New Bike!?!?

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Posted 29th Mar
hey heyyyy...so i'm looking to get a new bike and saw this on argos, thought it sounded decent:
argos.co.uk/pro…363

haven't cycled for a few years now so thought this would be good to get back into it...anyone has any experience with this or can recommend some for around the same price?

thanks in advance
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what you have found is horrible

Is £130 your max?

What sort of cycling do you intend/envisage doing?
Bertz9929/03/2020 22:01

what you have found is horribleIs £130 your max?What sort of cycling do …what you have found is horribleIs £130 your max?What sort of cycling do you intend/envisage doing?


really, is it that bad...reviews seem good on it though?

and just around city, for light exercise etc
It is heavy
It is of poor design
If going cheap (and £130 is cheap) then you are best to keep the bike simple
That front fork for a start is a waste of money in this price bracket - adds to the weight and maintenance whilst not fitting your intended use
The whole split frame design - what is that about?
At the price you are looking you will struggle to get anything high quality new although the Malvern on here I think better than this for your stated use
hotukdeals.com/dea…552

read the comments in that thread too but if you could up your budget a fair bit you might be able to get something a lot nicer

Most seem to quote at least double you budget for a quality entry level bike albeit some bargain to beat that a bit dotted about from time to time.
Edited by: "Bertz99" 30th Mar
I'd be tempted to visit your local bike shop and tell them your budget. You'll get a lot better for your money. Or buy 2nd hand on the Internet. This bike won't be a pleasure to ride.
Edited by: "MonkeyMan90" 29th Mar
Do you need a folding bike? Generally heavier, and it's a weak point in construction. If you are getting into it as a starter maybe get a second hand bike. At least with a second hand one the resale value, if you give up or upgrade, will be around what you paid for it.
Everything from Argos will just be a BSO.
That bike from Argos doesn’t look like it would be much fun to ride, better off having a look at the stuff that ago Outdoors sell.
InetUID29/03/2020 22:52

Everything from Argos will just be a BSO.



Some of the Challenge range review favourably in the cycling press as budget machines such as the dynamic - a lot more than the bike in question here though
Decathlon is also a good place to consider. Their bikes are generally well built to a decent spec, at a not stupid price
Kbramman29/03/2020 23:16

Decathlon is also a good place to consider. Their bikes are generally well …Decathlon is also a good place to consider. Their bikes are generally well built to a decent spec, at a not stupid price



How much a wager that gets a response from bonzo?
thanks for the replies guys...I'm not looking for a folding one and it doesn't have to be new either...just something to get me back into the cycling game
would I be able to get something better if i went for 2nd hand and around £200?
You’d only wanna cycle on that thing during quarantine, f getting seen on that
bilal9129/03/2020 22:05

really, is it that bad...reviews seem good on it though?and just around …really, is it that bad...reviews seem good on it though?and just around city, for light exercise etc


It is that bad, what upsets me most about these bikes is people who want to get back into cycling buy them. They are made of the lowest possible quality parts and guarantee the worst possible cycling experience you could get.

They basically ruin cycling for people before they can even enjoy it or decide if they want to start up again. Their prevalence also shows sadly, that people keep buying them.

A bike with that many gears at that price will have drive train issues very quickly.

£200 is probably the minimum you could spend to get something semi-decent. I understand you don't want to brake the bank given your intentions but don't give yourself a bad experience by getting the cheapest thing you can find.

If you live in a flat area and want to just potter around town and on quiet roads consider a single speed city bike. They literally have next to no maintenance and the gearing and weight makes them easy to ride up inclines.
decathlon.co.uk/elo…tml

Dunno if decathlon is open or not. I doubt it.

Whatever you decide don't be afraid to consult us here again. We only want what's best for you.
Edited by: "mogsog" 30th Mar
bilal9130/03/2020 00:51

thanks for the replies guys...I'm not looking for a folding one and it …thanks for the replies guys...I'm not looking for a folding one and it doesn't have to be new either...just something to get me back into the cycling gamewould I be able to get something better if i went for 2nd hand and around £200?


You'd get much better for around £200 2nd hand. There's some serious cyclists on here who are better to advise you. I just hobby ride, but even my untrained eye can see that bike is built like a tank.
mogsog30/03/2020 08:34

It is that bad, what upsets me most about these bikes is people who want …It is that bad, what upsets me most about these bikes is people who want to get back into cycling buy them. They are made of the lowest possible quality parts and guarantee the worst possible cycling experience you could get.They basically ruin cycling for people before they can even enjoy it or decide if they want to start up again. Their prevalence also shows sadly, that people keep buying them.A bike with that many gears at that price will have drive train issues very quickly. £200 is probably the minimum you could spend to get something semi-decent. I understand you don't want to brake the bank given your intentions but don't give yourself a bad experience by getting the cheapest thing you can find. If you live in a flat area and want to just potter around town and on quiet roads consider a single speed city bike. They literally have next to no maintenance and the gearing and weight makes them easy to ride up inclines. https://www.decathlon.co.uk/elops-500-single-speed-blue-id_8549624.htmlDunno if decathlon is open or not. I doubt it.Whatever you decide don't be afraid to consult us here again. We only want what's best for you.

i hear ya...tbh a single speed city bike sounds good for my needs, any other bikes i should look for in that category?
or any models i should look for in the second hand market? (i can muster up £200 max)
Have a look on your local gumtree and faecesbook sites. See what's available locally. Read a few reviews, then post the shortlist on here for advice.
bilal9130/03/2020 11:17

i hear ya...tbh a single speed city bike sounds good for my needs, any …i hear ya...tbh a single speed city bike sounds good for my needs, any other bikes i should look for in that category?or any models i should look for in the second hand market? (i can muster up £200 max)


Really glad to read that. I would love to recommend more to you but at 200 I can't. I'm not against gears but you won't get a decent set of them on any bike that's in your budget.

