- First road bike
If it’s for winter, get one that easily fits some form of proper mudguards, SKS race-blades (the long version if you have any friends you want to remain friends with). It’s amazing how much of the wet they actually keep off you and 90% of the time you can shelter from a shower in a cafe, then go back out on the wet roads.Posted 4 years agolegendMember
Race blades don’t need mounts, which is handy as many frames don’t have them.
I just got my first road bike around a month ago, a Specialized Allez Sport for £725 (2014 ones are £750 with some downgraded parts, and the paint jobs aren’t as good, work that one out) works for me so far!Posted 4 years agocyclebikerMember
Just bought my first road bike…Allez sport. Bought last years model (2013??) and I love it. My advice would be to try and stretch to the sport as the shifters on the lower model has thumb shifters on the hoods that will require you to keep switching from the drops to switch (advice given to me from Noah’s ark bike shop)Posted 4 years agokhegsMember
Have one of the planet-x ultegra’s arriving thursday (through bike to work)
not my first road bike, but my first for many many years. They are right up against the bike to work price limit though
The ribble winter trainer/audax bikes have always been very good for reasonable cash (come with full guards etc, and available in aly, steel and carbon)Posted 4 years agowukfitMember
I too have just got my first road bike,Posted 4 years ago
My original budget kept increasing till I eventually got one of These
Was tempted to get a Defy, but the reviews and price of the TCR swayed me that way
Have had for nearly a week and ridden it everyday, in my baggies though which doesn’t quite feel right and roadies still don’t acknowledge me
Haven’t checked if any mudguards will fit it (hopefully there are some)legendMember
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Does your allez sport fit the race blades ok Legend?
It looks very tight on pictures
Dunno yet, going to order a set soon and have a go. I’ve seen them on other bikes with tight clearances so fingers crossed!
Looks like it may just work:Posted 4 years ago
Alloy Giant Defy (model to suit budget, but 5 or 4) and full SKS mudguards. Comfortable race bike, excellent geometry, rack and mudguard eyelets. If you are riding through the winter, you can’t beat proper mudguards.
TCR is a tight fit for proper mudguards, and does not have mounting eyelets. FOr a winter bike, I’d pick the defy every time (and I have one of each). If you want second hand, Giant SCR or OCR are similar to the Defy.Posted 4 years ago
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