Pendleton Initial Road Bike. Was £399, now £229.00 (potential around £185) Halfords instore and online.
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Pendleton Initial Road Bike. Was £399, now £229.00 (potential around £185) Halfords instore and online.

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Found 8th Aug 2014
Just been to Halfords to look at the Pendleton Initial road bike. Recommended on Twitter for ladies as not a "pink and shrink" they do from men's bikes.

A few days ago it was £349.99 was going to use British Cycling membership to get it £315 but it has gone down another £50 so glad we waited.

My partner tried the small out on the rolling road. She is 5'4" and it was a good fit. Stem was a typical long one (didn't measure tho) for road bikes and official fitting should of have us getting a medium. However, this was her first dropped bars bike so having a slightly smaller frame with less of reach will be an easier transition if you're used to straight bars. Could reduce the stem if got the longer bike but felt no need.

Conclusion: A good starter road bike. If you have BC membership it will be £270. Tyres are slicks so will change them. Plastic pedals with clips so will change too. Only 2x8 speed groupset but what you expect sub 300?. Asked about first service which is included. Bargain in our opinion.

the copy-paste:
"PENDLETON INITIAL ROAD BIKE

If you're thinking about following in the Olympic heroine's footsteps - and even if you're not - the Pendleton Initial Road Bike might be just up your street. This fab road bike will have you zooming along looking like a pro thanks to its 16 speed Shimano Claris groupset, powerful Tektro calliper brakes and large, speedy 700c wheels. Most importantly, Victoria has ensured that the ladies' specific geometry and components offer the best possible fit for the female cyclist.

Alloy frame with cromoly fork for added comfort
16 speed Shimano Claris groupset
Ladies' specific geometry to offer the best possible fit.
Small = 43cm, Medium = 46cm
PENDLETON INITIAL ROAD BIKE EXTRA INFO

FREE Local Store build
FREE 6-week first service
Pre-Delivery inspection + 22 point safety check
OR get it delivered boxed for self-assembly
PENDLETON INITIAL ROAD BIKE SIZE GUIDE

OVERVIEW
Approximate Weight (KG): 11.5
Exact Frame Size:
Forks: Chromoly
Frame Material: Alloy
Front Brake: Tektro Caliper Brake
Gender: Womens
Geometry:
Number of Gears: 16
Rear Brake: Tektro Caliper Brake
Wheel Size: 700c
DETAILED SPECS

Brake Type: Calliper brakes
Cassette: Sram PG830. 11/28T
Chainset: Lasco 50/34T
Colour:
Frame Colour: Navy
Front Mech: Shimano Claris 2 Speed
Gear Shifters: Shimano Claris STI Brake/Gear Levers
Handle Bars: Lightweight Alloy 380mm
Headset: Semi Integrated
Hubs: Alloy QR
Pedals: Black Resin
Rear Mech: Shimano Claris 8 Speed
Rims: Double Wall Alloy Black
Saddle: White Pendleton Road Saddle
Seatpost: Alloy 27.3
Stem: Alloy, 7 degree rise, 90mm
Suspension: Rigid
Type: Road Bikes
Tyres:

Use hotukdeals.com/tag/dea…626 to get the potential of around £185.

29 Comments

If you aren't going off road then why would you swop the tyres?

Not a bad price with all the discounts. Claris looks good, works fine, albeit a bit clunky.

johnnystorm

If you aren't going off road then why would you swop the tyres?



Good point, my full slicks stick better than any other tyre inc those with tread at the centre or side. However swapping tyres can be a cheap and effective upgrade (lighter, tougher, quicker).

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johnnystorm

If you aren't going off road then why would you swop the tyres?



Because it rains and a little displacement of water will add confidence. Changing to road tyres still but better quality and all weather.

Slicks in the wet!
The only way to ride!

Banned

johnnystorm

If you aren't going off road then why would you swop the tyres?



You need tread if it's wet, obviously.

tread is so minimal on road tyres it makes no difference, plus they are so narrow they don't aquaplane. The only tread road tyres I own with knobbies also have metal studs for icy conditions... broke my leg and ankle on ice once.

Wearing Lycra whilst braking leg and ankle?

BACONIZGUD4ME

You need tread if it's wet, obviously.



