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    Recommend me a bike!

    Me and the missus are looking to get a bit more exercise lol

    Were thinking of getting bikes and just doing a bit of cycling roud the local area, so it will be mostly road and a bit of off-road round the nature reserve.

    I know nothing about bikes and im not sure how much I should spend, I havent got a budget, so any advice on where to buy and what i should look out for appreciated.

    Oh and im 6ft 4 and 18 stone if that makes any difference lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by danIT View Post
    Me and the missus are looking to get a bit more exercise lol

    Were thinking of getting bikes and just doing a bit of cycling roud the local area, so it will be mostly road and a bit of off-road round the nature reserve.

    I know nothing about bikes and im not sure how much I should spend, I havent got a budget, so any advice on where to buy and what i should look out for appreciated.

    Oh and im 6ft 4 and 18 stone if that makes any difference lol
    The R1s are quite quick, but I'll stick with my FMX650 thanks.....Oh, you mean one with pedals......
    How about one of these:



    I used to love my chopper.....[ I still do in a pervy type way ]

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    I'd go to Halfords. They have some pretty good bikes and the sales staff are reasonably well trained.

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    wiggle.co.uk - can't recommend the Focus bikes enough. Mine's been rock solid for two years.

    My preferred bike is a hardtail MTB on slick tyres... something like...

    Focus Northern Lite 2009 Only £524.30

    I have the 2007 version of the Northern Lite...

    Focus Northern Lite 2009
    Specifications
    Frame Sport 6061 Aluminium Frame
    Fork Rockshox Tora SL Coil with 100mm Travel
    Rims Concept SL, Eyelet, Disc, Aluminium
    Front Hub Concept SL, Disc, QR
    Rear Hub Concept SL, Disc, QR
    Tyres Schwalbe Smart Sam 26 x 2.125
    Cassette SRAM PG-950 9 speed, 11-32T
    Crankset Shimano Deore, 44/32/22
    Bottom Bracket Shimano BB-UN26
    Shift Levers SRAM X.7 Trigger
    Rear Derailleur SRAM X.9
    Front Derailleur SRAM X.5
    Chain Shimano CN-HG53
    Brakes Tektro Auriga Comp, hydraulic disc brake
    Stem Concept SL 100mm 31.8mm/28.6mm
    Handlebars Concept SL 31.8mm
    Saddle Concept SL MTB
    Seat Post Concept SL
    Pedals Aluminium cage with Reflector

    plus http://www.wiggle.co.uk/p/Cycle/7/Co...re/5360021704/
    Last edited by gwendes; 9th February 2009 at 09:46 AM.

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    Actually, don't buy that, I'm going to!

    Remember to get it half price too...

    Wiggle Cycle to Work
    Last edited by gwendes; 9th February 2009 at 09:48 AM.

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    Talking

    Anything less than a 500cc isn't worth bothering with.

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    If it's mainly road stuff then stay away from cheap full suspension bikes.
    I had a Specialized before and they have a pretty decent range to choose from.

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    get one of these Can get it on the cycle to workl scheme too so save money! PLus you'll be ultimately cool.

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    wiggle.co.uk, chainreactioncycles.com. GT, Specialized and Kona are popular realtively cheap starter bikes that aren't going too drop to bits. Depends how much you've got really. Better to spend 350quid on something you'll enjoy using than 90 on a Halfords special thats going to break and feel like you're sat on stick. I also agree with Gwendes on the Focus's's'ss

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    Quote Originally Posted by TechMonkey View Post
    get one of these Can get it on the cycle to workl scheme too so save money! PLus you'll be ultimately cool.
    WANT.

    NEED.

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    Quote Originally Posted by steve_nfi View Post
    Anything less than a 500cc isn't worth bothering with.
    Fancy a race?

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    I'd recommend a hybrid model as others have said - I have an excellent Scott (when the missus isn't 'borrowing' it!) as well as my classic Peugeot road bike.

    Have a look at your local specialist bike dealers - you can get some excellent second user bikes for very little money - might be the best way to get started...

    Quick rule of thumb: For mainly road use - light = good, heavy = bad. No suspension and no chunky tyres! The amount of people you see wasting energy pedalling off-road monsters around the streets is amazing!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Netman View Post
    I'd recommend a hybrid model as others have said - I have an excellent Scott (when the missus isn't 'borrowing' it!) as well as my classic Peugeot road bike.

    Have a look at your local specialist bike dealers - you can get some excellent second user bikes for very little money - might be the best way to get started...

    Quick rule of thumb: For mainly road use - light = good, heavy = bad. No suspension and no chunky tyres! The amount of people you see wasting energy pedalling off-road monsters around the streets is amazing!
    You're saying 10inch rear travel is too much for cycling to work?! Dam!

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    A kona for riding round locally? that's a bit much isn't it?

    Just a Specialized Hardrock will do for that kind of thing, get it from Halfords you get one free service after wards, even if they are a load of numpties in there.

    If not try something like a Saracen, they're pretty cheap but tend to do the job. Both of these options also come under 300 usually, and the Hardrock can come in GIRLY COLOURS!

    Or, if not, buy a Kona, but these are more expensive. With Kona you tend to pay a high percentage for the name, but they are of good quality. Make friends with a local small Kona dealer, become friends with them and they might give you 500 off it (like me)

    Or look around GT and Giant, they don't tend to be bad.

    As for website, people have already suggested Wiggle.co.uk
    chainreactioncycles.com are more expensive for full builds but can get some bargains parts wise. Specially with the "flood damaged" goods.

    As for now, i'm going to stick to my thousand pounds worth of Custom Built Fireeye Dirt Jump bike and my Kona Stinky Freeride rig =D

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    Quote Originally Posted by jinnantonnix View Post
    Unless you need it, avoid full suspension. Front suspension is good if you venture off road at all.
    Portsmouth includes lots of off-road shortcuts!

    I agree re Specialized/ Kona/ GT - lovely bikes - but Focus give you good quality frames draped in lovely components for a good saving. If I were richer I'd get something like

    Focus Zonukwa 2009 Only 629.10 compared to http://www.wiggle.co.uk/p/Cycle/7/Ko...09/5360039048/

    Not on these wages

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