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    Hi there,

    I'm after some advice on getting a new bicycle. The last time I bought a bike was about 6 years ago and to be honest I'm clueless about buying bikes.

    What I'm looking for is something around £80, with 26 wheels. I was also wondering if the dual suspension bikes are any good as my old one didn't have any. Is there anything in particular i should look out for when buying a new bike?

    Thanks for your help.

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    Also if you are going for suspension, if you get one at around the 80 mark get one with only front suspension, at that price a rear suspension bike will suck big time.

    im not sure you will be able to get any bike with 26 wheels never mind one for £80 lol

    Try this website (hope it's OK to list this):-

    localbargainfinder.co.uk/

    It's amazing what you can find through it as not everyone can get to collect them through fleabay. My husband has a 26" wheel bike on there at the moment but we live in Lincoln, don't know where you are, this website will find anything that needs home collection, which a bike would be, within a certain mile radius that you state at the start.

    Hope it makes sense, it's a very handy website.

    esq3585;4598153

    Also if you are going for suspension, if you get one at around the 80 … Also if you are going for suspension, if you get one at around the 80 mark get one with only front suspension, at that price a rear suspension bike will suck big time.



    Definitely agree with this. Any suspension will make a bike a little harder to ride (you spend a little energy compressing the springs inside the suspension) and cheap rear suspension much more. This is why expensive suspension systems have lockouts which locks the suspension for harder (uphill) cycling.

    For the sub £100 there are the bottom end of halford and the supermarket specials, but there are a couple of others that advertise in the sunday supplements, ]Sterling House is one of them.

    BUT (and here I'm sure is where I pick up a lable of bike snob), I would class most of these deals as cheap, but not necessarily a bargain or good value. I would keep an eye out in the 2nd hand ads in your local area. 2nd bikes quite quickly come down to 1/2 their value, so you could pick up a well made solid bike costing £200+ 2 years old for your dosh.

    Original Poster

    Hey guys,
    Thanks for all of your help.
    Just a quick question is there any bike brands that I should avoid like the plague?

    cheepaschippies;4598400

    im not sure you will be able to get any bike with 26 wheels never mind … im not sure you will be able to get any bike with 26 wheels never mind one for £80 lol



    Yeah 26 wheels, cause I'm a caterpillar. Honest it wasn't a typo

    Cheers.

    the_mad_medic;4614912

    Hey guys,Thanks for all of your help.Just a quick question is there any … Hey guys,Thanks for all of your help.Just a quick question is there any bike brands that I should avoid like the plague?



    At the money you are talking about, a new bike will be a no-name (or a no name rebranded to a recognised sports name eg.Dunlop).

    They are all (in my opinion) much of a muchness quality wise and most come from the same factory in china anyway.

    So no, none to avoid.
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