Recommend me a bike

fred_easey
fred_easey Posts: 22
edited June 2007 in Road beginners
Hi,

(Apologies in advance if people are sick of these types of threads)

Anyway, I have the Evans "Ride2Work" scheme available at my work. I did the Halfords version last year but the bike I got was nicked (locked up on a busy high street in broad daylight within eyesight of a police station no less! I learnt my lesson that day- *never* leave expensive bikes unattended anywhere for more than a couple of minutes at a time or they get nicked)

Anyway, back on topic. I'm currently back to using my 4 year old Specialized Cirrus hybrid. It's a little clunky for my daily commute (24 mile round trip Blackheath to Hammersmith), so I am going to have another crack at getting a new (faster) bike to replace it through the Ride2Work scheme.

- My budget is œ1k - œ1.3k.
- It has to be a bike available from Evans.
- It needs to be fairly durable as it will be doing a lot of miles and I am not great at housekeeping bikes (will wash it down and de-grease / re-grease about once every two months or so).

Basically want the fastest / lightest bike I can get within that budget that won't fall to pieces doing that sort of milage on the fairly unforgiving pot-hole ridden London roads.

Have seen this available at knock down price at Evans:

http://www.evanscycles.com/product.jsp?style=50028

(Quite like the idea of carbon frame as light + good for bumpy roads)

Would this do a job for me?

Could anyone recommend any other suitable bikes for the criteria listed above?

Any advice would be much appreciated,

Cheers,

Fred

Comments

  • fred_easey
    fred_easey Posts: 22
    /EDIT - Just realised that that Bianchi is Aluminium / Carbon frame - I take it that is not as good as a "full carbon" frame?
  • pauluscp
    pauluscp Posts: 2,530
    I ride a Condor Italia which is a mix of Alu and carbon. I find it a very comfortable ride as the carbon forks and seat stays absorb a lot of the shock from the roads. If you want a full carbon bike though have a look at this one. œ600 off the list price but limited on size.
    http://www.evanscycles.com/product.jsp?style=5572 or this--

    http://www.evanscycles.com/product.jsp?style=60084

    So many roads, so little time!!!
    So many roads, so little time!!!
  • fred_easey
    fred_easey Posts: 22
    I'm 6'1" with inside leg about 33" (yes I have very short legs for my height!)

    What size frame do I need?
  • fred_easey
    fred_easey Posts: 22
    Quite like the look of the Cannondale Badboy. Have heard disc brakes are a bit of a pain to look after though. Is this right?
  • nun
    nun Posts: 434
    <blockquote id="quote"><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica" id="quote">quote:<hr height="1" noshade id="quote"><i>Originally posted by fred_easey</i>

    Quite like the look of the Cannondale Badboy. Have heard disc brakes are a bit of a pain to look after though. Is this right?
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    What about a Dawes Galaxy or Audax, solid and practical bikes that you can fit racks and fenders to for your commute.
  • fred_easey
    fred_easey Posts: 22
    Pretty similar to what I'm riding at the moment (Specialized Sirrus). Was really looking for something a bit faster.

    I basically want the fastest bike I can get for that money that won't fall to pieces.
  • N0bodyOfTheGoat
    N0bodyOfTheGoat Posts: 5,845
    Having already used a cycle scheme for your last bike, I'm sure you already know this, but just in case...

    <b>Bikes on special offer at Evans will almost certainly not be available to buy at the advertised sale price using your cycle scheme voucher. You will need to add approximately 10% to the sale price before the tax savings process, in order to cover Evans' costs in giving the bike to you as a cycle scheme bike.</b>
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  • N0bodyOfTheGoat
    N0bodyOfTheGoat Posts: 5,845
    A few bargains I spotted that have suitable frame sizes (55+)...

    http://www.evanscycles.com/product.jsp?style=5922 (Lemond Zurich 2005)
    http://www.evanscycles.com/product.jsp?style=5920 (Lemond Buenos Aires 2005)
    http://www.evanscycles.com/product.jsp?style=60679 (Bianchi 1885 2006)
    http://www.evanscycles.com/product.jsp?style=60685 (Bianchi 928 2006)
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  • <blockquote id="quote"><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica" id="quote">quote:<hr height="1" noshade id="quote"><i>Originally posted by NitrousOxide</i>

    Having already used a cycle scheme for your last bike, I'm sure you already know this, but just in case...

    <b>Bikes on special offer at Evans will almost certainly not be available to buy at the advertised sale price using your cycle scheme voucher. You will need to add approximately 10% to the sale price before the tax savings process, in order to cover Evans' costs in giving the bike to you as a cycle scheme bike.</b>
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    Whether this is true <b>now</b> i do not know.. but my tarmac only cost me 199.99 cash and a œ1000 voucher - Sale price 1199.99... did not have to pay any more. This was in april.
  • fred_easey
    fred_easey Posts: 22
    <blockquote id="quote"><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica" id="quote">quote:<hr height="1" noshade id="quote"><i>Originally posted by NitrousOxide</i>

    A few bargains I spotted that have suitable frame sizes (55+)...

    http://www.evanscycles.com/product.jsp?style=5922 (Lemond Zurich 2005)
    http://www.evanscycles.com/product.jsp?style=5920 (Lemond Buenos Aires 2005)
    http://www.evanscycles.com/product.jsp?style=60679 (Bianchi 1885 2006)
    http://www.evanscycles.com/product.jsp?style=60685 (Bianchi 928 2006)
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    All of these look sweet! Will pop down to Evans in Fulham tomorrow and see if I can test drive a couple.

    Thanks for the advice :)
  • dobocp
    dobocp Posts: 27
    look on je james cycles good bargains . just bought a look 555 from there. saved œ400 mate.

    regards