I was never that interested in rding bicycles but due to pressures of trying to get to uni on time, I took it upon myself to learn to ride despite being late in the game. As a result of a 1.5 hour lesson, I'm glad to say I can now ride a bike
just not too well
I really want to get my own bike and practise more before going back to uni.
Given being a noob and mainly just using it to get between lectures (in a slightly hilly uni), can I get some advice on buying a bike?
-Typically good brands for quality(sorry new independent companies, not right now)
-kind of things to look for in a bike when looking
-are gears really that important?
-brands that are known for being durable (I will most likely fall over a lot)
-brands that are known for being cheap (value for money)
-any way of adding in a cheeky student discount?
I have absolutely no idea about this which is why I'm asking the bike gods of TSR.
Budget wise, I don't know what to set it as, maybe £50/60? Hold the laughing please
Last edited by 00100101; 01-07-2012 at 19:38.
If it's only for getting between lectures, and not any serious cycling, I would think an 80 quid mountain bike will be fine pal.
You should try here, they will be able to give you loads of advice:
See what the guys over there say, good luck!
Last edited by Converse Rocker; 02-07-2012 at 19:24.
Thanks for the post!
(Original post by Origami Bullets)
First rule of buying a bike: don't touch Halfords with a barge pole. Just don't. Their bikes are of appalling quality and the staff clueless.
With that sort of budget, a second hand bike will probably be your best bet. Gumtree / eBay are good places to look, along with Going Going Bike. You may also be able to find a refurb bike through a bike recycling project locally. Some independent bike shops also sell second hand bikes.
At some point you will be faced with the choice of a road bike (thin tyres, faster bike, but only good on tarmac road surfaces, won't mount kerbs etc.), mountain bike (wide tyres, good off-road) and a hybrid bike (somewhere inbetween - does both fairly well and is great for commuters). Also - make sure you buy one with mudguards (or fit a set yourself), if you don't want to be arriving at uni with a black streak up your back.
As you're in a hilly city, you will want gears. I cycle in two cities - Bristol (hilly as, need all the gears I can get, and even then I sometimes have to get off and push) and Manchester (flat as, but still use all but the lowest four or five gears (24 gears, but the top 8 don't work!))
I'm afraid I can't help much on the subject of bike brands - mine (a Marin) was a hand-me-down, so whilst it's good I never really looked at the alternatives!
PS make sure you invest in a good D-Lock (Kryptonite is a good brand). If you buy a cable lock, then you may as well not have bothered buying a bike in the first place, because it will be stolen pronto.
Regarding the kinds, would you say most people use mountain bikes on the road? I would have thought road bikes were the expensive kind for people who want to race (I.e not very common)?What is considered an average/most common bike? Or is it not possible to to answer (I.e it would be like saying what's average between cars, vans, and quad bikes). I get the impression that hybrid sounds like the most appropriate,are they usually expensive/durable?
Are there many reliable retailers that sell bikes? While I would try eBay and such I think it may be best if I could physically try out the bike before I buy it
Last edited by 00100101; 02-07-2012 at 23:29.