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just started recently taking the bike out for a run 2 or 3 nights a week and have caught the bug. My current bike is a least 20 years old, so wouldn't mind changing to a new bike. From looking at a few websites and shops the prices differ greatly. Seen one in decathlon for £300. All i want is to get out of the house and get fit. Don't want to buy a cheap bike and then regret it later. Need some advice please.

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arfa [847 posts] 3 years ago
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If the bug is catching then you might want to think about seeing if the budget can be stretched a little further. What you are really paying for is better quality components and it really will enhance your enjoyment if your gears are not slipping/you're more comfortable etc. Evans and others do monthly payment schemes if that helps ?
Wiggle have some good sale bikes available at around the 500 pound level eg http://www.wiggle.co.uk/battaglin-s11-sora-2013/

Also if you have a bike to work scheme that can be a way of accessing good value ?
Good luck !

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700c [1073 posts] 3 years ago
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+1 on what arfa said,

You do need to spend a bit more, if indeed you do have the bug

After all, you've had the same bike for 20 years, it's worth waiting a bit longer and saving up for something with a bit of quality. £300 just won't cut it, I'm afraid.

I'd suggest a budget of around £700 for a first decent road bike, or a bit less if you want to go second hand..

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dave atkinson [6297 posts] 3 years ago
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the B'twin Triban 3 is undoubtedly the best new road bike you can get for £300. worth looking at secondhand too; you can get a pretty decent spec bike for £300 if you shop around.

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arfa [847 posts] 3 years ago
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I don't know much about btwin but there are some reviews here

http://www.cyclingweekly.co.uk/tech/bikes/129441/2/bike-test-do-you-get-...

if it were me and I was getting hooked on the sport I'd try and find a little extra. If that is not an option then the btwin looks like it'll do what you want.
Good luck and happy riding !

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spk [3 posts] 3 years ago
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Thanks for the advice guys, need to look at the finances again. I see the amount of gears from bike to bike differ, for a hobby cyclist like myself what would you recommend, or does it not really matter.

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arfa [847 posts] 3 years ago
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Depends on whether you plan on going up lots of hills or not. To be honest with you, most set ups are fine for typical uk riding and 3 big rings are only really necessary for big hills (all in my opinion anyway). What's more important is the quality of the gears as slippy gears are a right pain, especially if you are going uphill!

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lc1981 [56 posts] 3 years ago
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The actual number of gears per se makes little difference - it's the ratios available that you should focus on (that said a triple chainset will give you more ratios). This is quite good at explaining it all: http://philsroadbikingblog.blogspot.co.uk/2011/05/beginners-guide-to-roa....

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700c [1073 posts] 3 years ago
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Re number of gears - you're unlikely to get much choice at this budget, and if you're looking at only spending 300 then it seems Btwin is the way forward..

If you can choose, however, a double (2 rings at the front) is better than a triple (3 rings) - weighs less, changes gear more smoothly, and you won't use the smallest ring anyway

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ilovemytinbred [161 posts] 3 years ago
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If you have friends who are cyclists that can advise you on the size/fit/good deals, then I would go 2nd hand. It is amazing how much good stuff there is out there.
If you are 'on your own' then buy from a shop.
I do agree that the sweet spot for value is higher than £300, but you can get something for that money that will do the trick. Even the Halfords Tdf bike is ok if you find a store with decent staff who can put you on the right size/adjust it. I don't think it is a bad idea to go cheap to start with. I found it was only after riding for a while that I really knew what I wanted both in terms of fit and style of bike.

I sold my car when I got a bike, which meant I could get a nice one. Best decision I ever made, I guess not practical for most people though.