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2y, 5m agoPosted 2 years, 5 months ago
Hi Guys,

I'm looking to buy a road bike. I have been looking online and found some at a price point which I am happy with.

I like the 2nd best but the first one's price is very good imo.

1. http://www.amazon.co.uk/Woodworm-White-Lightning-Road-Racing/dp/B009OZXAS6/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1403789712&sr=8-2&keywords=road+bike

2. http://www.jejamescycles.co.uk/claud-butler-elite-r1-road-bike-id83138.html#info

3. http://www.amazon.co.uk/Vittesse-Sprint-21-Speed-Alloy-Racing/dp/B003DZ15CQ/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1403789712&sr=8-1&keywords=road+bike

as i'm starting i'm not quite sure how many miles per week I will be doing, but hopefully about 30 to 40 miles per week.

I have checked and the frame height needs to be 53cm. I'm 170m in height.

Please share some light and give me some of your clever advices

KR
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2y, 5m agoPosted 2 years, 5 months ago
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vant09
rev6
vant09
I guess I have picked the wrong time to buy a bike :(
this is crazy. but with the bike2work I will get a bit of discount. and it will be easy on me for the payments.

ok, shout the best Beginner bike in your opinion. nothing above £650

You really don't need to spend that much on a starter bike. Get something like a Triban 3 for £300.

I don't think any local shops have it on stocks, and the 3 has been updated to the 300. but yes I do like them. I wanna a nice greyish bike :)

I'm tempted to get this: http://www.merlincycles.com/sensa-trentino-sl-ltd-edition-68373.html
Fantastic frame, triple butted, smooth welds. Full 10 speed Tiagra Shimano groupset, no shortcuts. Looks lovely in person too.


Edited By: rev6 on Jun 27, 2014 23:56

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#1
Im also looking to get one to get started. I have been looking at triban 3 and the carrera tdf
#2
Not liking any of the bikes in the links above. Not very good bikes IMO, flappy or twist gear shifters etc I'd go for a Triban 3 if anything, new or a VGC 2nd hand one.
#4

Yes. That version has Carbon forks and is a popular bike
#5
Thanks.
Triban 3 is top of my list now.

simplyjimbo
Not liking any of the bikes in the links above. Not very good bikes IMO, flappy or twist gear shifters etc I'd go for a Triban 3 if anything, new or a VGC 2nd hand one.
#6
simplyjimbo

Yes. That version has Carbon forks and is a popular bike

Off topic but how do you get featured in newsletter?
#7
MaJiiK
simplyjimbo

Yes. That version has Carbon forks and is a popular bike

Off topic but how do you get featured in newsletter?

What for?
#8
simplyjimbo
MaJiiK
simplyjimbo

Yes. That version has Carbon forks and is a popular bike

Off topic but how do you get featured in newsletter?

What for?

To get the VIP badge
#9
MaJiiK
simplyjimbo
MaJiiK
simplyjimbo

Yes. That version has Carbon forks and is a popular bike

Off topic but how do you get featured in newsletter?

What for?

To get the VIP badge

Ah that takes something really special. You don't get to choose, you are chosen by the almighty ones! There are many who have been trying for a VIP badge for a long time and still without success despite all their best efforts.
#10
vant09
Thanks.
Triban 3 is top of my list now.

simplyjimbo
Not liking any of the bikes in the links above. Not very good bikes IMO, flappy or twist gear shifters etc I'd go for a Triban 3 if anything, new or a VGC 2nd hand one.

Wise choice IMO
#11
simplyjimbo
MaJiiK
simplyjimbo
MaJiiK
simplyjimbo

Yes. That version has Carbon forks and is a popular bike

Off topic but how do you get featured in newsletter?

What for?

To get the VIP badge

Ah that takes something really special. You don't get to choose, you are chosen by the almighty ones! There are many who have been trying for a VIP badge for a long time and still without success despite all their best efforts.

Ahaa help meee :p
#13
Hi, I have this one,
http://www.bikes2udirect.com/B5277.html
Can't fault it.
As long as you have a bit of know how in maintaining it and adjusting it, it should serve you well.
It has quick release wheels. Gear shifters built into brake levers. ETC. ETC.
#14
Not bad, will add it to my list as the Triban 3 seems to be out of stock, just when I was about to buy it.
thanks

llamareborn
Hi, I have this one,
http://www.bikes2udirect.com/B5277.html
Can't fault it.
As long as you have a bit of know how in maintaining it and adjusting it, it should serve you well.
It has quick release wheels. Gear shifters built into brake levers. ETC. ETC.
#15
vant09
Not bad, will add it to my list as the Triban 3 seems to be out of stock, just when I was about to buy it.
thanks

llamareborn
Hi, I have this one,
http://www.bikes2udirect.com/B5277.html
Can't fault it.
As long as you have a bit of know how in maintaining it and adjusting it, it should serve you well.
It has quick release wheels. Gear shifters built into brake levers. ETC. ETC.

