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There are quite a few massive reductions if you look through the pages - and not all are obscure irrelevant stuff.

I got tyres with 33% off, various odds and ends for my bike averaging 50% off, so the discounts are pretty good.
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#1
Don't forget quidco at 5% too!
Voted hot.
#2
Is the Gary Fisher bike below any good for the money?

http://www.evanscycles.com/product.jsp?style=60708
#3
willhollin
Is the Gary Fisher bike below any good for the money?

http://www.evanscycles.com/product.jsp?style=60708


Its not bad for the money. Its a good make & its better to not have suspension etc. at that end of the market as they'd only be cheap quality. The running gear is the cheapest shimano, personally I'd spend a bit more to get at least 'shimano deore' running gear. Having said that this would be miles better than a £100 bike from halfords or toys r us.
#4
I should have mentioned the bike pic is just one from the net - but of my bike :whistling:
#5
The Gary Fisher's ok for the money (nothing special). The £150 price is nothing new - it's been that for at least 5-6 months!
#6
Nah that fisher bike is a rip off. You can probably get a claude butler for around that price.
#7
most of their stuff is overpriced to start with..

£15 for an XT hub is good
http://www.evanscycles.com/product.jsp?style=11254
if you want to build your own wheel cheap haha
#8
Voted cold, unless you point to something specific its really pointless to say "they are having a sale", wow so does every other store.

This post looks like spam to me because it has nothing to offer.
#9
how do you vote hot or cold
#10
lindilyn
how do you vote hot or cold


Just log in, then click on either of the two little arrows immediately to the left of the 'temperature'. The upward pointing one (red) is a hot vote, and the downward pointing one (blue) is a cold vote. You'll probably see the temperature change when you do it.
#11
So who do the cheapest bikes, im looking for the best mountain bike for under £250, no suspension.

Thanks for you help!
#12
willhollin
So who do the cheapest bikes, im looking for the best mountain bike for under £250, no suspension.

Thanks for you help!


Without question in my opinion, http://www.chainreactioncycles.com

Brilliant service, free delivery on everything including bikes, and the best prices around on everything (often by a long way).
#13
dapunk
Voted cold, unless you point to something specific its really pointless to say "they are having a sale", wow so does every other store.

This post looks like spam to me because it has nothing to offer.


I agree voted cold
#15
ill 3rd chain reaction. I live near them and they are great for just about everything! very helpful.

Mark
#16
These prices are last years sale prices, i bought a Specialized Hardrock Sport Hydraulic Disc 2007 Mountain Bike for £329 last november and they are now advertising it at £369 :thinking:
Dont be deceived and have a look around before you buy off here!!!! :thumbsup:
#17
got bored after looking through 22 pages of components... who wants a cycling DVD anyway...

but there's some damn good discounts on shoes in the sale i see
#18
Shoes and gloves are good prices. Bikes aren't up to much. Voted hot for a few bargains, bought some oakleys :)

G
#19
Can someone recommend me a budget road bike ie under £300 ?

Completely new to cycling , seams like good excursive to me & allot cheaper than the gym.
#20
chain reaction or wiggle.co.uk
#21
Yep, buy all my bike stuff from chain reaction or wiggle, best by a long way.:thumbsup:
2 Likes #22
here's my personal list of best bike websties:

wiggle http://www.wiggle.co.uk (10% loyalty only on items not already discounted). good for: clothes. take paypal.
chainreaction http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/ - generally good range and prices. take paypal.
CycleSports http://www.cyclesportsuk.co.uk/ (5% loyalty works on everything). take paypal. good comms. fast < this is my favourite UK bike site
cyclebasket http://www.cyclebasket.com/ - sometimes very good offers
bikeplus http://www.bikeplus.co.uk/ - some good offers on a slightly low-tech site
msgbikes http://www.msgbikes.com/acatalog/index.html - small trek dealer, nice service, sometimes does 1/2 price clothes
bromley bike co. http://www.bromleybike.co.uk/ - some good deals e.g. tyres
merlin http://www.merlincycles.co.uk/ - drivetrain, wheels?
jejamescycles.co.uk http://www.jejamescycles.co.uk/ - generally good prices
ukbikestore http://www.ukbikestore.co.uk £1 delivery, sometimes the cheapest on parts
mike dyason http://www.inmotionproducts.com/ - mostly for roadies but very cheap for tools and puncture repair

