- Fancy a road bike – help please
Well, I only have one road bike; it has clearance for mudguards and slightly fatter tyres. I wash it occasionally and keep it maintained. I ride it all year round but I don’t race it. At the end of the day, you choose what you want and if one bike is enough then one bike is enough. You can only ride one at a time. Having said that, I have several mountain bikes…Posted 4 years agoian martinSubscriber
Back in the day your ‘winter trainer’ would be a fixie hack bike, but now people’s second bike is quite decent.Posted 4 years ago
Roadies do like a nice clean sparkly bike so won’t ride their best bike unless the weathers good. If Mountain bikers did we’d never ride our good bike.
Get as good a bike as you can afford because road bike componants last longer than mountain bike components do just be prepared to clean your bike more often (the sound of a dirty, gritty drivetrain train and brakes is really annoying).ljs1977Member
I know what type, material and spec bike I want but what is confusing me about road bikes is the accepted norm of having a Sunday best.
When I bought my MTB I bought the bike I wanted which matched my style and routes but spent quite a bit.
I can only afford one bike at a time, but I do like nice bikes.
I would feel some what aggrieved riding a £400 hack with a wicked £2000 bike in the garage.
What is he wattling on about, well is there such a thing as a Sunday best all year round bike?Posted 4 years agohairybiker84Member
Cannondale Synapse – enough clearance and eyes to fit mudguards. Get a set of nicer wheels for summer or stronger wheels for winter, job done. I bought an Alloy 105 and love it, have no compulsion for a Sunday best (or at least not too much hankering for a Colnago!).Posted 4 years agoforzafkawiMember
I have titanium training bike which used to be my Sunday best bike. I also have a Carbon Scott CR1 which is now my Sunday best bike which mainly gets used for sportives and special rides.
I put several thousand miles into my training bike every year and most of the componentry on it is functional rather than expensive. It is so nice when I do ride the Scott because the higher spec. and lighter weight is so noticeable.
You could argue that I should ride the Scott all the time and just replace bits as they wear out but it is also useful to have a spare bike in my opinion. The training bike has been off the road for a few weeks at times for various reasons and so it is useful to have another bike when that happens.
I have tried both ways and personally I would always go for the £400 hack and best bike approach because there is nothing worse than riding your £2000+ bike on Winter roads covered in salt and seeing it slowly ground away.Posted 4 years agoTiRedMember
I have a best bike with best wheels for club rides, sportives, and masters racing. I bought a used race bike for racing/crashing and winter. I ride a fixed wheel with full mudguards in the winter and bad weather.
Depending on budget, a decent alloy road bike such as a CAAD8 or Defy will do both. They can both take mudguards for winter, and with a change of wheels feel pretty special come summer. Just depends on how much you will ride.Posted 4 years ago
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