B'twin Riverside 1 Hybrid/Trekking bike £119.99 INSTORE & ONLINE @ Decathlon
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B'twin Riverside 1 Hybrid/Trekking bike £119.99 INSTORE & ONLINE @ Decathlon

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Found 18th Jun 2013
Limited clearance stock instore & online, I bought mine today from Decathlon Coventry, reduced from £149.99.

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Almost pulled the trigger on this as I've been looking for a cheap-but-good hybrid for quite a while. Unfortunately it's only available in medium and small frames which is too small for me but ideal for the more vertically challenged. It also seems a little heavy to me at 14.5kg, but I suppose it is a steel frame. Anyway have some heat.
Edited by: "mikerj" 19th Jun 2013

Great deal. Bought one of these for £160 a few months ago and it's fantastic - very quick and very light. My only gripe with it is that the gears a bit temperamental, for example changing gear sometimes just doesn't work (maybe mine needs some adjusting). Overall though it's made my bike rides far more enjoyable, having previously used a cheapo Halfords bike.

120 quids for steel frame bike ? Cold

I have one - It's quite heavy but works like a dream! It does come in a large frame fyi... I bought mine for £150.

Yeah but i think that Halfords has often much better bikes in same price. Defiantly much lighter ones.

Does it not work along the canal then?

Dinth

Yeah but i think that Halfords has often much better bikes in same price. … Yeah but i think that Halfords has often much better bikes in same price. Defiantly much lighter ones.



Lifetime guarantee on the frame

Good deal

This bike here tesco.com/dir…prd is £110 from my local Tesco, got one 2 weeks ago at Tesco St Rollox (Glasgow). Aluminium frame, use it for commuting to work, good so far!

Whatever the other parts are, it seems to me that a steel frame is going to make this bike unnecessarily heavy. Not voting as it seems cheap for that bike, but the bike itself is not good value in my opinion.

I'd rather a good quality steel frame on a well set up bike, over cheap aluminium from a supermarket. And retepetsir said there's a lifetime guarantee on the frame (although may be more hassle than its worth invoking that).

Steel's not for me personally, but has some advantages such as stability (from the extra weight) for more novice riders and a smoother/less jarring ride then aluminium (hence why touring bikes at over 3 times the price use steel, although also as easier to repair abroad on trips etc).

I'll guarantee you the Tesco one won't have a Shimano drivetrain.... Decathlon consistently come out in the top considerations when looking at a comparison of the type and price of bike you want. This will be no different. For £120 you will be getting yourself a very good bike in comparison to anything else at that price.

Btwin make great bikes,way better than halfords and all the other garbage out there,the frames on these are made in portugal.backed by a lifetime guarantee and great customer service.its a "STEEL"
Edited by: "themachman" 19th Jun 2013

Whiteboard91

Great deal. Bought one of these for £160 a few months ago and it's … Great deal. Bought one of these for £160 a few months ago and it's fantastic - very quick and very light. My only gripe with it is that the gears a bit temperamental, for example changing gear sometimes just doesn't work (maybe mine needs some adjusting). Overall though it's made my bike rides far more enjoyable, having previously used a cheapo Halfords bike.

Try oiling chain, chainset and gear cables.

I wouldn't call 14.5 kilos heavy, especially for a steel frame..... aluminium framed bikes at the 200 quid mark are around this weight.

robertoegg[b[u

]]I'll guarantee you the Tesco one won't have a Shimano drivetrain



It does actually...... i'd still rate the Decathlon one better though.

jasee

Whatever the other parts are, it seems to me that a steel frame is going … Whatever the other parts are, it seems to me that a steel frame is going to make this bike unnecessarily heavy. Not voting as it seems cheap for that bike, but the bike itself is not good value in my opinion.

