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Claud Butler Explorer 200 gents

Key features include:

# Lightweight aluminium sports commuter frame
# RST Sofi suspension forks with preload adjust & 50mm travel
# Shimano Acera 21 speed gear system
# Suspension seat post
# Promax alloy V brakes
# Truvativ X-Flow chainset & sealed BB
# Cross-X laced alloy wheels with Kenda Khan 700 x 35c tyres

£209.99 + £9.99 delivery

RRP £299.99
Reduced to £269.99 at Evans cycles.

Looks to be a good deal to me, anyone with knowledge about the quality of the bike or components is welcome to comment, or offer an alternative.
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#1
Can anyone offer some advice ?

I am 6'1" and weigh around 18 1/2 stone and have never cycled before. I use stationary bikes in the gym (yes, I am a regular attender at the gym, but prefer the weights room to the aerobic stuff, though I must admit the tight lycra on display in the aerobics section does have its attractions !!).

Anyway, back to the point - should I (in view of my above average weight) be looking for a re-inforced bike (may sound silly, but so much home gym equipment is for users max 15 / 16 stone and I don't want to be sitting with a bust bike frame up my butt !).

Also, is there anything else I should consider as a first-timer - not sure how much this would be used, but my reckoning is a hybrid or trail bike would PROBABLY suit me better (I stand ready to be corrected however).

Any help / comments appreciated (apart from ones redirecting to Tesco Diets or Weight Watchers).

Iain
banned#2
wlf, take a look at the Carrara subway

http://www.halfords.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/product_storeId_10001_catalogId_10151_productId_551203_langId_-1_categoryId_165534cm_cr=No+Campaign-_-Web+Activity-_-00-MAR10-CARRERA-M-_-PRODHOME_ESPOTMAIN-_-00-MAR10-CARRERA-M

always gets recommended at bikrader forum in your price range and currently can be had for £199.

also got posted on here a couple of weeks ago...

http://www.hotukdeals.com/item/641252/carrera-subway-1-hybrid-bike-199-99

The CB you posted looks OK, but I'd be worried about those cheap suspension forks, you don't need suspension on the road, in fact unless the forks have a lock out system to make them rigid for road riding they will only such up some of the energy you are trying to but onto the road.
banned#3
Capitalist what sort of riding do you want to do?

what is your budget?
#4
Nice bike for the price. Just a heads up that EvansCycles do a price match which will make this deal better as they will build and safety check the bike for you followed by another free service onces the bike is properly bedded in right.
#5
slamdunkin
Capitalist what sort of riding do you want to do?

what is your budget?


Just think I might enjoy the cycling more if I did it for real - so, with NO experience (not even as a kid !) I reckon probably off the road (away from cars and similar hazards) so perhaps along cycle tracks, by canals, in parks etc.

Budget ..... well, I don't want to seem mean, and I know you get what you pay for to a large extent, but I don't even know if I can ride one of the things in real life :oops: (how sad is that !), so I suppose I should say up to £250-£275 - is that realistic for a beginner ?

Thanks
banned#6
This can be had for £240 at the moment, but this offer will end soon.

Carrera vulcan Disc....

http://www.halfords.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/product_storeId_10001_catalogId_10151_productId_518255_langId_-1_categoryId_165499

