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I was a keen road cyclist for over 40 years, then switched to trail running after a serious concussion five years ago (my second - the effect is cumulative, so I don't want another). Now I've sprained my ankle and probably won't be able to run for a couple of months. Physio friend recommends cycling to maintain fitness, so I'm thinking of getting another bike. I want something a lot more stable and forgiving than an ordinary road bike. Needs to be cheap too. Any ideas? It's for on-road rides of an hour or two and I won't be doing serious hills on it. Thinking of maybe a rigid, single-speed mountain bike with slicks? Ideas for which make/model to buy would be good.

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HowardR [204 posts] 3 weeks ago
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2'nd hand M.Bike & a dose of fettling?

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Welsh boy [534 posts] 3 weeks ago
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Dont bother with a single speed or a mountain bike for road use, if you are going to ride on the road then buy a road or hybrid bike, the experience will be much better and you will enjoy it more.  What is your idea of cheap?  Difficult to make suggestions without a price guide but the Boardman range do some nice bikes and look for something which already has (or will take) a 28mm tyre (or wider).  The modern "endurance" bikes are as stable, most manufacturers do a relatively low cost endurance bike in their range, have a look at Decathlon (https://www.decathlon.co.uk/triban-100-flat-bar-road-bike-id_8500949.html) at £250 and budget another £30 (https://www.decathlon.co.uk/road-r-500-road-cycling-helmet-white-id_8382...) if you dont already have a helmet )but i suspect that you do).

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Mungecrundle [973 posts] 3 weeks ago
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Difficult to beat a hard tail mtb as an all round, go anywhere bike. I have a particular soft spot for GTs and use mine for club rides when weather is not bestest bike compatible. There are plenty of makes and models to choose from. Lockout suspension is a must for road use and there are any number of options for road, gravel or full off road tyres. Also with lower gearing you can avoid pressure on your damaged ankle.

However, if your stated aim of not falling off is absolute and if you are looking at a bicycle purely for rehab, then I'd suggest the option of joining a gym for a few months and making use of a range of low impact cardio machines or otherwise setting yourself up with a static bike on a turbo trainer.

 

HTH

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tomcardiff [3 posts] 3 weeks ago
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Mungecrundle wrote:

However, if your stated aim of not falling off is absolute and if you are looking at a bicycle purely for rehab, then I'd suggest the option of joining a gym for a few months and making use of a range of low impact cardio machines or otherwise setting yourself up with a static bike on a turbo trainer.

 

HTH

Makes sense, I will be doing the gym a bit but it bores me stiff. 

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tomcardiff [3 posts] 3 weeks ago
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Welsh boy wrote:

Decathlon (https://www.decathlon.co.uk/triban-100-flat-bar-road-bike-id_8500949.html) at £250 and budget another £30 (https://www.decathlon.co.uk/road-r-500-road-cycling-helmet-white-id_8382...) if you dont already have a helmet )but i suspect that you do).

 

Those Decathlons look good for the money, hadn't come across them.

 

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kil0ran [917 posts] 3 weeks ago
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tomcardiff wrote:
Welsh boy wrote:

Decathlon (https://www.decathlon.co.uk/triban-100-flat-bar-road-bike-id_8500949.html) at £250 and budget another £30 (https://www.decathlon.co.uk/road-r-500-road-cycling-helmet-white-id_8382...) if you dont already have a helmet )but i suspect that you do).

 

Those Decathlons look good for the money, hadn't come across them.

 

The drop bar version of the 100 comes with chunkier tyres and looks to be the perfect starter bike

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tomcardiff [3 posts] 3 weeks ago
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kil0ran wrote:

The drop bar version of the 100 comes with chunkier tyres and looks to be the perfect starter bike

 

That looks promising, nice relaxed geometry as well.