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Re: Cycling: fitness, racing or leisure rides..

Postby gadj1976 » Mon Oct 08, 2018 12:12 pm

valleys07 wrote:Hi all,

After some recommendations.

I am looking at buying a road bike to build up a bit of core strength and general fitness, hopefully getting to the point where I can commute to and from work on 2 wheels instead of 4 and cut some fuel expenses.

In terms of spending, I don't want to exceed $1000, but also don't want to be riding around on a piece of junk, either.

Any advice appreciated lads :)


I started with an $899 Orbea flat bar - similar to this https://www.thebikelist.co.uk/orbea/carpe-h10-2013. Mine was a 2012.

The idea being, if I liked riding in and was fit enough, I'd keep going, but like you I didn't want to have to ride in on something that was going to break down every 5 minutes and then have to upgrade if I did enjoy it. Also, I wanted to 'pay it off' easily (ie, how many bus rides would it take to save the 900 bucks back?).

As it was, I really did enjoy it but it was a heap of sh1t. I upgraded (paid the difference) to a $1299 bike after about 8 -10 months. That lasted me about 28000km and well and truly paid for itself. https://www.bicyclebluebook.com/searchl ... id=3042081. Shizen colour scheme but I had little choice in the matter at the time. The thing was bullet proof!

Now I've upgraded to a Giant and have kept the second Orbea as a backup. This giant was about 1499 but again, I've paid it off already in savings made by not catching the bus. It might take longer but it's really the only time I get to do any fitness work for myself and I find when I get into work I'm more mentally stimulated. I've had to catch the bus in a few times because of other commitments and found I take a while to mentally get into work.

I'd suggest, if you are going to buy something, go for something that's better quality second hand. There are lots of good bikes out there. I don't think I'd buy new again - not that there is anything wrong with buying new, but you'll get a better frame and gearset on a 1500 second hand bike that's a year or two old than a new one for the same money.

Best of luck and enjoy!
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Re: Cycling: fitness, racing or leisure rides..

Postby Dutchy » Mon Oct 08, 2018 1:20 pm

Good advice, I still ride an old road bike, but have upgraded the wheels and pay extra $ to ensure I have top quality tyres on it at all times, at the end of the day thats the bit that you rely on the most so worth the extra $ IMO.
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Re: Cycling: fitness, racing or leisure rides..

Postby Psyber » Tue Oct 09, 2018 6:20 pm

I went for leisure and versality and got a Centurion Cross Line 400 a few years ago.
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Re: Cycling: fitness, racing or leisure rides..

Postby valleys07 » Thu Oct 18, 2018 10:43 pm

I ended up going brand new - Bought a Merida Scultura 100.

Went for a small 3km trundle tonight just to get a feel for it - I haven't ridden a bike in years so my balance was a little bit off.

Looking forward to breaking it in and hopefully make my first commute to work by the end of the year.
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Re: Cycling: fitness, racing or leisure rides..

Postby Dutchy » Fri Oct 19, 2018 10:46 am

Nice one, if you haven't already get on Strava (look up on app store) its great to record your rides but also to find out best routes in your local area, especially bike paths you may not be aware of.
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Re: Cycling: fitness, racing or leisure rides..

Postby valleys07 » Fri Oct 19, 2018 11:46 am

Cheers Dutch.

I am on Strava. Tell me more about finding the best bike paths, what do I need to do?
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Re: Cycling: fitness, racing or leisure rides..

Postby gadj1976 » Fri Oct 19, 2018 12:09 pm

valleys07 wrote:I ended up going brand new - Bought a Merida Scultura 100.

Went for a small 3km trundle tonight just to get a feel for it - I haven't ridden a bike in years so my balance was a little bit off.

Looking forward to breaking it in and hopefully make my first commute to work by the end of the year.


Good stuff valleys07 and welcome to the fun and enjoy the fresh air!
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Re: Cycling: fitness, racing or leisure rides..

Postby Dutchy » Fri Oct 19, 2018 2:42 pm

valleys07 wrote:Cheers Dutch.

I am on Strava. Tell me more about finding the best bike paths, what do I need to do?


Go to Explore > Segment Explore and you can search via a map, it will show popular segments in the area you choose, I have worked out heaps of new routes around my area both on and off road just by checking this out. Best to do it on a desktop/laptop.
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Re: Cycling: fitness, racing or leisure rides..

Postby gadj1976 » Sat Oct 20, 2018 10:47 pm

Nice wheels by the way Valleys. You won't be disappointed. If you see a fat old bloke on a Giant flat bar riding to and from work (struggling) give me a hoy. You might be able to tow me up the hills on the way home ;-)
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Re: Cycling: fitness, racing or leisure rides..

Postby gadj1976 » Tue Oct 23, 2018 9:02 am

valleys07 wrote:Cheers Dutch.

I am on Strava. Tell me more about finding the best bike paths, what do I need to do?


Hey Valleys. Did you ride in up Frome Road this morning, yellow top blue shorts?
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