The red triban 3 will most likely never be in stock again. Supposed to be a new model coming out "Triban 300"
#16
The alternative a lot of people take to the Triban 3 is the Carrera Zelos from Halfords, the link above to the new Carrera TDF is a glorified Zelos, but still definitely one to consider at this price range.
#17
okay, I have found this one http://www.jejamescycles.co.uk/claud-butler-elite-r1-road-bike-id83138.html#info
any thoughts on it?

also considering the Triban 300 even though there's no carbon fork as the 3 had. http://www.decathlon.co.uk/triban-3-road-bike-white-id_8239800.html#anchor_ComponentProductTechnicalInformation
but I wonder if 57 frame is to big for me at 170m height.
#18
this one looks good at £360 GT GTR Series 4 2014 Bike - White http://www.probikekit.co.uk/bikes/gt-gtr-series-4-2014-bike-white/10968388.html
#19
vant09
okay, I have found this one http://www.jejamescycles.co.uk/claud-butler-elite-r1-road-bike-id83138.html#info
any thoughts on it?

also considering the Triban 300 even though there's no carbon fork as the 3 had. http://www.decathlon.co.uk/triban-3-road-bike-white-id_8239800.html#anchor_ComponentProductTechnicalInformation
but I wonder if 57 frame is to big for me at 170m height.

I'd choose the Triban T3a over the Claude Butler, the Claude Butler has 'on bar shifters', as opposed to the shifters being on the hoods/brakes, and since most of the time is spent on the hoods functionally wise it's a damn sight easier, now I've used hood shifters I couldn't ever imagine using bar mounted shifters (or even down tube shifters!)

Between the Triban T3a and the GT GTR 4, however I'm not sure I could justify the extra £50 spend as there doesn't seem much difference and I'd choose the T3a which despite the forks, people still give good reviews, and there's nothing stopping you from in the future picking up a Triban 3 red fork or a branded carbon fork and fitting them to the T3a. You're not buying a road bike to win races just yet, so the T3a even without the fork should be more than good enough with possible upgrades of forks/wheels if you ever felt the need.

However if I did have an extra £50 to spend, I think I'd rather look at the new Triban 500SE http://www.decathlon.co.uk/triban-500-se-road-bike-black-id_8306187.html I believe the first x many recieve the Shimano Sora drivetrain.

The trouble with road bikes is that there is always "£X0" amount more you could spend, there was several times I looked at bikes I couldn't justify to myself before I reigned myself in and reminded myself of what my budget was, and your budget keeps on increasing!

Definitely try and sit on the bikes you're looking at, especially if you're new to road bikes, I came from a dual sus bike to a road bike, the transition was fairly easy but I noticed the massive difference in one brands size to another.
#20
I have been to one of my local bike shop and I seen a TREK bike for 599, my employer offers the bike2work scheme so maybe this would be a good bike.

Thanks Gynx for your help
#21
vant09
I have been to one of my local bike shop and I seen a TREK bike for 599, my employer offers the bike2work scheme so maybe this would be a good bike.

Thanks Gynx for your help

Which Trek is that?
#22
rev6

Which Trek is that?

maybe it was this one, http://www.trekbikes.com/uk/en/bikes/road/performance_race/1_series/1_1_h2_compact/#

I didn't ask the modal as I was in a hurry

but are they good bikes? would this Allez C2 be better http://www.evanscycles.com/products/specialized/allez-c2-2014-road-bike-ec052336 ?

Im going to more shops tomorrow and see what I can get.

but I think my new budget is below £600

Edited By: vant09 on Jun 27, 2014 23:11
#23
vant09
rev6

Which Trek is that?

maybe it was this one, http://www.trekbikes.com/uk/en/bikes/road/performance_race/1_series/1_1_h2_compact/#

I didn't ask the modal as I was in a hurry

but are they good bikes? would this Allez C2 be better http://www.evanscycles.com/products/specialized/allez-c2-2014-road-bike-ec052336 ?

Im going to more shops tomorrow and see what I can get.

but I think my new budget is below £600

With both you're paying for the brand. Trek do have a lifetime warranty of frame and rigid forks so that's a good thing. But I wouldn't spend £600 on those because of the components, not worth that much at all.

Oh and at the end of season the Trek you pointed out will be more like £400 in the sales.

