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Decided to get a new road bike in addition to the cheapo Apollo hybrid I've been knocking about on for the past six months. Its been about 20 years since I road a bike with drop down handles, and I have to confess I wondered what I'd let myself in for when I rode away from the store yesterday. But slowly getting used to having by *rse in the air! Going down hills is scary!I know its easy to knock bikes from Halfords, but the Carrera Virtuoso gets good reviews for an entry level road bike, indeed there seem to be a few using it for triathlons. This bike used to sell with a Sora gearset (according to some of the reviews) but now sports 6 speed Shimano ST2200 rear mech and STI shifters with Prowheel Gloria 50-36 compact chainset with cartridge bottom bracket. The support from my local Halfords has been good.Impressed with its light weight (compared with my old steel framed clonker) and now go up hills with relative ease. So easy to pick up and "shoulder" the bike up the stairs to my flat.Already changed the pedals for Shimano and using my "MTB" style shoe's at present. I do have "Look" pedals and shoe's (from Decathlon) but can't get used to them and had a nasty experience when I couldn't unlock the shoe at traffic lights a few years back (and fell off). Any recommendations of cycling shoe's/ systems which don't break the bank?

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Sorry can't help you.

I'm one of those people who laugh at people who wear 'all the gear'. Gone are the days (seemingly) when you can just go out for a ride wearing whatever. I wet myself when I see lycra.

It's trackies, jeans, shorts, trainers, t shirt and whatever for me.

I understand your shoe issue however. Have you tried here ? They're a nice bunch.

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Decided to get a new road bike in addition to the cheapo Apollo hybrid I've been knocking about on for the past six months. Its been about 20 years since I road a bike with drop down handles, and I have to confess I wondered what I'd let myself in for when I rode away from the store yesterday. But slowly getting used to having by *rse in the air! Going down hills is scary!I know its easy to knock bikes from Halfords, but the Carrera Virtuoso gets good reviews for an entry level road bike, indeed there seem to be a few using it for triathlons. This bike used to sell with a Sora gearset (according to some of the reviews) but now sports 6 speed Shimano ST2200 rear mech and STI shifters with Prowheel Gloria 50-36 compact chainset with cartridge bottom bracket. The support from my local Halfords has been good.Impressed with its light weight (compared with my old steel framed clonker) and now go up hills with relative ease. So easy to pick up and "shoulder" the bike up the stairs to my flat.Already changed the pedals for Shimano and using my "MTB" style shoe's at present. I do have "Look" pedals and shoe's (from Decathlon) but can't get used to them and had a nasty experience when I couldn't unlock the shoe at traffic lights a few years back (and fell off). Any recommendations of cycling shoe's/ systems which don't break the bank?

Bicycles are the new BMW porn.

Just looking at used bikes on ebay, some good stuff there. I just bought a new Muddyfox Annihilator for the UK, £360 delivered.

Otherwise it would have been something like this, but can't really justify the extra outlay.

Dawes Edge XT

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Sorry can't help you.

I'm one of those people who laugh at people who wear 'all the gear'. Gone are the days (seemingly) when you can just go out for a ride wearing whatever. I wet myself when I see lycra.

It's trackies, jeans, shorts, trainers, t shirt and whatever for me.

I understand your shoe issue however. Have you tried here ? They're a nice bunch.

I don't tend to go out in all the gear (well I do but in disguise). However cycle clothing tends to be functional and practical. Shoe's are more solid than trainers so you transfer more effort and lock in so you can pull up as well as push down. Also cycling shirts tend to be longer at the back, as a conventional t-shirt will ride up. A cycle shirt also has pockets at the back to hold tools. I've tended to wear lycra cycling shorts under cut off camo's or normal shorts/ cut off trackie bottoms. Going out in "all the gear" would suggest a level of competence of athleticism which I don't have! I also gather motorists are not so forgiven towards so called "lycra louts." Yes you can get away with normal trainers and a t-shirt and jeans on a normal bike, but for any journey longer than a few miles, is likely to prove less comfortable.

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Bicycles are the new BMW porn.

Just looking at used bikes on ebay, some good stuff there. I just bought a new Muddyfox Annihilator for the UK, £360 delivered.

Otherwise it would have been something like this, but can't really justify the extra outlay.