You need to be going about 60 mph for tread to have any difference.

it only reduces the effects of aquaplaning which only happens at higher speeds,

Original Poster

I'm learning lots of new things about tyres today.

So on my CX bike with the grip gone which I mainly use on roads it'd pointless replacing them until I see the thread show?
Edited by: "geeadamg" 8th Aug 2014

geeadamg

I'm learning lots of new things about tyres today.So on my bike CX bike … I'm learning lots of new things about tyres today.So on my bike CX bike with the grip gone which I mainly use on roads it'd pointless replacing them until I see the thread show?



Yes and no. As mentioned above tread in skinny road bike tyres is purely for psychological effect. On your cx bike you may well see more grip on tarmac as the tread wears down. If the tyres are multi compound the rubber under the tread might be harder and less grippy. Personally I'd replace them once the centre section flattens as handling drops off as you lean over off the flat spot.

Good Price so voted HOT

Dwatkeys83

Wearing Lycra whilst braking leg and ankle?



no, was in my mtb that time.

Too heavy

decathlon have heavily discounted small frame road bikes for less dough and higher spec. The legendary red triban 3 with carbon forks for £250

BACONIZGUD4ME

You need tread if it's wet, obviously.



The best tyres in the wet are generally Ultremo ZX, and these do not have tread. Tread is only needed due to speed (as stated by chrisbass) and the surface area of the tyre. On a car, yes, on a road bike, no as it is very thin, so cuts through water easily.

kramer2088

decathlon have heavily discounted small frame road bikes for less dough … decathlon have heavily discounted small frame road bikes for less dough and higher spec. The legendary red triban 3 with carbon forks for £250


Yes, but this is a lady specific bike, with ladies geometry. Female riders tend to complain about stretching too much to the bars on a small gents bike, the specific geometry sorts that ...

And on the subject of tyres... good quality tyres are normally slick, but made from advanced composites for rolling resistance and grip. Ultremos, Conti GPs, Michelin Pro 4s service course, You need tread for off road uses - my cyclo cross tyres are great off road, but wear away seriously quickly on road sections...

logohigh

Too heavy


You or the bike?

The bike

Thanks for this post! I am currently looking for a road bike after nearly dying trying to keep up with my bf who has a road bike & I just have an old style "normal" ladies bike. I had a go on his & found it much easier. I don't want to pay too much as I'll probably get bored after a couple of rides & it may end up in the shed. I do want one which will fit me better though. I'm 5ft3 & found that my hand span was even too small for some of the bikes, meaning breaking was a stretch.

I have been looking at halfords.com/cyc…3cm as it's the only woman's one they stock in my local halfords.

And have also seen this m.evanscycles.com/pro…870 in my local independent bike shop which they will do for £300.

Can anyone give me any advise please? I haven't got a clue what to look for, but want the best I can get for no more than about £300.

Ps. I've never commented on here before so hope this is allowed??

Thank you in advance
Sarah

sez655

Thanks for this post! I am currently looking for a road bike after nearly … Thanks for this post! I am currently looking for a road bike after nearly dying trying to keep up with my bf who has a road bike & I just have an old style "normal" ladies bike. I had a go on his & found it much easier. I don't want to pay too much as I'll probably get bored after a couple of rides & it may end up in the shed. I do want one which will fit me better though. I'm 5ft3 & found that my hand span was even too small for some of the bikes, meaning breaking was a stretch. I have been looking at http://www.halfords.com/cycling/bikes/road-bikes/carrera-tdf-limited-edition-womens-road-bike-2014-43cm as it's the only woman's one they stock in my local halfords.And have also seen this http://m.evanscycles.com/products/dawes/giro-300-2013-womens-road-bike-ec050870 in my local independent bike shop which they will do for £300. Can anyone give me any advise please? I haven't got a clue what to look for, but want the best I can get for no more than about £300. Ps. I've never commented on here before so hope this is allowed??Thank you in advance Sarah



This seems the best for you. You'd much prefer the gearing as the other 2 use thumb shifters and they will become a pain.