i have used all at least twice (some much more) and can recommend fully.
i've been spending lots in the last year and plenty of time researching cheapest sites aswell
some are not well known at all so enjoy, fellow bike nerds :)
notice evans is not on that list because they are an expensive retail chain.. although i agree some gloves are cheap.
i may post some very good offers from these later or someone else can do it first, i don't mind :p

edit: improved the list, added urls
so do I get some rep for this or something please?
#23
For the person looking for the cheap bike, phone around all your local Halfords and see if you can get a 2007 model Carrera Vulcan which has been reduced to £199.99. Might be a bit hard to find, but they are definately out there.

It won budget mountain bike of the year award and got great reviews from bike radar.

Ps. I bought one last month and I can confirm it is ACE. Also if you cant find a mans version, dont hesitate to buy the ladies as its only an inch shorter in lenght, and an inch shorter in the handlebars & its blue as opposed to red.

This years model is £280
#24
I got a Dawes Tourismo 206 From Halcros Cycles via the eBay last month for £115 delivered. I think they sell old or slow stock on eBay.

[url]www.holcroscycles.com/[/url]

Good price, good bike for town and good service. Holcros Cycles are based in Nottingham.
#25
Is this a bargain, especially with all the accessories for £1 each????
http://www.cyclestore.co.uk/productDetails.asp?productID=11441&categoryID=60

Its a SPECIALIZED HARDROCK SPORT 08 but it comes with v brakes and not disc brakes. Is there much of a difference?

Or for another £7/8 is it worth getting last years model but with disc brakes?
1 Like #26
TheShadow
Can someone recommend me a budget road bike ie under £300 ?

Completely new to cycling , seams like good excursive to me & allot cheaper than the gym.


I think you would be better with a hybrid, as they are easier to use for things like going to the shops or into town, and the wheels take more abuse than road bikes, and you are in a better sitting position for starting at traffic lights and riding in traffic etc. They are also better for cycle tracks that road bikes wheels/tyres are just to thin for.

Try "The Edinburgh Bike Co-operative" - they have their own brand called "Revolution" and its virtually impossible to beat the prices of the bikes they have put together themselves.

http://www.edinburghbicycle.com/ebwPNLqrymode.a4p?f%5FProductID=0&f%5FWebLinkID=2910&f%5FSortOrderID=1&f%5Fbct=c003155c002910

(This link may be session dependent - if so use http://www.edinburghbicycle.com and search.)

Their "courier" model has been featured in awards for as long as I can remember - and only has gears at the back - which should be fine for 90% of people unless you want to go up mountains with your bum in the seat. Its only 250 quid, and likely to drop in spring when they have their sale when the 2008 ones come out.

'A street bike that outclasses anything in its price range.’ WMB (WhatMountainBike magazine).


http://84.19.224.75/products/full/00001076/00007835.jpg

They also list the full spec on their site of each bike down to each component, so you know exactly what you are getting, and on the majority the differences from the lower spec model beneath it in the range for easier comparison.

If you see one you think is good - post the name to this thread and I am sure there will be no shortage of responses to reassure you or correct you on your choice.
#27
Just a word of advice from anyone thinking of buying a mountain bike, think very carefully what you want to use it for because if you're going to be using it manily on the road but with a bit of light off road at the weekends you'd be far better off with a hybrid.
Sounds obvious but I know a lot of people who bought mountain bikes and find them really hard work on the roads, I've got a Ridgeback Bullit which does me well for commuting and a little trail riding at the weekends
http://www.awcycles.co.uk/brands/Ridgeback/Bullit/10610/index.aspx
1 Like #28
willhollin
So who do the cheapest bikes, im looking for the best mountain bike for under £250, no suspension.

Thanks for you help!


