Want to start but what to get?

electric jock
electric jock Posts: 4
edited August 2011 in Road beginners
Hi everyone.

Its been a while since I've ridden a bike and when I did it was an mtb. However, a friend has recently re-spark my love of jumping on a bike and riding off into the sunset! So my question I would like to ask is - I'm looking at buying a road bike around about the £5-700 mark in order to get back into cycling, get me fitter but also to last me should I wish to push the boundaries a bit. A bit about me. I'm 6ft 3 and 18st and a rugby player so I'm fairly well built but I'm not fat. I look forward to hearing what you all have to say.




  • Hi there i am selling a specialized secteur triple groupset, had the bike a year reciepts to proove it, done about 2000 miles, upgraded the wheels to open pro's with 105 hubs with 36 quad laced spokes to support my frame, like yourself not the smallest rider. also upgraded the breaks to shimano 105's. In mint condition looking at £475.
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  • Peddle Up!
    Peddle Up! Posts: 2,040
    There should be plenty around this price point, especially last year's models. But take care to get the right size bike. I'm a similar size and build to you (but a little less muscular :) ) and I went for a 60cm Trek. Different manufacturers' sizes vary though so make sure you go to a shop where they know what they're talking about. If you disclose your location I'm sure people here will advise on local possibilities.
    Purveyor of "up" :)
  • smithaay
    smithaay Posts: 114
    i was in halfords the other day and the boardman Road Comp Bike 2011 actually look very nice with a good finish
    the one i was looking at had sram apex and a nice light alloy frame with a carbon fork
    havnt read any reviews about it though so i dont know if it rides any good but im sure theres a review about it somewhere.( the 2010 version got a 4/5 rating by bikeradar)

    http://www.halfords.com/webapp/wcs/stor ... 65710#dtab[/url][/url]
  • Thanks Chris for the offer but I think I need to ride a few bikes before I commit to buying anything and I think I also need to check sizes for different makes and me. Thanks too smithaay I'll have a look at the Boardman bike. Its not a make I had thought of. The ones I have been tempted by are Cube, Felt and Scott.
  • Have a look at the Specialized Allez models in the Evans sale. Cracking bikes and at sale prices.
  • Thanks hebden I'll have a look. My friend has just bought an Allez Sport so I'll have a look at his too.
  • esspeebee
    esspeebee Posts: 174
    but I think I need to ride a few bikes before I commit to buying anything and I think I also need to check sizes for different makes and me.

    Yep, that's exactly it. Go to a few local bike shops, look at your options, and try them out. There's plenty to be had around your price range, and it's above the area where you find cheap and unreliable bike-shaped objects, so there's not really anything you need to be too careful of except fitting.

    At that sort of price point, Boardman are extremely good value for money, but by no means your only option. Especially just at the moment, as shops are starting to shift the 2011 models before next year's come out.