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 Post subject: New bike help please
PostPosted: Fri Sep 28, 2007 7:21 pm 
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Hi
This is not really a retro question but I respect the opinions on here so it's as good a place to ask as any. I'm getting a road bike on the "bike to work scheme" and have a budget of £500ish for an entry level racer. The problem I have is the choice is vast :shock: and I don't know the subtle differences in the various brands. I currently ride 3 or 4 nights during the week on the road and offroad at the weekend using my hardtail for all duties, so it makes sense to add a road bike to the stable.
I would be very grateful for any help on this one. We have been told that we have to use Halfords as our supplier but can order any make of bike up to the limit through them.


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PostPosted: Fri Sep 28, 2007 8:00 pm 
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I'd suggest the Boardman Comp which should be in your budget if you're doing bike to work...


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PostPosted: Fri Sep 28, 2007 8:14 pm 
Devout Dirtbag

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Thanks

I just googled it , what a lovely bike :D .
As Halfords will be supplying them it should be pretty straightforward to get hold of one of those.
Very good first hit , cheers!


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PostPosted: Sat Sep 29, 2007 7:58 pm 
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lots of discussion about Boardman bikes here:

http://www.bikeradar.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=12539013


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PostPosted: Sun Sep 30, 2007 6:13 pm 
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I'd suggest a Ribble Audax. Good, but not great, frame but ( for the price ) a cracking drivetrain and wheels.


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PostPosted: Sun Sep 30, 2007 7:10 pm 
Devout Dirtbag

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amt27 wrote:
lots of discussion about Boardman bikes here:

http://www.bikeradar.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=12539013



The bike doesn't really get slated in the thread, Halfords gets it in the neck though.
Is there so little to choose with bikes at this price point that it comes down to equipment levels and name?
I'm off work tommorow so I'll have a shop around.


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 01, 2007 11:29 am 
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have a look into bikefitting.com as well. its always a good idea to get measured up, & get the bike set up properly.


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 04, 2007 1:07 pm 
Devout Dirtbag

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Thanks for the replies.
I've Had a good look around and through chatting to a few people I'm now planning to buy a Ribble Mirage 0705DR at £525, looks to have a nice level of kit compared to similar priced bikes.
Takes a week or so for the Bike to work paperwork to be sorted but should be on the road pretty soon. :D


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