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    Finding a bike to cycle to work

    Hi

    I am looking at starting cycling to work. Need to get a bike as some kind sole nicked mine last year but i've moved to a house now.

    Basically don't want to spend more than £200 if poss.

    Was looking at these, anyone know if either is any good or have any other recommendations?
    Halfords | Raleigh Pioneer 1 Mens Hybrid Bike
    Halfords | Apollo Belmont Mens Hybrid Bike


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    Worth having a look at ebay for some second hand ones too, people seem to lavish ridiculous care on some bikes...

    I got an 18 month old second hand Specialized HardRock that looked brand new - still the original lube on the chain - for £250 a couple of years ago. New price was about £650, and last years model was still retailing at £500.

    I've always found Apollo bikes to be more grief than they are worth.

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    Have a look at this site Fahrräder - Citybikes | Chain Reaction Cycles

    Theres a few in budget that are miles better then Apollo.

    Plus their service is 100% better than Halfolds.

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    I am plenty happy to +1 Chain reaction. I buy all my tyres and tubes from them as well as my brake fluid.

    My actual bike, a 2011 Felt QX85D, bought in 2012 came from Evans via their ebay outlet.

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    They look good but all over £200 probably asking a bit much for half decent bike for that much. I'll have a look at second hand. Is there anywhere for second hand you recommend or just like ebay?

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    I'll +1 Chain reaction cycles too, excellent service and good prices, buy tires etc from them whenever I need them

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    Revolution Courier Race

    I've got one of these (£260). It's fantastic for commuting if you add mudguards. Slightly over budget but I don't think you'll find anything half decent for under £200 TBH.
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    Thats not a half bad bike... It's got 700c wheels and it'll be pretty light, I'd change the handlebar stem as I personally don't like rising stems, mine is on upside down to get extra drop on the handlebars!

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    Wow that courier race is a helluva bike for £260....tempted to sell my Ridgeback Velocity and get one of those instead

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    You get far more for your money second-hand. The problem with cheap bikes is poor components - bottom brackets that last months, poor pedals, cranks with integrated chainrings, poor sealing on bearings and so on.
    If you want new, I rate the Carrerra Subway (disc version), you can sometimes find this on offer at Halfords. The Subway is a solid bike.

    If the simplicity of single-speed is your thing, I've hammered my Vitus Dee 29 and it's still going like a trooper. Apart from the nylon pedals (changed for studded platforms), the components are good.
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    Apollo is still a halfords own brand, Very unconvincing spec for £200. You can get better for the same or very little more. Don't be fooled by the £200 saving, because it's their own brand they put a silly price on it for 28 days then they can legally call it half price even if they never sold any.

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    I could never buy a bike in Halford go to your local bike shop. Your local bike shop will fully support you as you add to your bike.

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    Saracen Urban ESC Mens 2013 - review

    Had a look around local shops and can pick one of these up for £199 as there is a 2014 model out now but thats £299. Any thoughts or experience with Saracen?

    Thanks

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    Saracen use to be crap bikes but in the last few years they have been getting better in the reviews.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hardtailstar View Post
    Saracen use to be crap bikes but in the last few years they have been getting better in the reviews.
    Think thats a little unfair - I'd probably phrase it as 'uninspired, old fashioned and heavy'

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