Weight is not everything. I have an old Kona Scab steel framed bike. It rides smooth and like a dream. The geometry is perfect. Compare the weight of the average cyclist - probably over 80Kg, with the 14Kg of this bike. I'm not saying this one is great, but the ride of the bike and it's components is just as important, if not more so, than the weight. My Kona rides smooth because the wheels roll well and the geometry fits me like a glove. That is more important to me than it's weight, which I don't even notice until I have to lift it over a gate.

gta15

This bike here … This bike here http://www.tesco.com/direct/vertigo-bilbao-700c-trekking-bike-mens/211-8750.prd is £110 from my local Tesco, got one 2 weeks ago at Tesco St Rollox (Glasgow). Aluminium frame, use it for commuting to work, good so far!


jasee

Whatever the other parts are, it seems to me that a steel frame is going … Whatever the other parts are, it seems to me that a steel frame is going to make this bike unnecessarily heavy. Not voting as it seems cheap for that bike, but the bike itself is not good value in my opinion.


The Tesco one is still 14kg and has a steel fork!

Biker Jeff

It does actually...... i'd still rate the Decathlon one better though.


Yes, but with Gripshift - urrgh.

Banned

Nice item!

Rickardo

Yes, but with Gripshift - urrgh.



I hate grip shifters as well...... but bikes at this price point aint gonna have rapid fire shifters.

Biker Jeff

I hate grip shifters as well...... but bikes at this price point aint … I hate grip shifters as well...... but bikes at this price point aint gonna have rapid fire shifters.


No, I know, but meant that even though it has Shimano components, the downside is it also has Gripshift. Which the B'Twin also has unfortunately, but if I'd still go for that if I had to chose at this price point.

gta15

This bike here … This bike here http://www.tesco.com/direct/vertigo-bilbao-700c-trekking-bike-mens/211-8750.prd is £110 from my local Tesco, got one 2 weeks ago at Tesco St Rollox (Glasgow). Aluminium frame, use it for commuting to work, good so far!



I bought one of those Tesco Bilbaos last summer whilst I fixed up my "proper bike". It's ok (I paid less than £100 for it), but using it over the winter has seen it rust up pretty bad in places that even a "cheap" decent bike shouldn't rust- ie on the cranks, in the steerer.
I wouldn't call it a smooth ride either but the wheels were half decent and the tyres were acceptable.
The Tesco Vertigo Bilbao doesn't have a sealed cartridge bottom bracket, so if you use it in wet or wintry condition it WILL cause problems and you will need to service it properly and change the bearings.
I assume this Decathlon one has sealed bottom bracket bearings? It's still a cheap bike bike though so don't expect great things. Rear freewheel will be fairly low geared too, though with it being 7 speed you could always but a new wheel with lower ratio cassette on the back if you want to go faster (though may as well spend the extra in the first place!)


Edited by: "SFconvert" 19th Jun 2013

Rickardo

No, I know, but meant that even though it has Shimano components, the … No, I know, but meant that even though it has Shimano components, the downside is it also has Gripshift. Which the B'Twin also has unfortunately, but if I'd still go for that if I had to chose at this price point.



Hate gripshifters, especially in the wet. Even old style thumbshifters are superior in almost every way.

I bought the Btwin Rockrider 5.1 2013 earlier this year for £159 which has an aluminium frame. I have to say it's been brilliant. The gears need adjusting now it's bedded in a bit and Decathlon will do that if you take it back to the store. Would definately buy a bike off them again after the customer service I got and the quality of the bike for the money.

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whatsThePoint

so your saying riding it on roads that were constantly being salted due … so your saying riding it on roads that were constantly being salted due to it being the worst winter for years made it go rusty oO


If you think it is normal for the cranks to rust then you probably aren't the most qualified to comment on this thread about bikes(_;)
Edited by: "SFconvert" 19th Jun 2013

There are many different types of steel used to make bike frames, some expensive and some cheap. The frame on this bike will most probably be what many people call "High-Tensile" steel. It is the cheapest steel used to make bikes. It is a weak material so the tubes need to be thicker for them to have enough strength, and hence why bikes made from this material are usually heavy.

Personally, I would go for an aluminium framed bike at this price range. I've had High-Tensile steel framed bikes before and never liked their weight.

