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 Post subject: Recommend a road bike
PostPosted: Thu Jan 03, 2013 12:28 pm 
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I've ridden MTBs since their appearance in the UK, but over the last few years, the local trails seem to spend a good length of time under water, so I spend a bit of time on the roads wearing down my knobblies (ooer!) on bikes under geared for tarmac.

This year, I'd like to get my hands on a reasonably priced road bike so I can cover the miles a bit more efficiently. I'm looking for something with fairly relaxed angles - I'm not a racer - and at 47 and a bit over fighting weight, something with a range of gearing suitable for hills also as I live in the Malverns.

I know NOTHING about road bikes, so I'm at your mercy. 2nd hand is good too as during the warmer drier weather I probably wont use it a whole lot.

I'll probably have a few MTBs to sell or swap - a Proflex with Vectors (too small for me) and 'something else' TBD!

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 03, 2013 1:08 pm 
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i'd recommend giving this lot a shout:

http://www.retrobike.co.uk/forum/viewforum.php?f=12

a friendly bunch :)


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 03, 2013 1:20 pm 
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I've never really get on with racers at all but like the classic XC racers, its a compromised bike born out of emulating pro racer riders bikes. I got looking at cylocross bikes and set up and I've enjoyed a single speed cromo Genesis Day One flat bar, and I almost prefer it to some MTBs due to tall and short TT geometry, angles are relaxed too like a tall classic XC bike. If I had budget I'd look at their geared bikes or road bikes. Alternatively a good fast hybrid isnt bad, have a look at Giants range for starters.


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 03, 2013 2:01 pm 
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If you want to look at new, the B'Twin Triban 3 from Decathlon is hard to beat for £300.

http://www.decathlon.co.uk/triban-3-id_8167038.html

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 03, 2013 5:29 pm 
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Depending on your budget, a Dawes Audax or Giant SCR could be a good starting point - they are slightly slower handling and more stable and have a more comfortable upright riding position. However, they are still lighter and more sprightly than a full-on tourer like a Dawes Galaxy, which is stable (especially when loaded) but as a result handles like a bus.

In my view, hybrids are jacks of all trades, but are not strong enough for anything off-road and not fast enough for an efficient all day ride. Their main appeal seems to be for people who are frightened of drop bars...


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 03, 2013 6:54 pm 
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Giant SCR looks good - plenty on eBay around the £200 - £300 mark. Right, will polish up a few bikes in the next couple of weeks and see if I can raise some cash! :)


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 03, 2013 7:35 pm 
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I was in the same boat and picked up a Specialized Allez from a forum member. Really comfy to ride and feels fast to me.

Looks pretty smart as well. They do it as a triple as well so hills aren't too bad, sadly my one is 52/39 up front :cry:

Going to go triple though as the old legs can't handle that gearing on big hills.


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 03, 2013 8:14 pm 
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I was in a similar boat and decided to build up my first road bike about a year ago, spending about £600 doing so.
Wish I'd done it five years ago tbh, road geometry and drop bars have been life-changing for me. Wouldn't even consider a Hybrid, personally.
I'd perhaps give consideration to a geared CX bike like a Kona Jake or Honky Tonk though, they're such versatile things now.

Have a look at the LeMond in my signature if you like, that was an easy and fun build resulting in a bike that feels like new, tailored to me.


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 03, 2013 8:52 pm 
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apache wrote:
Giant SCR looks good - plenty on eBay around the £200 - £300 mark. Right, will polish up a few bikes in the next couple of weeks and see if I can raise some cash! :)


Pal of mine has used one as a commuter for the past 8 years, now done 50,000 miles or so. Predictably the drivetrain and wheels are long worn out, but te shifters, headset and BB are still going strong.


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 04, 2013 10:04 am 
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Another mtb'er turned roadie, in my case to further improve my fitness and because having persuaded my roadie fanatic son onto mtb's, I was forced to reciprocate.

I bought a Raleigh rolling chassis from a forum member which I completed for a few hundred pounds. It has race geometry, so it not a particularly relaxing ride (but great fun), which is why I started to look at the Genesis Equilibrium. It has much more 'sportive' (relaxed) geometry and the manager of my LBS (who I have known since he was 11) really rates it and rides one himself.


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