That's the beauty of single speed bikes. All the money that would of been spent on gears instead gets invested into the rest of the bike and improves the quality that's how you can get such a good single speed for so cheap. Decathlon sell their bikes all over the world too so that SS I linked is good quality for the money because of how mass produced it is.
bilal9130/03/2020 11:17

i hear ya...tbh a single speed city bike sounds good for my needs, any …i hear ya...tbh a single speed city bike sounds good for my needs, any other bikes i should look for in that category?or any models i should look for in the second hand market? (i can muster up £200 max)



What area are you in?
Folks can search for secondhand locally to you and advise accordingly....

I picked up a practically new Boardman Hybrid Comp for my eldest from an ad on Gumtree, not a mark on it and it was only £190 (asking price was £220), CatEye wireless computer and brand new helmet included.
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Edited by: "andynicol" 30th Mar
andynicol30/03/2020 12:07

What area are you in?Folks can search for secondhand locally to you and …What area are you in?Folks can search for secondhand locally to you and advise accordingly....I picked up a practically new Boardman Hybrid Comp for my eldest from an ad on Gumtree, not a mark on it and it was only £190 (asking price was £220), CatEye wireless computer and brand new helmet included.[Image]


I live in leeds...i did a search but theres just so many options and i've no idea which ones are good and which are useless
bilal9130/03/2020 12:11

I live in leeds...i did a search but theres just so many options and i've …I live in leeds...i did a search but theres just so many options and i've no idea which ones are good and which are useless



After a very quick search on GT, search parameters within 30 miles of Leeds and priced between £150-£250, I have spotted this B'Twin Triban 520 with an asking price of £250, but seller states he needs the money, whilst not wanting to take advantage of anyone struggling, especially at this time, theres room for negotiation it seems...

gumtree.com/p/b…158
andynicol30/03/2020 12:22

After a very quick search on GT, search parameters within 30 miles of …After a very quick search on GT, search parameters within 30 miles of Leeds and priced between £150-£250, I have spotted this B'Twin Triban 520 with an asking price of £250, but seller states he needs the money, whilst not wanting to take advantage of anyone struggling, especially at this time, theres room for negotiation it seems...https://www.gumtree.com/p/bicycles/b-twin-triban-520-flat-bar-road-bike-xl/1369955158


only problem being its in manchester and size xl (i'm 5'10 so think L would be better for me)
bilal9130/03/2020 12:48

only problem being its in manchester and size xl (i'm 5'10 so think L …only problem being its in manchester and size xl (i'm 5'10 so think L would be better for me)


Love the idea of a fixie but for leeds - can only think of if you go up Kirkstall road it would be suitable. That would be a shame on what is on offer in your area either mountain biking or road - Yorkshire is up there in having the best in both camps available.

On mountain bike side - go to middleton bike park and hire yourself a mountain bike there for a day and check it out.
mbr.co.uk/new…084

some of the other routes that are easily accessible from leeds (fair few bring their mountain bikes in on nice days and then go via meanwood trail and out from there as a burn out after work):
leeds-list.com/cul…ds/

Road bikes go reserve yourself some entry level ones both hybrid and road bikes - cycle surgery, evans and cycle republic will let you test ride for a deposit. Will give you an idea of what you like as well as see how far you can get in the allotted time out and possibly see some of the beautiful countryside right on your doorstep.

Single speed in yorkshire - unless you intend to purely cycle Kirkstall road and possibly the canal would be such a waste (in flat locations ideal).

Also being in a major city and besides the cycle superhighways (that are continuing to expand) you have a number companies that specialise in reconditioning bikes and thebikescollege.org/ is one walkable (a fair walk) from city centre that is a not for profit organisation (albeit not a charity) and seem to have been about for a while.
Edited by: "Bertz99" 30th Mar
The UK cycling enthusiast scene is heavily influenced by road and track racing. Even in popular culture if I asked you to name someone likely to be seen with a bike then the name that springs to mind is likely to be a cycle racer.

For some perspective look at the most popular category of (non-electric) bikes from the biggest dutch bike manufacturer:
gazellebikes.com/en-…kes

Three models are over 20kg, nine models are between 15 and 20kg and just one model is under 15kg.

And that's not because they're cheap, the dutch spend more on average on a bike than anywhere else.

Obviously a ultra cheap bike is going to be full of compromises, but also bear in mind that advice from enthusiasts may not align with what's important to you.


For occasional use and if you're not bothered about speed then I'd be tempted to focus on comfort and practicality.

Get something with a riding position that suits you. Obviously that's tricky at the moment with most bike shops shut. Generally neither road bikes nor mountain bikes are designed for sitting comfort. Road bikes have a very forward leaning riding position for better aerodynamics, while mountain bikers often don't spend that much time in the saddle.

Wider tyres will help with comfort, but the smoother the better as kobby bits designed for grip on soft and loose surfaces will add noise and vibration (and slow you down) on the harder surfaces you're likely to find around a city such as packed earth or tarmac.

In terms of practicality make sure whatever you buy has mudguards, and a pannier or other rack is also very useful. Mounts for a bottle cage are also useful, and other accessories can use them too.
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