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Boardman Road Sport Bike £404.99 @ Halfords

£404.99 @ Halfords
Not a bad price for this bike. £50 off and an extra 10% is applied at checkout. Additional 10% off for British Cycling members - £364.49. Review here: http://road.cc/content/review/87462-boar…
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Not a bad price for this bike.

£50 off and an extra 10% is applied at checkout.

Additional 10% off for British Cycling members - £364.49.

Review here: http://road.cc/content/review/87462-boardman-road-sport.
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Musician
This price for a "starter" bike, have you people lost your minds?
No but the fact you Troll every bike thread, kind of proves you have.

It's not like people are going to use it to learn to cycle or go without stabilisers for the first time. I think you will find in this context a good starter bike for anyone wanting to migrate from a MTB or Hybrid, for a more dedicated road use.

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#1
Specs:

Overview
◾ Approximate Weight (KG): 10.9
◾ Exact Frame Size: 53cm
◾ Forks: Alloy
◾ Frame Material: Alloy
◾ Front Brake: Tektro R359 Dual Pivot Caliper Brake
◾ Gender: Mens
◾ Geometry: Semi Compact
◾ Number of Gears: 16
◾ Rear Brake: Tektro R359 Dual Pivot Caliper Brake
◾ Wheel Size: 700c


Detailed Specs
◾ Cassette: SRAM PG850 12-26t
◾ Chainset: FSA Tempo Compact - 50/34t
◾ Frame Colour: Red
◾ Front Mech: Shimano FD-3400 - 2 Speed
◾ Gear Shifters: Shimano ST-2300 Brake/Gear Levers
◾ Handle Bars: Boardman alloy anatomic
◾ Headset: FSA No10 1.1/8" Semi Integrated
◾ Hubs: Formula 32 Hole QR
◾ Pedals: Wellgo Alloy Body - 9/16"
◾ Rear Mech: Shimano RD-2300 - 8 Speed
◾ Rims: 700c Mavic CXP-22N Black 32 hole rim with CNC braking surface
◾ Saddle: Boardman black with cro-moly rails
◾ Seatpost: Boardman 31.6mm x 350mm black alloy
◾ Stem: Boardman - 31.8 Lightweight alloy, +/-7 degree
◾ Suspension: Rigid
◾ Type: Road Bikes
◾ Tyres: Vittoria Zaffiro 700c x 25c
#2
A bit limited for a beginner (which the price point suggests it's aimed at) with a compact double crank and only an 8 speed cassette.
#3
10% BC membership discount can only be applied in store, not valid for online transactions. Also there is a very big probability Halfords staff won't let to have both online discount and BS discount applied together for R&C orders. New rules started in May if I am correct...
Saying that, read this to save more cash :
http://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/22-off-any-purchase-halfords-1603626
So you can reserve your bike with online discount and still get another 10% off without getting BC card.
Enjoy :)
2 Likes #4
For the price, this is a highly regarded bike...
2 Likes #5
I'd go for one of these if you're looking at a starter bike

http://www.decathlon.co.uk/triban-3-road-bike-white-id_8239800.html
banned#6
This price for a "starter" bike, have you people lost your minds?
7 Likes #7
Musician
This price for a "starter" bike, have you people lost your minds?
No but the fact you Troll every bike thread, kind of proves you have.

It's not like people are going to use it to learn to cycle or go without stabilisers for the first time. I think you will find in this context a good starter bike for anyone wanting to migrate from a MTB or Hybrid, for a more dedicated road use.
banned 1 Like #8
Oneday77
Musician
This price for a "starter" bike, have you people lost your minds?
No but the fact you Troll every bike thread, kind of proves you have.

It's not like people are going to use it to learn to cycle or go without stabilisers for the first time. I think you will find in this context a good starter bike for anyone wanting to migrate from a MTB or Hybrid, for a more dedicated road use.

If by trolling you mean commenting, I do comment on some bike threads. Sometimes with an element of humour, but more than a shade of truth. You make it sound like it's something special "migrating" from a MTB. I had a road bike (new word for racer) in the 80's. Everyone did. It's just a bike; nothing more, nothing less. The manufacturers must be laughing all the way to the bank at some of you people.

Edited By: Musician on Jun 26, 2014 13:35
1 Like #9
Musician
Oneday77
Musician
This price for a "starter" bike, have you people lost your minds?
No but the fact you Troll every bike thread, kind of proves you have.

