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Need help choosing a road bike.

Old 02-21-12, 02:14 PM
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Need help choosing a road bike.

Been lurking on the forums for the last few weeks, but not really found the info i need so thought it was time to join up.

I'm in the market for a road bike, been mountain biking for a couple of years now but find it a bit of a chore to commute on.

I'm looking for some advice on what kind of road bike to buy really, I never realised there was that many about lol!

Budget is a bit tight, i dont want to spend a small fortune, nor will i be entering any races anytime soon, so i need something that i can commute on comfortably, and will be good for speed and ease of use, lets say app £200, as a starting budget, but i can also trade in / sell my mtb so i can go a little higher if needed.

Kind of bikes i've been looking at are last years models such as;
Muddyfox Blade Alloy Frame Road Bike
Viking Sprint
Barracuda RS200

Would something like this be worth a punt, or should i look for something second hand?

Any help greatly appreciated.
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Go used.
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I agree, on a very tight budget I would buy used.

Second point-- this board is heavily occupied by US and Canada posters, with some interesting folks in Europe, Asia and Australia sprinkled in. I've never heard of any of the 3 bikes you mentioned.
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Are those department store brands? If so, for the price you are wanting to spend, I would second the "go used" idea. You may want to post some links for the bikes you mentioned. It would certainly help answering your question from those who are not familiar with these brand names.
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