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Road bike advice

Hi all,

Hoping some of you may be able to help, I'm looking for a road bike to get me to and from work, and potentially to do some distance cycling (not major distance, but I'd like to see this bike as a stepping stone towards that), I've seen a couple which are in the first comments box, that's a rough idea of spend etc,

I'm after a guide between the two, or a more suitable option?

Thanks,
Luke

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Original Poster

halfords.com/cyc…014?cm_mmc=Google+PLA-_-Bikes-_-Road+Bikes-_-593295&_$ja=tsid:60494%7Ccgn:GoogleShopping%7Ckw:593295&istCompanyId=b8708c57-7a02-4cf6-b2c0-dc36b54a327e&istItemId=xqrxilliq&istBid=tzpr&_$$ja=cgid:8475777004%7Ctsid:35522%7Ccid:166296844%7Clid:54824223987%7Cnw:g%7Ccrid:44739949204%7Crnd:9914410497886575446%7Cdvc:t%7Cadp:1o1%7Cbku:1&gclid=CJeZk_HRtr8CFW3MtAods3kA1A

my dad bought a boardman and says it's the best thing he ever did. quite pricey but he got it from halfords with the cycle to work scheme and saved quite a bit if that's an option for you?

I've got a boardman mountain bike - they're really good quality for your budget.

My road bike is a Trek which is also good but if I'm honest the boardman are better value for money.

If I was buying a new road bike now on that sort of budget it would be a boardman.

Not much advice but I have a Specialized Secteur Elite. Very nice bike to ride!

I have a Giant defy 3 and am really pleased with it. Other option was to get a triban 3 which is highly recommended by many.

Have you asked your employer if they are part of the Cycle to Work Scheme? If they are then you'll be able to up your budget a bit to get something which will last a bit longer (you can spend up to £1,000 on net salary sacrifice i.e. you pay no tax on the bike).

Original Poster

Cycle to work not an option - I get an extra 10% off at Halfords, which ups the budget slightly. I can also amortise the cost throughout the year through work, so ideally looking for sub £500 given I'm not dead set on cycling as a hobby more yet...


Any comments between the two re Boardman appears to be their entry level bike, whereas the triban is mid-level?

I was interested in the triban because of the reviews which the 300's got...

Original Poster

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Specialized Allez 2014 at £367 through cycle to work are they any good cheers?

the porter

Specialized Allez 2014 at £367 through cycle to work are they any good … Specialized Allez 2014 at £367 through cycle to work are they any good cheers?



Where's that from?

MaJiiK

Where's that from?



It's the cycle to work scheme online through connected benefits here

I have a Specialized Allez & can wholly recommend it. Go for the Allez 21, I have the 16 (number of gears) & is the only regret I have with it!

the porter

It's the cycle to work scheme online through connected benefits here



I might go for that still

the porter

It's the cycle to work scheme online through connected benefits here



But after the year you don't actually own the bike, so you give it back?

£60 disposal fee

the porter

£60 disposal fee



I have read through t+c's you have it for 12 months, then pay disposal fee to give it back to them. You have option to buy it for the market price of the 1 year old used bike.

MaJiiK

I have read through t+c's you have it for 12 months, then pay disposal … I have read through t+c's you have it for 12 months, then pay disposal fee to give it back to them. You have option to buy it for the market price of the 1 year old used bike.


Ok this is from the horses mouth ,at the end of the 12 months you send a photo of the bike in after you have paid the £60 fee ,they then never say the bike is worth more than the disposal fee so the bikes yours for the term and disposal fee

the porter

Ok this is from the horses mouth ,at the end of the 12 months you send a … Ok this is from the horses mouth ,at the end of the 12 months you send a photo of the bike in after you have paid the £60 fee ,they then never say the bike is worth more than the disposal fee so the bikes yours for the term and disposal fee



Okay, thanks might go for it as the bike is normally £600
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