That's the problem I've having at the moment, salesman trying to sell me what he wants me to spend and not necessarily what I need or what's rightIf anyone is considering buying a bike , find a shop who will sell you a properly fitted one.
Too many bike shops, some with considerable reputation will sell you what they have in stock rather than what you need.
If you have the money I would say go carbon, but the old timers all pay good money for steel .
Alloy is a good compromise for weight against cost.
Fitting is more important thsn all other considerations, so if it is not in stock , they will order what you need.
Ribble bikes on the internet for most, are very good as they will build a bike to your order to fit you with very precise measuring instructions. You will need a partner who you are comfortable measuring you in the nether regions
A good saddle is important and those thin racing saddles will be a lot better thsn a big squshy one. But the right one!
My best 2 bikes came in boxes from the internet A Kona and a Rose. As said though don't be fobbed off with what the LBS has in stock.That's the problem I've having at the moment, salesman trying to sell me what he wants me to spend and not necessarily what I need or what's right
I don't really know where to startMy best 2 bikes came in boxes from the internet A Kona and a Rose. As said though don't be fobbed off with what the LBS has in stock.
Thank youSizing is all about inner leg measurement.
I am 5'7" and ride an XS, hence the need for intimate measuring. The sit bone is even more so but can be done on a special piece of paper.
Even Halfords actually sell a good range of bikes , in their Chris Boardman range. However as with so many of these shops it will be down to luck if they have anyone who knows anything when you go in.
If you find your measurements, their are good guides on the Ribble site, it is well worth considering buying a second hand good make off Ebay. I did this purchasing an Alloy specialised road bike, which I sold for similar money a few months later.
Trek, Canyon, Giant, Boardman, Specialised, Ribble are all good, others may add a few more to list. However if you buy second hand , do make sure there are no cracks anywhere in the frame or forks before riding off. It will probably do with a good service too. Chain, rear Cassette brake blocks, this can easily come too £100 at a good bike shop.
Then as Robt says it is a matter of getting the bike set to your profile.
One thing is that lock in pedals are well worth using, but take a bit of getting used to. I like SPDs as they are very easy to unlock and you can still walk in the shoes.
I don't really know where to start
I run, currently at half marathon distance but I'm doing the London marathon in April so I want to Cycle More to help me cross train with the possibility of maybe doing some duathlons but not overly competitive.
I am competitive with myself trying to beat my own goals but not to botnered on beating other people.
I just want something light and comfortable to do 20 + ish miles maybe once a week etc to help my fitness.
My LBS recommended the giant liv aspire 2 in XS as I'm 5ft 1 with short stumpy legs
They also mentioned a daws giro 300 but quickly moved on as it was half the price
Anybody have any other recommendations, do's or donts etc? I have no idea when it comes to bikes
I have the two pairs, I prefer the mtb ones and have them on my CX. I do find on very long rides I get pains in my feet that I don't get with the roadies.I went for MTB clip in pedals- which have a bit more flex/movement in them, unclip a bit easier, and the shoes are easier to walk in. I also have a road and a MTB and am too much of a Cardi to buy two pairs of shoes.