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Charlie Girl 30 Jul 21:02  

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Help? I am new to riding and want to get a new bike. I haven't got a clue what to get having looking at magazine and websites I never realised there were so many types with different bits and bobs and functions etc. I am mainly road riding, getting to and from work and the odd long distance ride at weekends (overnighters) so will need a good seat, panniers etc. Where do I start my budget is about £400. I was looking at about £200 initially but noticed I could only get an Argos original for that price!!!!
Please help - where can I go in Chelmsford to buy it as well?

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Skiddins 31 Jul 02:56  

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Sounds like you need a 'Hybrid' cross between a mountain bike and a racer

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happy 31 Jul 07:28  

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Hey Charlie,

Click this link for the section on hybrids :

Hybrid Bikes

The best thing about a hybrid over a road bike is generally the fact that you can take it off road where required, along paths, trails e.t.c.

Hope this helps.

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chopper666 12 Aug 19:20  

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i would agree - a good hybrid. what sort of budget are you looking at, i researched the hybrid market quite a lot recently before buying my mongoose, so could give you a few suggestions

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chopper666 12 Aug 19:20  

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i would agree - a good hybrid. what sort of budget are you looking at, i researched the hybrid market quite a lot recently before buying my mongoose, so could give you a few suggestions

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Charlie Girl 13 Jan 15:48  

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Just to let you all know about the bike I did end up buy - and thats to all of you who replied to my thread. I bought a Halfords Carrera Subway 1 mens 20inch frame. (yes big for a girl but then I am nearly 6foot tall!) At the time with a new seat, water bottle carrier, mud guards, repair kit and pump as well as panniers and rack it came to £500. I went back and got it serviced as they suggested and got the gears looked at as they were making some strange noises. I am really pleased I went for this bike, and am greatful for everyones advice. It has been nearly a year since I started cycling, if you can call it that riding to work and taking the odd day trip on the bike. And I have now decided to enter a tri-athlon. Any tips for riding at speed and maybe adding a few different accessories to my current bike to help me??? Seat/Handle bars/different mud guards/etc etc are all things I am thining of to assist, but what is best??

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Skiddins 14 Jan 12:41  

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Hi, although mine is a full MTB with road tyres, I was looking at getting some 'Triathlon' aero bars;
Similar to these.
http://www.evanscycles.com/categories/triathlon/aero-handlebars-clip-ons

I haven't gotten around to getting them yet, but perhaps a shop that specialises can give some good advice.

Skiddins

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iainj837 29 Jan 10:39  

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I ride a touring bike a Raleigh Pioneer Venture A good bike

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dudley 12 Mar 13:47  

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riding at speed in a triathlon

do not add accessories - remove them!
weight (or lack of it) is king

keep the water bottle
lose the mudguards
lose the pannier rack

other than that, keep the cadence up (75-90rpm) and you are good to go

i am doing the odd Sprint triathlon soon, and although i am a couple of stone overweight, have been following this basic advice.



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waggletails 24 Aug 22:32  

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well charlie girl not much to add really,more just to say good on u girl and the more u do on ur bike then the further u will want to go and i live in nottingham where we are awash with the river trent and several canals nearby or close to and even after a hard days work ,if its i fine day then rather than going straight home( i live alone) i go from work on a bike ride for a hour or more,which is good fun and usally meet some nice folk along the way,oh and nice name u have too,safe journeys where ever u go,take care.