How did you choose your bike?

TheCyclingBug TheCyclingBug

How did you choose your bike? 

Lauren Bug Lauren Bug

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I have two bikes, one is a Pashley Britannia which I always wanted, a typical pretty girly bike. But my road bike used to belong to a family member, so I didn't have to battle with my indecisiveness! 
Ianstew33 Ianstew33

Posted in reply to Lauren Bug

Chose the hybrid because my triathlon training routes were partly off road and on tow paths. I went for the Carrera gryphon after reading reviews and then visiting the store several times.

I chose my 650 wheeler Mtb because it looked a good base for upgrades. Bought it Xmas day online, picked it up boxing day. Gotta say I love the bigger wheels.
ManieCruz ManieCruz

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I also have two bikes. My road bike belongs to my girlsfriend's father. It's a 2006 Focus Cayo which he kindly let me borrow when I decided to do triathlons. I didn't get to choose the bike but I do get to choose the upgrades and replacement parts for it.
My other bike is a 2011 Felt S22 TT bike which I scored on Ebay. This one I did choose after reading the reviews, found it's the right size and I just love the look of it. 
Mcfluff Mcfluff

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I bought my bike second-hand in a local shop about 30 years ago; she was the one there that fitted me (ie, I could stand over the cross-bar) so the deal was done!  I actually like to think she chose me!
LMOS LMOS

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I have two bikes as well.  A specialized vita which I love and use when I need to carry things and ride with the family and a   bike which I had put together for me a Custom Webbs bike as I found it impossible to get a road bike suitable for women in bike shops.  The whole prospect of buying a pre-made bike that I'd know would be right for me became impossible even with the better types of bike shop...advice on frame size varied so much and only larger frame sizes where in the shops.  Most of the shops didn't allow test rides out of the shop which made the final decision bit impossible.  
Eventually a friend suggested a shop in Warmley, Bristol and Simon there was wonderful.  We had a chat about the cycling I already did and the level/experience I wanted out of a road bike and he tried me out on several frame sizes and adjustment options.  Then a bike was put together for me, I was observed on it, adjustments were made and the deal was done!
As I'd never ridden a road bike before someone from the shop took me out on a 10 mile ride, with coffee at the half way point, and explained the techniques of riding the bike...gears, breaking, positions,etc
I have to say the bike is wonderful, it goes like stink!  In a couple of months I'll be doing TT's and sportives!
cragvelo cragvelo

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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!       

Cycling Medway Cycling Medway

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I only have one bike and because I like to ride on different surfaces I needed something that was good on and off the road. I traveled to bike shops in the Kent area thankfully with the aid of good friends (they regretted it later). I saw some amazing bikes and just looked over every one with gleaming eyes. However none of them seemed suitable for a daily used bike, I had to resolve to buying an off the shelf bike which I was fine with.

I scoured the internet for a month looking at different brands, models, types and prices and ended up settling on the Carrera Vengeance. It came with SR Suntour XCM front forks which are good for what I was doing and where I was going to take it, although it had no lockout option for when I went on road. The 24 speed gears on it are fantastic with it giving an easier hill climb than speed but I've got it to 25 ( 29 on a hill).

The last two things that sold it were its disk brakes which are yet to fail me and have saved me from absent minded drivers more times than i dare count. The other was its trigger shifters that just allowed me to switch gears to suit my needs. My bike is a very generic one and their are a million like it but after riding it every day for 5 months I feel like it has its own personality and a million memories stored in it. That's it i'm done writing about my love story about my bike.
cragrat cragrat

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I listed the things I wanted on a bike and looked at the ones that fitted my specification.I eventually chose the one that looked the nicest
neil.beddell neil.beddell

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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!

StuS StuS

Posted in reply to neil.beddell

Got to say, I agree with Neil. Being a recent returner/joiner to the world of enthusiastic cycling, I too didn't know my Tiagra from my 105, or why a clipless shoe actually clips on, but after researching the internet, speaking to my helpful local bike shop and picking the brains of a colleague who is a very keen cyclist and used to work for British Cycling, I am now armed with at least some knowledge. So decision made and new bike about to be ordered.
shell123 shell123

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I have a 20 yr old antique cannondale which belonged to my husband's uncle ,but is the perfect fit for me ,i have used it for 3 years & has Served me well it ..took me to to Edinburgh to Glasgow to raise cash for *** cancer .now my husband wants me to get a newby Sorry not wanting a newby
Badahl02 Badahl02

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I have this trek 820(i think). It's the budget friendly woman's mountain bike. When I got the thing, I just wanted a budget friendly bike to loose weight and get around town. I wanted something with some off road capability because I like to mushroom hunt. So I picked it out and called him Raul. I didn't realize I'd get into it as much as I have. Even though I'm getting more into endurance than mountain biking lately Raul does the trick. 
AdamWalmsley AdamWalmsley

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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 bike
Cannondale Tiagra 2016 (I think...) - Was doing a lot of Road biking on a Carrera virtuoso, so upgraded to something better, well worth the upgrade.

Madona Madona

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