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Buying new bike [Up to 200] [UK]

Old 04-19-16, 01:07 PM
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Buying new bike [Up to 200] [UK]

Hello cyclists!

I have one little problem. My bike was stolen few weeks ago and so the time come to buy a new one. But unfortunately I am beginner in this area and don't know much.

So I thought I would try and ask you guys for some help!

Budget: 200
Why I need bike: mostly travel to college etc. (not a serious rider at the moment)
Country: I would appreciate if you could post UK shops
Bikes that looked most attractive so far:

B Grade 2015 Diamondback Contra 1.0 18sp 700c 16" Cross and Trail Bike ? Parkers of Bolton [B Grade 2015 Diamondback Contra 1.0 18sp 700c 16" Cross and Trail Bike]

Rockrider 340 Mountain Bike - Grey/Blue - | Decathlon [B'TWIN ROCKRIDER 340 MOUNTAIN BIKE - GREY/BLUE]

Buy CBR Richmond 2014 - Hybrid Classic Bike at Tredz Bikes. 159.99 with free UK delivery [CBR Richmond 2014 - Hybrid Classic Bike]

MTrax Lahar Mens Bike : Bikes | Mountain Bikes | Road Bikes| Winstanleys Cycles [MTrax Lahar Mens Bike]

GT PALOMAR 2014 :: 159.99 :: Mountain Bikes :: Front Suspension 26" :: Pauls Cycles [GT PALOMAR 2014]

Buy Claud Butler Trailridge 1.3 Mountain Bike 2015 - Hardtail MTB at Tredz Bikes. 199.99 with free UK delivery [Claud Butler Trailridge 1.3 Mountain Bike 2015 - Hardtail MTB]


Which one would you buy if you were me? Any help appreciated! Thank you folks!

P.S. I am not allowed to buy a second hand bike, because my college BikeScheme won't cover anything :/

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Old 04-19-16, 01:23 PM
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If you have no experience with bikes other than to ride one, I'd recommend you buy locally, or if you buy online, have it assembled by a good mechanic, meaning one who doesn't just slap it together in 20 minutes. Rather, someone who will take the time and effort necessary to properly adjust everything, even the components that are already assembled and "adjusted" from the factory.

Of the ones you listed, I'd go with the hybrid, mostly because it has a rigid fork. Cheap suspension forks are nearly worthless. I'd also look for a bike with a cassette hub as opposed to a freewheel hub; a cassette hub is much more durable.

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They're all good bikes, but I think you'd get more bang for your buck with the Contra. A fork with lockout, 700c wheels, forged dropouts, double-butted tubes, integrated headset and enough gear range to get you anywhere.
I'd swap out that TZ20 freewheel, though, even if you find a N.O.S. Suntour. IRD is recommended.
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go to your nearest carboot sale on sunday and look for a second hand bike that will fit you

also look on gumtree. You will save a lot of money and get something good if you are patient and do your research

here is a calculator that will tell you what size bike to get:
Bike Fit Calculator | Find Your Bike Size | Competitive Cyclist
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Originally Posted by techsensei View Post
If you have no experience with bikes other than to ride one, I'd recommend you buy locally, or if you buy online, have it assembled by a good mechanic, meaning one who doesn't just slap it together in 20 minutes. Rather, someone who will take the time and effort necessary to properly adjust everything, even the components that are already assembled and "adjusted" from the factory.

Of the ones you listed, I'd go with the hybrid, mostly because it has a rigid fork. Cheap suspension forks are nearly worthless. I'd also look for a bike with a cassette hub as opposed to a freewheel hub; a cassette hub is much more durable.
Thank you very much for your suggestions!

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They're all good bikes, but I think you'd get more bang for your buck with the Contra. A fork with lockout, 700c wheels, forged dropouts, double-butted tubes, integrated headset and enough gear range to get you anywhere.
I'd swap out that TZ20 freewheel, though, even if you find a N.O.S. Suntour. IRD is recommended.
Thank you. I'm not 100% sure what all abbreviations mean, but I hope Google shows exactly what you meant

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go to your nearest carboot sale on sunday and look for a second hand bike that will fit you

also look on gumtree. You will save a lot of money and get something good if you are patient and do your research

here is a calculator that will tell you what size bike to get:
Bike Fit Calculator | Find Your Bike Size | Competitive Cyclist
Yes, I would prefer used bike, but unfortunately my College will not cover the costs of my bike if I'll buy used one I don't know why, but local shops in my place have mostly >200 bikes. Thank you anyway!
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N.O.S. is "New, old stock". A lot of it is on Ebay. IRD is Interloc Racing Design: Classica Freewheels 5/6/7-Speed ? Interloc Racing Design / IRD
TZ20 is a cheap Shimano freewheel.
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N.O.S. is "New, old stock". A lot of it is on Ebay. IRD is Interloc Racing Design: Classica Freewheels 5/6/7-Speed ? Interloc Racing Design / IRD
TZ20 is a cheap Shimano freewheel.
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Sorry to hear about your other bike, my friend. Perhaps it will show up.
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