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Which bike?

Discussion in 'Touring and Adventure Cycling' started by urbanfatboy, 5 Apr 2008.

  1. urbanfatboy

    urbanfatboy Über Member

    Location:
    Masham
    I've not found a 'which bike should i buy' section, so I figured I'd start here. I'm in the process of getting rid of my 'oooh! i like that!' bikes with the intention of buying a sensible bike for pulling the kids around on. I don't really want to spend more than £300ish. At that price there are a few passable road bikes, Dawes 300, decathlon are two that come to mind. but given that it will really be a bit of workhorse, i figured a tourer might be a better idea. my idea of a tourer being somehting like Galaxy or so. Something a bit more robust than a road bike. Can i get an entry level tourer for that kind of price? I want drop bars and STI shifters, not too worried about level of spec, so long it is not too rubbish. Any ideas / suggestions? I'd rather nor have the 'spend an extra £100' type suggestion, unless it is absolutely necessary.

    Does anyone know the Dawes Horizon? or is the EBC Revolution cross a better buy?
     
  2. simoncc

    simoncc New Member

    The Dawes Horizon is a good touring bike. So is the Edinburgh Cycles equivalent, and Raleigh have reintroduced the Royal too. Unfortunately they all cost about £400. If you can't stretch to £400 try to get a secondhand one. A road bike is not much use as a general workhorse. They often don't have clearance for mudgards, their thin tyres are more prone to punctures and they don't have such strong wheels as a tourer, which is important if you want to carry heavy shopping in a pannier.
     
  3. Mister Paul

    Mister Paul Honky

    Location:
    North Somerset
    What touring bikes are there for the £600 range Simon?

    Is there a lot of difference between a tourer and a cross bike, except perhaps for wheels and rack/guards mounts?
     
  4. OP
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    urbanfatboy

    urbanfatboy Über Member

    Location:
    Masham
    Which is the EBC equivalent? Is that the Cross?
     
  5. rich p

    rich p ridiculous old lush

    Location:
    Brighton
    Possibly the Country Revolution

    here
     
  6. vernon

    vernon Harder than Ronnie Pickering

    Location:
    Meanwood, Leeds
    Spa Cycles in Harrogate have some 53cm framed 2007 Horizons on offer at £320.

    www.spacycles.co.uk
     
  7. OP
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    urbanfatboy

    urbanfatboy Über Member

    Location:
    Masham
    oh boo! 53 cm is too small!
     
  8. Muddyfox

    Muddyfox Veteran

    I've been having a look at that one as i cant decide whether to stick to my MTB or switch to something more suited to road work ?

    Simon