Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: London, UK
Bikes: Cannondale MT1000 (1986 "birthday" for him!) Dawes Giro 500 (also 80's) Ridgeback Voyager (2010/11 model)
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Third cycle purchase - to last a lifetime?
I was a kid, I never had a new bike...
When I came of age, bought myself a Dawes Galaxy (sold after a double century ride, regretted ever since!)
When I was a young man, bought myself a Ridgeback 501 MTB (they were the "latest thing") and made that last for thirty plus years...
Recently as a grown man, had the fortune to acquire a Raleigh Aero and Canondale MT1000 tandem, the latter having taught me more about bikes than all the rest put together!
Now the ridgeback has died of a cracked crank and my unwillingness to plough more into it as a sentimental keepsake ... and a combination of my generous partner's offer to buy me a bike and the upcoming sale of my car for a little more than expected means I can once more buy a new bicycle!
As you can see from above this will be a special event and I am hoping this time a truly life-long purchase, so I want to get it right.... The budget is not high, about £500-£600 with a hundred "wiggle room" for something that is just perfect....
Top contenders so far seem to be the Trek 7.5 FX and possibly a Gary Fisher Lane steel road bike that seems to be on special if I want to get back to steel.... Others in the frame are ridgeback velocity/fx and Dawes Discovery 501.... and an exotic outsider which I believe outside of my price point but would look at is the bamboo bike recently launched in the UK...
It is important to understand this will be my "workaday" bike, but I appreciate a performance edge within safety margins, might run summer/winter tyres for example and want to move away from the old MTB wheels that really kept me bombproof, but slow. Had been used to a seven speed, looking forward to an eight. Shall be kitting out with rack and panniers plus other sundries (only keep my Raleigh aero for road running)...
Last but not least I need to buy a completed bike for two reasons, most bangs per buck and my domestic setup in London means there is seriously no where for any bike maintenance other than the street, so chain maintenance and light work is the limit - no question of building up from a frame gradually or anything....
Would welcome any and all opinions and input at this stage - want to try and get this purchase as "right as possible"