Flat bar road bike - 1st time roadie

Happyhunting
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Flat bar road bike - 1st time roadie

Postby Happyhunting » Mon Oct 08, 2018 1:28 pm

Hi Ladies

I am new to riding and would need some advice/ help
:D

A little about me:

Location: Melbourne
Age: late twenties
Height: 170cm
Weight: 55-60kg

I am looking to buy a flat bar road bike that I can commute to and from work say 35km a day.
I would like something with the following:

- lightweight
- low maintenance
- How much does it cost to maintain a bike on a yearly basis If I do say 200Km a week?
- under $500 (I don't mind buying second hand)
- How many years would I get out of a decent bike?
- What is the best time to buy? Should I wait for the boxing day sales?


Please suggest where I can buy from
- online?
- LBS?
- Brand and type of bike?

Also would love to join a riding club on a Saturday or Sunday morning.

Thank you ladies :D

Hope to see you guys out on the road.

Happyhunting
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Re: Flat bar road bike - 1st time roadie

Postby Happyhunting » Mon Oct 08, 2018 1:37 pm

after a little googling found the following list:

Please comment.

Merida Speeder 100 Disc
Giant Cross City 1 Disc
Trek Zektor 2
Specialized Sirrus Sport
Bianchi C Sport 2.5
Kona Dew Plus
Polygon Bend FX4
Cannondale Quick 5 Disc
Focus Arriba Altus

:D

Happyhunting
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Re: Flat bar road bike - 1st time roadie

Postby Happyhunting » Mon Oct 08, 2018 7:15 pm

Hi guys

after plenty of research on google I have decided to go with the
Merida Speeder 100 Flat Bar Road Bike (2018)

its on sale at 99Bikes for $749 Is this a good price?

how do you guys feel about this bike?

AdelaidePeter
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Re: Flat bar road bike - 1st time roadie

Postby AdelaidePeter » Tue Oct 09, 2018 11:01 am

Happyhunting wrote:Hi guys

after plenty of research on google I have decided to go with the
Merida Speeder 100 Flat Bar Road Bike (2018)

its on sale at 99Bikes for $749 Is this a good price?

how do you guys feel about this bike?


I bought a Merida early this year and I'm happy with it. I bought a hybrid, the Merida Crossway 10V viewtopic.php?t=97401 . It's a cheaper bike than what you're looking at but it sounds like my commute is shorter and flatter, so I think your money is well spent (e.g. the Speeder 100 is lighter). Remember total cost goes up because you may want mudguards and panniers or a carrier; and you need lights if you don't already have them.

I definitely recommend giving it a little ride to see that you like the "feel" of it, before buying. My LBS let me ride it around the car park.

Philistine
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Re: Flat bar road bike - 1st time roadie

Postby Philistine » Wed Oct 10, 2018 11:25 am

Happyhunting wrote:Hi guys

I have decided to go with the
Merida Speeder 100 Flat Bar Road Bike (2018)

its on sale at 99Bikes for $749 Is this a good price?


Do you have to buy new? I can understand why some people, especially women, would be uncomfortable dealing on E-Bay or Gumtree, but these sites are where you will find the value. I have bought four bikes over the past five years: one from a friend (which I suppose doesn't count), two on E-Bay and one on Gumtree. The bikes were all mint condition and a fraction of the new price. Provided you have to go round somebody's house to view the bike (no car park deals), you should be OK. With E-Bay you have the additional safeguard of the feedback system to help to protect you.

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Re: Flat bar road bike - 1st time roadie

Postby ConnalKit » Wed Oct 31, 2018 12:15 pm

I ride a Merida roadie and love it. Touring and group rides. Disc brakes are great too.
Make sure the bike is a good fit for you. Saddle at correct height etc.
A well fitting bike makes for happy riding.

Calvin27
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Re: Flat bar road bike - 1st time roadie

Postby Calvin27 » Wed Oct 31, 2018 4:39 pm

Philistine wrote:Do you have to buy new? I can understand why some people, especially women, would be uncomfortable dealing on E-Bay or Gumtree, but these sites are where you will find the value. I have bought four bikes over the past five years: one from a friend (which I suppose doesn't count), two on E-Bay and one on Gumtree. The bikes were all mint condition and a fraction of the new price. Provided you have to go round somebody's house to view the bike (no car park deals), you should be OK. With E-Bay you have the additional safeguard of the feedback system to help to protect you.


I rekon for newbies and at that price range, buying new is not such a bad deal. Sure there are bargains on gumtree etc. But first time going into a store and buying the right size bike and then maybe one or two free services plus warranty is worth a lot more to the beginner as opposed to the seasoned veteran most of us n the forum are.
Fast light bike
Cushy dirt bike
Workhorse bike
No brakes bike
Ebike :)

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