- A bike for the road that isn't a road bike: any suggestions?
Having enjoyed the delights of my road bike for the 8 months or so, my better half would like one too. However, she’s not keen on the idea of drop bars and hates the idea of clips. So, what is the closest bike in terms of weight, slickness and roadworthiness you can think of? It is not intended for any off-road duties as she already has a good mtb.
Budget: £1000.Posted 5 years agomrmoMember
why isn’t she happy with drops out of interest? most of the time i spend on the hoods and most people i know do the same, having drops and using them aren’t the same thing.
I just find the way my hands are angled more comfortable on the hoods than on flat bars, i guess it is the way wrists rotate.Posted 5 years ago
Boardman Performance Hybrid?
range from £500 to £900 i think. I have an older, base model bought as a possible commuter but its so nice to ride i use it as my ‘road’ bike, doing all day runs on it. Its nice and comfy with a useful range of gears – not too heavy either.Posted 5 years ago
I don’t like drops for several reasons and find this bike a really nice ride.amplebrewMember
I got a Specialized Crux built up for my other half who was in a similar situation. She wanted a road bike, but wasn’t confident on a standard road bike with drops.
We ended up with a Specialized Crux with a 90mm Specialized stem which is adjustable, a pair of Specialized women’s expert drop bars and flat pedals.
She is currently running the stem at + 16 degrees and is more than happy on the drops now.
The frame just so happens to be bright pink which she loves as well.
For reference my other half is 5ft7 and is on a 52cm Crux.Posted 5 years ago
Saxabar – my Boardman is far closer to a road bike with flat bars than a mtb with slicks, so is very different and much faster to ride. It has 700c wheels so rolls much quicker than a mtb with slicks. I can average 17mph on it so it must be fairly good if i can do that!
It would be worth checking one out for fit as it is a good ride with a good smile factor.Posted 5 years ago
Lots of good suggestions here. While the webby prices look tempting (with the exception of the Spot bike!), I’d hate to get it wrong, have to spend time and money altering it, and then possibly still for it to be wrong. We have a Spesh store and a Halfords close by so I’ll try there first. This could be an expensive birthday coming up!Posted 5 years agoTiRedMember
Giant Avail 1 with 105, and a short flipped stem. She’ll get use to riding on the hoods. The Avail 2 my son rides has additional brake levers on the top of the bars and Tiagra, which he loves. If she doesn’t like clips, then Shimano 324 dual sided pedals, SPD one side, flat for school shoes the other. It really is an excellent bike.Posted 5 years agosteve_b77Member
Either the Boardman hybrid or the Ridgeback Flite http://www.mobile.wheelies.co.uk/p29890/Ridgeback/Flight-03-2010
Both flat barred, both with road’ish gearing, both got discs & 700cc wheels, both take guards.
I’ve had both and there’s nothing between themPosted 5 years agofreeagentMember
Another vote for the Boardman Hybrids – I’ve got the base model (cost £499) and use it as my ‘road bike’ and when compared to my Boardman MTB Hardtail, the MTB feels like a tractor!
I’ve used the Hybrid for all sorts of rides (up to 60 miles) it is currently running full length mudguards (winter mode)
go and try one out – they do lady versions aswell…Posted 5 years agoAristotleMember
On my CX bike, as I managed to smash my 9-speed STI lever when I had drop bars, I currently have a flat xc carbon bar and (retro-tastic) X-lite bar-ends with foam grips on the bar and the ends(The bonus is being able to use mtb v-brakes).
-Drop bars are more comfortable. Use a high/short stem.
I also have a set of road tyres, but I’ve not used them in years since fitting go-anywhere Land Cruisers instead.
Boardman bikes do appear good.Posted 5 years ago
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