Edited By: rev6 on Jun 27, 2014 23:16
banned#24
Specialised allez

easily the best starter road bike out there, no competition
#25
I guess I have picked the wrong time to buy a bike :(
this is crazy. but with the bike2work I will get a bit of discount. and it will be easy on me for the payments.

ok, shout the best Beginner bike in your opinion. nothing above £650

Edited By: vant09 on Jun 27, 2014 23:34
#26
vant09
I guess I have picked the wrong time to buy a bike :(
this is crazy. but with the bike2work I will get a bit of discount. and it will be easy on me for the payments.

ok, shout the best Beginner bike in your opinion. nothing above £650

You really don't need to spend that much on a starter bike. Get something like a Triban 3 for £300.
#27
rev6
vant09
I guess I have picked the wrong time to buy a bike :(
this is crazy. but with the bike2work I will get a bit of discount. and it will be easy on me for the payments.

ok, shout the best Beginner bike in your opinion. nothing above £650

You really don't need to spend that much on a starter bike. Get something like a Triban 3 for £300.

I don't think any local shops have it on stocks, and the 3 has been updated to the 300. but yes I do like them. I wanna a nice greyish bike :)
#28
vant09
rev6
vant09
I guess I have picked the wrong time to buy a bike :(
this is crazy. but with the bike2work I will get a bit of discount. and it will be easy on me for the payments.

ok, shout the best Beginner bike in your opinion. nothing above £650

You really don't need to spend that much on a starter bike. Get something like a Triban 3 for £300.

I don't think any local shops have it on stocks, and the 3 has been updated to the 300. but yes I do like them. I wanna a nice greyish bike :)

I'm tempted to get this: http://www.merlincycles.com/sensa-trentino-sl-ltd-edition-68373.html
Fantastic frame, triple butted, smooth welds. Full 10 speed Tiagra Shimano groupset, no shortcuts. Looks lovely in person too.


Edited By: rev6 on Jun 27, 2014 23:56
#29
rev6
vant09
rev6
vant09
I guess I have picked the wrong time to buy a bike :(
this is crazy. but with the bike2work I will get a bit of discount. and it will be easy on me for the payments.

ok, shout the best Beginner bike in your opinion. nothing above £650

You really don't need to spend that much on a starter bike. Get something like a Triban 3 for £300.

I don't think any local shops have it on stocks, and the 3 has been updated to the 300. but yes I do like them. I wanna a nice greyish bike :)

I'm tempted to get this: http://www.merlincycles.com/sensa-trentino-sl-ltd-edition-68373.html
Fantastic frame, triple butted, smooth welds. Full 10 speed Tiagra Shimano groupset, no shortcuts. Looks lovely in person too.


very nice, wonder if they are on the bike2work scheme.

I like the colour. they seem to be popular. also is that the 2013 model? and the triple butted seems to be on the 52cm frame
#30
vant09
rev6
vant09
rev6
vant09
I guess I have picked the wrong time to buy a bike :(
this is crazy. but with the bike2work I will get a bit of discount. and it will be easy on me for the payments.

ok, shout the best Beginner bike in your opinion. nothing above £650

You really don't need to spend that much on a starter bike. Get something like a Triban 3 for £300.

I don't think any local shops have it on stocks, and the 3 has been updated to the 300. but yes I do like them. I wanna a nice greyish bike :)

I'm tempted to get this: http://www.merlincycles.com/sensa-trentino-sl-ltd-edition-68373.html
Fantastic frame, triple butted, smooth welds. Full 10 speed Tiagra Shimano groupset, no shortcuts. Looks lovely in person too.


very nice, wonder if they are on the bike2work scheme.

I like the colour. they seem to be popular. also is that the 2013 model? and the triple butted seems to be on the 52cm frame

Not sure if this is what you want: http://www.merlincycles.com/cycle-to-work-scheme.html
56cm is triple butted too.
#31
rev6
vant09
rev6
vant09
rev6
vant09
I guess I have picked the wrong time to buy a bike :(
this is crazy. but with the bike2work I will get a bit of discount. and it will be easy on me for the payments.

ok, shout the best Beginner bike in your opinion. nothing above £650

You really don't need to spend that much on a starter bike. Get something like a Triban 3 for £300.

I don't think any local shops have it on stocks, and the 3 has been updated to the 300. but yes I do like them. I wanna a nice greyish bike :)

I'm tempted to get this: http://www.merlincycles.com/sensa-trentino-sl-ltd-edition-68373.html
Fantastic frame, triple butted, smooth welds. Full 10 speed Tiagra Shimano groupset, no shortcuts. Looks lovely in person too.


very nice, wonder if they are on the bike2work scheme.

I like the colour. they seem to be popular. also is that the 2013 model? and the triple butted seems to be on the 52cm frame

Not sure if this is what you want: http://www.merlincycles.com/cycle-to-work-scheme.html
56cm is triple butted too.

why is it so much cheaper here ? http://www.cyclehunting.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=1175
#32
vant09
rev6
vant09
rev6
vant09
rev6
vant09
I guess I have picked the wrong time to buy a bike :(
this is crazy. but with the bike2work I will get a bit of discount. and it will be easy on me for the payments.

ok, shout the best Beginner bike in your opinion. nothing above £650

You really don't need to spend that much on a starter bike. Get something like a Triban 3 for £300.

