Author Topic: Purchasing a new bike, have found a couple within my budget, any advice which?  (Read 3866 times)

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Offline NibblyPig

I've been commuting 10 minutes to work and back every day for the past year, and I want to step up my cycling and do more of it both for fun and for cycling 40-60 minutes to the city centre, as well as occasional longer rides.

My current bike is the absolute cheapest that I could find, and it has fallen apart and no longer do the gears work and one brake is faulty.

This is a list of what I found. My budget is ~£500


I want a hybrid bike for sure. I will mainly use it on the road but also sometimes doing light trails and such so I don't want a pure road bike.

I hope to use it for fitness as well as commuting and travelling to the centre, hoping to completely eliminate my usage of the bus!

All advice is welcome! Thank you.
« Last Edit: December 10, 2012, 10:12:42 am by NibblyPig »

Offline staehpj1

I suggest possibly reconsidering the hybrids in favor of a cyclo-cross bike.

Offline NibblyPig

Hmm, I don't know anything about cyclocross, but the absolute cheapest one on that particular site is £580! So they could be a bit out of my budget.

Offline wouterdhoye


I personally would advice the following:

- Sports hybrid/trekking with a slightly bent over position but nowhere near racing position like on a road/CX bike; This will make it easier to keep your eyes on the road, ahead of you instead of on the road right in front of you. I often have the tendcy to look down when on a race bike or at least it takes more effort to look ahead of me.
- Make sure it has a fixed fork. for commuting you really don't need a suspension fork. A good steel/aluminum rigid fork is all you need. It will have much better steering and they usually can't break unless you collide with something.
- A rear rack is a bless. Then you can add a small pannier to carry your stuff you need, also a good place to store a rain jacket/ trousers, spare tyre and other stuff
- Bottle cages, make sure you have at least one, a good bottle cage and a good bottle are indispensable on longer rides. dehydration is the nr 1 cause of early fatigue.
- Check for eyelets to install fenders. You stay clean and dry with good fenders

Oh, and most important of all, make sure you can testride the bike to make sure it really fits you and is comfortable.

Kind regards,