It's not like people are going to use it to learn to cycle or go without stabilisers for the first time. I think you will find in this context a good starter bike for anyone wanting to migrate from a MTB or Hybrid, for a more dedicated road use.

If by trolling you mean commenting, I do comment on some bike threads. Sometimes with an element of humour, but more than a shade of truth. You make it sound like it's something special "migrating" from a MTB. I had a road bike (new word for racer) in the 80's. Everyone did. It's just a bike; nothing more, nothing less. The manufacturers must be laughing all the way to the bank at some of you people.

Technology moves on mate. 80s road bikes had steel frames and fiddly gear levers. Modern road bikes have alloy/ carbon frames and far better shifters. This has entry level components and thats reflected in the price. Thus its regarded as a starter road bike. After a while if you enjoy it ... upgrade to a higher spec bike :)

Seems a decent enough deal to me.
#10
sportythief
I'd go for one of these if you're looking at a starter bikehttp://www.decathlon.co.uk/triban-3-road-bike-white-id_8239800.html

says it comes with a lifetime warranty on the frame, forks, stem and brackets too.

Edited By: paulj48 on Jun 26, 2014 14:06
#11
Oneday77
Musician
This price for a "starter" bike, have you people lost your minds?
No but the fact you Troll every bike thread, kind of proves you have.

It's not like people are going to use it to learn to cycle or go without stabilisers for the first time. I think you will find in this context a good starter bike for anyone wanting to migrate from a MTB or Hybrid, for a more dedicated road use.


I personally agree this is bit too much for a starter bike"
#12
humadoon
Oneday77
Musician
This price for a "starter" bike, have you people lost your minds?
No but the fact you Troll every bike thread, kind of proves you have.

It's not like people are going to use it to learn to cycle or go without stabilisers for the first time. I think you will find in this context a good starter bike for anyone wanting to migrate from a MTB or Hybrid, for a more dedicated road use.

I personally agree this is bit too much for a starter bike"

I think wasmith76 is right in the sense this is a starter bike.
Nothing too serious ££££ and would make an okayish commuter bike.
Spend anything less and spec suffers along with the ride


Edited By: cheaperthebetter on Jun 26, 2014 15:58
1 Like #13
I think people are misunderstanding the use of the term "starter". Not as in 'this will make a good first bike' but as in I'm going to try cycling as a hobby, not just a way of getting about.

Yeah, you can get cheaper bikes, same as you can spend anywhere between £100 and £1000+ on an HD Telly. Not everyone feels the need for that either. If planning to put serious miles in for the first time this is a good bet.
#14
davester2k
A bit limited for a beginner (which the price point suggests it's aimed at) with a compact double crank and only an 8 speed cassette.


34/26 should be low enough for most people?
#15
sportythief
I'd go for one of these if you're looking at a starter bike

http://www.decathlon.co.uk/triban-3-road-bike-white-id_8239800.html

or £50 less for the lighter triban Red (carbon forks)

https://www.decathlon.co.uk/triban-3-red-road-bike-id_8274036.html
#16
InTheKnow444
sportythief
I'd go for one of these if you're looking at a starter bike

http://www.decathlon.co.uk/triban-3-road-bike-white-id_8239800.html

or £50 less for the lighter triban Red (carbon forks)

https://www.decathlon.co.uk/triban-3-red-road-bike-id_8274036.html

Yeh I actually bought one last year but they don't have much left size wise which was why I posted this years model instead
1 Like #18
With a few exceptions this is not the time of year to be getting a bargain on a new or used bike. If this was £300 it would be HOT.
#19
InTheKnow444
sportythief
I'd go for one of these if you're looking at a starter bike

http://www.decathlon.co.uk/triban-3-road-bike-white-id_8239800.html

or £50 less for the lighter triban Red (carbon forks)

https://www.decathlon.co.uk/triban-3-red-road-bike-id_8274036.html

None available.
#20
Don't see much difference between this and a TDF, which is £269.99 at the moment and has been allot cheaper before. Only real difference I can see are the wheels.

http://www.halfords.com/cycling/bikes/road-bikes/carrera-tdf-road-bike-large-58cm
banned#21
how come theyre not called 'racers' anymore?
#22
WillieGallimore
how come theyre not called 'racers' anymore?

