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long distance fitness bike advice

fdm867fdm867 Posts: 4
edited February 2016 in Road buying advice
hello,

I recently started bicycling again to change up a little my daily workouts, I usually do running.

I bought this bike in sale a couple of weeks ago http://www.cube.eu/en/products/trekking ... reen-2016/
the first couple of long distance rides, everything felt great. But now after a few rainy rides some parts are a little bit of becoming an annoyance.

I'm planing to make a 200 km one day bike trip in the near future, mostly asfalt and grind roads, but I can't say I fully trust my current bike to do the job.

I was looking to one of these two nexus gear bikes to help me with a stressless trip.

Centurion City Speed 8

http://www.raddiscount.de/P08936.html?u ... erm=P08936

CUBE HYDE PRO

http://www.futurumshop.nl/cube-hyde-pro ... bike.phtml

basically what I'm looking for is a comfortable, low maintenance and reliable road bike for longer distance rides.

any other bikes in this price range that you guys would reccomend?

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  • This is a good package.

    https://www.decathlon.co.uk/triban-540- ... 22798.html

    It also comes in a drop bar version, which is even better VFM.
  • GrillGrill Posts: 5,610
    You'll need to do maintenance regardless of the bike. If you want to go with the most reliable for the lowest maintenance then you should ride fixed.
    English Cycles V3 | Cervelo P5 | Cervelo T4 | Trek Domane Koppenberg
  • Grill wrote:
    You'll need to do maintenance regardless of the bike. If you want to go with the most reliable for the lowest maintenance then you should ride fixed.

    so the "almost no maintenance required" advertisement on the http://www.futurumshop.nl/cube-hyde-pro ... bike.phtml is false? One of the reasons why I was thinking about going to a internal gear bike was because they attract less dirt and therefor need less maintenance.

    I think you're probably right, a fixed gear would give me the least amount of hassle.
  • GrillGrill Posts: 5,610
    Sure, you'll have less to do with an internally geared hub, but at the expense of flexibility (when properly indexed and the cables are stretched you can get a couple thousand miles on most traditionally geared systems before needing to index again). Also keep in mind if something goes wrong sourcing spares and general bodging will be more difficult.
    English Cycles V3 | Cervelo P5 | Cervelo T4 | Trek Domane Koppenberg
  • fdm867 wrote:
    hello,

    I recently started bicycling again to change up a little my daily workouts, I usually do running.

    I bought this bike in sale a couple of weeks ago http://www.cube.eu/en/products/trekking ... reen-2016/
    the first couple of long distance rides, everything felt great. But now after a few rainy rides some parts are a little bit of becoming an annoyance.

    I'm planing to make a 200 km one day bike trip in the near future, mostly asfalt and grind roads, but I can't say I fully trust my current bike to do the job.

    I was looking to one of these two nexus gear bikes to help me with a stressless trip.

    Centurion City Speed 8

    http://www.raddiscount.de/P08936.html?u ... erm=P08936

    CUBE HYDE PRO

    http://www.futurumshop.nl/cube-hyde-pro ... bike.phtml

    basically what I'm looking for is a comfortable, low maintenance and reliable road bike for longer distance rides.

    any other bikes in this price range that you guys would reccomend?

    you don't mention what parts are starting to get annoying and why they are annoying so it's difficult to advise you about whether or not another bike would be better for your needs. If you have only had the bike for a couple of weeks then it is possible, for example, that there has been some cable stretch and the gears need to be indexed again. if they are not changing correctly, makeing grinding noises as you pedal (often caused by the chain rubbing on the next gear in the cassette) or changing by themselves then these are all possible symptoms and easy to fix. If the problem is the that the chain is squeaking or hard to turn then perhaps it just needs some oil. As Grill said, any bike needs to be looked after to a lesser or greater degree if you want it to be reliable and fun to ride. Changing the bike will just be delaying the time before the maintainance has to start - and it's an expensive way to achieve this. There are some great tutorials on Parktool's website - I recommend a visit there to see how to keep your bike working well.
  • fdm867 wrote:
    hello,

    I recently started bicycling again to change up a little my daily workouts, I usually do running.

    I bought this bike in sale a couple of weeks ago http://www.cube.eu/en/products/trekking ... reen-2016/
    the first couple of long distance rides, everything felt great. But now after a few rainy rides some parts are a little bit of becoming an annoyance.

    I'm planing to make a 200 km one day bike trip in the near future, mostly asfalt and grind roads, but I can't say I fully trust my current bike to do the job.

    I was looking to one of these two nexus gear bikes to help me with a stressless trip.

    Centurion City Speed 8

    http://www.raddiscount.de/P08936.html?u ... erm=P08936

    CUBE HYDE PRO

    http://www.futurumshop.nl/cube-hyde-pro ... bike.phtml

    basically what I'm looking for is a comfortable, low maintenance and reliable road bike for longer distance rides.

    any other bikes in this price range that you guys would reccomend?

    you don't mention what parts are starting to get annoying and why they are annoying so it's difficult to advise you about whether or not another bike would be better for your needs. If you have only had the bike for a couple of weeks then it is possible, for example, that there has been some cable stretch and the gears need to be indexed again. if they are not changing correctly, makeing grinding noises as you pedal (often caused by the chain rubbing on the next gear in the cassette) or changing by themselves then these are all possible symptoms and easy to fix. If the problem is the that the chain is squeaking or hard to turn then perhaps it just needs some oil. As Grill said, any bike needs to be looked after to a lesser or greater degree if you want it to be reliable and fun to ride. Changing the bike will just be delaying the time before the maintainance has to start - and it's an expensive way to achieve this. There are some great tutorials on Parktool's website - I recommend a visit there to see how to keep your bike working well.

    Hi, thanks for your advise. the last couple off rides were rainy and a bit muddy, after every ride I try to hose all the dirt away.
    I spinned the wheels and the chainwheel after I hosed the dirt away, most disturbance seem to be coming from the disc brakes and the cassette or rear derailleur,not sure. But now the day after everything seems to sound a bit smoother again.
    I ordered disc brake cleaner, wet and dry lube... will see if this helps
  • kajjalkajjal Posts: 3,380
    Assuming you didn't accidentally contaminate the disc brakes with oil and they are properly aligned once you have cleaned the bike just get up speed and slam the brakes on a few times to clear them. This may take up to five time to sort out.

    As above it may be as simple as cable stretch and you just need to align the gears again. Very simple to do.
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