First road bike - options and advice?!

by tomplim   April 28, 2013  

I have not done an awful lot of cycling, largely restricted to short journeys and have always owned a cross-over bike. However, for commuting I do fancy a road bike.

The chance has come to do that through the Cycle2Work initiative that my employer currently endorses. However, because this is a step into the unknown, I don't want to break the bank - this is a first road bike (and employers support a bike up to £1000).

If I choose to use Halfords (which is the most convenient), I am essentially restricted to brands such as Apollo, Boardman, and Carrera. With that in mind, are any of the bikes below any good in terms of specification?

If anybody could offer any advice for buying a first road bike or suggest some reasonably-priced starter models from elsewhere, I'd be really appreciative.

Many thanks!

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Mate just went through the same process and bought a Giant Defy 5, similar kit to those three. But predominately black which he wanted.

Most important thing is the fit, if there's someone in Halfords or your more traditional local bike shop that will take the time to talk you through the one that best fits you as supplied then that's who'd get my cash.

The 'TDF" model has a standard chainset, the others compacts, the Boardman has a slightly lower bottom gear than the Virtuoso. That might matter if you live anywhere with hills.

Of the three that Virtuoso looks like the best value. Don't forget Quidco Wink

posted by Bagpuss [104 posts]
28th April 2013 - 19:44


Just cos your restricted to Halfords shouldn't mean youre restricted to their own brands. I'm sure they can get other bikes in - they even have pinarellos these days.

ps If you plan to ride up any hills then I'd strongly suggest a bike with a compact chainset as it will give you gearing much closer to what youre used to.

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posted by TheHatter [811 posts]
28th April 2013 - 20:17


Thank you for the quick response Smile

posted by tomplim [1 posts]
28th April 2013 - 22:28