Edited by: "Reaper_Man" 19th Jun 2013

Reaper_Man

There are many different types of steel used to make bike frames, some … There are many different types of steel used to make bike frames, some expensive and some cheap. The frame on this bike will most probably be what many people call "High-Tensile" steel. It is the cheapest steel used to make bikes. It is a weak material so the tubes need to be thicker for them to have enough strength, and hence why bikes made from this material are usually heavy.Personally, I would go for an aluminium framed bike at this price range. I've had High-Tensile steel framed bikes before and never liked their weight.


It can be 6 of one and half a dozen of the other, however; cheap aluminium frames may be vulnerable to fatigue and as aluminium is not as easy to weld as steel, it is less forgiving when quality control may be questionable, perhaps?

Despite being heavier than aluminium, steel/chromoly frames flex far more, & offer a more comfortable ride on suspensionless bikes.

Amongst my bikes I have suspensionless (older) Marin with a chromoly frame, & a newer Ridgeback Nemesis - & have swapped tyres between both. The chromoly frame offers far less crunching behind your valueballs on bumpy roads.

For smooth roads & city traffic, the Nemesis wins, due to the 8 to 1 almost immediate gear change (even when stopped), despite having the less efficient gears.

Rickardo

It can be 6 of one and half a dozen of the other, however; cheap … It can be 6 of one and half a dozen of the other, however; cheap aluminium frames may be vulnerable to fatigue and as aluminium is not as easy to weld as steel, it is less forgiving when quality control may be questionable, perhaps?



All aluminium frames are susceptible to fatigue. I don't know if the cheaper ones are more so than others. I also don't know if quality control is where bike manufacturers make savings. Although I suspect not, and that it is in the cost of the materials used.

I will say I prefer steel bikes, you have mentioned some of the reasons why. But a high tensile steel bike is not usable for me. I find acceleration low and so maintaining speed is hard, I cannot do long distances, and all because of the weight. However, this bike is quoted as being 14.45kg for the medium size, which does not sound overly heavy to me. I'm not sure I believe it. I'll check how heavy my bikes are a bit later. But at this point I'm still in favour of aluminium at this price level.

Rickardo

I'd rather a good quality steel frame on a well set up bike, over cheap … I'd rather a good quality steel frame on a well set up bike, over cheap aluminium from a supermarket. And retepetsir said there's a lifetime guarantee on the frame (although may be more hassle than its worth invoking that).Steel's not for me personally, but has some advantages such as stability (from the extra weight) for more novice riders and a smoother/less jarring ride then aluminium (hence why touring bikes at over 3 times the price use steel, although also as easier to repair abroad on trips etc).



Lifetime guarantee on the frame, handlebars, fork, etc too.

I took a while deciding what bike to by for commuting to and from my local station but actually ordered a B'Twin last week, the Nework 3. Very happy with it!

Frame is made in France and very good quality. For the sake of 1kg or so I'm happier to go with a decent well-built steel frame and good components.

My heaviest bike is 14.5kg. (My inside leg is 30", so I take the smaller sized bikes.) It has a 4130 ChroMoly mountain bike frame, has a rear pannier rack attached, and has mudguards. It is not particularly fast, but I can travel fairly long distances with it. I would say that it is approaching the maximum weight of bike I would consider owning. This one, with some mudguards and a pannier rack added, would be around 15.5kg.

The Tesco one is a 20" frame (one size up), and is quoted as 14kg. If they did an 18", which would probably be my size, it would obviously be lighter.

I am not going to change my mind about my choice. I think the aluminium bike will be a nicer ride. It will accelerate well, and you will be able to travel as far as you want. The steel one will not respond well, and will feel heavy.

Of course, this is just my personal choice. If all you are going to do is cycle 10 mins a day to the station, weight is probably not a big factor for you, and the lifetime guarantee might influence you more. But for me, I like cycling and will go out for rides whenever I can, and I think the steel bike is just not going to be much fun.

