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    I'm also on the look out for a new bike for the commute to work.

    My current £100 special is just about had it.

    I've just had a look on fleabay and found this shop bankrupt-surplus-bikes-bits and was wondering if something like:

    BANKRUPT 26" WHEEL MENS URBAN/MTN BIKE SARACEN KIT on eBay, also Frames, Bike Parts, Cycling, Sporting Goods (end time 15-Feb-09 11:33:36 GMT)

    Would be any good for normal road riding to work?

    Ben

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    How about this:
    Just what you need
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    Ok I'm 5' 10" what size frame should I go for are there any guides to frame size?

    Ben

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    Quote Originally Posted by plexer View Post
    Ok I'm 5' 10" what size frame should I go for are there any guides to frame size?

    Ben
    It's more on inside leg than height...

    I have a 19.5 inch frame and inside leg 30"

    A 20" inch frame would be around 31" inside leg...

    Edit: Just checked and for a road bike your frame size should be 67% of your inside leg...
    Last edited by Netman; 9th February 2009 at 05:46 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by danIT View Post
    any advice on where to buy and what i should look out for appreciated.
    Personally, I'd stick with your trusty local bike shop - they'll find you a decent bike the right size for you, be able to fix bits if they go wrong, etc. Size is important, you don't want to hurt your knees. Definitely get cycling shorts, the padding is a life-saver (not just for your backside, either - men's, er, frontsides need some padding, too) - you can wear trousers over them if you don't like showing your legs off. Might be worth getting a sort-and-comfy gel seat, too. Learn, and practice, how to change a flat tyre - you'll need a repair kit, you can get compact ones that will fit under your seat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dhicks View Post
    (not just for your backside, either - men's, er, frontsides need some padding, too) --
    David Hicks

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

    Love it!!!!

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    Im in the club Muddybums Home Page

    and here is my bike... picture take last sunday up in castelton

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    Quote Originally Posted by plexer View Post
    Ok I'm 5' 10" what size frame should I go for are there any guides to frame size?

    Ben
    If you go to www.cyclestore.co.uk and go to a bike that you are interested in there is either a size guide or link to a size guide for that brand as different manufacturers measure their frames differently.

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    PEO could you have posted a bigger picture?

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    Quote Originally Posted by plexer View Post
    PEO could you have posted a bigger picture?

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    heh! sorry, meant' to resize that... whooops
    Last edited by PEO; 10th February 2009 at 08:49 PM. Reason: reduced in size

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    As per the cartoon pic in the link

    http://www.cartoonstock.com/lowres/jkn0195l.jpg

    Think Bike !!

    whatever the fork think bike is meant to mean lol - seen that a lot on signs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by laserblazer View Post
    I'd go to Halfords. They have some pretty good bikes and the sales staff are reasonably well trained.
    I soooo would not go to halfords. My halfords do not have a clue. Really. I went asking for disc pads for mine and he didn't know that bikes had discs! I kid you not.

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    I cannot recommend Evans Cycles of Bristol enough, since you live in Hereford, that's not too far for you to go, I went there last year and got fitted for a bike it was a GT and cost £250.00 it's the best bike i've ever had, they guy was extremely knowledgeable and I got the right bike for my height/weight, it's very very comfortable, I'm not leaning too far forward not too upright etc, etc and they give a free service after 6 weeks to make any tweaks and I think another after 6 months (dont quote me)
    Don't got to halfords, pay peanuts get monkeys, very very useless.
    Don't buy straight from internet unless you've sat on the bike first and got the feel for it.

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    Take a look at the Specialised Epic. It's a great bike for on and off road

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    Quote Originally Posted by triggmiester View Post
    I cannot recommend Evans Cycles of Bristol enough, since you live in Hereford, that's not too far for you to go, I went there last year and got fitted for a bike it was a GT and cost £250.00 it's the best bike i've ever had, they guy was extremely knowledgeable and I got the right bike for my height/weight, it's very very comfortable, I'm not leaning too far forward not too upright etc, etc and they give a free service after 6 weeks to make any tweaks and I think another after 6 months (dont quote me)
    Don't got to halfords, pay peanuts get monkeys, very very useless.
    Don't buy straight from internet unless you've sat on the bike first and got the feel for it.
    Dave Bater in Bristol is also an awesome shop. They sell quite a few different makes such as Kona, Specialised, GT etc.



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