Yet Another new guy

willis

Member
Location
England
Hi everyone, my name is will and i'm from the midlands.
i have not ridden a bike in like 4 years and wanting to improve my fitness and adventure around the countryside. i'm looking for a hardtail mountain bike but not sure what to go for i'm looking to spend around £200 so if anyone could help me out that would be great :smile:.
 
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willis

willis

Member
Location
England
thanks for the friendly reply. Looking through the mounting bike forum helped me out and made me think i might need to save a bit more money up haha
 
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willis

willis

Member
Location
England
thanks for the reply i been thinking of spending more like £250-£300 i like the look of the cube aim so gonna try and pick one up second hand :smile:.
 

RhythMick

Über Member
Location
Barnsley
I'd definitely be looking for a decent 2nd hand. Plenty to choose from depending on what kind of cycling you are looking to do. At £200 buying new will get you kit that probably won't last. There are some good exceptions though. The Decathlon range seems to be well regarded for the money.


Road bike on eBay ...

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Trek-7-5-FX-2011-Road-Hybrid-Bike-Carbon-Fork-With-Shimano-Groupset-Parts-/251102635810?pt=UK_Bikes_GL&hash=item3a76e22722

MTB ...

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/TREK-4300-MENS-28-SPEED-LIGHT-WEIGHT-MOUNTAIN-BIKE-/110911588707?pt=UK_Bikes_GL&hash=item19d2d88963

Hybrid ...

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Mens-Scott-Sportster-P4-Hybrid-Bike-Large-56cm-Frame-/230822574884?pt=UK_Bikes_GL&hash=item35be18fb24
 

HovR

Über Member
Location
Plymouth
Welcome to the forums! :hello:

I'd definitely advise looking around second hand. You'll get a lot better spec for your money in that price range. Things you want to look for are forks with as many adjustments as possible (eg. lockout, rebound/preload adjustment) to give you greater flexibility to optimize the suspension for different terrain.

Disc brakes are ideal, hydraulics obviously better than cable actuated, but cable is fine. If you're buying second hand, try before you buy. Nothing worse than buying a bike second hand, and finding it doesn't fit!

When buying second hand, grab the top of each wheel and try wobbling it from side to side. If there's play, the likely hood is that you will need new bearings, or worst case scenario a new hub. Similarly with the bottom bracket, grab the top of the crank and try wobbling it from side to side. - If there's play, you may need a new bottom bracket.
 

cyberknight

As long as I breathe, I attack.
What sort of riding are you going to be doing ?
Unless your going off road you can get away with rigid fork if your just riding on cycle paths.
Second hands bikes can offer very good bargians but if your new to cycling then ther eare many pitfalls you need to know about when checking a bike over and unless you are sure or have someone who can check the bike over then it might be easier to go for a new bike .
Decathlon have a very good range of bikes that are generally well praised by members here , if i had the cash i would be buying my next bike from there .
This looks like it might fit the bill...
http://www.decathlon.co.uk/rockrider-52-id_8156187.html
 
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willis

willis

Member
Location
England
thanks everyone for the feedback has really helped think i will go for a second hand one out of the Decathlon range or maybe a cube aim as i have been on a friends and found it a nice ride :smile: .
cyberknight i will be doing alot of off road at the weekends and will be riding mainly paths in the week just for the fitness side.
 
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