Starter / Training Road Bike with Shimano Sora, £249.99 @ SportsDirect, better deal than Halfords Carrera TDF Road Bike? - HotUKDeals
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Muddyfox Milano 2009 53cm Road bike on offer at a bargain price as these are still on sale in Argos for £349.99.

Better spec than Carrera Limited Edition TDF Road Bike which was also recently posted on here.

Decent review from BikeRadar. http://www.bikeradar.com/gear/category/bikes/road/product/milano-road-09-34648

Might be even cheaper if the Pepperami 10% offer is still on? See codes below..

Seems like a good deal. There will be a few hardened roadies out there who won't touch anything that isn't featured in the Pro Cycling mag or Cycling Weekly, but this sounds like a great starter or training bike (plus you can add mudguards in winter) providing you can put it together yourself and need a bike that is 53cm (check elsewhere what size you need).

SportsDirect stock of this seems to come and go, plus they've listed this under 'mountain bikes' and used a naff photo (same as argos) so that won't help their sales.

Colour: Charcoal
Frame: Muddyfox Road-E21
Frame Details: 7005 alloy tubing; 50mm aero downtube; semi-integrated head tube, carrier bosses; replaceable dropout
sizes: 53cm
Forks: Cromolly, bladed fork with mudguard clearance
Headset: Semi-integrated, 1 1/8inch
Gear shifters: Shimano SORA STI levers, 16 speed
Chainset: 52-42T, 170mm crank
Bottom Bracket: Cartridge
Rear Gears: Shimano, 13 - 26t, 8 Speed
Front Derailleur: Shimano SORA
Rear Detailleur: Shimano SORA
Brakes: Tektro, Dual pivot
Rims: Rigida nova double wall, 32H
Spokes: steel 14G
Tyres: Kenda, 700C X 23
stem: 7 degree rise; 100mm
handlebars: Ergonomic drop bar; 42cm
Seat Post: Big Foot micro-adjust, 27.2mm diameter
Saddke: Muddyfox road race
Pedals: Racing toe-clips
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#1
#2
But at least with a Halfords bike you'll get it built and have somewhere local to take it to get it fixed if you have problems with it.
#3
If you can still find the Milano Hybrid for below £200 it would be a better buy imo. Decent spec though, ditch the tow clips for something click in, it would make a great fast and cheap summer commuter.

I use the Milano Hybrid for a 16 mile daily commute, identical spec except for flat bars and guards, LBS looks after it, full service £25.

If you don't have strong legs the gearing is no good for hill climbing, if you live somewhere flat pump the tyres to 100psi and it'll fly along.

Four tanks of fuels worth of bike, use it often, you'll get toned legs, toned buttocks and extra money in your pocket.

If you can build an IKEA wardrobe and have an hour or two building it is a doddle.
#4
montyburns56
But at least with a Halfords bike you'll get it built and have somewhere local to take it to get it fixed if you have problems with it.


Well, you'll have somewhere to take it. Whether they fix it or not is pot luck.


Make sure you get to try one out before ordering as otherwise sizing is a complete guess. 53cm is not very big - anyone over about 5'8" will probably be better off on a bigger size.

However low the price, if it's the wrong size it's MONEY WASTED.
#5
people should also be aware that you cannot return stuff to this place for a refund , they do not do them...........
#6
sim11
people should also be aware that you cannot return stuff to this place for a refund , they do not do them...........


?? :?

From Sports Direct website:

Online Returns & Exchanges
You may cancel your order any time within seven (7) working days, beginning on the day after you received the goods. We will refund the price of the goods in full, however the delivery costs originally paid are non-refundable unless your entire order is cancelled within seven (7) working days of receipt of goods. You will be responsible for the cost of returning the goods to us. If a refund is payable to you we will process the refund as soon as possible, and, in any case within thirty (30) days of the day you gave written notice of cancellation.

To cancel an order you must return the goods to us immediately. The goods must be returned in the same condition in which you received them, and they will be returned at your own cost and risk.