My guess would be that plenty of people (myself included) don't actually race on them. That and now you can get plenty of bikes with drop bars with a relaxed position.
#23
What can someone recommend on a a-b bike 4 miles riding a day. Price range £100-£150. I'm 5'9 and weight about 22 stone tops thanks in advance
#24
sportythief
I'd go for one of these if you're looking at a starter bike

http://www.decathlon.co.uk/triban-3-road-bike-white-id_8239800.html
Boardman is a far better bike.
1 Like #25
This Boardman has been well reviewed and is a good bike, however I think if you are going to buy this you would be better spending the extra £50 and getting the Boardman Sport SE 2014 which has carbon forks, and other upgraded parts, more usable gear levers (you can change gears from the drops much more easily).

I'd have bought this bike if I had got proper customer service from Halfords, however I went in to see about getting a bike last week and sat on two or three different bikes each of which the salesman advised me fitted me perfectly, all with different size frames.

I run a bit and am keen to start taking part in duathlons, speaking to experienced cyclists they told me fit was the most important factor in choosing a bike. I therefore went to a local bike specialist instead and got properly fitted for a bike. Cost me a bit more though...but I'd rather deal with enthusiasts than box shifters.

Edited By: gty1970 on Jun 27, 2014 00:34: correction
1 Like #26
Musician
Oneday77
Musician
This price for a "starter" bike, have you people lost your minds?
No but the fact you Troll every bike thread, kind of proves you have.

It's not like people are going to use it to learn to cycle or go without stabilisers for the first time. I think you will find in this context a good starter bike for anyone wanting to migrate from a MTB or Hybrid, for a more dedicated road use.

If by trolling you mean commenting, I do comment on some bike threads. Sometimes with an element of humour, but more than a shade of truth. You make it sound like it's something special "migrating" from a MTB. I had a road bike (new word for racer) in the 80's. Everyone did. It's just a bike; nothing more, nothing less. The manufacturers must be laughing all the way to the bank at some of you people.

You have just made yourself look like a right clown.
banned#27
NEtech
Musician
Oneday77
Musician
This price for a "starter" bike, have you people lost your minds?
No but the fact you Troll every bike thread, kind of proves you have.

It's not like people are going to use it to learn to cycle or go without stabilisers for the first time. I think you will find in this context a good starter bike for anyone wanting to migrate from a MTB or Hybrid, for a more dedicated road use.

If by trolling you mean commenting, I do comment on some bike threads. Sometimes with an element of humour, but more than a shade of truth. You make it sound like it's something special "migrating" from a MTB. I had a road bike (new word for racer) in the 80's. Everyone did. It's just a bike; nothing more, nothing less. The manufacturers must be laughing all the way to the bank at some of you people.

You have just made yourself look like a right clown.

Such is life, it's not the first time :) and no more than someone with a green frog for an icon with "A bit of a nutter! But I like it." as their description. I'll let you off though for your 4s help. We'll have to agree to differ on the right price for a pushbike :)



Edited By: Musician on Jun 26, 2014 23:30
#28
Oneday77
Musician
This price for a "starter" bike, have you people lost your minds?
No but the fact you Troll every bike thread, kind of proves you have.

It's not like people are going to use it to learn to cycle or go without stabilisers for the first time. I think you will find in this context a good starter bike for anyone wanting to migrate from a MTB or Hybrid, for a more dedicated road use.[/quote
Oneday77
[quote=Musician] This price for a "starter" bike, have you people lost your minds?
No but the fact you Troll every bike thread, kind of proves you have.

It's not like people are going to use it to learn to cycle or go without stabilisers for the first time. I think you will find in this context a good starter bike for anyone wanting to migrate from a MTB or Hybrid, for a more dedicated road use.[/quo
Oneday77
[quote=Musician] This price for a "starter" bike, have you people lost your minds?
No but the fact you Troll every bike thread, kind of proves you have.

It's not like people are going to use it to learn to cycle or go without stabilisers for the first time. I think you will find in this context a good starter bike for anyone wanting to migrate from a MTB or Hybrid, for a more dedicated road use.
Hahahahahaha. Owned.
#29
Musician
NEtech
Musician
Oneday77
Musician
This price for a "starter" bike, have you people lost your minds?
No but the fact you Troll every bike thread, kind of proves you have.

It's not like people are going to use it to learn to cycle or go without stabilisers for the first time. I think you will find in this context a good starter bike for anyone wanting to migrate from a MTB or Hybrid, for a more dedicated road use.

