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Old 03-07-21, 07:25 AM
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Need advice!

Hello,

I've been cycling for a couple years around London with my fixed gear bike. Around South East London, its pretty hilly- I'm getting real tired of tackling those hills with one gear, so I've decided its time for a change.

Looking for a medium size frame road bike !!with gears!!!. Not sure where to look, I'm a bit of a noob and don't wanna get ripped off.

Price range I reckon 200? Maybe more if it's something super nice. Any help appreciated !!!
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Old 03-11-21, 01:51 PM
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You're going to struggle to get a road bike for 200 unless it's 2nd hand. You may find something like a Carrera Zelos for 200ish, or have a look for any bike recycling charity places which are dotted about as they may be able to sort you something.
A cheaper option may be to get a flat bar hybrid purely because there's a lot bigger supply of them.

Decathlon do the RC100 road bike for 299 - https://www.decathlon.co.uk/p/rc-100...y/_/R-p-308047
It's a fairly basic 7 speed, does everything you need to though the shifter is on the top bar rather than the drops so you'd need to move your hand away to change but it's a step up from a fixie. The RC120 is a much nicer bike but it's also 429 so quite a jump in price; it gives you integrated brake/shifter leavers (pull to brake, left/right to shift) which means you don't need to lift your hands off, more gears and a lighter fork.

Even cheaper is the Apollo Paradox for 220* - https://www.halfords.com/bikes/road-...es-601204.html
It's got the same top bar shifter but is a 2x7 so will give you more range, but Apollo are definitely the budget range and a bit crap but it'll do and it certainly fits the budget.

If I was buying, my preference would be: RC120, Used bike, RC100, Paradox.


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Originally Posted by louventurini View Post
Hello,
I've been cycling for a couple years around London with my fixed gear bike. Around South East London, its pretty hilly- I'm getting real tired of tackling those hills with one gear, so I've decided its time for a change.
Looking for a medium size frame road bike !!with gears!!!. Not sure where to look, I'm a bit of a noob and don't wanna get ripped off.
Price range I reckon 200? Maybe more if it's something super nice. Any help appreciated !!!
At that price I'd have a look on Ebay for a classic / vintage steel framed road bike. If you look for bikes around the 100 - 150 mark you should find something that's in reasonable order, and have money in hand to fit new brake/gear cables and tyres. Raleighs and Peugeots are as good as anything else but make sure it's got 700c wheels and in the case of a Peugeot is post 1986 to make replacement parts easier to find.
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