comfy road bike for long rides on balmy summer days – any suggestions?
My company is starting a cycle2work scheme soon so I think I’ll treat myself to a proper road bike. I’m looking for a bike capable of taking my 14st along the pot-holed roads and steep hills of Calderdale and working my way up to 50 to 100 miles rides as I get fitter. It’ll need a relaxed geometry as I’ve got a dodgy back.Posted 4 years ago
As a novice which bike models should I be looking at?
Giant Defy composite 3 for B2W money. Possibly last year’s model. Compact has wider spacings between gears, but less weight and a lower Q (spacing between cranks). It’s also all you will find on most high end bikes. With the advent of 10 and 11 speed, triples are starting to look as dated as “half-step gearing” – google it if you are under 40 😉Posted 4 years agomtbtomoMember
Trek Domane alloy version is quite heavy and not as effective as the carbon version from what I’ve read.
I had a 2009 Trek 1.5 which was essentially like the current alloy Madone, and I found it really good. Until it got nicked and then I ened up wanting better and better road bikes.Posted 4 years agoScapegoatSubscriber
Cube Peloton. The Race is a compact with full 105 and Aksium wheels for a grand. I’m a fat knacker in Kirklees, and a compact is fine, just a bit of a grind up some of the steeper hills. Cube also do a triple on the Peloton Pro or whatever the model is around £800. A lot of bike for the money if you don’t mind the colours. Velocity in Huddersfield does C2W and sells Cube and Merida.Posted 4 years agoSpeshpaulSubscriber
“Self respect doesn’t get you up that last 200m hill
Yeah, it does.
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Defy is very highly rated, ribble and PX do some good deals on carbon as well.
the Boardman is a great bit of kit.
nowt wrong with a triple, i haven’t got one but around here there a gaps between the big climbs.Posted 4 years agomuddydwarfSubscriber
I have a MEKK Potenza 5.0SL*
Its my first road bike so wasn’t sure if i would get on with it in the long term. However its been a revelation, smooth, quick and really, really comfy. Done a few 100+ mile rides and could still walk afterwards.
The Potenza 4.0 is in your price range and its the same carbon frame throughout the range.
*in fairness i have to point out ive broken mine, due to a mechanical with the chain/rear mech although this has given my the opportunity to find out how good MEKK’s customer service is – i have a new frame coming from Asia as i type.Posted 4 years agojoolsburgerMember
An Allez, Defy or CaaD8 will be fine, they are all good enough. Same rules apply as for MTB Frame/Forks first then wheels then the rest. Ribble have some cracking Carbon jobbies around £1000. I use a double(not compact) and it’s fine round here but lots of people prefer a compact as it’s a touch easier on the hills, I can’t see why you’d need a triple unless hills are very, very steep where you are.Posted 4 years agoYoKaiserSubscriber
Don’t bother with the B2W and buy this instead.Posted 4 years ago
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