If by trolling you mean commenting, I do comment on some bike threads. Sometimes with an element of humour, but more than a shade of truth. You make it sound like it's something special "migrating" from a MTB. I had a road bike (new word for racer) in the 80's. Everyone did. It's just a bike; nothing more, nothing less. The manufacturers must be laughing all the way to the bank at some of you people.

You have just made yourself look like a right clown.

Such is life, no more than someone with a green frog for an icon with "A bit of a nutter! But I like it." as their description. Enjoy your overpriced bicycle.

Really? What has an avatar and a statement got to do with it?

I don't troll threads and comment on things I know nothing about. Yes I can be sarcastic and say things for a laugh, I may jump into threads I have no interest in from time to time to add the odd sarcastic comment, but, I do not get involved in things I know nothing about, and I certainly do not recommend things to people I know nothing about.
#30
Picked one up today for £355. British cycling discount plus an extra £10 for a halfords mix up.

Very happy. Much better than my Carrera bike.
#31
I bought the Limited Ed version of this (thru the Cycle2Work scheme) and so far it's been spot on (I'm a newbie to cycling). I've also heard some v good things about the Triban bike.
banned#32
NEtech
Musician
NEtech
Musician
Oneday77
Musician
This price for a "starter" bike, have you people lost your minds?
No but the fact you Troll every bike thread, kind of proves you have.

It's not like people are going to use it to learn to cycle or go without stabilisers for the first time. I think you will find in this context a good starter bike for anyone wanting to migrate from a MTB or Hybrid, for a more dedicated road use.

If by trolling you mean commenting, I do comment on some bike threads. Sometimes with an element of humour, but more than a shade of truth. You make it sound like it's something special "migrating" from a MTB. I had a road bike (new word for racer) in the 80's. Everyone did. It's just a bike; nothing more, nothing less. The manufacturers must be laughing all the way to the bank at some of you people.

You have just made yourself look like a right clown.

Such is life, no more than someone with a green frog for an icon with "A bit of a nutter! But I like it." as their description. Enjoy your overpriced bicycle.

Really? What has an avatar and a statement got to do with it?

I don't troll threads and comment on things I know nothing about. Yes I can be sarcastic and say things for a laugh, I may jump into threads I have no interest in from time to time to add the odd sarcastic comment, but, I do not get involved in things I know nothing about, and I certainly do not recommend things to people I know nothing about.

I've possibly owned and ridden and taken apart more bikes than you over the years. Although who cares. Also ridden mates bikes that spend their weekends racing mtbs with supposed values of 3 grand. To my mind this bike posted is a high end bike, not a starter bike, only one of those loons that cuts through the traffic on the way to work would make a statement like that.

A lot of overpriced bike buying (not that this one is) is to do with posing nothing more. I don't class myself as a cyclist, I enjoy knocking my cheap decathlon around the woods every now and then and used to cycle to work avoiding roads where possible. Seriously some of you need a sense of humour and when you mature you'll realise there are wiser ways to spend your money than a name on a cog.

Edited By: Musician on Jun 26, 2014 23:53
banned#33
NEtech
Musician
NEtech
Musician
Oneday77
Musician
This price for a "starter" bike, have you people lost your minds?
No but the fact you Troll every bike thread, kind of proves you have.

It's not like people are going to use it to learn to cycle or go without stabilisers for the first time. I think you will find in this context a good starter bike for anyone wanting to migrate from a MTB or Hybrid, for a more dedicated road use.

If by trolling you mean commenting, I do comment on some bike threads. Sometimes with an element of humour, but more than a shade of truth. You make it sound like it's something special "migrating" from a MTB. I had a road bike (new word for racer) in the 80's. Everyone did. It's just a bike; nothing more, nothing less. The manufacturers must be laughing all the way to the bank at some of you people.

You have just made yourself look like a right clown.

Such is life, no more than someone with a green frog for an icon with "A bit of a nutter! But I like it." as their description. Enjoy your overpriced bicycle.

Really? What has an avatar and a statement got to do with it?

I don't troll threads and comment on things I know nothing about. Yes I can be sarcastic and say things for a laugh, I may jump into threads I have no interest in from time to time to add the odd sarcastic comment, but, I do not get involved in things I know nothing about, and I certainly do not recommend things to people I know nothing about.

Oh and your frog is ok, your description needs work... its a bit like "you dont have to be crazy to work here, but it helps."
1 Like #34
This bike is a bit too much ££ for a starter bike by far.