It's a good bike for the money and the frame is the same as the one on the £550 fury, so very strong.
#7
Thanks for that - much appreciated, let's see if I can lose these stubborn last few pounds before my bi-annual company medical - last time the doc told me to lose 1 1/2 stone or grow another 6" taller - reckon 6" taller is the easier option !!
#8
I ahve been looking to replace my bike after my beloved was recently stolen. I am 5'8" and 16 stone for reference. The Subway one at halfords purchased ONLINE for collection is £199 as stated and is not bad for the money (£249.99 in store so remember to do it online and collect).
The 18" frame would suit me with room and the 20" would be a little big but would work at a push. I tried the Carrera Kracken at £319 with discounts and this is a mountain bike with good components for the money but could be Hybrid styled after purchase with Road/slicker tyres. The Kracken seemed mush more chunky and more notably the 18" frame is larger than the Subways 20" frame as a guide. If you want to get a hybrid from Halfords with a better spec than a Carrera GT Zum S2 (wait for the next promo price but £379 I think at the mo) is quiite sporty and has the Hydraulic brakes to match the Kracken. So many options, I will be looking at this posted deal as I will go out of my way to avoid Halfords. Hope all helps, constructive info only and quite happy for a great deal to be pointed out to head off all my suggestions! Looking for a Cannondale bad boy 8 or similar for as little as possible as they tick all the boxes for me if you can head me in the right direction.
#9
Cheers for your comments bobsdeals - all info greatly appreciated.
#10
What's the best hybrid on the market?
#11
Capitalist
Can anyone offer some advice ?

I am 6'1" and weigh around 18 1/2 stone and have never cycled before. I use stationary bikes in the gym (yes, I am a regular attender at the gym, but prefer the weights room to the aerobic stuff, though I must admit the tight lycra on display in the aerobics section does have its attractions !!).

Anyway, back to the point - should I (in view of my above average weight) be looking for a re-inforced bike (may sound silly, but so much home gym equipment is for users max 15 / 16 stone and I don't want to be sitting with a bust bike frame up my butt !).

Also, is there anything else I should consider as a first-timer - not sure how much this would be used, but my reckoning is a hybrid or trail bike would PROBABLY suit me better (I stand ready to be corrected however).

Any help / comments appreciated (apart from ones redirecting to Tesco Diets or Weight Watchers).

Iain


I'm 6'1 and 19 stones myself... What the workplace does to the body... Anyway!
Got a GT Transeo 3.0 Disc a month ago to cycle to the office... Quite frankly, you'll be ok with most hybrid frames nowadays (or that's what the guy told me). When it comes to road bikes though, they're not meant to withstand as much shock as hybrids (which are effectively MTB frames), so are a little more delicate. You should still be fine though.
Beware of the components though... Especially wheels. Basically you don't want a low spoke-count carbon fiber wheel. And the cogs on your hub may suffer a bit when you put down all your weight when pedalling.
#12
BargainHunter333
What's the best hybrid on the market?


Budget?
#13
slamdunkin
wlf, take a look at the Carrara subway

http://www.halfords.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/product_storeId_10001_catalogId_10151_productId_551203_langId_-1_categoryId_165534cm_cr=No+Campaign-_-Web+Activity-_-00-MAR10-CARRERA-M-_-PRODHOME_ESPOTMAIN-_-00-MAR10-CARRERA-M

always gets recommended at bikrader forum in your price range and currently can be had for £199.

also got posted on here a couple of weeks ago...

http://www.hotukdeals.com/item/641252/carrera-subway-1-hybrid-bike-199-99

The CB you posted looks OK, but I'd be worried about those cheap suspension forks, you don't need suspension on the road, in fact unless the forks have a lock out system to make them rigid for road riding they will only such up some of the energy you are trying to but onto the road.


isn`t £199 anymore....its 280
#14
Is this not a better deal?

http://www.bikes-by-mail-order.co.uk/products.php?plid=m5b4s336p1536

£50 worth of extras for less than a quid?
#15
not bad for a claud butler, I still have a claud butler vitara going strong and like new after 15 years :)
#16
Capitalist
Can anyone offer some advice ?

I am 6'1" and weigh around 18 1/2 stone and have never cycled before. I use stationary bikes in the gym (yes, I am a regular attender at the gym, but prefer the weights room to the aerobic stuff, though I must admit the tight lycra on display in the aerobics section does have its attractions !!).

Anyway, back to the point - should I (in view of my above average weight) be looking for a re-inforced bike (may sound silly, but so much home gym equipment is for users max 15 / 16 stone and I don't want to be sitting with a bust bike frame up my butt !).

Also, is there anything else I should consider as a first-timer - not sure how much this would be used, but my reckoning is a hybrid or trail bike would PROBABLY suit me better (I stand ready to be corrected however).

