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Newbie

Posted: Sat Jul 14, 2007 11:44 am
by geordiepaul2001
Hi all,

I have just bought a Claude Butler Urban 300 (any thoughts on this bike) and plan to get back into cycling for commuting to work and taking my 2 year old daughter out and about.

I m after opinions on the bike I have bought, and for a list of must haves, e.g. bike lock, puncture repair kit etc.

I just need to know where to start really.

Paul

Posted: Sat Jul 14, 2007 13:09 pm
by ratty2k
Dont see much wrong for the money TBH.... for commuting and going out for gentle rides with your daughter I'd say its good value for money. The only doubt I'd have is with the fork, I assume you mean this bike? http://www.falconcycles.co.uk/CORP/HYBRID/urban300.html
Its not the greatest fork, but if you look after it maybe it wont sieze up....... I'd ask at the shop if you could swap it for a rigid one, and get a discount. Nowt wrong with being cheeky and asking!

Posted: Sat Jul 14, 2007 17:37 pm
by frogbad
List of essentials, in my opinion:

Helmet
Small Multitool
Spare Inner tube
tyre levers
Water bottle and holder
Decent lock spend at lest £50
Proper padded cycle shorts

Some things to consider
Saddle bag to keep some of the stuff above in
clipless pedals once you are a bit more experienced.
Decent cycle toolkit for home
Bike repair stand - makes everything so much easier for tweaks and maintenance

Posted: Sun Jul 15, 2007 10:29 am
by geordiepaul2001
Thanks for the replies.

Yeah it is the bike that you linked to mate.
So far I have bought my front/rear lights, I need to buy a load more stuff before I will feel comfortable commuting to and from work.

Any thoughts on the light?
http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll? ... &rd=1&rd=1

I was also looking at the following helmet
http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll? ... &rd=1&rd=1

Posted: Sun Jul 15, 2007 16:39 pm
by supersonic
Those lamps are suprisingly bright, but for commuting only. As for the helmet, you must try one on before buying, so avoid ebay.

Posted: Sun Jul 15, 2007 18:43 pm
by geordiepaul2001
No probs.
The lads at work use giro helmets, so I am was hoping to get my size details from them and then purchase vie ebay.