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    ROAD BIKE???? Riding Leicester to Paris

    Okay I'm gonna be honest, I'm a newbie to cycling and I've took on the challenge of riding from Leicester to Paris. It's in August and I'm doing it for charity so I hope my training till then will pay-off. Because once the day comes there's no going back!
    Anyway I don't have a bike yet (lol?) and I want something reliable, built to last the event and much more (as I intend on taking up cycling - commuting everyday) and need something that's worth the money. My budget is around £300/400. I've been searching everywhere and have begun to understand bits and bobs about what I should be looking for.
    But with the event creeping up on me, can you guys help me out?

    And bikes in mind, models, price range, or 2nd hand bikes for sale?

    Thanks

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    if you are new to cycling and going that distance, more than likeley with a rucksack on your back you are going to want a specialist touring bike or a hybrid.

    Make sure you get paneers as well!

    Mate very unlikely you are gonna get anything decent at that price new. Have a look on flea bay!

    Original Poster

    all the gear will be in a van. so not worried about that but will need to get a bike at a low price. Does specialized allez or trek or cannondale sound good?
    should I stay away from barracuda or carrera?

    Hi there.

    You will need something like this, otherwise you won't be able to get accross the channel.

    http://www.instablogsimages.com/images/2008/04/14/amphibious-bicycle1_5784.jpg

    This is a slightly cheaper option, but is made in China.

    http://www.instablogsimages.com/images/2009/09/22/amphibious-bike_IUTMe_5965.jpg

    http://www.absolutechinatours.com/UploadFiles/ImageBase/Amphibious%20bicycle%20in%20Wuhan,%20China.jpg

    And if you are on a really tight budget you may be lucky enough to get one of these second hand. The obvious drawback being you may get your feet wet.

    http://www.doobybrain.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/01/amphibious-bicycle.jpg

    HTH

    I'm in Leicester too, would love to join you actually, sounds like a trip and a half! :-) Albeit, the furthest distance i've ever cycled is 25 miles!

    have you considered a touring bike at all?

    whycycle.co.uk/bik…es/

    there supposed to be alot more comfortable for longer rides

    bikeradar.com/gea…898

    Article might be of use - looks like the Tourer would be your best bet, thought out of your price range 1st hand it seems.

    Saw this if it help....

    might want t cycle back from the Rutland store to give you a taste of how long its going to take you to get to Paris

    hotukdeals.com/dea…407

    Original Poster

    bargain surfer

    Hi there.You will need something like this, otherwise you won't be able … Hi there.You will need something like this, otherwise you won't be able to get accross the channel.HTH



    Thanks but hopefully I'll make it in time for the ferry

    Original Poster

    baconsandwich

    I'm in Leicester too, would love to join you actually, sounds like a trip … I'm in Leicester too, would love to join you actually, sounds like a trip and a half! :-) Albeit, the furthest distance i've ever cycled is 25 miles!



    You're welcome to join in. Many are newbies including me! If you want to then PM me and I'll get you in touch with the right people. It's in early August!

    Original Poster

    Hi guys I looked at tourings or straight handles but I'm think I'd like a racing bike so been to local stores and have got my eyes on Specialized Allez 2nd hands for that price. Looking to get my hands on this 2011 beauty for £350. does that sound about right?

    you checked to see if your work is part of the ride to work sceme? could double the price of your bike then, Also one word of advice if you are doing this on tarmac/flat roads/paths DO NOT get a full suspension bike as you loose about 1/3 of your pedal power through the rear shock. Tourers are good, but i would personally get a good front suspension mountain bike as they are more versatile, but depends what you want it for really

    bike2workscheme.co.uk/?ut…eme

    dft.gov.uk/pgr…ce/

    I've posted in your other thread, but some things to think about.

    Straight handles - Not normally recommended for distance, they have a limited number of place to put your hands and so vary your position and so you can get achy quickly and no way to relieve it. Wide drops are the bar of choice (so I'm told)

    Racing vs tourers - The different geometry of the frames is mainly about how high in the air your bum is. Racing = high & a very bent over position, tourer=lower and a more upright position. Again it's about what most people will find comfortable for hours and hours and hours....

    Clothing - You've not mentioned it, but I would factor in AT least £50 and nearer £100 for some decent(ish) stuff. Most trousers have a seam right down the centre, apologies I don't know if your Mr or Mrs Mdamz, but either way you have sensitive bits on that seam which will start to rub & hurt after about an hour or 2 in the saddle. Buy at least 1 pair of decent cycle shorts with some padding "there", you can get ones with over shorts so you don't look too indecent. Consider cycling tops (handy pockets and good breathability) and rain jackets etc. At the very least, peal you eyes for the next Lidl cycle kit sale and raid that. If you have a nearby decathlon they often do decent kit for very little (last time (months ago sorry) I was there they had a pair of cycle shorts + overshorts for £8.99 odd).

    You might also consider a pair of clipless shoes and pedals?

    Food / energy bars / energy drinks / gels - Investigate, find you favourite, stock up hunger and thirst are important.

    Ok, that's all I can think of for now. Hope some of this helps.

    Original Poster

    Chuckles1001

    you checked to see if your work is part of the ride to work sceme? could … you checked to see if your work is part of the ride to work sceme? could double the price of your bike then, Also one word of advice if you are doing this on tarmac/flat roads/paths DO NOT get a full suspension bike as you loose about 1/3 of your pedal power through the rear shock. Tourers are good, but i would personally get a good front suspension mountain bike as they are more versatile, but depends what you want it for reallyhttp://www.bike2workscheme.co.uk/?utm_source=google&utm_medium=cpc&utm_term=bike%2Bscheme&utm_campaign=Bike%2B2%2BWork%2BSchemehttp://www.dft.gov.uk/pgr/sustainable/cycling/cycletoworkguidance/



    I'm a uni student so don't qualify for it

    Original Poster

    Evilmonkey

    I've posted in your other thread, but some things to think about.Straight … I've posted in your other thread, but some things to think about.Straight handles - Not normally recommended for distance, they have a limited number of place to put your hands and so vary your position and so you can get achy quickly and no way to relieve it. Wide drops are the bar of choice (so I'm told)Racing vs tourers - The different geometry of the frames is mainly about how high in the air your bum is. Racing = high & a very bent over position, tourer=lower and a more upright position. Again it's about what most people will find comfortable for hours and hours and hours....Clothing - You've not mentioned it, but I would factor in AT least £50 and nearer £100 for some decent(ish) stuff. Most trousers have a seam right down the centre, apologies I don't know if your Mr or Mrs Mdamz, but either way you have sensitive bits on that seam which will start to rub & hurt after about an hour or 2 in the saddle. Buy at least 1 pair of decent cycle shorts with some padding "there", you can get ones with over shorts so you don't look too indecent. Consider cycling tops (handy pockets and good breathability) and rain jackets etc. At the very least, peal you eyes for the next Lidl cycle kit sale and raid that. If you have a nearby decathlon they often do decent kit for very little (last time (months ago sorry) I was there they had a pair of cycle shorts + overshorts for £8.99 odd). You might also consider a pair of clipless shoes and pedals?Food / energy bars / energy drinks / gels - Investigate, find you favourite, stock up hunger and thirst are important.Ok, that's all I can think of for now. Hope some of this helps.



    That helps so much!! Clothing is something I didn't consider much at all. I have been looking at getting in sillica gel shorts, even 2 pairs, to makes sure my man parts are kept intact after the ride. thanks for all your tips. They've been handy.
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