Bikes, but which ones ?

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  1. Jonkil

    Jonkil Funster

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    I spent an age designing and fabricating a lovely scooter rack from aluminium, lovely and leightweight, strong and perfect job for my 125 scooter..... So today...
    I took the rack off the MH and put it into the store !.....and
    Come to the conclusion that the scooter would be more hassle than it's worth and decided to get a couple of proper push bikes..... A his and hers !
    Which do you advise I should buy, keeping in mind it must be 20 years since I sat on one !.... Going to halfords tomorrow to have a peek, no massive budget, just a simple bike to do a few Kms in when we park up. Something with storage (carrier) for the baguettes and garlic etc possibly. I really don't know,
    Any advice appreciated.
     
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  2. Serendipitous

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    Have a look around and pick up a couple of Trek 7.5 bikes make sure your looking at previous year models and you'll get a decent bike for a lot less than a 2015 model. Often the only difference is the colour.

    Don't give up on the scooter, well worth the effort to reach those bits too far to bike. We take both, generally use the scooter for the supermarket run, bike for the excersise and fun.
     
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    And maybe check on pedelecs or e-bikes.
     
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    Thanks for reminding me of job I need to do. Last year I saw a bike where someone had attached a piece of gutter downpipe each side of the rear forks, in each, a baguette. :BigGrin:
    Just the job for the morning baguette run :france:Or for those that drink , wine carriers. :wine:
     
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  5. Clive

    Clive Funster Life Member

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    A good hybrid with a rack to have a couple of panniers, can get 10ltr of wine in mine (y)
     
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    Would have to be a bit unbalanced baguette 1 side and wine/beer the other, hmmmmmmm, ok carry the baguette and wine both sides!
     
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    What? A mini version of a fishing rod tube made out of plastic drainpipe ? I said once, Oh that's a good idea isn't it?

    I got a somewhat arched reply from my beloved - apparently 'they' obviously don't care about 'their' rods as much as he does, his. That was me, told.
     
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    You can never be too careful with your rod!
     
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    I'd give Halfords a wide berth tbh.

    Your local bike shop or www.evanscycles.com will sell you superior bikes at similar prices, with the benefit of real knowledge and knowhow, sadly something that most Halfords staff are lacking
     
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  10. Jonkil

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    Shan't answer that,
    Because
    Tonight I have copious amounts of Guinness consumed.
    Hic , burp
     
  11. Lenny HB

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    Last place I would go is Halfords go to a good bike shop where you can try out the bikes. They often only stock one or two makes so you may need to visit two or three shops to find a bike that is right for you. Do try out bikes in different price ranges to get a comparison, you will find a £600 bike is a lot nicer to ride than a £400 one. Above about £600 it's a law of diminishing returns. A £600 one feels a lot better than a £400 one but a £1000 is not such a big improvement over a £600 one.
    If you buy a cheap bike £100-£200 it won't be long before you can't be bothered to ride it an it will be money wasted, spend a bit more and riding will be a pleasure.
     
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    Our local cycle hire place sell off the hire bikes can try one first cheaper than new and good value.

    David
     
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    Agree Hellfords last place for a bike, servicing snything!lol surely a proper independent bike shop nearby. What about a pair of hybrids?

    The trek recommended above a good choice, can get it in women's drop crossbar as well.
    But there is really a lot of choice out there. Compare components carefully...
     
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  14. Jonkil

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    OK folks,
    Thanks for the input.
    Yes, lots of cycle shops nearby so I shall look there first.
    Been a while since I was on a bike, will need to learn again !
     
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    It's easy.

    It's like falling off a bike.:D
     
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    Judge Mental Funster Deceased RIP

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    Can't you borrow one from someone first to see how you get on with it if it's been that long. Make sure you get a test ride and the right size bikes...
     
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    Eddie mentioned make sure you try the correct size bike.
    Sizes vary between manufacturers a 19" frame from one manufacturer is often not the same as a 19" one from anther manufacturer, due to top tube length, bottom bracket position etc.
     
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    We have two Raleigh Pioneer 2 bikes and love them, they are nothing to fancy just nice comfy easy to ride bikes and they come fitted with rear rack so easy to add panniers.
    My advice would be don't buy any with front suspension forks unless you really need them as they just add weight you don't need.
     
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  19. Lenny HB

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    True but they make life a lot more comfortable those cinder or crushed concrete bike tracks and UK roads.:)
     
  20. Cat53

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    I started cycling again after a long break. About 40 years I reckon. Have never felt so unsafe in my life. Sold it and bought a trike, which was better. Eventually upgraded to another bike, but still didn't feel safe, so have given up. Used to cycle miles and was balanced enough to cycle without holding on, back then. Ah well! Such is life! :D
     
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