How did you choose your bike?
over 3 years ago
Posted over 3 years ago
Posted over 3 years ago in reply to Lauren Bug
Posted over 2 years ago
I have 2 bikes a Bianchi Vertigo and an Orbea Aqua but they are not the first bikes I've had. I started out with an Apollo mountain bike but wanted a road bike back in 2012 and bought a 14 speed Orbea Asphalt second hand from a local paper. Although I liked the bike I didn't know to much about buying a road bike at the time and the frame was slightly to big, plus the gear ratio was quite high setup and was very hard work on the hills. But it was a bargain buy.
I then saw a Scott sub40 hybrid bike again in a paper and bought that because I wanted it to replace the mountain bike I had with a road bike but with flat bars and it was also a 24 speed which I like the look of. So I had the 2 bikes the Orbea which was my first road bike and the hybrid, needless to say I liked the Orbea but seemed to be using the Scott more because the more gears allowed me to go more places, but as time went on it just didn't feel right and was uncomfortable on longer rides.
So last year around October/November I set out to buy a new bike determined to get it right this time, I trawled the internet and local bike stores comparing brands of road bike and learning along the way about frame sizes, gear ratios and geometry. I loved the Bianchi and was looking at buying a Via Nerone but was being drawn in by the lure of the carbon frame. The Vertigo fitted the bill and was on budget (well almost) so I bought one and am really pleased with it. I was like a kid on Christmas morning the day I went to pick it up.
My second bike is the Orbea Aqua. It was not my intention to by another Orbea, the plan was to by something that was not to expensive that I could as use as a winter bike to replace the Scott, I spent months looking I had price in mind of £300 but could not find what I was looking for at that price. so I upped the budget slightly, winter ran into spring and finally had a shortlist in mind, on it was a Raleigh Airlite which was the favourite, a Scott speedster, a Marin and a Giant Defy.
I chose the Marin but had spotted the Orbea in the shop when I went to look at the Marin first. I'd actually went back, put a deposit on the Marin 2 weeks later and saw the Orbea was still there but gave it no thought. No sooner I got home I had regret and went back the following day, switched the deposit to the Orbea,
So I now have the full carbon Bianchi Vertigo with 10 speed campag and the Orbea Aqua with shimano 8speed and a triple, not quite the cheap winter bike I set out for but it had to be done!
I'm a dedicated researcher and spend ages looking at articles and info on the web before going near a shop. I didn't have any idea what a tiagra or a sora was (I really was completely clueless) and when someone at work asked me if I was going for a 105 I didn't have a clue!
So I researched, researched and got to know what the different bits where, what was' better' than the other, gears, chainsets, shifters, materials, saddles, etc. etc. and why then went to a shop with a budget to work to and a few ideas as to the bikes I thought would fit into my budget. And then I ended up buying something else completely different (and less than my top end budget) but at least I knew what the very helpful guy in Cycle Store (Kings Cross) was talking about. Won't work for everyone but it's how I do things!
Posted over 2 years ago in reply to neil.beddell
Posted 8 months ago
I have 3 bikes at present...A Carrera Tanneri CX - first toe into the world of drop handlebars (They looked so dangerous, now I couldn't go without), wanted something better than my heap of c%#p bike I upgraded from (second, or thirteenth, hand from the tip)Carrera Valour Mtn - was beginning to get into biking, and figured as I had a nice road type bike in my Tanneri, that I'd use Wheels2work and get a Mtn bikeCannondale Tiagra 2016 (I think...) - Was doing a lot of Road biking on a Carrera virtuoso, so upgraded to something better, well worth the upgrade.
Posted 3 months ago
Thank you for this topic . I was looking for Best recumbent bike . while i was searching on google i got this site bike jar . I have read there review and pick my bike . this site just write on various bicycle and help there visitor to pick the best bike .
© Community Bug Ltd
The Cycling Bug is your cycling mate helping you with everything from planning your cycling routes, training plans to finding cycling events.