New road bike - choice?

Bernie The Bolt
Bernie The Bolt Posts: 2
edited March 2014 in Road buying advice
Hi all
New to this site, and am seeking some views and opinions on the following:
Took up cycling again a couple of years back and have thoroughly enjoyed it. Borrowed a bike in 2012 to complete the BHF Manchester to Blackpool night ride. Then after some research and advice from a friend who is an experienced rider, I bought a Triban 3 from Decathlon. Excellent bike for £300 and really pleased with it. Got me round the Ride a London course last year with no trouble at all. Now want to keep use it as a winter bike, and get myself a next step-up bike for summer riding, especially as I am doing the coast to coast ride with 3 friends in June. Have been doing lots of research, seeking views of others, reading reviews, and had decided to go for the new B'Twin Alur 700 from Decathlon which is due out in May. However with that only being one month before the CTC ride, I am thinking I might be better to get a bike sooner and become more familiar with it. With that in mind I am also considering the Sensa Romagna Special.

What do you think would be the better choice? Carbon frame isn't a critical factor for me, but a decent spec and a good ride are. I don't want to break my top end budget of £800, so these two fit into that bracket very well.

Would welcome you opinions. Thanks, Bernie The Bolt. 8)


  • djhermer
    djhermer Posts: 328
    If you're a 54 there's a very good looking CAAD10 in the Classifieds on budget.
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