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I know what style I want, so please help me spend $1,200.

Postby Jamster » Thu Oct 04, 2012 10:07 pm

First time poster, so hi to all of you. I've recently got into bike riding - last time I rode was when I was 18, now I'm 40(but fit enough to take on an 18 year old, lol). Have borrowed a friends bike and really enjoying it. I'll be using the new bike to commute to work as well as riding it on weekends to keep fit and have fun. Nothing overly serious, maybe "around the bay" one day and a few longer rides with time. I live close to a bike path, so I'll be using that most weekends too.

The guys at work keep going on about the Giant City 1(2012 or 2013) model and keep telling me it's the best value bike going around, but I really want to have a look at a few other bikes in similar price range. I'm after a flat bar road bike. Any advise as to what other brands and models to look at before shelling out? Your help is greatly appreciated

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Re: I know what style I want, so please help me spend $1,200

Postby jasonc » Fri Oct 05, 2012 7:53 am

I've got a 2011 cross city 1 and use it for everything (over 14000kms on it). a workmate has the 2012 version.

if you're after a flat bar and want road bike gearing, i think you can also look at the merida and the specialized. most other brands in flat bars run MTB gearing

you can also look at the polygon helios

http://www.bicyclesonline.com.au/2012-p ... -20-speed/

happy to answer any q's you have about the bike.

fyi - if it was for commuting, I'd be looking at a cyclocross instead these days.
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Postby Red Rider » Fri Oct 05, 2012 9:19 am

I asked the same question recently, the Specialized Sirrus Comp was my pick. Unfortunately they've discontinued it, so there are only a few left.

http://www.bikeexchange.com.au/bicycles ... /102065705
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Re: I know what style I want, so please help me spend $1,200

Postby steve-waters » Fri Oct 05, 2012 10:22 am

Gees the polygon looks pretty good value
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Re: I know what style I want, so please help me spend $1,200

Postby jasonc » Fri Oct 05, 2012 11:00 am

interestingly, "Jamster" has been back since, but hasn't commented...

steve-waters wrote:Gees the polygon looks pretty good value


a workmate showed me and asked me what I thought as he was looking at it but hasn't bought anything yet
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Postby Jamster » Fri Oct 05, 2012 2:23 pm

jasonc wrote:interestingly, "Jamster" has been back since, but hasn't commented...


Hi Jason, what's so interesting about that? Is there a rule which states I need to respond to each post, because I didn't come across it in the "Forum rules".

To the others, thanks for your help so far. Much appreciated and any further help is welcome. I have a few models to research now, so let the fun and games begin!
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Postby jasonc » Fri Oct 05, 2012 2:26 pm

Jamster wrote:
jasonc wrote:interestingly, "Jamster" has been back since, but hasn't commented...


Hi Jason, what's so interesting about that? Is there a rule which states I need to respond to each post, because I didn't come across it in the "Forum rules".


no offense intended. it was your thread. you had been online after replies. am sure you were contemplating the information provided. that's a good thing.
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Postby Jamster » Fri Oct 05, 2012 2:36 pm

jasonc wrote:no offense intended. it was your thread. you had been online after replies.


No probs. I think there's nothing worse than rolling commentary that adds no value to a thread. Just trying to keep it clean and informative for others who may also be interested and short on time....like me. :D
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Postby Red Rider » Fri Oct 05, 2012 2:57 pm

jasonc wrote:interestingly, "Jamster" has been back since, but hasn't commented...

ha, you sound like a stalker!! :shock: a skilled one at that too
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Postby jasonc » Fri Oct 05, 2012 3:06 pm

Red Rider wrote:
jasonc wrote:interestingly, "Jamster" has been back since, but hasn't commented...

ha, you sound like a stalker!! :shock: a skilled one at that too


i try and find out all information before i run at something like a bull at a gate (like i always do)
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Postby Mugglechops » Fri Oct 05, 2012 8:25 pm

Did you look at the Giant Seek 0?

Looks like a pretty good bike and very low maintenance with hyd discs and an Alfine 8 speed hub.

http://www.giant-bicycles.com/en-au/bik ... ifications
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Postby Mrfenejeans » Fri Oct 05, 2012 8:30 pm

I'd have a look at some real road bikes too, you may soon find yourself getting a touch of upgraditis. I know i did.
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Re: I know what style I want, so please help me spend $1,200

Postby jasonc » Fri Oct 05, 2012 8:34 pm

Mugglechops wrote:Did you look at the Giant Seek 0?

Looks like a pretty good bike and very low maintenance with hyd discs and an Alfine 8 speed hub.

http://www.giant-bicycles.com/en-au/bik ... ifications



would be great for commuting but the MTB gearing of the hub would annoy the hell out of me on longer rides...
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