Reaper_Man

My heaviest bike is 14.5kg. (My inside leg is 30", so I take the smaller … My heaviest bike is 14.5kg. (My inside leg is 30", so I take the smaller sized bikes.) It has a 4130 ChroMoly mountain bike frame, has a rear pannier rack attached, and has mudguards. It is not particularly fast, but I can travel fairly long distances with it. I would say that it is approaching the maximum weight of bike I would consider owning. This one, with some mudguards and a pannier rack added, would be around 15.5kg.The Tesco one is a 20" frame (one size up), and is quoted as 14kg. If they did an 18", which would probably be my size, it would obviously be lighter.I am not going to change my mind about my choice. I think the aluminium bike will be a nicer ride. It will accelerate well, and you will be able to travel as far as you want. The steel one will not respond well, and will feel heavy.Of course, this is just my personal choice. If all you are going to do is cycle 10 mins a day to the station, weight is probably not a big factor for you, and the lifetime guarantee might influence you more. But for me, I like cycling and will go out for rides whenever I can, and I think the steel bike is just not going to be much fun.



10 minutes, I wish! The Nework 3 I now own is 16kg with the metal mudguards, lights, chain guards, etc. Really not that much for a bike and hardly any difference vs. cheap aluminium frames.

I'd looked at aluminium but would have wanted to have spent more for a decent Alu frame. They're not always built to last at that price point.

I don't think anyone was asking you to change your mind?!

I also like riding, already owning numerous other bikes

retepetsir

10 minutes, I wish! The Nework 3 I now own is 16kg with the metal … 10 minutes, I wish! The Nework 3 I now own is 16kg with the metal mudguards, lights, chain guards, etc. Really not that much for a bike and hardly any difference vs. cheap aluminium frames. I'd looked at aluminium but would have wanted to have spent more for a decent Alu frame. They're not always built to last at that price point. I don't think anyone was asking you to change your mind?! I also like riding, already owning numerous other bikes



I wasn't referring to your situation when I mentioned the 10 min ride to the station, it was just an example. Inspired by your post perhaps, but certainly not a reference to it.

Also, I said "I'm not going to change my mind..." because in a previous post I had started to think that the weight of this bike wasn't so great, rather than imagining people asking me to change it.

I'm very glad that you are happy with your bike. That should be the most important thing for any bike owner. But, for people considering buying a new bike, I would say they should consider the weight of high tensile steel frames. You say your bike is 16kg, and that you are happy with it. Great. My next heaviest bike is 13kg. It doesn't sound like very much, but it is a LOT faster than the one which is 14.5kg. It is an absolute pleasure to ride and you really do notice the difference. If you buy a bike at the heavier end of the scale, you should really expect others to overtake you easily, and that you will not be riding at speed. Of course, lighter bikes usually are more expensive.

I would say that if you have a limited budget, then your choices are something like the two bikes mentioned in this thread - the Decathlon and the Tesco. With the high tensile steel Decathlon, if you take care of it, it will possibly last a lifetime (this is a characteristic of steel bikes). But it will be heavy, somewhat slow, and I wouldn't recommend it for large distances. With the aluminium Tesco, it will probably not last forever (no aluminium bike will last forever, but we are talking many many years here), but will be versatile and easy to ride.

By the way, the aluminium bike would come in at less than 14kg, which I consider to be quite a bit less than 16kg when considering bike weights.

In summary, can't really go wrong for the average user and £119 with a lifetime guarantee

My race bike is lighter but that's for a completely different use.

Forgot to say that the tyres on these are also very good, Schwalbe Marathons.

Been looking at buying this for a while, now its discounted! I know nothing about bikes other than how to ride one, would this be a good starter bike for me? Planning to ride for leisure on roads and some dirt trails. This person doesn't like this bike: whartsonhall.wordpress.com/201…ke/

grumpygrim

I might buy this instead … I might buy this instead http://www.halfords.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/product_storeId_10001_catalogId_10151_productId_762091_langId_-1_categoryId_165534#tab1



If that link is correct, it leads to an Apollo Metis Hybrid 19" bike. That is a woman's bike. Probably fine for the road, but wouldn't recommend dirt trails.
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