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c_dug
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PostPosted: 17:47 - 01 Jan 2013    Post subject: Thinking of buying a road bike Reply with quote

I'm getting fat.

Last year I put on 2 stone and am nearly nudging 16 stone, so to shed the excess I'm thinking of getting a road bike but I don't really know what I need.

I've seen the Btwin Triban 3 recommended a couple of times on here which at 300 would come in at the very very top of my budget.

A quick look on ebay threw this up, which to me looks more or less the same but for almost half the price.

As a fatty who hasn't ridden a bike much at all in the last 5 years, will I notice the difference in a more expensive bike or will I be wasting my hard earned?

Thanks

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PostPosted: 18:55 - 01 Jan 2013    Post subject: Reply with quote

If I was in your position I'd probably go for the cheap bike just incase you get bored of cycling.
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PostPosted: 19:02 - 01 Jan 2013    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you do decide to go for the cheaper one it is only 129.99 with free delivery here : http://www.sportsdirect.com/viking-phantom-bike-mens-933045

There is a couple of reviews there too.

Hope this is abit of help!
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PostPosted: 20:02 - 01 Jan 2013    Post subject: Reply with quote

Triban every time. And get Strava on your phone. And invest in some decent shorts. And get some half decent shoes, cleats and pedals. SPD-SL will do the job nicely...
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PostPosted: 21:36 - 01 Jan 2013    Post subject: Reply with quote

Will lycra running shorts do the job?
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PostPosted: 22:39 - 01 Jan 2013    Post subject: Reply with quote

c_dug wrote:
Will lycra running shorts do the job?
nope. Get cycling shorts, the padding is the important bit. Makes a world of difference to comfort levels on any bike.
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PostPosted: 20:04 - 03 Jan 2013    Post subject: Reply with quote

UnknownStuntman wrote:
c_dug wrote:
Will lycra running shorts do the job?
nope. Get cycling shorts, the padding is the important bit. Makes a world of difference to comfort levels on any bike.


+1. Thumbs Up

Your guch will thank you for a good chamois. And buy some Sudocrem. You'll need it to start with.
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PostPosted: 22:46 - 05 Jan 2013    Post subject: Reply with quote

buy a mountain bike and ride cross country
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PostPosted: 12:01 - 06 Jan 2013    Post subject: Reply with quote

i dont know how heavy the triban is but that viking is so heavy its ridiculous its 4lbs heavier then my 7inch travel full sus free ride bike. dont do it to yourself
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duhawkz
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PostPosted: 13:11 - 06 Jan 2013    Post subject: Reply with quote

The triban 3 is 10kg

Here's a couple of reveiws

http://www.cyclingscotland.org/news/cycling-active-btwin-triban-3-review/

http://www.cyclingweekly.co.uk/tech/bikes/129441/2/bike-test-do-you-get-what-you-pay-for.html#reviewVerdict

I missed out on one on eBay last night it went for 220 I was gutted
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PostPosted: 10:31 - 08 Jan 2013    Post subject: Reply with quote

10kg is 22lbs thats not bad at all for the money. but avoid the viking
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