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Old 07-01-12, 05:51 AM   #1
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Newbie needs a bike and some opinions :)

Hi guys,

Im new to this bike thing and finally decided to invest in a bike and help myself and the environment.

I've never had a proper bike before (beside the good old BMX as a kid) so been hunting around. My dad knows a guy that deals with bikes, collects, does them up and sells them on. so i popped round to his to have a little look and come across two bike...


Ridgeback Flight 05 (with continental 700x32 tyres)

&

Kona Jake

They are both for around the 300 mark and i liked the both of them however drawn to the Ridgeback more because of its specs and features and i like the small handlebars lol

Just wondering if i can get other opinions on what bike i should go for.

The main use will be commuting 5miles to work and back, too and from friends/g.f house etc.

Also the occasional bike ride with the family. Oh and planning on taking a casual bike ride to amsterdam lol.

I was reading reviews and alot said instead of spending 300ish on a brand new carera for example i could pick up a decent 2nd hand bike.


Any feedback will be much appreciated and taken on board to help towards mi decision.

Thanks in advance.

Az.x
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Hi guys,

Im new to this bike thing and finally decided to invest in a bike and help myself and the environment.

I've never had a proper bike before (beside the good old BMX as a kid) so been hunting around. My dad knows a guy that deals with bikes, collects, does them up and sells them on. so i popped round to his to have a little look and come across two bike...


Ridgeback Flight 05 (with continental 700x32 tyres)

&

Kona Jake

They are both for around the 300 mark and i liked the both of them however drawn to the Ridgeback more because of its specs and features and i like the small handlebars lol

Just wondering if i can get other opinions on what bike i should go for.

The main use will be commuting 5miles to work and back, too and from friends/g.f house etc.

Also the occasional bike ride with the family. Oh and planning on taking a casual bike ride to amsterdam lol.

I was reading reviews and alot said instead of spending 300ish on a brand new carera for example i could pick up a decent 2nd hand bike.


Any feedback will be much appreciated and taken on board to help towards mi decision.

Thanks in advance.

Az.x
Welcome To Bike Forums, Asterling!

It would appear that both bikes are great! However, component wise, I'd lean slightly towards the Flight 05 Ridgeback. Of course, the Kona Jake is world renown for its lengendary comfort and performance. If I were you, since both bikes are of such stellar quality, I would mount and ride each one and decide for myself just exactly which one best suits my fancy.

Show me a bicycle that is uncomfortable and doesn't fit, and I'll show you a dust collector with two wheels. Fit and comfort are the most important factors when cycling. For without them, there is no fun or enjoyment.

Since your dad is in tight with this bicycle guru/mechanic/salesman guy, I would ask if I could test ride each bike for just about an hour a piece, soon one weekend. After your test ride, make a sound and final decision.


Good Luck!


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Make absolutely certain that the bike fits, is comfortable, and is enjoyable!

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Old 07-04-12, 04:08 AM   #3
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Welcome To Bike Forums, Asterling!

It would appear that both bikes are great! However, component wise, I'd lean slightly towards the Flight 05 Ridgeback. Of course, the Kona Jake is world renown for its lengendary comfort and performance. If I were you, since both bikes are of such stellar quality, I would mount and ride each one and decide for myself just exactly which one best suits my fancy.

Show me a bicycle that is uncomfortable and doesn't fit, and I'll show you a dust collector with two wheels. Fit and comfort are the most important factors when cycling. For without them, there is no fun or enjoyment.

Since your dad is in tight with this bicycle guru/mechanic/salesman guy, I would ask if I could test ride each bike for just about an hour a piece, soon one weekend. After your test ride, make a sound and final decision.


Good Luck!


PS.


Make absolutely certain that the bike fits, is comfortable, and is enjoyable!


Thanks for your advice. The flight 05 does seem to be better.

Im going to have a look today hopefully. Just waiting on the phone call. (Im pretty excited lol)

But i shall keep you posted and let you know what i go with.

Thanks again.x
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Thanks for your advice. The flight 05 does seem to be better.

Im going to have a look today hopefully. Just waiting on the phone call. (Im pretty excited lol)

But i shall keep you posted and let you know what i go with.

Thanks again.x
Great, Asterling!

Please do keep us all updated. We'd love to see pics!
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