halfords £200 road bike

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halfords £200 road bike

Postby esd » Sun Mar 17, 2013 10:04 am

just had a look at the halfords apollo road bike £199....screw headset, brake levers, quick fire shifters on the bars...cheap wheelset, 7 speed cassette...cheap caliper brakes

But whats the point?

or is it just the price mark...get youngsters first road bike?

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Re: halfords £200 road bike

Postby Pross » Sun Mar 17, 2013 10:11 am

What's the point of what? It's just a cheap 'road bike' aimed at the same sort of market as those 'MTBs' you get in Argos and supermarkets. There are still plenty of people who would put class a Triban or similar as an expensive bike.

Not sure it justifies two threads though :lol: :wink:

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Re: halfords £200 road bike

Postby Carbonator » Sun Mar 17, 2013 10:13 am

Are there not dozens of other bikes you could ask that question of?

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Re: halfords £200 road bike

Postby Danlikesbikes » Sun Mar 17, 2013 10:30 am

Plenty of similar bikes out there at that price range & for some it is a good option cost wise for others it could be a lot of money to spend.
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Re: halfords £200 road bike

Postby diy » Sun Mar 17, 2013 10:51 am

I have to say given that Argos do a trax mtb for less than the cost of a decent seatpost, there is an argument that if you are just riding 5 or 6 miles along a canal path, its perfect for the job.

Personally if my budget was £200 I'd be looking second hand.

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Postby Carbonator » Sun Mar 17, 2013 10:57 am

When I looked at the bike, underneath where it says 'You may also like' is full of £2K+ Pinarellos :?:

I have only ever looked at them once on there, so if its not cookie related they are really trying to shift those bikes :lol:

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Re: halfords £200 road bike

Postby Danlikesbikes » Sun Mar 17, 2013 11:21 am

Carbonator wrote:When I looked at the bike, underneath where it says 'You may also like' is full of £2K+ Pinarellos :?:

I have only ever looked at them once on there, so if its not cookie related they are really trying to shift those bikes :lol:


Are you sure you have not been checking them out on the sly :D
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Re: halfords £200 road bike

Postby goonz » Sun Mar 17, 2013 11:46 am

I guess its good for getting the public into cycling. good for a first bike for many. not everyone can access the cycle to work scheme or has loads of cash under their mattresses
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Re: halfords £200 road bike

Postby Bike Radar » Sun Mar 17, 2013 15:55 pm

Lots of people buy a bike and only use it occaisionally. Kids have bikes which they smash to bits before anything wears out because of mileage.
If a bike only covers 100 miles in its lifetime there's little point in spending much on it.

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Re: halfords £200 road bike

Postby notnot » Sun Mar 17, 2013 15:56 pm

Pross wrote:What's the point of what? It's just a cheap 'road bike' aimed at the same sort of market as those 'MTBs' you get in Argos and supermarkets. There are still plenty of people who would put class a Triban or similar as an expensive bike.


And - as long as it's well enough built to be safe to ride - a cheap bike to get to pub, supermarket etc. can be a far quicker way of getting around than walking :)

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Re: halfords £200 road bike

Postby Chris Bass » Sun Mar 17, 2013 18:09 pm

like most have said, if you only cycle once or twice a month and just pottering about then its probably great for your needs.

My friends had a £100 trax mtb, not a great bike, but she used it and found that she liked cycling and so after a while she bought a better bike and now cycles more frequently.

would you buy a fender stratocaster or gibson les paul to learn to play guitar on? or a cheaper one and then upgrade when (and if) you find you like it and get better?
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Re: halfords £200 road bike

Postby MattyyP » Sun Mar 17, 2013 19:25 pm

I started my riding on a £90 Totem Pro. I thought it was a pro bike, it made me feel pro anyway! It only takes a cheapo machine to get bitten by the cycling bug! :lol: However I now sometimes take it for a spin to the shops, and wonder how I used to ride it so much, it's not a pleasant experience! :wink:
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Re: halfords £200 road bike

Postby notnot » Sun Mar 17, 2013 19:38 pm

I've got a £50 Giant MTB which I use regularly - was across to Tescos on it today. For shorter rides, it's fine.

There's also the perverse pleasure of climbing past people with far more expensive kit :)

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Re: halfords £200 road bike

Postby declan1 » Sun Mar 17, 2013 21:08 pm

My road bike cost me £200. It was crap. I since purchased a second-hand steel bike with Shimano 600 Ultegra components and Mavic MA2 wheels and swapped them over to the original frame. It's still a rubbish bike, but it's perfectly adequate for me.

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Re: halfords £200 road bike

Postby wellbeloved747 » Sun Mar 17, 2013 21:14 pm

Saw this today in my local halfords, in my opinion it is a waste of £200!

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Re: halfords £200 road bike

Postby goonz » Sun Mar 17, 2013 22:04 pm

Says you with a garage full of top spec specializeds. Not everyone can afford those.
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Re: halfords £200 road bike

Postby roger merriman » Sun Mar 17, 2013 23:43 pm

It is what it is, it's got those rather fugly shifters though they normally do quite well in reviews, compared to downtube etc.

clearly it is isn't light, no matter what is printed on the frame, and will have a narrower gearing range, and has rubbish tyres.

this said as long as the frame isn't too rubbish, may well be a nice enough bike, by time it has new saddle/tyres brake pads probably feels like a new bike!

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Re: halfords £200 road bike

Postby Beckers62 » Mon Mar 18, 2013 09:47 am

If you have a £200 budget that you could stretch to £300 you can't go far wrong with one of these

http://www.cyclingweekly.co.uk/tech/bik ... y-for.html

My other half has one, they are quite tidy for the money

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Re: halfords £200 road bike

Postby elderone » Mon Mar 18, 2013 10:02 am

wellbeloved747 wrote:Saw this today in my local halfords, in my opinion it is a waste of £200!

Yet another halfords dig.Proper bike snob.

Good thing is your opinion is worth about as much as tits on a bull.People buy what they can afford and if that,s halfords then so be it.
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Re: halfords £200 road bike

Postby MountainMonster » Mon Mar 18, 2013 10:36 am

elderone wrote:
wellbeloved747 wrote:Saw this today in my local halfords, in my opinion it is a waste of £200!

Yet another halfords dig.Proper bike snob.

Good thing is your opinion is worth about as much as tits on a bull.People buy what they can afford and if that,s halfords then so be it.


Seems to be a dig at the bike rather than at Halfords.


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