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Video - Cyclist Hit by Drunk Driver in Brazil

Started by Gianni. Last reply by Marcos Rarf yesterday. 5 Replies

It's troubling how many cyclists get injured when struck by cars.  Some cities in Sao Paulo have seen the rates of cyclists hospitalized practically doubled year on year.Case in point, Adão Dos…Continue

Bike Helmets

Started by ken Jackson. Last reply by ken Jackson Oct 10. 2 Replies

I've tried a few and just don't like the feel so unless in a country requiring them by law, I go helmetless. I've had plenty of bike accidents, smashed out teeth, broken femur, broken wrist but not…Continue

East Coast tour this fall

Started by ddddave. Last reply by ddddave Sep 30. 1 Reply

Hi y'all, my name is dave and I'm going to be doing a tour from NYC to Florida, staying kinda close to the coast. If anyone has any area-specific tips they are surely welcome. I am an somewhat…Continue

fruit for long ride snack?

Started by Mirella. Last reply by Rachel K Aug 6. 6 Replies

Hello cyclists,What would be the ideal snack, besides banana's (of course) for a long ride over 100km?I can only carry so much in my jersey and don't have access to fruit along the way. Thanks for…Continue

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Comment by Christopher Houston 2 hours ago

Hey Supa'  I can see you are very cautious about this first purchase.  perhaps you could look up a local cycling club in your area and go talk to them at the start of one of their rides. I think that seeing and touching bikes and getting local advice may help you.  Some of them may even have training bikes they are ready to move on? They wont muck you around if they think their bike will out with the club in the future.  

If you intend to ride through the winter now is a good time to buy as the summer is really over and lots will come on the market as the new ranges are prepared. talking theory online is only of use so far, eventually you need to get up close and personal. ;-)  Good Luck.

PS get very suspicious if someone claims a bike has only done 500 Km (and yet they have changed the drive train already). Road bikes do a lot of miles very quickly. My bike has done 1,700 Miles in the last 4 months and there is not a mark on it to suggest it was not in a shop last week and I have only just started looking at the drive train. Expect people to underestimate the miles a bike has done by quite some margin.

Comment by Stephen Lewthwaite 10 hours ago
Look at www.ribblecycles.co.uk, the ribble7005cx is one example. $150 US for a frame.

I bought a 7005 sl for training on, shipped it to New Zealand no problem. Great frame recently won the club champs with it. They have a long history of bike building, known as a cheap brand in the UK and often found lacking customer service, however I have never had a problem. Great frames.
Comment by Ronan 12 hours ago


Maybe on Ebay most bicycles won't have a 59 cm + frame size but in any bicycle store they'll the right size frame for you.  If you want a good bicycle then you'll have to spend at least 700 pounds on a decent entry level bicycle.

Comment by Supernova 16 hours ago

I have a real dilemma now, I'm 6 ft 2. 35 Inch leg length, I'm look at 59cm ++ Bike frames, Which most bikes only go up to 58cm. Anyone know how i can get round this?

Comment by Ronan 20 hours ago

I just made a blog on my cycling tips. Check it out.

I was in the same situation when I was looking to buy my first road bike. 


Comment by Supernova 21 hours ago

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Specialized-Secteur-Triple-2013-Road-Bike... I just found this and it looks like a good deal, It's not far away and he's selling it because he got knocked off of it, he says the only damage he can really see is a buckled wheel, but they aren't expensive to replace right?>

Comment by Supernova 21 hours ago

Ahhh right i see, thanks! :), Trying to find a road bike to buy second hand is so confusing at times. There's so much choice, it's hard to even know what to get

Comment by Ronan 21 hours ago


Welcome. Just pretend your interested in buying the bike in store and ask to just get on it and cycle it for a bit to get a feel for it.  It's a risk buying a second hand bike, I did for my first bike but it was a cheap mountain bike and it was in store so I could see that it didn't have any serious damages. You can customize the group set( rear and front derailer, crankset and shifters) sure but the one your looking at on ebay is entry level highish quailty if bought new. 

Comment by Supernova 21 hours ago

Thank you Ronan, Do bike dealers let you test out bikes even if you're not going to buy them? & I'm quite new to cycling so i don't know if i could verify that stuff, If i got this bike it would be okay to customize certain parts to my liking right?

Comment by Ronan 22 hours ago


I have a giant defy 2 2014 model. It's my first road bike. Still getting used to it but I've had no problems with it so far. The rear cassette is a 12 to 30 so it's great for the climbs. The only advice I can offer you is make sure the main parts of the bike aren't damaged like the crankset, group-set and frame. Find your nearest bike dealer that has a Giant Defy 2 in size m/l to check that it fits and feels right for you. 


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