- Road Bike Ideas
Specialized Allez has to be the default choice for the aspiring roadie. Focus and Felt also seem to offer good vfm bikes at that price range.
If you can up the ante to 1K then a 2008 model with CF frame should be doable…evans have the 2008 Tarmac Elite going for 1K but limited sizes.
Otherwise, get double the bike through going 2nd hand!Posted 8 years agoEd2001Member
If you want to train on it all year round I would suggest looking at a bike which will take mudguards. Lot of previous suggestions nice bikes ( particularly the allez) but not would I would think of as training bikes. Try surosa they do audax/training bikes in your price range.Posted 8 years agonjee20Subscriber
You can fit mudguards to an Allez, why not suitable?
I’ve got a 2009 Allez Elite as a commuter bike, it’s alright, although it feels like a chopper, the front end is so much higher than my Madone, even with all the spacers above the stem. Rides nicely enough though.Posted 8 years ago
I’m not keen on a cross bike as I have a Pompino already that sort of fills that gap.
One problem with most of the above is Shimano .. as I’m a bit of a Campag fan on roadie bikes. Problem is that Ribble seem to be the only firm who spec lower end models with Xenon/VelocePosted 8 years agogrummMember
Dunno if you have considered and dismissed this, but I just sold a full on road bike to get a Kaffenback, which with some slightly bigger tyres on can handle a bit of off road. I much prefer it.
The roads round here are not that great anyway so having bigger tyres is good, and it’s really nice to be able to comfortably nip down a gravel track or canal towpath or whatever.Posted 8 years ago
“why don’t you like ribble? i only ask as i’m going through the same thought process now and i was goping to have a look in there? “
I know a lot of people who have ended up with a bike that is the wrong size as they do not size their frames conventionally
I also know people who had real problems with their customer service
And finally, everyone in our road club has one and being a total snob I want something differentPosted 8 years agooldgitMember
Purely my opinion, I think Shimano budget end equipment works better than Campagnolo and I love Campag being brought up on the stuff. But all my road bikes run Shimano.
If I was’nt racing at all I’d go Campag, but until I can get a Campag part friday afternoon to race on Sunday I’m staying with Shimano.
I’ve trained and raced a Giant SCR Ltd (up for sale) and now race my budget Alez Elite which s fine as most UK races in my age cat are between 35 and 70 miles.
I’m contacting Rourkes for a steel build for general all round riding.Posted 8 years agooldgitMember
David I look at my bike which cost next to nothing (you’d have £500 left)and I think I just don’t need anything else.Posted 8 years ago
Your budget is a tough price break, a few bob more would make a huge difference.
Someone else has paid for the FSA carbon Team issue cranks and carbon stem and palm bars.
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