I guess this could suit your spec too.

http://www.hotukdeals.com/item/150896/evans-cycles-end-of-sale-reductions/showpost.php?p=1644535&postcount=27
#29
£270 gets you a Trek 4300
http://www.evanscycles.com/product.jsp?style=70782&utm_source=froogle&utm_medium=froogle&utm_campaign=froogle

this is nice, lifetime warranty on the frame, Trek are a premium brand I've ridden one for 10 years. (it's more expensive, the low end ones are made in Taiwan but still it's value!)
Evans even have all the sizes..
BUT you cannot do normal mail order with Trek because they got fed up with claims because of bad assembly - read the notes on the page. but worth the hassle imho. this is almost a proper mountain bike, if you just want a street bike go with a hybrid as advised above.

edit: **** sorry you said road bike? oh well maybe someone who wants off road will get this :) small jumps in price at this point get you massively better parts.
#30
ibiza, that courier hybrid you posted is genius.. get rid of the front gears completely, but rapidfire on the back, 11.7kg! for £250 nothing is likely to touch that as long as you stay on road or light off road - if only people were smart enough to realise those cheap full suspension bikes are terrible..

you have to spend.. what, £1000? £1500? to get that sort of weight with any suspension.
#31
Giro Atmos helment for £50:
http://www.evanscycles.com/product.jsp?style=23345

this is half price, or £30 less than wiggle (where it's a bestseller!):
http://www.wiggle.co.uk/ProductDetail.aspx?Cat=cycle&ProdID=5360032491&N=Giro%20Atmos

edit: lots of good helmets as long as you are small head (51-55cm?) dammit mine's too large :p
#32
Smiff
ibiza, that courier hybrid you posted is genius.. get rid of the front gears completely, but rapidfire on the back, 11.7kg! for £250 nothing is likely to touch that as long as you stay on road or light off road - if only people were smart enough to realise those cheap full suspension bikes are terrible..

you have to spend.. what, £1000? £1500? to get that sort of weight with any suspension.


They do an option on the same bike that for an extra 100 quid you get a nexus hub (which does add to the weight) but effectively increases the gear range to an extremely impressive 11-38. It works like the old Sturmey Archer, but has 8 speeds, so the chain never needs to jump, as its an epicyclic gearbox in the hub. They are in an oil bath and no dirt can get in - so they don't wear. The change is mega smooth too - and virtually immediate. You can change too when you are stopped at traffic lights, and then start in the right gear without the chain having to jump.

So chains last for ever, as they never need to jump and so never come off accidentally either. You can even add a retro chain guard for entirely clean cycling, or a mega retro entirely enclosed chain, which will let the chain outlast the bike!

I went a stage further and got hub brakes, which are mega low maintenance too, and it means if I do badly buckle a rim on a long run - there is nothing for it too rub against - so the bike is likely to keep going even after pretty major abuse to the wheels.
#33
that's severely sweet.. this is what almost everyone should be riding.. i won't because it doesn't suit me at all (i'm a light xc rider who likes getting muddy and spending too much money on that (just dropped £120 on a bottom bracket and 2 chainrings :o)
if people would stop trying to copy the look of high end mountain bikes and think logically about what they need.. those bikes would be the result pretty much? i will definately recommend to people who don't know much about bikes but want a general reliable about-town bike.
#34
Smiff
Giro Atmos helment for £50:
http://www.evanscycles.com/product.jsp?style=23345

this is half price, or £30 less than wiggle (where it's a bestseller!):
http://www.wiggle.co.uk/ProductDetail.aspx?Cat=cycle&ProdID=5360032491&N=Giro%20Atmos

edit: lots of good helmets as long as you are small head (51-55cm?) dammit mine's too large :p


I've found wiggle will usually price match, might get away with geting a large off them, have the same problem myself got a large Specialized Air 8 Helmet from them for £29:99 (their usual price £39:99):thumbsup:
#35
ibiza
They do an option on the same bike that for an extra 100 quid you get a nexus hub (which does add to the weight) but effectively increases the gear range to an extremely impressive 11-38. It works like the old Sturmey Archer, but has 8 speeds, so the chain never needs to jump, as its an epicyclic gearbox in the hub. They are in an oil bath and no dirt can get in - so they don't wear. The change is mega smooth too - and virtually immediate. You can change too when you are stopped at traffic lights, and then start in the right gear without the chain having to jump.

So chains last for ever, as they never need to jump and so never come off accidentally either. You can even add a retro chain guard for entirely clean cycling, or a mega retro entirely enclosed chain, which will let the chain outlast the bike!

I went a stage further and got hub brakes, which are mega low maintenance too, and it means if I do badly buckle a rim on a long run - there is nothing for it too rub against - so the bike is likely to keep going even after pretty major abuse to the wheels.



So would you be able to put some tyres on this suitable for a bit of light off-roading?