I've done around 800 miles on a heavy as **** £150 mountain bike from Halfords, sometimes cycling 50 miles in one go. I can only imagine a "cheap" £200 bike designed for road use would be a more than sufficient starter bike, get a grip people!
#35
I've been road cycling for a year now (20-60 miles a week), and still managing on my 1980's racer, with a steel frame and 12 speed friction shifters (albeit with a few new parts). Weighs 15kg all in, which doesn't bother me as I'm doing it to purely keep fit- i.e. I have to put more effort in to achieve the same if I had a 'new' bike that weighed only 10Kg. My lowest gear is 42/28 and I have no problems with that on the hills where I live. To be honest I am looking at potentially upgrading, and if I did for the kind of money of the OP Boardman bike, I'd go for this: http://www.wiggle.co.uk/felt-f95-sora-wiggle-exclusive/ Only a bit more money but you get a carbon fork, more choice of sizes, two more gears and one to two Shimano levels higher in terms of front/rear dérailleurs and shifters (which will make a difference in reliability and longevity if you crank up the miles).
1 Like #36
Musician
NEtech
Musician
NEtech
Musician
Oneday77
Musician
This price for a "starter" bike, have you people lost your minds?
No but the fact you Troll every bike thread, kind of proves you have.

It's not like people are going to use it to learn to cycle or go without stabilisers for the first time. I think you will find in this context a good starter bike for anyone wanting to migrate from a MTB or Hybrid, for a more dedicated road use.

If by trolling you mean commenting, I do comment on some bike threads. Sometimes with an element of humour, but more than a shade of truth. You make it sound like it's something special "migrating" from a MTB. I had a road bike (new word for racer) in the 80's. Everyone did. It's just a bike; nothing more, nothing less. The manufacturers must be laughing all the way to the bank at some of you people.

You have just made yourself look like a right clown.

Such is life, no more than someone with a green frog for an icon with "A bit of a nutter! But I like it." as their description. Enjoy your overpriced bicycle.

Really? What has an avatar and a statement got to do with it?

I don't troll threads and comment on things I know nothing about. Yes I can be sarcastic and say things for a laugh, I may jump into threads I have no interest in from time to time to add the odd sarcastic comment, but, I do not get involved in things I know nothing about, and I certainly do not recommend things to people I know nothing about.

I've possibly owned and ridden and taken apart more bikes than you over the years. Although who cares. Also ridden mates bikes that spend their weekends racing mtbs with supposed values of 3 grand. To my mind this bike posted is a high end bike, not a starter bike, only one of those loons that cuts through the traffic on the way to work would make a statement like that.

A lot of overpriced bike buying (not that this one is) is to do with posing nothing more. I don't class myself as a cyclist, I enjoy knocking my cheap decathlon around the woods every now and then and used to cycle to work avoiding roads where possible. Seriously some of you need a sense of humour and when you mature you'll realise there are wiser ways to spend your money than a name on a cog.

I think your taking the word 'starter' in the wrong context.

Starter as in a good bike for someone who has cycled before on a cheap bike and would like to step up and take up the sport as a hobby, rather than just commuting.

All bikes sub £500 are classed as starter bikes. If you take part in any sport there are levels of equipment to purchase and all go up in price the higher you want to participate.

P.S. I don't claim to know a lot about cycling, I am a noob myself as a lot of my posts will suggest. However I do a lot of research and have always purchased magazines relating to the subject as this is a sport I like and intend to stick at it.

Also I do not know where the sense of humour thing comes into it, where on earth was the humour in your original post? Ur a strange character Musician, you really are pal!
#37
johnnystorm
davester2k
A bit limited for a beginner (which the price point suggests it's aimed at) with a compact double crank and only an 8 speed cassette.

34/26 should be low enough for most people?

Possibly a 34/26 is a little too long for really steep hills for beginners, I have a 30/25 lowest gear and am fairly fit but even on Essex's steepest hills I feel a slightly lower one might get a bit of use
#38
I am very very tempted !!!
#39
Been in to 3 local bike stores to look at a road bike to get me into the sport. All have said entry level is £600.... That's what the ranges of road bikes they sell start at generally. Halfords Boardman range starts with this which is a little cheaper, but it's spec is a little lower too.
#40
jat2474
Don't see much difference between this and a TDF, which is £269.99 at the moment and has been allot cheaper before. Only real difference I can see are the wheels.

http://www.halfords.com/cycling/bikes/road-bikes/carrera-tdf-road-bike-large-58cm

The Boardman has a much better frame.

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