I'm after a new women's road bike to be used on a turbo trainer. It must have 2x8 (8 speed 16 gears).
As it'll be used 99% of the time stationary it does not need to be amazing, just the cheapest.
Any ideas where to look, I'm hoping for something under £300 but open to what's possible?
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The gearing is often still different because the sprockets are different sizes. For example there are two bikes on the halfords site that meet your criteria of a 2x8 speed race bike and one has a rear set of 11-28 tooth sprockets while the other has 11-32 tooth sprockets.
1. Avail 2 (2021) | Liv Cycling UK (liv-cycling.com)
2. Cube Axial WS 2021 Womens Bike - Womens Road Bikes - Womens Bikes - Bikes (winstanleysbikes.co.uk)
3. Giant Liv Avail AR 4 Road Bike 2021 | All Terrain Cycles
Others have mentioned used bikes on eBay and Facebook Marketplace and you will stand more chance of hitting your budget, like this one for £170, Liv Giant Avail Road Bike medium | eBay. The only disadvantages are it might take a while to find a bike that is the correct size, the correct spec and it may need some tidying up.