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    Which bike do I need ?

    Hi guys,
    Im looking for a bike which Ill be using daily.
    Ill use it to go to my football trainings and games, and to go to school too.
    I am 16 years old, 1.83 cm and 76 kg . Im quite fit. I need a bike which is fast and light. Ill be using for journeys of 3 to 12 miles. Im living in central london ( sw7)
    What type of bike do I need ?
    Thank you for your timE

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    Since you live in London look about to see the types of bike that others are riding then choose from them since the more popular bikes will be seen the most.
    My preferred bicycle brand is.......WORKSMAN CYCLES
    I dislike clipless pedals on any city bike since I feel they are unsafe.

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    Steel: nearly a thousand years of metallurgical development
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    Im not very aware of the brands but most of my friends have got fxie. BBut one of my friend told me that according to my budget I should buy a better bike than that, a road one with gears(a 900 budget). All I need is a quick and light bike.
    thank you

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    Fast and light = road bike. 900 quid is over $1300. That should buy you a pretty nice bike. Try to get the bike for 750 so you have some ducats left over for accessories such as shoes, pedals, kit, etc.

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    Have you got a particular brand or bike in mind ? Because ive found some good bikes from specialized and cannondale

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    Quote Originally Posted by amine.zahid View Post
    Have you got a particular brand or bike in mind ? Because ive found some good bikes from specialized and cannondale
    Don't get caught up in what brand it is. Worry about fit, components, service at the retailer, color, really anything before you concern yourself with whether it's a Giant or a Trek. Seriously.

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    Okay thank you very much

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    +1, Pick the Shop, First, then the Bike...

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    I would advise spending less money than 900 on a bike for your situation.

    () 12 miles is quite a short ride especially if it is not very hilly.

    () Where can you park your bike? If you have to leave it locked up in public somewhere, it can easily be stolen. Best to have a bike that won't be too painful to lose.

    () At 16 you probably have some significant growth yet in the next few years, so a bike that fits you well now could easily be too small in say three years.

    () If you've been riding a lot already then you'd probably already know what next bike to get. It's good to get a relatively inexpensive bike to start with and then you can learn from that what you like / need and then your next bike in three or four years can hit the nail on the head.

    I don't know this brand but here is an example of a bike from a UK source that looks reasonably priced and ought to be grand fun to blast about London on. 32mm tires are good for curbs and cobblestones.

    http://www.wiggle.co.uk/charge-grater-2013/


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    Depends what the area you live in is like. I live in a very hilly environment, so most of the population use road bikes. Others also use track bikes, which are very simple and low very maintenance, but those are usually used for 10> mile rides for groceries or something along those lines. However, (I am going to assume) you do not live in a hilly area; since most of your area is flat, DEFINITELY get a track bike, there is really no need for gears.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GT4 View Post
    DEFINITELY get a track bike, there is really no need for gears.
    Yeah dude, brakeless fixie is a great suggestion for a teenager in the city.

    Kid, get a nice road bike, 12 miles is a semi long trip, and that's gonna be your fastest, most comfortable option.

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    "Fast and light" typically means a road bike or an aluminum framed hybrid. Fixies are fairly light, but they aren't very fast.

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    Fast and Light bikes for 6 ft+ tall and later to be 200 lb people = PIPE DREAM that countless people have. Get serious.
    Buy a used Tour /city bike to haul you and your books. Probably at least 60 cm, a tight fit now and grow into.
    Fewer gears is likely better, even a Sturmey 3sp would do fine there. I see a ton of steel 1 speed commuters here who
    are often going 18 mph.

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    The more you can afford and willing to spend yields you a lighter bike. The speed at which you spin your legs, along with your gearing choice(s) determines how fast it will move.

    You could go with a track bike, but if you plan on adding a rack with panniers or baskets, then a track bike isn't the wisest choice.

    Ultimately, the bike that fits your body, your needs, and your budget is the 'right' bike for you.

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