now as good as a bike you'd pay £600 for anyway. (so if i'd bought it, found that a road bike was not for me, i'd only have wasted £250 less what i could have sold it on for). you can upgrade as you go, which if your budget is limited is very useful. don't listen to people who tell you you need to spend a grand on a decent bike, they're just trying to show off.

    if you have a good local bike shop, see what they have. they may be able to do a second hand steel frame with "modern" things like combined gear/brake levers which are a lot more user friendly imho than downtube shifters.

    i would avoid ebay unless you feel you know enough about bikes in general, especially as you've no way of knowing if a bike is stolen. if the seller is local, ask to see it and take someone that knows about bikes with you.

    if your local cycling club has a website, you may find thay have a classified section and be able to pick up a bargain.

    good luck
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  12. Elmer Fudd

    Elmer Fudd Miserable Old Bar Steward

    PING !! Kovu,
    Please Please PLEASE adjust your font size, my eyesight aint what it was ! ;)
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  13. jay clock

    jay clock Massive member

    Hampshire UK
    I agree about Ebay - unless you are very experienced it is easy get confused. I am bidding on a bike for my daughter to take to uni, and her assessment of what looks nice is, in almost every case, wrong.

    I would go to Decathlon if you can and spend a couple of hundred on a hybrid (flat bars, but skinny tyres on road wheels) and get out and ride it for a few months. If you love it and use it a lot, then save up and spend about £500 on a nice road bike. Keep the hybrid as a back up, for errands etc.

    Alternatively, not a road bike but I can strongly recommend a Carrera Subway - the Subway 1 is fine. About £170, great run around, could take slimmer tyres to speed up, but I have one, 3 years old now, it is done over 5000k and is superb. Admittedly I have upgraded lots of stuff, but it is a great bike for commuting, pottering etc, but has also handled a 100k road ride.
  14. LLB

    LLB Guest

    You get what you pay for - £250 for a brand new roadie doesn't get you much.

    Double that, and you will get a bike you want to ride a lot.

    That said, the end of the summer is approaching so now is a good time to start shopping.

    Go to your local bike shops (not Halfords) and try and get some test rides, it will give you a good idea of how much you need to spend, and more importantly, get one that fits your frame.
  15. squeaker

    squeaker Über Member


    So do you want a 'road' bike, or something to ride on the road? (Confusing, isn't it?) There are many different types; some very specialised for a particular task, and some more generalist, and you will find that opinions vary on which is 'best' for what ;)
    Probably easier to ask 'I want a bike so I can 'xxxxxxx', then you might get some more objective advice. However if you just want to ride from A to B, then something with mudguards would be a good start, unless you like getting covered in road dirt.....
    Just my 2p.
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