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Not alot of cash! first bike wanted

Hi,
I have been trying to get fit over the past 12 months, i have been running, but i have found this sore on my knees, i have lost 2 stone though!!
I have decided to give road bikes a go, i work approx 10 miles from home, and thought i would cycle to work, i would also like to have a go at road racing with the same bike.
I do not have alot of money, so the choice is a new bottom end road bike Claud Butler or Carrera from Halfords (not too keen on the Halfords choice!)
Any other suggestions appreciated, or should i go 2nd hand?
Any help would be appreciated.
Marty

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    A warm welcome to the forum!
    A lot depends upon what 'not a lot of cash' actually means. If you are able to let the forumsters know your budget, you will get better advice than if we are left to guess.

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    Hi,
    Welcome to CW Forum. Lots of helpful, knowledgable people on this forum; and extremely friendly.
    Your budget however small, could get you a road bicycle of sorts, although, you could save and extend your budget as you search for your first road bicycle. There's always a good selection of used bikes on Flea-bay or Gumtree. Halfords bikes are not bad for a "Try it; and find out if you like it bike" many a good cyclist on a Carrera or Claud Buttler Bicycle. What is your Maximum Budget ? Will try to help if possible.
    M

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    Hi dubburke, welcome to the forums.
    There are many local bike shops around the country (home countries, ok Bfergie/Buzz/Colnagodram/Mostyn) as well as 'high-street' names that carry lots of choice. The normal sales cycle is about september to september, so the current 2012 bikes were out last year. So you may want to look around for a 2011 bike which will be brand new but discounted compared to the 2012 version. If you are on a really tight budget then there will be little to no difference between models of a bike between 2010-2011-2012 except for the colour. The biggest difference on the lower range bikes that use Shimano kit is that the Tiagra series went 10 speed in 2012, but then you will be looking upwards of 700-800 for a bike with that.
    Really, what you call 'not a lot of cash' with dictate what advice you get.

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    When looking for a bike on a budget don't get caught up on the components and which gives what. Far better to look at the frame and forks, check how far up the range that frame is used before it gets an upgrade, that way it will give an indication of the ride and quality. Sub 500-600 gives a wide choice from all main players and they are not bad bikes, it comes down to preference, fit and style.
    I bought in the lowest spec Forme Longcliffe 4 at 575rrp this week and actually think it's a pretty good bike, a lot better than I ever had as a starter bike, don't be put off with things like Microshift shifters, not a big player but they work well and keep the costs down a bit. The finish certainly makes it look a far more expensive bike.
    2nd hand is a great option IF you know what you're looking for or can phone a friend. For example in the last month I sold a Bianchi 1882 with Ultegra in immaculate condition for 600 and a Specialized Tri-Cross still with the tags on it, 2 weeks old and never used for 400 and considering we have a tiny shop in rural Scotland should give an indication of what larger urban based private bike shops could have in stock. If your budget is under 400 you will struggle to find a new bike that you will be happy with for long so if waiting a while and gathering 200 more is an option then it certainly opens up the market for you.

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    Thanks for the helpful replies, i am looking at 400, i know not alot, i do hope to upgrade when funds allow:D
    I have seen a Claud Butler, in my local bikeshop for 399, its last years model i think, as i don't see it in this years range.
    The other bike i saw was in Halfords, and it was a Carrera reduced to 329.
    If anyone see's a good bike on fleabay, feel free to post a link:cool:
    I am 5ft 8in tall, and have a 31 inch inside leg.

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    dubburke Thanks for the helpful replies, i am looking at 400, i know not alot, i do hope to upgrade when funds allow:D
    I have seen a Claud Butler, in my local bikeshop for 399, its last years model i think, as i don't see it in this years range.
    The other bike i saw was in Halfords, and it was a Carrera reduced to 329.
    If anyone see's a good bike on fleabay, feel free to post a link:cool:
    I am 5ft 8in tall, and have a 31 inch inside leg.

    You'll need a 54 cm bike in most makes and models, except for Cube; go up a size! And Ridley; go down a size! Most other makes you'd fit a 53/54cm, Have a look at the Specialised Allez Sport the 2011 model were selling for around 500. They're a really nice bike.

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    That's very helpful Mostyn, thank's, i have just measured myself ...and i have shrank!! 1 am 5ft 7, will that make any difference in frame size?

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    The other bike i saw was in Halfords, and it was a Carrera reduced to 329.
    You wont go far wrong with a carrera TBH..

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    im 5ft 7 and i have the allez sport 52" which is pretty much a perfect fit.

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    dubburke That's very helpful Mostyn, thank's, i have just measured myself ...and i have shrank!! 1 am 5ft 7, will that make any difference in frame size?


    Maybe a 52/53, my daughter is 5ft.6in and she rides the Specialised Allez Sport 2011, model in a 52, cm - bike. I'd suggest you go that wee bit more to 500. if possible and you'll have a bike that will be worth up-grading. Ribble, Specialised, Forme, would be the way I'd go with a 500 budget.

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