Billybskoda

Yes, but this is a lady specific bike, with ladies geometry. Female … Yes, but this is a lady specific bike, with ladies geometry. Female riders tend to complain about stretching too much to the bars on a small gents bike, the specific geometry sorts that ...And on the subject of tyres... good quality tyres are normally slick, but made from advanced composites for rolling resistance and grip. Ultremos, Conti GPs, Michelin Pro 4s service course, You need tread for off road uses - my cyclo cross tyres are great off road, but wear away seriously quickly on road sections...

I have noticed a lot of female road bike riders seem to be stretching for the handlebars, but is a shorter stem , a cheap component, not the answer?

kramer2088

I have noticed a lot of female road bike riders seem to be stretching … I have noticed a lot of female road bike riders seem to be stretching for the handlebars, but is a shorter stem , a cheap component, not the answer?



Indeed.

Original Poster

sez655

Thanks for this post! I am currently looking for a road bike after nearly … Thanks for this post! I am currently looking for a road bike after nearly dying trying to keep up with my bf who has a road bike & I just have an old style "normal" ladies bike. I had a go on his & found it much easier. I don't want to pay too much as I'll probably get bored after a couple of rides & it may end up in the shed. I do want one which will fit me better though. I'm 5ft3 & found that my hand span was even too small for some of the bikes, meaning breaking was a stretch. I have been looking at http://www.halfords.com/cycling/bikes/road-bikes/carrera-tdf-limited-edition-womens-road-bike-2014-43cm as it's the only woman's one they stock in my local halfords.And have also seen this http://m.evanscycles.com/products/dawes/giro-300-2013-womens-road-bike-ec050870 in my local independent bike shop which they will do for £300. Can anyone give me any advise please? I haven't got a clue what to look for, but want the best I can get for no more than about £300. Ps. I've never commented on here before so hope this is allowed??Thank you in advance Sarah



I can give you a small review on this one so far:

Picked this bike up today and out of the three bikes she has bought since I've known her she has taken to this like a duck to water. It seems to just fit. People here are right about the tyres as taken it over several surfaces and it has been fine - I've never used slicks nor had she but they have handled the wet tarmac well. She is not stretched and after halfords build all we've done is raise seat about 3cm and moved the seat back 25mm.

She says it's responsive, the gears are smooth and after the BC discount we paid £269 at checkout. I'm very impressed. No long ides on it yet but once weather has died down a bit it will get a proper outing.

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BurGr4VIYAED0Sv.jpg

kramer2088

I have noticed a lot of female road bike riders seem to be stretching … I have noticed a lot of female road bike riders seem to be stretching for the handlebars, but is a shorter stem , a cheap component, not the answer?


Nope, its the whole thing, including specific geometry.. its more in-depth than just a shorter stem, its the whole bike. Shorter stem is like sitting on a cushion to drive a car, the whole set-up is wrong, minor tinkering is a work around, but the correct answer is to start from the ground up with the correct geometry. also kindof like saying a small mens jersey is the right fit for a lady... it just isn't...

rev6

Indeed.



Like I say...

Nope, its the whole thing, including specific geometry.. its more in-depth than just a shorter stem, its the whole bike. Shorter stem is like sitting on a cushion to drive a car, the whole set-up is wrong, minor tinkering is a work around, but the correct answer is to start from the ground up with the correct geometry. also kindof like saying a small mens jersey is the right fit for a lady... it just isn't...

Billybskoda

Like I say...Nope, its the whole thing, including specific geometry.. its … Like I say...Nope, its the whole thing, including specific geometry.. its more in-depth than just a shorter stem, its the whole bike. Shorter stem is like sitting on a cushion to drive a car, the whole set-up is wrong, minor tinkering is a work around, but the correct answer is to start from the ground up with the correct geometry. also kindof like saying a small mens jersey is the right fit for a lady... it just isn't...



Lower the saddle.
In fact I've lost what the conversation was about exactly. All I saw was "stretched" which yea can be fixed by the stem. Worked for me.
Edited by: "rev6" 10th Aug 2014

Banned

You lot need to stop quoting everything of forums, you have no idea about tread patterns.

Original Poster

This is actually £229 now.

Annoying but had a word with the manager who said bring in a receipt and will refund the difference :-) Not sure will get the difference after British Cycling discount but gonna go back today to ask.

At £229 bargain but if you use the 20% off trick here hotukdeals.com/dea…626 it's an approx £185 bike which is a bargain.

Edited by: "geeadamg" 7th Sep 2014
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