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Old 01-08-10, 09:33 PM   #1
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Hi from Manchester england

Hi there im a 18 soon to be 19 year old university student from manchester england, studying law if its at all relevent . manchester is a rather large city so i currently ride an old falcon california hybrid bike to get around on both to save on the ridiculous public transport costs here and to cut through the traffic

Since i started using the bike ive found that i do quite enjoy cycling and sometimes just go out for a few miles to relieve stress from my work or just to get some fresh air . I want to get out and ride further distances and loose a bit of weight through cycling as well because i gave up going to the gym about november last year after a few things , one was getting frustrated at their stupid opening times especially at the weekend when i used to work , secondly there was the lack of equipment to use because it was always busy but for me it was mainly that i didnt really enjoy the whole idea of excersising but not actually going anywhere whereas on a bike i get great motivation from the fact that i am actually going somewhere whilst im excersisng
If anyone could held suggesting how far i should be riding a week to loose some weight as i am happy to admit there is weight to loose that would be a great help , my diet is already relatively healthy anyway as ive carried on with the same diet as before when i used to train at the gym .

Another thing id like some help with is picking out a new road bike , im probably looking at a budget of about £300 , i know this isnt going to get me the latest and greatest bike out there but id like to know if i could get anything half decent for that kind of money . Thanks again
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You will get stronger and more fit riding your bike.
The more you ride the stronger you will become.

Losing weight is about calories in, calories burned.

Take your time looking for a road bike. Thrift stores, and some bike shops are good places to start.

New bikes are fun should you be able to afford one.
A bike shop can help you determine what size of road bike you would need.
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Is there any particular advice for getting better at hills , at the moment even te smallest hill and i get tired very quickly , until i started cycling like this for fitness i didnt really ride up much hills as my commutes are all on the flat .

I know to take my time looking for a bike , is there any particular things i should be looking for in a road bike , i know at that price point its highly unlikely im going to get a carbon frame its probably going to be aluminium , what about gears my current hybrid has 24 gears but i dont often use them all .
I know there are a few local good bike shops that i was planning on using to my advantage
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I ride on flat roads. I don't like hills even after riding now for two years.

For hills, I start in my easiest gear, I don't look at the top of the hill, and I go very slow.
When you get stronger you can go faster and use taller gearing as your legs get in shape.

I ride an aluminum bike. You would want a road bike with Three Chain Rings ( called a triple) They are good for rider that doesn't like hills.
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i dont think im ever going to truly like hills , the only saving grace with hills for me is that once your up you know youve got the decent to look forward to

So even thought its not carbon fibre aluminium is more than fine for a road bike then , and i was planning on getting a bike with three chain rings most of the ones i have seen have either had a triple or the shop has said they would install one for me . Anything else to look out for on a first road bike then ?
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You may want something with fenders if you do much riding in the rain.

Fog or rain riding might require lights for your safety.

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I already have lights for my current hybrid probably just going to get a second mount for the front light and the back light is a clip on led which clips to the seatbag anyway which i intend to get a second mount for as well

in terms of the actual bike itself what size wheels would be the best , i mean i want to get 700X23 tyres but wold these be alright considering i am a bit heavier than most riders
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I started with 700 x 23's, then went to 25's, then went to 28's and love them.
The 28's give me more stability as for hitting pot holes, rocks, and cracks in the road.
I weight about 210 lbs.
23's are ok if that is what you want.
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ill go with 23's then , all of my riding for fitness will be done on an off road cycle path near where i live which ice ridden quite a few times and the surface is pretty smooth seeing as its only bikes and pedestrians that can get down it

Im still going to keep and use my hybrid for getting to university seeing as its a cheap old bike and bicycle theft at and around the university is quite high at least if i loose the hybrid it wont be a great loss

Another reason i wanted to join here which i didnt mention before as well is because i wanted some advice on maintaining and repairing my bikes , i can do the basics like replacing a tube replacing the chain etc but i wanted to be able to do other stuff so i dont need to be paying the local bike shop for repairs everytime something goes wrong
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I think new road bikes start at about £500 in the UK, which will get you a 24 sp. I suggest 25 or 28 mm tires but you should watch if the brakes and frame have room for mudguards. If you get a used one, get one under 15 yrs old as there have been lots of advances in gearshift, wheels, brakes etc. Look on Craigslist http://manchester.craigslist.co.uk/search/bik?query=+ At least you can look at what is offered and see if it fits you (the one now listed is only good for a short rider). Also bike shops may have old stock at reduced prices. Look on the Clydesdale section for advice on weight reduction.
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Another reason i wanted to join here which i didnt mention before as well is because i wanted some advice on maintaining and repairing my bikes , i can do the basics like replacing a tube replacing the chain etc but i wanted to be able to do other stuff so i dont need to be paying the local bike shop for repairs everytime something goes wrong
Hey and welcome to the forum. I'm just down the road from you.. Buxton in the High Peak. Famous for the spring water..

