Questions about purchasing bicycles and parts
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newbie with a question
I'm 185cm - 95kgs - 42yrs young - looking for my first bike purchase in 10 years. I have recently lost about 30kgs in weight and part of that was due to spinbiking but nowI want to ride to work(live in the ACT)and ride with the kids when I have weekends off. Iam looking (AT) the following bikes and would like feedback from forumites postive and negative
Scott Sportster P4/P3
Avanti Blade Sport
Giant Rincon(2nd hand)
The full Deore groupset of the Sportster P3 is worth its extra cost. But that opinion isn't worth much, because I haven't ridden any of them - that's what you have to do.
Even better, get a roadie and come and join the rest of the 'oldies' at the ACT Vets!
Do yourself a favour and buy drop bars now
Seriously, I don't understandt the mania for flat bars, and I have a flat bar bike myself, but many people have them, many people do many miles on them and many people replace their flat bar bike with another flat bar bike.
Pah, all these deluded souls in the world.
But whatever, I'm sure Peter would appreciate having someone else to chase at the Vet's club.
Have a talk to your local vets club, some don't like them because of concern of tangling with another rider.
Have a nice day
Fixie riders never freewheel
I haven't actually looked to see if the rules say "drop bars only" - it's just that everyone has them. A few people come out with 'cow horn' / aero bars at time-trials, but there's always some time during a ride when you need to get down in the drops anyway.
Long live the drop bar bias!
I have an Avanti Blade Sport and it has served me very well. I found it very comfortable and can handle 110kg
The only issue for me was that you can't raise the bars - you need to buy a new posty-thing to do it. I found I was leaning forward a little too much so got the numb hand thing a bit, but a good pair of gloves helped this.
I decided not to up the bars as I was only riding it full-time for a year. I have since relegated it to commuting only.
I can't comment on the other bikes you listed, but have a carbon Scott road bike and have been really impressed with the build quality. Who knows if this is model or bike specific, but at least it gives another opinion.
I'm not going to go into parts and all that - I'm sure someone here knows more than I do on this. I just go by how it feels to me!!
Hope this helps.
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