- cheapest road bike worth buying
rob jackson – Member
I built one up off here and ebay for £200ish, Ribble frame, shimano factory wheels, 8 spd sora/tiagra
yeah trouble is I don’t know what works with what, kit to look out for/avoid etc. I gather there are at least three makes/types of gearing which are incompatible?
I just want something cheap I can ride without too much fanny arsing about.Posted 5 years ago
any good deals about? I’m thinking £300 or less as I will have to leave it locked outside my flat.
There’s a Carrera in halfords, somewhat ironically named the TDF for £299 at the moment. Worth a punt?
I’ve been watching ebay, but there doesn’t seem to be many bargains about (plus I dont really know what too look for)Posted 5 years ago
Also seen this. Again, no idea if it’s better than the carrera or not but it has a carbon fork which sounds like it should be a good thing…
chakaping – Member
I hope you live in a really safe area. I wouldn’t dream of doing this with any bike worth more than £20.
no, not really. It’s actually in a bike lockup, but the localPosted 5 years ago
scummy little bratsloveable darlings know the code and use it as a den. Besides you could easily climb into it, as there is a person sized gap between the top of the wall and the bottom of the roof. 🙄 Moat Housing in clueless design work shocker.globaltiMember
The Decathlon BTwin bikes are astonishing value for money, I bought a Triban 3 for my son and when we got home, showed it to my neighbour who is a big roadie. He checked out the carbon fork, the gorgeous red paintwork on the 6061 ali frame, the Shimano 2300 groupset with a triple, then I challenged him to put a value on it. “£500!” he reckoned.
It rides really nicely, all I’ve done is put some decent tyres on it and he’s the envy of the other kids in the street.Plus he rode it from Liverpool to Chester the other weekend without too much effort.Posted 5 years agohiggoMember
Of the three, I’d have the Btwin – mainly for the carbon fork. I got back into road biking a few years ago with a Carerra Virtuoso with a metal fork and it was brutal on anything but the very smoothest of tarmac. I put a cheapo carbon fork on it and it transformed the ride.Posted 5 years agotomdSubscriber
I would say £300 gets you a usable bike, but expect to have to repair / upgrade fairly quickly. I would go second hand, or stretch to £500 and try and get a good deal.
My friend bought a £300/400 Halfords road bike recently as he had signed up for an event. He’s really enjoyed it and it has got him into cycling. I serviced it for him recently and I would have some doubts over the durability. It also wasn’t very well set up, with bizarre cable routing that really hindered the brakes and a few other niggles. The things I thought were good about it:
– Gets you out for a low cost
– Reasonable (usable) weight
– Set up like a proper road bike
– Double chainset. What on earth the majority of people buying a £300 road bike want with a double chainset is beyond me.Posted 5 years ago
– Some strange low rent shimano parts. You will need a spanner and socket set to assemble, put it that way.
– Poor quality tyres
– Wheels significantly out of true after 6 weeks useNorthwindSubscriber
Road bikes are simpler than mtbs so it’s easier to make a decent cheap one. The TDF and the Btwin are both well worth buying IMO.
The TDF looks more expensive in the flesh, which might be a consideration if you’ll leave it outside. The Triban’s still nicely finished but looks a bit, well, boring- which could add up to a wee bit more theftproofing.Posted 5 years ago
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