New bike or not?

jamie75 Posts: 5
edited May 2011 in Road buying advice
Hi all,

I'm fairly new to cycling and am after some views on whether it's worth me getting a new bike, predominently for commuting (30 mile round trip 3 / 4 times a week) and possibly also as a club bike (not that I've joined one yet...).

I've got a Dawes Giro 500 (about 6 years old) with Sora levers, front and rear derailleurs, tektro brakes (no model notation so I'm guessing entry level), some shocking Asson WM-R01 wheels (google doesn't acknowledge their existence and frankly I can see why...), and an Ofmega Vantage front crank / chainring.

In short, it feels pretty heavy, like you're constantly fighting it to get it rolling and I'm thinking if I was to start going out on club runs I'd just find it hard work.

I have a Focus Cayo (2010 version) that I use for sunny days and sportives and by comparison, the Focus accelerates and climbs for fun. I'm not willing to use it for anything other than best, though.

I guess the crux of my question is whether I'd get any benefit replacing my Dawes with something like the Boardman Team ( or Verenti Kilmeston ( or would something in this price range feel just the same as my Dawes?

Thanks in advance.


  • TMR
    TMR Posts: 3,986
    The Verenti would be my choice - from everything I've read, they are very comfortable. Wiggle allow you to try it for 30 days, so you've nothing to lose really.
  • BelgianBeerGeek
    BelgianBeerGeek Posts: 5,226
    The new Boardman CX range are nice, light and well equipped. They also have disc brakes which are better for commuting and will take guards to keep you dry.
    Ecrasez l’infame