I don't think any local shops have it on stocks, and the 3 has been updated to the 300. but yes I do like them. I wanna a nice greyish bike :)

I'm tempted to get this: http://www.merlincycles.com/sensa-trentino-sl-ltd-edition-68373.html
Fantastic frame, triple butted, smooth welds. Full 10 speed Tiagra Shimano groupset, no shortcuts. Looks lovely in person too.


very nice, wonder if they are on the bike2work scheme.

I like the colour. they seem to be popular. also is that the 2013 model? and the triple butted seems to be on the 52cm frame

Not sure if this is what you want: http://www.merlincycles.com/cycle-to-work-scheme.html
56cm is triple butted too.

why is it so much cheaper here ? http://www.cyclehunting.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=1175

Because they're based in Indonesia.
#33
I have seen today, specialized sport 2014, with sora groupset for £750.

But I do like the Sensa Terantino

Which should I go for now....
#34
Get one made for you by Ribble - alloy frame and Sora for £559.95

Great bikes for a road cycling newbie and great spec for the cost. Would definitely have a look at them and their offerings.

http://www.ribblecycles.co.uk/bbd/road-track-bike/ribble-7005-sportive?part=BB14ARIB7005SPORT&sub=conf_BBRA&bike=1
#35
vant09
I have seen today, specialized sport 2014, with sora groupset for £750.

But I do like the Sensa Terantino

Which should I go for now....

9 speed vs 10 speed. £750 is a lot.


daanuk
Get one made for you by Ribble - alloy frame and Sora for £559.95

Great bikes for a road cycling newbie and great spec for the cost. Would definitely have a look at them and their offerings.

http://www.ribblecycles.co.uk/bbd/road-track-bike/ribble-7005-sportive?part=BB14ARIB7005SPORT&sub=conf_BBRA&bike=1

Nice bike. I think the sensa is better buy though.
#36
rev6
vant09
rev6
vant09
I guess I have picked the wrong time to buy a bike :(
this is crazy. but with the bike2work I will get a bit of discount. and it will be easy on me for the payments.

ok, shout the best Beginner bike in your opinion. nothing above £650

You really don't need to spend that much on a starter bike. Get something like a Triban 3 for £300.

I don't think any local shops have it on stocks, and the 3 has been updated to the 300. but yes I do like them. I wanna a nice greyish bike :)

I'm tempted to get this: http://www.merlincycles.com/sensa-trentino-sl-ltd-edition-68373.html
Fantastic frame, triple butted, smooth welds. Full 10 speed Tiagra Shimano groupset, no shortcuts. Looks lovely in person too.


Whats the double triple thing?
#37
vant09
I have seen today, specialized sport 2014, with sora groupset for £750.

But I do like the Sensa Terantino

Which should I go for now....

Which have you gone for in the end?
#38
MaJiiK
rev6
vant09
rev6
vant09
I guess I have picked the wrong time to buy a bike :(
this is crazy. but with the bike2work I will get a bit of discount. and it will be easy on me for the payments.

ok, shout the best Beginner bike in your opinion. nothing above £650

You really don't need to spend that much on a starter bike. Get something like a Triban 3 for £300.

I don't think any local shops have it on stocks, and the 3 has been updated to the 300. but yes I do like them. I wanna a nice greyish bike :)

I'm tempted to get this: http://www.merlincycles.com/sensa-trentino-sl-ltd-edition-68373.html
Fantastic frame, triple butted, smooth welds. Full 10 speed Tiagra Shimano groupset, no shortcuts. Looks lovely in person too.


Whats the double triple thing?

It just means a stronger frame. Double is cheaper/less desirable than triple.
#39
rev6
MaJiiK
rev6
vant09
rev6
vant09
I guess I have picked the wrong time to buy a bike :(
this is crazy. but with the bike2work I will get a bit of discount. and it will be easy on me for the payments.

ok, shout the best Beginner bike in your opinion. nothing above £650

You really don't need to spend that much on a starter bike. Get something like a Triban 3 for £300.

I don't think any local shops have it on stocks, and the 3 has been updated to the 300. but yes I do like them. I wanna a nice greyish bike :)

I'm tempted to get this: http://www.merlincycles.com/sensa-trentino-sl-ltd-edition-68373.html
Fantastic frame, triple butted, smooth welds. Full 10 speed Tiagra Shimano groupset, no shortcuts. Looks lovely in person too.


Whats the double triple thing?

It just means a stronger frame. Double is cheaper/less desirable than triple.

Thx
#40
MaJiiK
vant09
I have seen today, specialized sport 2014, with sora groupset for £750.

But I do like the Sensa Terantino

Which should I go for now....

Which have you gone for in the end?

im going for the Sensa bike :)

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