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seeking bicycle advice please

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8y, 7m agoPosted 8 years, 7 months ago
Hi guys,
I'm looking to buy a CHEAP bike (sub £100). It will mainly be used to cycle to and from work (~30min each way), so about an hour use a day in London streets. Reason for purchase is to get some much needed exercise and save money on public transport.

I'm 5ft 10 so what kind off sized byke should i be looking at? What are the cheapest bykes out there, i don't need anything fancy, maybe some gears to make my travel easier, but not essential. Cheaper the better, just has to get from A to B and then back.

A byke bundle with helmet, lock, etc would be ideal!

Any advice wld be much appreciated. Main points i need answer to are:
1. what wheel and frame size should i be looking at?
2. what type of byke (MTB, road.. or whatever else there is)
3. is there currently any bargains out there?

Just saw the £40 tesco byke pitty i missed that! that was probably ideal for my needs, right?
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8y, 7m agoPosted 8 years, 7 months ago
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#1
don't forget to budget for a good lock otherwise you won't have it for long!
#2
erics
don't forget to budget for a good lock otherwise you won't have it for long!


yeah ! was just thinking of adding that. Cheaper and ugglier the better, lol if it looks rubbish doubt any one would bother nicking it. A byke that comes with a lock and helmet wld be cool (some sort of bundle)
1 Like #3
If you're looking for a decent bike within your budget, avoid any bikes with suspension. The suspension probably wont work and they will cut down the quality of all the other components.
If you're not going to be travelling too far then don't worry about weight either. A steel frame will be cheaper and also stronger, if not a little heavier than an aluminium frame.
#4
Thanks magic, yeh when going for a sub £100 bike, the less features the more stable it's probably going to be. So just looking for something plain and stable.
#5
danster3k;1952462
Thanks magic, yeh when going for a sub £100 bike, the less features the more stable it's probably going to be. So just looking for something plain and stable.


Halfords do some bikes for £89 - notsure on how dood they are though.

You may want to think if you are going to ride in all weathers, and if so mud-guards may be needed (or a change of clothes at either end of yout trip).

Also, make sure your life insurance policy is up to date!
#6
take a look at: http://www.cyclescheme.co.uk/
Since you are commuting to work you can save the tax on purchase price. see if you can get a concession if you get your company into the scheme.
Company gets tax back but involves them filling in a bunch of paperwork.

For advice on an actual bike, best place is a bike shop :p
Not being flippant, but just go into a bike shop and ask them your questions :)
#7
Check out this site to see what size bike you should be buying:

http://www.bicyclenet.co.uk/how_to_determine_your_bike_size.htm

It's always best to try the bike before you buy, as the style of the bike will affect sitting position, comfort, etc.
#8
Thanks for the info.
#9
Is this one any good?

http://direct.tesco.com/q/R.203-1272.aspx

Was £200 now £100. Probably too high tec tho lol would get nicked in the first week.
1 Like #10
danster3k;1957515
Is this one any good?

http://direct.tesco.com/q/R.203-1272.aspx

Was £200 now £100. Probably too high tec tho lol would get nicked in the first week.

It's out of stock anyway but I don't think that is really suitable for commuting - how rough are the roads/cycle lanes you will be using!! It will be inefficient on the roads and will make it harder work than it needs to be to get you to and fro from work. I would look for somethiong that doesn't have suspension - you don't need it for a typical commute.
#11
Thanks erics! The roads i will be using a fairly flat smooth surfaces, as its central london.

have you got any examples on what i should looking for? would be greatly appreaciated! as i haven't a clue. Would one of those Tesco £40 ones do the job? (if they come back in stock)
#12
What erics says is true. Suspension takes some of the energy that you put into riding the bike, making it harder. Also the tires on that are not ideal for roads or pavements, again, making your ride more difficult.
You don't want any suspension, probably could do without the cheap disc break too.
#14
Many thanks magic!
#15
I'd actually consider a second hand bike ... you can get one that has much better components on it (for the same money, will not look shiny & new (i.e. less appealing to thieves). Just make sure it's been looked after & serviced (or allow for the cost of one).
#16
What do you guys think of this one?
http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/Models.aspx?ModelID=20674