Dawes Edge XT

Bicycles sure are porn. I just like looking at road bikes. They are so sexy. Yes I'd like a decent MTB too. Your choice seems a good price for an entry level MTB. Think you need a choice of bikes for different functions. Would not want to cycle along rough canal banks on a thin wheeled road bike for example.

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Bicycles sure are porn. I just like looking at road bikes. They are so sexy. Yes I'd like a decent MTB too. Your choice seems a good price for an entry level MTB. Think you need a choice of bikes for different functions. Would not want to cycle along rough canal banks on a thin wheeled road bike for example.

I'm a fat ******* so I don't need a £5500 bike.

Although have a look this . . . proper porn!

WARNING: PORNOGRAPHY, DO NOT ENTER UNLESS YOU ARE OVER 18 YEARS OF AGE

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Bicycles sure are porn. I just like looking at road bikes. They are so sexy. Yes I'd like a decent MTB too. Your choice seems a good price for an entry level MTB. Think you need a choice of bikes for different functions. Would not want to cycle along rough canal banks on a thin wheeled road bike for example.

You need another set of quick release wheels with different tyres.

Look up Schwalbe tyres, the Marathon Plus range, proper puncture resistance.

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What is this strange new fashion for portly middle aged lycra clad men to ride 4 abreast and bring the traffic on country lanes to a sweaty crawl? :blink:<_<

It's called, I can't afford the new CBR1000RR like a real man and the wife wont let me have one anyway.

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It's called, I can't afford the new CBR1000RR like a real man and the wife wont let me have one anyway.

I can't afford one either, but the 400 does me just fine.

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What's with all this new fad for riding retro fixed or single gear bikes dressed like Nathan Barley? What's it all about?

...and 30+ year old teenagers "popping a wheely"on one of these?

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Reminds me of those Mitchell and Webb sketches with The Angel Summoner and BMX Bandit.

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What is this strange new fashion for portly middle aged lycra clad men to ride 4 abreast and bring the traffic on country lanes to a sweaty crawl? :blink:<_<

The look I aim to avoid. I wear stealth lycra as "underwear" under normal sports clothes. At least I'm not portly!

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You can get some great bikes on ebay because lots of people over-spend on a bike, realise they don't use it much and try to flog it but the market for bikes is always a glut.

The only downside is the worry of whether it is a nicked bike or not.

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What is this strange new fashion for portly middle aged lycra clad men to ride 4 abreast and bring the traffic on country lanes to a sweaty crawl? :blink:<_<

Fecking nightmare when you are cycling towards them as well.

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The look I aim to avoid. I wear stealth lycra as "underwear" under normal sports clothes. At least I'm not portly!

I am and I wear Spandex!

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I have clipless pedals on my road bike and spuds on my mountain bike and I've found them less trouble than the

old toeclip and straps. You can always loosen the tension right off if you have trouble unclipping.

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I have clipless pedals on my road bike and spuds on my mountain bike and I've found them less trouble than the

old toeclip and straps. You can always loosen the tension right off if you have trouble unclipping.

I tend to comedy fall over in those strap peddles.

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I have clipless pedals on my road bike and spuds on my mountain bike and I've found them less trouble than the

old toeclip and straps. You can always loosen the tension right off if you have trouble unclipping.

Don't have an issue with Shamano SPD pedals and shoe's, but the old "Look" pedals I had were lethal despite lots of adjustment.

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Hutch bear traps were the best for shin skin and bone removal iirc.

Was that a Giant you got recently? Any good?

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I got this one second hand, think its a Halfords MTB

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Carrera-Kraken-18-Mens-Bike-/260621908524?cmd=ViewItem&pt=UK_Bikes_GL&hash=item3cae46ba2c#ht_500wt_1138

With slicks I can do 70 miles on it after a years cycle practice and shrug it off. Cost me £20 looks like I was mugged because this one is £10 lol. Not got the clip on peddles yet my mate wanted me to build up strength first.

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I got this one second hand, think its a Halfords MTB

http://cgi.ebay.co.u...c#ht_500wt_1138

With slicks I can do 70 miles on it after a years cycle practice and shrug it off. Cost me £20 looks like I was mugged because this one is £10 lol. Not got the clip on peddles yet my mate wanted me to build up strength first.

Tempting as I'm looking for something cheap for "indoor" training (on mag rollers). Carrera's are good for the money IMO.

However so often with cheap bikes, if a critical mass of parts need changing or replacing, its really just cheaper to replace with a newer bike.

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