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I'm looking to buy my son a bike for Christmas. He's a 19 year old student who would be using to travel back and forward to lectures so no challenging terrain! I've a budget of up to £400. Any advise …
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3m, 1w agoPosted 3 months, 1 week ago
I'm looking to buy my son a bike for Christmas. He's a 19 year old student who would be using to travel back and forward to lectures so no challenging terrain! I've a budget of up to £400. Any advise would be great thanks.
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3m, 1w agoPosted 3 months, 1 week ago
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#1
best look at halfwords and they could advise you on what's best at the Mo.
#2
try asking halfwords they could probably advise you better
#3
Whereabouts is he in the country
#4
For god sake don't go to Halford's. Find yourself a good local bike shop and go ask their advice. Or look on bike radar website.
#5
He's in St Andrews
#6
I've heard such mixed reviews of Halfords which is why I haven't gone there first
#7
Evans cycles is probably your closest unbiased bike shop I 2nd don't go to halfords you need proper cycle advise.
#8
wls278
He's in St Andrews
Ah ok because unfortunately in certain uni areas bike theft is a major issue and i would be reluctant to buy a decent bike just to go back and forth to lectures.Good luck on whatever you buy.
Around St Andrews is a lovely part of the country
#9
you need to factor in clothing, lights a helmet and panniers if needed
Have a look at hoodoo voodoo - good bikes
#10
archer1204
wls278
He's in St Andrews
Ah ok because unfortunately in certain uni areas bike theft is a major issue and i would be reluctant to buy a decent bike just to go back and forth to lectures.Good luck on whatever you buy.
Around St Andrews is a lovely part of the country
It is a lovely area of the country and we haven't heard of any theft issues since he went up in 2015
#11
andrewlaw9
Evans cycles is probably your closest unbiased bike shop I 2nd don't go to halfords you need proper cycle advise.
Thank you, will have a look there
#12
sowotsdis
you need to factor in clothing, lights a helmet and panniers if needed
Have a look at hoodoo voodoo - good bikes
Thanks, have already bought some accessories so budget is purely for the bike
#13
Try Decathlon, better value for money than anywhere else!
#14
Pjcity
Try Decathlon, better value for money than anywhere else!
Thanks, will have a look
#15
Edinburgh Bike Coop is near(ish).
I like the look of the Revolution Cross 2 - which is at the top end of your budget though.
or if he wants a flat-bar bike the Revolution Courier 2 looks good and is cheaper.
Dunno if they do any discounts with British Cycling membership - worth asking them anyway wherever you buy from.

Edited By: buddhabelly on Nov 13, 2016 22:51: added bike links
#16
Or go second hand, if you know someone that can come and help you to check the bike. You can pick yourself a bargain, maybe for around £200 you may end up with a bike worth £400 to £500, with the rest of the money buy some good locks, helmet, gloves etc.

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