Help with buying a bike please

I'm looking to buy my son a bike for Christmas. He's a 19 year old student who would be using to travel back and forward to lectures so no challenging terrain! I've a budget of up to £400. Any advise would be great thanks.

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best look at halfwords and they could advise you on what's best at the Mo.

try asking halfwords they could probably advise you better

Whereabouts is he in the country

For god sake don't go to Halford's. Find yourself a good local bike shop and go ask their advice. Or look on bike radar website.

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He's in St Andrews

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I've heard such mixed reviews of Halfords which is why I haven't gone there first

Evans cycles is probably your closest unbiased bike shop I 2nd don't go to halfords you need proper cycle advise.

wls278

He's in St Andrews


Ah ok because unfortunately in certain uni areas bike theft is a major issue and i would be reluctant to buy a decent bike just to go back and forth to lectures.Good luck on whatever you buy.
Around St Andrews is a lovely part of the country

you need to factor in clothing, lights a helmet and panniers if needed
Have a look at hoodoo voodoo - good bikes

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archer1204

Ah ok because unfortunately in certain uni areas bike theft is a major … Ah ok because unfortunately in certain uni areas bike theft is a major issue and i would be reluctant to buy a decent bike just to go back and forth to lectures.Good luck on whatever you buy.Around St Andrews is a lovely part of the country


It is a lovely area of the country and we haven't heard of any theft issues since he went up in 2015

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andrewlaw9

Evans cycles is probably your closest unbiased bike shop I 2nd don't go … Evans cycles is probably your closest unbiased bike shop I 2nd don't go to halfords you need proper cycle advise.


Thank you, will have a look there

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sowotsdis

you need to factor in clothing, lights a helmet and panniers if … you need to factor in clothing, lights a helmet and panniers if neededHave a look at hoodoo voodoo - good bikes


Thanks, have already bought some accessories so budget is purely for the bike

Try Decathlon, better value for money than anywhere else!

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Pjcity

Try Decathlon, better value for money than anywhere else!


Thanks, will have a look

Edinburgh Bike Coop is near(ish).
I like the look of the Revolution Cross 2 - which is at the top end of your budget though.
or if he wants a flat-bar bike the Revolution Courier 2 looks good and is cheaper.
Dunno if they do any discounts with British Cycling membership - worth asking them anyway wherever you buy from.
Edited by: "buddhabelly" 13th Nov 2016

Or go second hand, if you know someone that can come and help you to check the bike. You can pick yourself a bargain, maybe for around £200 you may end up with a bike worth £400 to £500, with the rest of the money buy some good locks, helmet, gloves etc.
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