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PostPosted: Sat Aug 03, 2013 1:11 am 
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Hey,
I'm new to this website and entirely new to the idea of a road bike, or bikes in general to be honest, so please be patient with my lack of knowledge :D . I've had my size checked and that's it really.
Anyway I have an extremely tight budget and would like to know what you guys think of these bikes! Yes I realise for at an absolute maximum £250 isn't going to get me anything great but I need to work with it. Given the budget I have the older models are the only ones I can get really and I have took a huge liking to peugeot bikes, as I think the aesthetics are brilliant and the rest of Internet seems to like them as bikes :P
Anyway what I would like to know is...are these bikes good (good is a subjective word but roll with it :P ) and would they be worth the cost? (With £27 on top for a courier) ( And perhaps if i should make some minor adjustments to them but i dont want to restore these bikes, but any cheap adjustments that may be worth it. :o )
I have established this is a peugeot competition 5000, correct me if I'm wrong please. http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Peugeot-allum ... 2a2f7f8041 I was thinking of paying max 120 (147 with courier)
And the other one with looks in better nick but I can't really tell as a novice
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Peugeot-Cours ... 58a2bf8057
I was thinking max 220 (247 with courier)
Sorry for the short notice but I would like a prompt rely as they end in a couple of days :lol: even if they've expired please tell me what you think to broaden my knowledge, cheers :wink:


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PostPosted: Sat Aug 03, 2013 1:17 am 
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IMHO the top one is by far the better buy Campagnolo Ergos alone make it so :wink: Good luck and hope you can get it for your price :D


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PostPosted: Sat Aug 03, 2013 2:17 am 
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Thank you for the swift reply, I will definitely take your opinion on board :) I've gathered from my research those campagnolo ergos are the gear shifters, Would it be reasonable to expect to get it for that price?


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PostPosted: Sat Aug 03, 2013 5:41 am 
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HI Ryan, welcome to the forum

Firstly can I ask what height you are as these are small frames?
Secondly the second bike will be the better, most comfortable ride as it's a steel frame but the first bike is a better buy at todays prices


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PostPosted: Sat Aug 03, 2013 11:36 am 
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Hi, I'm 5'7 1/2" with a 30" inside leg, this was around the size the guy in halfords said I was :P cheers, so steel is more comfortable due to the rigidness I would presume? But isn't aluminium lighter thus the bike might be quicker?


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PostPosted: Sat Aug 03, 2013 12:06 pm 
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I think at 5'7" you might find these frames a bit on the small side. I'm 5'6" 30" inside leg and ride 52, 54 and 56 frames. 55 would be my preference, 56 and 54 are a good fit, 52 is the smallest I would go but I do feel that I should sell it and get something a bit bigger.

Might be better if you try a few different sizes of older style bikes (modern frame geometry is a whole different ballgame) to find your preference


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PostPosted: Sat Aug 03, 2013 12:09 pm 
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First one mate, definitely. The equipment on it is a much better standard, being an aluminium frame it won't be rusted, and having a lady owner it is far less likely to have been thrashed. The wheels also look good quality.

As already mentioned, the ergos (brakes and gear shifters combined) are worth a fair few pounds and are standard in terms of shifting, replacing the older down tube levers on the second bike!

Get some pedals and a mans saddle and away you go. Frame size will be fine, get the seat up and give you a nice position.

Finally, the second bike isn't worth 195 pounds!


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PostPosted: Sat Aug 03, 2013 1:45 pm 
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47p2 wrote:
I think at 5'7" you might find these frames a bit on the small side. I'm 5'6" 30" inside leg and ride 52, 54 and 56 frames. 55 would be my preference, 56 and 54 are a good fit, 52 is the smallest I would go but I do feel that I should sell it and get something a bit bigger.

Might be better if you try a few different sizes of older style bikes (modern frame geometry is a whole different ballgame) to find your preference


Right I'll take that on board, however I don't have a very long reach at all, and I gathered the first one being already ridden by someone 5'8" it'd suit me, but what I might do is look at some older bikes on gumtree locally and give them a try for size :)


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PostPosted: Sat Aug 03, 2013 1:51 pm 
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Matt_wood55 wrote:
First one mate, definitely. The equipment on it is a much better standard, being an aluminium frame it won't be rusted, and having a lady owner it is far less likely to have been thrashed. The wheels also look good quality.

As already mentioned, the ergos (brakes and gear shifters combined) are worth a fair few pounds and are standard in terms of shifting, replacing the older down tube levers on the second bike!

Get some pedals and a mans saddle and away you go. Frame size will be fine, get the seat up and give you a nice position.

Finally, the second bike isn't worth 195 pounds!


That's a great bit of info on that bike cheers! I noticed the wheels looked to be in good condition, I forgot about changing the saddle so ill do that and add some pedals if I win it. About what you said about the second bike, well that's quite a relief as its right at the top end of of my (tiny) budget! think I was convinced by the price and nice paint job that it would be worth that much :p


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PostPosted: Sat Aug 03, 2013 4:22 pm 
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Ryan98 wrote:
Matt_wood55 wrote:
First one mate, definitely. The equipment on it is a much better standard, being an aluminium frame it won't be rusted, and having a lady owner it is far less likely to have been thrashed. The wheels also look good quality.

As already mentioned, the ergos (brakes and gear shifters combined) are worth a fair few pounds and are standard in terms of shifting, replacing the older down tube levers on the second bike!

Get some pedals and a mans saddle and away you go. Frame size will be fine, get the seat up and give you a nice position.

Finally, the second bike isn't worth 195 pounds!


That's a great bit of info on that bike cheers! I noticed the wheels looked to be in good condition, I forgot about changing the saddle so ill do that and add some pedals if I win it. About what you said about the second bike, well that's quite a relief as its right at the top end of of my (tiny) budget! think I was convinced by the price and nice paint job that it would be worth that much :p



I should have added though that for 250 you can pick up some really nice bikes if you bide your time. Don't go mad bidding on the first ones you see.


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