Any help / comments appreciated (apart from ones redirecting to Tesco Diets or Weight Watchers).

Iain


All mountain bikes will be fine with your weight as long as they are not £50 jobs from asda.

Road bikes may be getting a little delicate at around your weight, but you probably wouldn't want one anyway.

A hybrid bike is perfect for starting to ride, and perfect for cycle paths, canalside type stuff. And should be fine with your weight as well, though personally I would go for a mountain bike just to make sure, as they're almost for good on road travel.

For £300 you can certainly get a decent mountain bike (front suspension only) that will be strong, robust and nice to ride. Look around for reductions down to £250 and you should be fine.
#17
I'm an everyday commuter by bike and can highly recommend Halfords Carrera Subway. Keep any eye out for special offers, it can regularly be bought for £200 or less.
#18
29er single speed all the rage at the mo and super cheap. Worth it's own deal I suppose.
http://www.rutlandcycling.com/21966/Diamondback-Mojito-29er-Bike.html
#19
I have recently bought a Claud Butler urban city available here for £164. http://www.bikes-by-mail-order.co.uk/products.php?plid=m5b4s336p1549 I got the £50 worth of extras , but no way were they worth that much. Not complaining though as still a brilliant deal.

Im no expert but can say I am more than happy with it. Ideal for roads and also good on canal towpaths etc.

Just to add some really good deals on cycle clothing and accesories at Aldi this week.
#20
BargainHunter333
What's the best hybrid on the market?


Off the peg from a dealer? Probably a Specialized Sirrus Pro or a Trek 7.9FX, both £1800 bikes and both fabulous machines.

Chat to your dealer and you can custom spec to your heart's content...

A more appropriate question, as another poster has suggested, would be what's the best hybrid on the market within your budget.

The answer, as always, is the one that fits you.
#21
Is this a good bike and price ?
http://www.evanscycles.com/products/gt/transeo-40-2009-hybrid-bike-ec016396

Or would this be better than the above:
http://www.halfords.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/product_storeId_10001_catalogId_10151_productId_518255_langId_-1_categoryId_165499

I am looking for a bike ( 19" or 20" hybrid ) Dont really want to to spending more than £300 - £350 to be honest.
#22
sydney2002;8795430
Is this a good bike and price ?
http://www.evanscycles.com/products/gt/transeo-40-2009-hybrid-bike-ec016396

Or would this be better than the above:
http://www.halfords.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/product_storeId_10001_catalogId_10151_productId_518255_langId_-1_categoryId_165499

I am looking for a bike ( 19" or 20" hybrid ) Dont really want to to spending more than £300 - £350 to be honest.
I can highly recommend the Carrera Subway from Halfords. Commute to work every day all weathers on mine and it's hard to fault at the price. There is often special offers on them too, mine cost £200 just before xmas :)
#23
pud77
I can highly recommend the Carrera Subway from Halfords. Commute to work every day all weathers on mine and it's hard to fault at the price. There is often special offers on them too, mine cost £200 just before xmas :)


Thanks, it does seem an ideal bike to buy for me and my wife, we can get the same bike but its currently £259. No doubt as soon as I purchase it Halfords will reduce to £199 haha... I guess with halfords I can get a bit less through quidco also. Might be worth me calling the local halfords see if the manager willing to do a deal if I buy the male and female carera subway 1 bikes they have at £259
#24
Sorry to jump in on this but wonder if anyone can offer more advice on this.
I'd need an 18" hybrid that I'd like to purchase on the cyclescheme.
http://www.cyclescheme.co.uk/

Right now I am considering an 09 courier for approx 225GBP, but no cyclescheme being offered. Can anyone think of a better hybrid bike to be had? I am thinking of a hybrid more for road and paths rather than any serious off road. I'd probably be putting on a child seat as well.

TIA

For example I am thinking that a bike on the 450 mark, eg a Giant seek 0 with no discount, would come to approx 250 through the cyclescheme.

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