Purchasing first bike ($250-$300)

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Purchasing first bike ($250-$300)

Postby Cycler2505 » Mon Feb 04, 2013 1:12 am

I'm looking to purchase a road bike to ride around my local suburbs. My area is quite hilly so ill probably need one with gears.

Can anybody please give me there opinion on these Reid condor bikes? Im not sure if flat bar or drop bar would be better. Are these bikes any good for my budget?

http://www.reidcycles.com.au/bicycles/r ... Q59tHwaySM

http://www.reidcycles.com.au/bicycles/f ... Q595nwaySM

Or does anyone else have any suggestions for a good bike between $250-$300?
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Re: Purchasing first bike ($250-$300)

Postby Ross » Mon Feb 04, 2013 11:35 am

The two bikes look very similar in spec with the only difference being the handlebars. You will need to ride both to determine which one suits your needs better.
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Re: Purchasing first bike ($250-$300)

Postby Cycler2505 » Mon Feb 04, 2013 11:39 am

Ross wrote:The two bikes look very similar in spec with the only difference being the handlebars. You will need to ride both to determine which one suits your needs better.


What about the bikes in general? Are they good quality and will they last? I'm leaning towards the flat bar.
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Re: Purchasing first bike ($250-$300)

Postby Cycler2505 » Mon Feb 04, 2013 2:02 pm

Would this be a 'reasonable' option as well? I'm not sure how often I will cycle and if I will even like it that much, so perhaps buying a cheaper one to start off might save me money?

http://shop.kmart.com.au/product/southe ... ack/115020

Are the Kmart ones reasonable? As long as it works I don't really care about the quality too much. I know its not ideal for most of you, but would it do the job for a beginner? Or are the Reid ones heaps better? I guess the Reid comes with a much better warranty and free servicing for 12 months.
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Re: Purchasing first bike ($250-$300)

Postby kunalraiker » Mon Feb 04, 2013 2:53 pm

I got a decent Road Bike ofr $300, was used no doub't but its heaps better then getting a new bike worth $300.00

Hope that anwers your question.
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Re: Purchasing first bike ($250-$300)

Postby Ross » Mon Feb 04, 2013 3:24 pm

A used one could be an option but if you don't know what you are looking at you could buy something that is worn out and needs $300 or more worth of work to get it running smoothly again, as what happened to another person on this forum a few months back.

Don't buy a bike from K-mart or any other department store, they are rubbish.

The Reid bikes you linked too are very basic base models. They would be a good starting point I guess (better than K-mart ones) and if you decide you like cycling you can upgrade components or the complete bike at a later stage.
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Re: Purchasing first bike ($250-$300)

Postby Nobody » Mon Feb 04, 2013 3:34 pm

Interesting forks on the Reid bikes, "Shimano 2300". Can't say I've heard of them. :wink:

I'd avoid the K-mart bike, commonly referred to as a BSO. It may do the job for a while, but likely it will taint your riding experience. However some find them acceptable.

I'd get the Reid if I couldn't find anything acceptable secondhand for the price. Then again, if you have no idea what you are looking at with a secondhand bike then maybe you'll be better off with a Reid. I recommend you get the flat bar of the two models as the flat bar is easier to ride when beginning due to less movement of hands to change gears.
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Re: Purchasing first bike ($250-$300)

Postby Cycler2505 » Mon Feb 04, 2013 4:01 pm

What sort of bikes would I be looking at second hand? I'm completely new to all of this so I have no idea whats good. Any particular brands and year of the bike I should be looking at?
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Re: Purchasing first bike ($250-$300)

Postby Nobody » Mon Feb 04, 2013 5:31 pm

Step one is to know your size. Do the fit calculator below, being careful about the measurements. If you want a flat bar, do the mountain bike verion as ideal frame length are different for road bikes and mountain/flat-bar bikes.
http://www.competitivecyclist.com/za/CC ... ATOR_INTRO

I would be looking for an aluminium framed bike as they are better value. As for brands, it doesn't matter too much.

