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Newbie advice please :)

GarthyGarthy Posts: 7
edited October 2014 in Commuting general
Hi,

I need a budget bike to commute to work each day and bumming around with the family at weekends. I was looking at either the carerra subway or the voodoo marissa. I'm a complete novice so any feedback on these two or any other option would be gratefully appreciated :) My budget is 350.

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  • nik6158nik6158 Posts: 32
    my brother in law bought a subway and loves it, he's never had any problems with it at all
  • oxomanoxoman Posts: 8,344
    Hi Garthy and firstly welcome to the Forum. The Subway is a pretty bombproof commuting bike and well regarded by a lot of commuters. I can't comment on the Voodoo but the subway is one of Halfrauds better low priced bikes, don't pay full wack for it wait till its discounted heavily. Ideal for commuting 5 or 6 miles or doing family trails but no good for proper offroad stuff. Decathlon do several decent bikes similar to the Subway see link below.
    http://www.decathlon.co.uk/fit-300-flat ... #avantages
    http://www.decathlon.co.uk/fit-500-flat ... 39798.html
    http://www.decathlon.co.uk/fit-500-ltd- ... 06462.html

    What ever you get make sure you have decent lights and mudguards and it fits. Have a look at similar threads to the one you have posted.
    Too many bikes according to Mrs O.
  • GarthyGarthy Posts: 7
    Thanks for the advice :) From what I can tell the Voodoo has slightly better brakes? Both the same price. Also the subway has larger width tyres than the voodoo.... is that a good/bad thing? (sorry if that's a dumb question lol).
  • MichaelWMichaelW Posts: 2,226
    2015 Subway now has weird 27.5 tyres not standard 26". Tyres are unavailable in shops. Avoid.
  • GarthyGarthy Posts: 7
    Thanks for that. Looks like it's the Voodoo then :)
  • oxomanoxoman Posts: 8,344
    Don't be put off by the wheel size change they will have loads of the original wheel sized bikes in. Still think the Decathlon bikes are better depending on what type of riding your going to be doing.
    Too many bikes according to Mrs O.
  • GarthyGarthy Posts: 7
    Hi Guys,

    Thanks for all the help :) Just got back from lbs...... Specialized sirrus 2014 for 340. tried it and felt nice. Same price as the Voodoo but the specialized look very nice, lighter and the guys at the shop were very helpful. (Voodoo has hyd disk breaks but for the cycling I intend to do not sure if that matters?)

    I did like the looks of the Decathlon bikes oxoman but want to physically buy from a store nearby.

    Anyways, now leaning towards the Specialized lol. Mrs Garthy wants a bike now and she was quite taken with the Ridgeback motion navy, which at 240 seems a bargin?
  • oxomanoxoman Posts: 8,344
    First bike on restarting cycling was a Sirrus, couldn't fault it to be honest. It didn't last long because I got hold of a road bike and sold it, I now have a fleet of 3 bikes to cover every eventuality.
    Too many bikes according to Mrs O.
  • GarthyGarthy Posts: 7
    Lol, cool :) I will confirm the order tomorrow :) I felt more happier with the advice from the lbs as well. They couldn't do enough, pulling bikes out etc. Thank you all for your help and advice :) will let you know how it goes lol. Still need to get lights, backpack, jacket and some form of shorts :)
  • oxomanoxoman Posts: 8,344
    Make sure you get decent lights and clothing as it makes it easier. Also make sure you get spare innertube, quick link,pump,puncture repair kit,multitool etc as you will at some stage get a problem. Got my first flat after two and a half years but helped loads of people in between. loads of threads on here just get searching, Decathlon gear isn't bad as long as you get the gear rated 5 or above. Depending on facilities at work it may be better to travel light and leave gear there, i'm lucky i have showers and lockers at my place.
    Too many bikes according to Mrs O.
  • GarthyGarthy Posts: 7
    I was planning to ask the lbs to put together a small kit with tubes, pump etc?

    Have not even started to look at lights at the moment but will hit the review sections and forums :) any suggestions gratefully accepted :)

    Clothing-wise, I thought maybe some padded inner's, baggy shorts, I have some Adidas climacool tops which I thought would be OK and then get a jacket for the windy/wet days? There are showers but not sure on lockers :)
  • kirkeekirkee Posts: 369
    Get the Subway 1 with 26 mtb wheels. They are awesome bikes for a pittance- the cables will req an upgrade after a short while as will the chain but as for the quality ride etc and the amount of rack options they are hard to beat. Add mud guards panniers/beard and youl have a decent tourer
    Caveat - I buy and ride cheap, however, I reserve the right to advise on expensive kit that I have never actually used and possibly never will
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