It's prob more than i wanted to spend as i was looking for sub £100 with a helmet, and decent lock. But perhaps it's worth it? Alluminium frame and alloy wheels. Better quality than a standard steel one perhaps?

other wise i was thinking of this one:
http://www.argos.co.uk/static/Product/partNumber/3321102/Trail/C%24cip%3D1500011615.Sports%2Band%2Bfitness%3EC%24cip%3D1500011625.Bikes%2Band%2Bcycling%3EC%24Gender%3DMale.Male%3EFC%24Age%3D14+years+and+over.14%2Byears%2Band%2Bover.htm
#17
fat tony
I'd actually consider a second hand bike ... you can get one that has much better components on it (for the same money, will not look shiny & new (i.e. less appealing to thieves). Just make sure it's been looked after & serviced (or allow for the cost of one).


yeh have been looking on ebay but nothing that catches my eyes due to expensive delivery prices and no local pick ups.
#18
I'd stay clear of the cheap halfords bikes - bought one and regretted it immediately. Lasted 6 months before I upgraded and boy has the extra made a difference, especially as I have hills on my route. Personally if I was looking at £100 I'd think 2nd hand. Usually lots of ads in local papers. If you do the research you can pick up a bike that will be far superior to new bikes at that price. As long as the main components are sound, you will be getting a better deal and the cosmetic damage on a second-hand bike makes it less appealing to some would-be-thieves. If you can pick a Trek bike, even better. They have lifetime guarantees on the frames and are a dream to ride. These are particularly good value in the £220-£300 range new http://www.trekbikes.com/uk/en/bikes/2008/bike_path/ I ride the 7100 and I really recommend it. Saw somebody selling one recently at £125 - would have snapped it up if I didn't already have one!
#19
found this one on ebay

Item number: 370046191879

a folding steel bike. Advice on this one would be appreciated as im thinking on bidding on it.
#20
Looks to be in good nick, if there are no other bidders you could come away with a right bargain!
#21
do folding "MTB" tend to be any good?
#22
Won the auction for £60 and have already got it! It's easy to ride and fairly confortable. No complaints at all, and the folding quality is great. Now just need a good lock.. i bought one on ebay for £4 but when it arrived it was useless! plastic heads that i can easily break with a kick.. anyone know any good locks (sub £10 wld be great).

Merci.
#23
danster3k;2044379
Won the auction for £60 and have already got it! It's easy to ride and fairly confortable. No complaints at all, and the folding quality is great. Now just need a good lock.. i bought one on ebay for £4 but when it arrived it was useless! plastic heads that i can easily break with a kick.. anyone know any good locks (sub £10 wld be great).

Merci.


Have a look here:
http://www.wiggle.co.uk/CategoryProducts.aspx?categoryName=Locks&cat=cycle

They do a range of locks at various price points. To a certain extent you get what you pay for, so choose one which balances the cost against the value of them item you are locking. Also, think about what you are going to lock the bike to and if you also need to lock the wheels, frame and saddle (especially if you have quick release fittings on these!), or just the frame. A "D-Lock" style device may offer good security but are no good if you cannot find a suitable secure point to loop it around, so sometimes a shielded cable type is more flexible and allows you t loop it through the frame/wheels and around a secure point as well.

Perhaps look at what other people are using where you will lock your bike up - if their bike is still there it cannot be a bad purchase!!
#24
Don't forget that most thieves are opportunists and they are likely to leave your bike and go for something else if it has any type of lock on it. Breaking off a lock, no matter how weak is going to cause attention which they don't want. So while you are searching for a good lock, it's worth banging the rubbish one on anyway.
#25
woolworths do cheap bikes

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