Also do a search of this site as these treads usually come up every week or so.
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Re: Purchasing first bike ($250-$300)

Postby Cycler2505 » Mon Feb 04, 2013 6:55 pm

Nobody wrote:Step one is to know your size. Do the fit calculator below, being careful about the measurements. If you want a flat bar, do the mountain bike verion as ideal frame length are different for road bikes and mountain/flat-bar bikes.
http://www.competitivecyclist.com/za/CC ... ATOR_INTRO

I would be looking for an aluminium framed bike as they are better value. As for brands, it doesn't matter too much.

Also do a search of this site as these treads usually come up every week or so.


I see a lot of people with the Reid bikes and the warranty it comes with is good. If I ever have any trouble I can always take it back and have them look at it.

Second hand worries me a bit especially if it breaks down.

Does anyone else have any opinions on the Reid Condor bikes?
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Re: Purchasing first bike ($250-$300)

Postby kunalraiker » Mon Feb 04, 2013 7:19 pm

Cycler2505 wrote:
Nobody wrote:Step one is to know your size. Do the fit calculator below, being careful about the measurements. If you want a flat bar, do the mountain bike verion as ideal frame length are different for road bikes and mountain/flat-bar bikes.
http://www.competitivecyclist.com/za/CC ... ATOR_INTRO

I would be looking for an aluminium framed bike as they are better value. As for brands, it doesn't matter too much.

Also do a search of this site as these treads usually come up every week or so.


I see a lot of people with the Reid bikes and the warranty it comes with is good. If I ever have any trouble I can always take it back and have them look at it.

Second hand worries me a bit especially if it breaks down.

Does anyone else have any opinions on the Reid Condor bikes?


Each to their own, maybe go down to Reid cycles and ride the bike.
Then check online for used bikes and take a demo.
Buy the one you like, as far as used bikes are concerned, as long as you test and buy you'll be fine.
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Re: Purchasing first bike ($250-$300)

Postby Cycler2505 » Mon Feb 04, 2013 9:18 pm

Are there absolutely any other places that sell reasonable quality bikes around my price range? Surely Reid Cycles isn't the only one.
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Re: Purchasing first bike ($250-$300)

Postby Venus62 » Mon Feb 04, 2013 9:22 pm

Cycler2505 wrote:Are there absolutely any other places that sell reasonable quality bikes around my price range? Surely Reid Cycles isn't the only one.


You wouldn't happen to be qwerty45 from Whirlpool by any chance. All these questions (and answers) are awfully familiar...
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Re: Purchasing first bike ($250-$300)

Postby Nobody » Mon Feb 04, 2013 9:44 pm

Cycler2505 wrote:Are there absolutely any other places that sell reasonable quality bikes around my price range? Surely Reid Cycles isn't the only one.
Not many. You are very close to BSO money so there aren't many Australian players in this price range. The only other two that come to mind are Cell and Cycling Deal.
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Re: Purchasing first bike ($250-$300)

Postby nuttzo32 » Mon Feb 04, 2013 10:44 pm

Cycler2505 wrote:
Nobody wrote:Step one is to know your size. Do the fit calculator below, being careful about the measurements. If you want a flat bar, do the mountain bike verion as ideal frame length are different for road bikes and mountain/flat-bar bikes.
http://www.competitivecyclist.com/za/CC ... ATOR_INTRO

I would be looking for an aluminium framed bike as they are better value. As for brands, it doesn't matter too much.

Also do a search of this site as these treads usually come up every week or so.


I see a lot of people with the Reid bikes and the warranty it comes with is good. If I ever have any trouble I can always take it back and have them look at it.

Second hand worries me a bit especially if it breaks down.

Does anyone else have any opinions on the Reid Condor bikes?


I wouldn't advise getting the reid condor unless you are in a state that has a reid store that you can get to . You will find that the rims on that condor will probably be wobbly and out of true making it very hard to tighten the brakes to an acceptable position.

Unfortunately there will not be many options new in this price range but if the choice is between reid and kmart then avoid kmart at all costs.
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Re: Purchasing first bike ($250-$300)

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