You have a legal obligation to take reasonable care of the goods while they are in your possession. If you fail to comply with this obligation, we may have a right of action against you for compensation. This applies to all goods that are returned.

Our returns policy does not affect your statutory rights.

If you return goods claiming they are defective, we will examine the returned goods and will notify you of your refund via e-mail within a reasonable period of time. We will process the refund due to you as soon as possible and, in any case within thirty (30) days of the day we confirm via e-mail that you are entitled to a refund for defective goods.

Any orders for personalised goods are non-returnable. Please note that this does not affect your statutory rights.

If a refund is payable to you, we will use the same method used by you to pay for your order.

Please return your goods to: Sports Direct Returns, Unit A Brook Park, Meadow Lane, Shirebrook, Notts, NG20 8RY

If you have a query about returning goods, please contact our Customer Services team
#7
Nobody who knows anything about road bikes is going to criticise this as a bad deal, because you can't get a Sora equipped bike for anything like this price anywhere else.

Obviously 53cm needs to be your size and you need to satisfy yourself about the terms and conditions, but the deal itself is unbeatable.

ClashInDevon
#8
From a keen cyclist, this is an excellent deal for those starting out, good enough for your first race or triathlon and could be nice commuter bike with the fittings for a pannier.

Don't get a hybrid, they are not real bikes. :p
#9
I know a lot about road bikes (I have 7 :p) and have to say this is a good deal. The bike is probably worth about £375. Nothing on it looks terrible. All the components (brakes, derailleurs, shifters etc) look good (including Tektro - name sounds crap but they're good).

Things you might want to watch out for before you build it:

Frame (I bought a £200 bike on eBay and it felt so cheap that I could crush it with my hands - this leads to massive flex when you ride it and it just feels like jelly)
Wheels (As long as they aren't gonna destroy themselves, theyre good enough. Proper wheels start at £100 so you wouldn't want to spend that much)

The saddle and seatpost are probably crap too but very easy to replace (and one of the most cost-efficient upgrades for a bike).

Also btw... 53cm = 5'6 to 5'8 person
#10
my wife is getting into some tri-athlons , would this be a good starter bike for tri's ?

Matt
#11
mattgreen
my wife is getting into some tri-athlons , would this be a good starter bike for tri's ?

Matt


If it fits, yes.
#12
ClashInDevon
Nobody who knows anything about road bikes is going to criticise this as a bad deal, because you can't get a Sora equipped bike for anything like this price anywhere else.

Obviously 53cm needs to be your size and you need to satisfy yourself about the terms and conditions, but the deal itself is unbeatable.

ClashInDevon


Dead right! Sora shifters and mech's aren't bad. They are typcially found on £4-£500 bikes.

As for Halfords, avoid at all cost. Thick staff who don't know a bottom bracket from a brake cable. Lots of local bike shops are rubbish too. Get a bike from where ever you like and get good at sorting it yourself ([url]www.sheldonbrown.com[/url]) or join a bike forum like bike radar or bike magic and get a local bike shop recommended.
#13
Rated hot - I thought most people on here were too intelligent to buy a bike from Halfords :whistling:
#14
Not sure if I'm being thick here, but I can't find it on their website .

Hot deal though, but needs to be 10cm bigger for me :thumbsup:
#15
looks like it might be expired now , as the go to deal link was working this morning.

Matt
#16
I have had nothing but good service from my local Halfords, surely it is dependant on the staff within the particular branch that you deal with.

I also have a TDF and although do not know much about these things, for the £200 I paid for it last year I have been very happy with it (I acutally bought with some gift vouchers that I won from work so had a limited choice of where I could spend them).
#17
Halfords are very hit and miss, some are good some are bad most are average. Luckily for them they exclusively sell the Boardman bikes, which in short are excellent. My Comp hard tail MTB has been superb and a friend has the team carbon road bike which for the money is simply unbeatable.

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