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And is it any good?
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but if it was off the shelf, it would have been £350. It's the 2010 version of this: http://www.evanscycles.com/products/specialized/sirrus-2011-hybrid-bike-ec023871?utm_source=froogle&utm_medium=froogle&utm_campaign=froogle
Feel a bit guilty for only having used it about 4 times in 3 months.
...but it's basically an older version of this:
Got it in the sale for around £300 and spent another £100 on tyres, guards and a luggage rack. It's pretty good for the price, I do about 2,000 miles a year on it and have never had any problems.
AND IT'S A PIECE OF SHITE
I think you can gather from my age that I didn't exactly take to cycling.
But it's through cycle to work, so I'm only paying about £220.
£60 = one month’s bus fare so it was good value I guess. But now it’s falling to bits so I want something better. What’s a good bike to get? I’ve got a maximum of £350 to spend. I went into a bike shop last week thinking this would get me something super-cool, but they didn’t seem to have anything under £500 so I left feeling like a bit of a chump.
...which I now can't find. I tend to favour hybrids over road bikes as they are more comfortable and more suited to variable road surfaces. £350 is definitely enough to get something decent - check out the sales section on the Evans website. Your best bet in that price raneg is probably something like the Specialized linked up there^
Unsurprisingly, bikes from supermarkets are not worth the effort/expense if you're planning on riding it twice.
...change of tyres and a decent lock for starters.
I'm a little bit weary of buying online. I'm not really a bike expert in any way shape or form, and I don't want to end up getting something that's not the right size etc.
...you definitely need to try it out before you buy. If you find one on the Evans website and phone them up they can tell you what stores have it in stock - I think their instore prices are the same as their online prices anyway.
I live in Cardiff, so my nearest Evans is in Bristol.
in that case. try different styles and sizes of bikes out and then see if you can get it on the internet a little cheaper.
and they didn't seem to have much under £500. Got a couple of other options dotted around the city though which I'm planning on checking out over the weekend.
Not sure what the prices are like but might be worth giving them a call.
the crankset (?) needs a little work as it makes a funny sound, but otherwise it's a decent bike. could do with one that's a little less off-road though.
Perfect starter bike.
TDF LIMITED EDITION. Gone up in price, how weird.
...that is probably the best value bike on sale in The UK, FACT*
*facts may just be opinions.
It is the PERFECT bike for starting out riding because its not too expensive and it rides nicely. It was a bit of a risk getting a road bike because I was only used to a massively heavy up right ladies bike with a basket on the front but the riding position is really comfortable and I can go well fast on it. I've only had it for a few months but have rode it a few times a week (when I've been well)
Cheapest Specialised road bike is about £499, if you're lucky and its usually last seasons.
...twice already in this thread :)
You can get some good hybrids fairly cheap, especially good for a starter.
3 years ago. Been ridden into the ground and its cheaper to buy a new one than to replace the parts that need replacing.
My road bike has cost me up to around £3250 (sorry Royter). Built it from scratch and love it.
allow me to say to everyone that does 'pleasure biking' on busy, narrow roads - i h8 u
(ie. if you're going to work or the shop for some sugar, no probs. but if you're going for a jolly ride out, stop it. now.)
I always get stuck behind some bint on a pashley with her headphones in and no helmet on.
was a piece of shit.
have probably spent the best part of £200 doing it up, and now it's not a piece of shit, and is pretty (apart from all the rust). Just need to get it powder coated and it's done.
I've had too many nicked in the past. I bought a Dawes Discovery for £100 off a 55-year-old Indian man in West Ham who I found on Gumtree. I'm sure it wasn't stolen - he didn't seem the type. It's been 18 months and still not stolen. But now I always use two locks - one chain, one D-lock.
For my Carrera Virtuso. A lot of people on bikeradar said "halfords bikes are surprisingly good value but the staff have no idea how to set them up at all". RIght on both counts. Had it a fortnight and I'm over the moon with it. Superb bike (had to go miles to find it for that price though -they've discontinued the 2010 and the 2011 are a lot more expensive)
I'm the guy who started the last thread:
In part thanks to the staff being utterly clueless when putting my son's bike back together and me asking for a cheeky discount for the hassle/sloppy work.
Made in 1941, it's got steel wheels and is a disgusting brown rust colour. My lights cost more than the bike.
But it's never let me down in the two years that I've owned it (apart from the time I cycled drunk into a telephone box and snapped the brake lever but that was completely my fault).
needs a full service :(
Late 70s Raleigh Transit like this one http://www.flickr.com/photos/bikerescue/4330225926/
It's a piece of shit, and a bit small for me, but i love it so so much.
it does the job
Dahon Espresso 2011
Yes it's good
£500 - single speed - works well for me, been cycling about 8 miles, every work day on it for about a year and a half, with very few problems.
Tis a nice looking bike.
She doesn't cost very much at all.
Just gone down £100 to £499.99. Got it in the Cycle2Work scheme. Picking it up on Saturday, 1st ride into work on Monday.
...I think I might go for one of them - it's pretty much the same bike as the next model up too.
Looks like it would have cost a lot of money when it was new. I took it for a test run through the city earlier on and I couldn't stop smiling. Bloody love it!
What model is plz?
Chro-moly Steel Frame
Made in Yorkshire
£800 (The kids live on crisps for a couple of weeks)
after my last one got stolen from inside a locked bike shed. Grrr.
Kinda wish I'd spent more time thinking it over though, it has rather too much neon green on it for my liking :(
second hand. you've seen it tho. its got pink on it.