- Least bad sub 200 quid bike?
I’m struggling a bit with this one. A chap at work has asked me to recommend him a bike. He’ll be doing around 3 miles each way twice a week on the road and his budget is 200 quid max. Second hand isn’t an option as he’ll be paying for it with his work health acount and so needs a shop receipt. I’ve had a quick look about, but I can’t see anything for much below £300; can anyone recommend something that won’t put him off cycling for life, or do I just send him to Tesco?Posted 5 years agotomdSubscriber
I had a look at some sub £200 bikes in decathlon when I was looking for a getting to work hack a few months ago. They looked absolutely fine, there was one about £150 that looked passble, which would be £200 once he added in mud guards and other basics. No need to spend more if it’s just a few miles.Posted 5 years agomtbtomoMember
I had one of those Viking’s – they’re a ‘Citi-fix’ model and available on ebay for around £160 including postage.
For the price, they are excellent. I rode to work on it for nearly 6 months (13 miles each way, 2-3 times a week) and it was fine. Yes, the frame is hi-tensile steel but that’s not as bad as everyone makes out for road riding. Aside from that its all serviceable stuff. The hubs are better sealed than my Trek SS, the brake calipers are unbranded Tektro style dual pivots, it has chain tugs so there’s no slipping nuts, and the riding position is fairly stretched for good riding position when you need to wrestle it up a hill.
They are good simple serviceable bicycle and would be ideal for a 3 mile commute, assuming its not too hilly and the rider has a basic level of fitness.Posted 5 years ago
bit like your mate did to start with?
Is it the fact that there is a keyboard and and a monitor between you and the real world that makes you so arsey? Or are you like that all the time. I like it. We could be friends.
3 miles is not so far that a single speed might be ok if the hills are not too bad. Anyway its easy and cheap to get a smaller front or bigger rear to make his commute cheap and comfy. My pal chose a geared bike because that as what the halfords bloke steered him to when he went in to buy a bike.Posted 5 years agoMrTallMember
Forme from Rutland cycling?
Good value at £180 and basic cable discs as well. No cheapy suspension forks so should be light(ish) for the money.Posted 5 years ago
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