When does the Spring sale start @ The Edinburgh Bicycle Co-Op??
#36
cycleman,
I didn't think of asking wiggle to price match, how does that work, they drop the price for everyone? or they give you a voucher for the difference? thanks.

i would think those courier bikes would be up for tow-path style/smoothish unpaved roads and that's about it? or maybe they are quite tough.. not having a rear mech (or front!) to worry about would be great! probably quite bone-rattling? ibiza, what's the most extreme thing you've ridden that on!?

there's a 700c wheel version too.. that's probably better for strictly road use, 700c and hub gear would be about perfect for most poeple.
1 Like #37
The courier is from Revolution - which is the own brand of Edinburgh Bike Co-op.

I think 26 inch wheels are better for a bike as they are more rigid than 700c, and easier to shove in the vack of the car with the seats down - or take less abuse if you shove it in a flight bag to go on holiday (which costs 30 quid return normally - and also gets you an increase in baggage allowance to stash in fags to cover the 30 quid!!!
#38
haha, nice tip for the flying.

what are these bikes like off road though? obviously you can put big tyres on them - is the clearance ok?
#39
Smiff
ibiza, that courier hybrid you posted is genius.. get rid of the front gears completely, but rapidfire on the back, 11.7kg! for £250 nothing is likely to touch that as long as you stay on road or light off road - if only people were smart enough to realise those cheap full suspension bikes are terrible..

you have to spend.. what, £1000? £1500? to get that sort of weight with any suspension.


Oh cmon, it's not that 'revolutionary' lol! A well-chosen £250ish mtb with front suspension will weigh about 26lbs, a decent £500 mtb should weigh 24-25lbs- but obviously the courier here is built to be bombproof, so the frame is likely to weigh 6lbs+. Losing the front mech, chainrings, and front shifter only cuts about a pound and a half max off the total weight of the bike- but you're right, 27gears on a city bike is absolutely pointless and 8/9 (or even just the one) makes a heck of a lot more sense.

If you want lightweight- go on, build your own. A few months back I picked up a 1992ish Cannondale for £40 from a local second hand shop, spent £4 on Nitromors to get rid of the chipped paint, £2 on fine sandpaper to polish it to a mirror finish, took it apart (tools would have cost £20 from halfords, but I had them already) sold the 'vintage used' gears and shifters on ebay for £22, so total spend so far is £24.
Then from chain reaction I bought- XT rear mech £25 and chain £8, two slick tyres £16 all delivered free. On ebay I got a bottom bracket for £8 inc del, a great pair of Mavic wheels s/h with 16 front spokes and 20 rear spokes for £48 inc del, an XTR rear shifter in mint cond from Canada for £13, and grips for £3 inc del. I took the inner and outer chainrings off the chainset, cleaned all the bits, reassembled adding in the original pedals, brakes, seatpost, headset, bars and stem (bars cut down narrow) dug out an old road cassette and my classic Rolls Titanio saddle (purchased 18 years ago for £50 and im sure it'll last me til the day I die- that was one great investment!) Total cost to me was £145 and not only does it look 'retro cool' but it weighs 20.5lbs! It's an awesome ride too- stiff, strong, lightweight. Well, not everyone can build a bike but you've got to admit that's a bargain eh- it looks cooler than my full suspension rig IMO too :thumbsup: which did cost over £1500 and weighs 23lbs (after spending a bunch more at chain reaction on carbon bars, lightweight Hope stem, lighter tyres, etc.

FAO smiff- I rode rigid mtbs off road for well over ten years with no probs (in the days before suspension), I still occasionally take a rigid around Cwmcarn altho it does cut my riding time to just a couple of hours because my wrists and lower arms ache after that and I have to drive home! Remember, the original mtbs were beach cruisers with no real modifications- anything is rideable!
#40
yeah i didn't mean just the weight, it's about where they spend the money and the ease of maintenance for the buyer.
ok i went slightly OT but that's on paper - haven't ridden one - a great idea, they can deliver a better ride at that price and deserve to sell well..

what you did for the rigid is neat but you can't buy that :). i also build bikes from parts (other than headset pressing) so I get what you're saying, even if i'm not nearly as cunning with the cost. :)

i rode my Trek rigid for several years, but it was built for that..
was wondering how this courier handles off road ? for anyone looking for a town mtb-style bike i doubt you'll beat it though.

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