For bike maintenance check out the Bicycle Mechanics sub-forum if you need specific advice. I've had a lot of help there. I find Youtube useful as well. Just type in 'rear derailleur' or something and you get some good quality videos up that walk you through the the adjustment process. Saves you money you might've spent at a bike shop. And of course there's Sheldons' shortcuts (http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...-com-shortcuts) which explain everything in a detail.
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i dont think im ever going to truly like hills , the only saving grace with hills for me is that once your up you know youve got the decent to look forward to

So even thought its not carbon fibre aluminium is more than fine for a road bike then , and i was planning on getting a bike with three chain rings most of the ones i have seen have either had a triple or the shop has said they would install one for me . Anything else to look out for on a first road bike then ?

Climbing isn't bad if you get efficient at doing it which for me means being able to spin comfortably through them. From what I remember of Manchester it's mainly rolling hills so you should be fine with a double 53/39 chainring with 11/23 on the rear cassette which is a pretty standard gearing combination for road bicycles; at first it will be feel like a lot of punishment but as your fitness improves it will become a bit easier. As for getting better at climbing the best thing to do is climb, there's no easy way to get good at it so you have to hit the hills and try to keep spinning rather than just mashing your way through them so you build endurance.

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Hi i know where buxton is i quite like it there used to take weekend breaks staying in buxton and exploring the peak district . I imagine your not enjoying the current weather at the moment then like me its been awful starting to thaw out now though

Have you got any recomendations for where to buy road bikes in the Uk then seeing as most of the other members that have posted seem to be from the states
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Yeah it's a good town. Good bike routes too, even if they are a bit hilly. As for local bike shops, I couldn't recommend any. I'd say your best bet is to just look around and see which shops suit your taste. Have a look on wiggle.co.uk as well. They've got everything on there. Good price and fast delivery. I ordered my Kona Hardtail from them.. it arrived in two days, all set up and ready to go.
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Yeah it's a good town. Good bike routes too, even if they are a bit hilly. As for local bike shops, I couldn't recommend any. I'd say your best bet is to just look around and see which shops suit your taste. Have a look on wiggle.co.uk as well. They've got everything on there. Good price and fast delivery. I ordered my Kona Hardtail from them.. it arrived in two days, all set up and ready to go.
I hear the bike routes are pretty good , i imagine you enjoy the buxton to macclesfield route a bit out there ?? .

Have you ever done business with evans cycles i hear they are pretty good ive seen a few bikes on there website that are encouraging me to stretch my budget a bit

I live near edingburgh biccle co op as well in manchester who have been pretty good with stuff for my hybrid ive seen their road bikes are a little pricey at the moment but i know i can get pretty much anything else id ever need there .

How about decathlon as well i know they are not strictly just a cycling shopp but they do sell a lot of bikes and ive got my eye on one there at the moment im going to have a look this weekend
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I haven't actaully done that route yet.. I usually head south east and go further into the Peak District, there's some great routes around there.

I've bought a few things from Evans (Deansgate), like a helmet and gloves. They were alright for things like that but they're quite expensive. The plus side is you can try before you buy, and if something doesn't fit you don't have to worry about sending it back. If you buy a bike from them have a look through their catalogue/website first because they only have a small range of their bikes instore. Might find a better one online.. they can order it in if you do.

Again with Decathlon, I've only bought smaller things from there, like water bottles, bike toolboxes, pedals, etc. I really like them though.. good value for money. I don't know much about their Rockrider bikes but my mate says they're good quality.

What's this hybrid that you've got at the moment.. would you consider upgrading it? With £300 to spend you could make a lot of changes to it.
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I only mentioned the route because ive got a mate at uni now who used to live in macclesfield and they said that cyclling around that area was particularly good especially the macclesfield to buxton loop they used to do

Ive bought loads of tools and other accerssories from evans on deasgate as well they are always pretty good in there like you said some of there bikes are a bit expensive although they have a few road bikes in the 300-350 range on their website not beein in since sort of november time so dont know what they are stocking in the store at the moment

Decathlon again like you ive bought water bottles and other bits from there but im actually going this weekend to pick up a few bits so i will have a look at their bikes see what they are like ive seen their rockrider bikes but its more a road bike im interested in

The hybrid ive got is a falcon california it was pretty cheap brand new and its not really the best quality bike ever but it works id rather start afresh with an aluminium frame and road bike setup , i was hoping to keep this one as a commmuting bike as well because bike theft is quite high at university .
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Keep the hybrid as a back-up biken, carrying books and shoppingé Then you dont have to compromise the road bike with rack and panniers, or worry about leaving it in places where it may be stolen..
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I did plan to keep the hybrid for stuff like that , particularly university because sometimes there are a lot of books to take to and from . Another reason i wouldnt get rid of the hybrid is that for what i paid for it about a year ago wasnt that much so id rather keep than going through all the messing about selling it for the small ammount of cash id get for it
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