Wanted - ladies road bike (and advice and inspiration)

Discussion in 'Bikes and Buying Advice - What Bike?' started by Scotmitchy, 1 Aug 2012.

  1. Scotmitchy

    Scotmitchy Senior Member

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    Scotland
    Hi, I am finally getting round to a road bike, after circumstances ruling it out last year.

    I am not a mega cyclist, don't need and can't afford the best of.

    But I will spend up to £500. I am 5ft4in, would like it to be lightweight and speedy, with drop bars.

    Please suggest a few for me.

    Ta
     
  2. vickster

    vickster Legendary Member

    Does it have to be a ladies-specific roadbike? The Decathlon triban is £300, is a natty red and got a super review in Cycling Active this month (92%) - also comes in small frame sizes http://www.decathlon.co.uk/triban-3-id_8167038.html You can use the extra cash for toys, a nice ladies saddle and/ or any adjustments (bars, stem)

    Ladies specific bikes sub £500 are quite a rare beastie

    Giants get good feedback - the Avail 3 is "around" the budget http://www.rutlandcycling.com/34619/Giant-Avail-3-2012---Ladies-Road-Bike-.html

    Or there's a Trek option http://www.rutlandcycling.com/39885/Trek-Lexa-C-2012---Ladies-Road-Bike.html

    Spesh Dolce's seem to start around £650

    Evans have a few choices from smaller brands, including their own pinnacle

    http://www.evanscycles.com/products/fuji/finest-30-2012-womens-road-bike-ec031236 - Fuji, has the better Sora, while the others mainly have 2300

    http://www.evanscycles.com/products/pinnacle/gabbro-one-2012-womens-road-bike-ec035890 - Pinnacle, £100 of accessories

    If you're ok with buying sight unseen - this looks well specced and light at sub 10kg http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/Models.aspx?ModelID=75449

    Otherwise, there's always second hand :smile:
     
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    Scotmitchy

    Scotmitchy Senior Member

    Location:
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    Thank you! Tonight I will peruse all of them and I think I need to take myself to a bike shop.
     
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    Scotmitchy

    Scotmitchy Senior Member

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    Scotmitchy

    Scotmitchy Senior Member

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    Vickster, some of your ones are lovely!
     
  6. vickster

    vickster Legendary Member

    I've not even heard of the kit on those bikes...Triban 3, £300...done :smile: There's loads of threads on here about it
     
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    Scotmitchy

    Scotmitchy Senior Member

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    Shame it is so dull looking :smile:
     
  8. defy-one

    defy-one Guest

    Listen to your peers. Spend the £200 on decent pedals,shoes,cleats and clothes!
    I'm buying the triban for commuting after looking at the 2nd market for a decent commuter bike
     
  9. vickster

    vickster Legendary Member

    Really?? But it's red! and you could easily spice it up with a white saddle, bar tape, coloured tyres :smile:

    I have one funky road bike, so I guess it would suit me ok...
     
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    Scotmitchy

    Scotmitchy Senior Member

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  11. vickster

    vickster Legendary Member

    but it's 25% over your budget which you don't want to pay :smile:

    I actually think that is dull - black bikes do nothing for me, like grey!

    Have you considered eBay?
     
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    Scotmitchy

    Scotmitchy Senior Member

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    budget Smudget :biggrin:

    I think I need to visit a shiny showroom to see some bikes in the flesh
     
  13. OP
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    Scotmitchy

    Scotmitchy Senior Member

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    Vickster, of your ones the Fuji is the easiest on my eye
     
  14. vickster

    vickster Legendary Member

    Fuji would be a bit girly for me, but hey...yes, go to a shop... Fuji is £550, Evans often have deals and vouchers, sign up for their newsletter!
     
  15. I have a Specialized Dolce 2011 and love it,however the spec is quite low and I've had it a year and already looking to upgrade.It does depend hoe "into" cycling you get if you get me.The dolce is a great starter bike though.
     
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