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    Advice needed on purchasing a bike

    Ive tried to get some response on deal requests but not had much luck. Really i'm looking for some advice on what i should be looking for in a bike as there seems to be a lot to consider.

    Im 5 10, looking for a 'casual' bike which i can ride to work (only just over a mile away) and which i can ride on the pavement as well as the road.

    any help would be very welcome as im clueless and dont want to go into a shop and end up buying some rubbish

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    All depends on your budget.......

    If you are 5 10 I would go for an 18" frame first of all.

    If you only want it for commuting DONT get a full suspension bike. Halfords will try to convince you that you need one but it is un true. Full sus is only needed for off road riding.

    If you were to purchase a mountain bike shape with no suspension at all (I.E a steel front fork) you will probably find that you travel much faster, simply because the suspension won't absorb any of the energy you are putting into the peddles.

    If it is for riding on the pavement as well I wouldn't get a dedicated road bike, as they don't take the bumps as well as mountain bikes do.

    Let me know your budget and I will try to find something decent for you to consider online or to compare with a model in your local shop....

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    thearbiter65;2398992

    All depends on your budget.......If you are 5 10 I would go for an 18" … All depends on your budget.......If you are 5 10 I would go for an 18" frame first of all.If you only want it for commuting DONT get a full suspension bike. Halfords will try to convince you that you need one but it is un true. Full sus is only needed for off road riding.If you were to purchase a mountain bike shape with no suspension at all (I.E a steel front fork) you will probably find that you travel much faster, simply because the suspension won't absorb any of the energy you are putting into the peddles.If it is for riding on the pavement as well I wouldn't get a dedicated road bike, as they don't take the bumps as well as mountain bikes do.Let me know your budget and I will try to find something decent for you to consider online or to compare with a model in your local shop....




    Thanks for the reply. Really only looking for something cheap round the £100 mark as its for very short distance. I dont plan on using it for anything else but to travel a mile here and there.

    Agree with all said by thearbiter65. A bike with no front suspension will also be a bit lighter as well. May be best to look for one with an aluminium frame (if budget allows) as this will also be lighter than a steel frame.

    Might be worth considering a hybrid bike - these have a fairly upright riding position, but with 27" wheels rather than 26" for a mountain bike. Tend to do better on tarmac than a MB, but can still do some light off-road cycle path use.

    Allow some of your budget (probably around 10%, depending on where the bike will be kept @ work & @ home) to buy a quality lock. Always lock your bike up at both places.

    Allow some more for lights, although for working 9-5 you may not need these until Sept/Oct.

    There is always a debate about whether cycle helmets are a good thing or not. Personally, I always wear one. Search google for info if you are unsure.

    Ps. Riding on the pavement is an offence. Not saying I don't do it (occasionaly), but I have known people to get pulled over & fined. Safer, but more expensive :-D

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    Ps. Riding on the pavement is an offence. Not saying I don't do it (occasionaly), but I have known people to get pulled over & fined. Safer, but more expensive :-D[/QUOTE]

    You cant put a price on safety lol
    Nah i will be on the road most of the times just a few parts of my commute i would take a short cut so i know a road bike is definately not for me.

    If you really want to do it cheap its worth considering a second hand bike, or look out for the £40 half-price bikes at Tesco (not great by any stretch of the imagination but what can you expect for £40!).

    And the other place to try is the local FreeCycle group, which funnily enough is not to do with bikes

    I bought a new bike last year and have just given the old one away via the Norwich FreeCycle group. They tend to be very popular on this group, so cross your fingers before asking for one. :thumbsup:

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    AyrshireBacon;2399210

    And the other place to try is the local FreeCycle group, which funnily … And the other place to try is the local FreeCycle group, which funnily enough is not to do with bikes :)I bought a new bike last year and have just given the old one away via the Norwich FreeCycle group. They tend to be very popular on this group, so cross your fingers before asking for one. :thumbsup:



    the wife put a post on liverpool freecycle for me yesterday but no luck as of yet

    jah128;2399148

    If you really want to do it cheap its worth considering a second hand … If you really want to do it cheap its worth considering a second hand bike, or look out for the £40 half-price bikes at Tesco (not great by any stretch of the imagination but what can you expect for £40!).



    dont buy these. me and a mate bought them and they wer terrible. had to throw them out. they wer so slow and just broke with the gears and brakes lol!
    get urself a half decent halfords one i would say.

    If you can stretch to it have a look at this:

    chainreactioncycles.com/Mod…291

    I have found that many sub £100 bikes simply won't last. Yes Tesco have bikes for £40, but you get what you pay for......

    Consider this model though. I have used chain reaction cycles before and they are a good site..

    Also, this one looks cooler!

    Original Poster

    checked halfords but they dont really have anything on for around £100. I think i'd rather just continue to walk to work lol

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    thearbiter65;2399340

    If you can stretch to it have a look at … If you can stretch to it have a look at this:http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/Models.aspx?ModelID=23291I have found that many sub £100 bikes simply won't last. Yes Tesco have bikes for £40, but you get what you pay for......Consider this model though. I have used chain reaction cycles before and they are a good site..Also, this one looks cooler!



    Ok i know this may sound stupid but whats a Hardtail bike?

    Just found this one too.....

    Might be more suitable for you....No need for front suspension really if you just want a commuter. Plus, cheaper front forks dont work properly anyway:

    bikeoutlet.co.uk/pro…tml

    Not a bad bike for £130!!!

    BTW: 18"/19" frame is the correct size you would want

    john_mac83;2399361

    Ok i know this may sound stupid but whats a Hardtail bike?



    Basically: One with no rear suspension

    Mclovin;2399285

    dont buy these. me and a mate bought them and they wer terrible. had to … dont buy these. me and a mate bought them and they wer terrible. had to throw them out. they wer so slow and just broke with the gears and brakes lol!get urself a half decent halfords one i would say.



    Half decent is about Halfords level, LOL

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    Thanks for the help

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    Ive had an 18" bike before and it seemed a little small. Any 20" bikes out there?
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