Bobbin Noodle Hybrid/Commuter Bike £264.99 @ discount Cycles direct
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Bobbin Noodle Hybrid/Commuter Bike £264.99 @ discount Cycles direct

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Found 17th Apr 2015
I've been considering getting one of these for a while, they seem to be £375 everywhere else so this looks like a great price.

I'm not at all clued up on the technical side of bikes though. At this price, is a lot of performance being sacrificed for style?

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Original Poster

Link is to the teal one but they also have the pale brown version:

http://www.discountcyclesdirect.co.uk/images/bobbin_noodle_pale_brown_mocha_1n.jpg

6 gears suggests it's pretty low range and about its price. Not saying there's anything wrong with 6 gears, just most entry level bikes have 8 these days, with better ones having 9, 10 or 11.

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anewman

6 gears suggests it's pretty low range and about its price. Not saying … 6 gears suggests it's pretty low range and about its price. Not saying there's anything wrong with 6 gears, just most entry level bikes have 8 these days, with better ones having 9, 10 or 11.



I've got 7 at the moment so it should be ok.

Although the style is the main thing attracting me to this. I love how it looks.

Frankly, the only thing interesting about this is that they're making a bike that belongs the early 80's in 2015.

I'd say buy second-hand or from a local bike co-op/charity. You're clearly after a vintage bike, but tbh this one seems fairly mediocre. With that kind of money you could get a proper bike from that era and probably have money for a full service left over.

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johnstalvern

Frankly, the only thing interesting about this is that they're making a … Frankly, the only thing interesting about this is that they're making a bike that belongs the early 80's in 2015.I'd say buy second-hand or from a local bike co-op/charity. You're clearly after a vintage bike, but tbh this one seems fairly mediocre. With that kind of money you could get a proper bike from that era and probably have money for a full service left over.



I did try that once before with an old Raleigh. It was a bit of a pain to be honest.

Any recommendations about what to look for in that market?

dean_brfc

I did try that once before with an old Raleigh. It was a bit of a pain to … I did try that once before with an old Raleigh. It was a bit of a pain to be honest. Any recommendations about what to look for in that market?



Look for something with Reynolds 531 frame tubes. It's a bit reductionist to say this, but without going into spectacular detail on the subject (and I haven't got time unfortunately) suffice it to say that bikes using this frame tubing are usually good quality and were mid to high end bikes in their day.

First tip: Raleigh made A LOT of **** bikes. I mean, a lot. Lets say pretty much 90% of what you'll find on eBay/gumtree will be just total ****. Essentially if you see shiny chrome rims on a vintage Raleigh, avoid (unless it's from earlier than the 50's, if that floats your boat).

Second: just tell me your location roughly and I'll browse gumtree to give you a few examples (if possible).

No mudguards and rear carrier. Need it to cycle to work.

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johnstalvern

Look for something with Reynolds 531 frame tubes. It's a bit reductionist … Look for something with Reynolds 531 frame tubes. It's a bit reductionist to say this, but without going into spectacular detail on the subject (and I haven't got time unfortunately) suffice it to say that bikes using this frame tubing are usually good quality and were mid to high end bikes in their day.First tip: Raleigh made A LOT of **** bikes. I mean, a lot. Lets say pretty much 90% of what you'll find on eBay/gumtree will be just total ****. Essentially if you see shiny chrome rims on a vintage Raleigh, avoid (unless it's from earlier than the 50's, if that floats your boat). Second: just tell me your location roughly and I'll browse gumtree to give you a few examples (if possible).



Thanks, I appreciate that a lot. I'm in Manchester.

janlim

No mudguards and rear carrier. Need it to cycle to work.



You could ring and ask how much they would charge to fit some for you? I would be in the same situation if I decide to order.

My wife had an old Triumph Traffic Master in the 1980's that looked like this. It had a 3 speed Sturmey Archer hub gear changer. It was a bit dated in the 80's.
I'd agree with johnstalvern - you should look for a second hand bike. I suspect there are plenty of good secondhand bike shops in Manchester!
Failing that if you are limited to less than £300 a 2 minute search of the web reveals something like this -

http://www.evanscycles.com/products/raleigh/pioneer-1-2015-hybrid-bike-ec108619

Not saying its great but looks better than the Noodle!
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