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Larry
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1980 posts since 9/9/03

17 Feb 2009 03:08
I'd say buy a set of brakes and a derail Smiling
Protege Moi
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5460 posts since 15/11/02

17 Feb 2009 09:23
Ineff wrote: I want a bike. I know nothing about them.

I'm only going to use it to cycle around 4/5 miles a day. My only preference is something that looks cool and is completely black or completely white. Cheaper the better.

Any suggestions?

I swear by Kona.

Get yourself a dirtjumping/freeride bike. They are kinda a crossbread between a bmx and a mountain bike. Available with full suspension or just front shocks like this Kona Cowan. Would probably suit you for the 'look' your after and dirtjump bikes are 1000x better than a bmx. FACT.
Dirtjump bikes are available with normal mountain bike gearing like this Cowan or single speed like a bmx.

guffer
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8474 posts since 28/5/04

17 Feb 2009 09:51
not really practical if he is just riding to work and back (im guessing thats what its for?)
Protege Moi
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5460 posts since 15/11/02

17 Feb 2009 10:11
I know.
But HW recommended a few well spec'd and priced bikes and Neff posted a £50 kids bmx which he prefered.
Was trying to find a happy medium….. but in hindsight a £950 bike might not have been the best choice. I stick with the Dirtjumping bike theory however, cool bikes just not practical but still better than a bmx.
Jesus
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5998 posts since 7/10/08

17 Feb 2009 10:15
buying a kona cowan for a 5 mile commute is insane you loon Laughing out loud

he needs something well sized, lightish, with a decent spread of gears and slick/semi slick tyres

not a dirt jumping monster with heavy forks, 2.4" tyres and a chain device Laughing out loud
El Loto
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63 posts since 19/2/07

17 Feb 2009 12:28
No suspension either. No point in getting cheapy forks for the commute, stick with rigid.
Ineff
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9844 posts since 7/4/04

17 Feb 2009 12:57
Jesus wrote: buying a kona cowan for a 5 mile commute is insane you loon Laughing out loud

he needs something well sized, lightish, with a decent spread of gears and slick/semi slick tyres

not a dirt jumping monster with heavy forks, 2.4" tyres and a chain device Laughing out loud

Laughing out loud to be fair I like the look of that bike, but I don't want to spend anywhere near that much.

I'm only going to use it in my village when it's just as quick to cycle as it is get the car out.

What about something like this http://www.evanscycles.com/products/gt/avalanche-30-disc-2008-mountain-bike-ec000664?
Protege Moi
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5460 posts since 15/11/02

17 Feb 2009 13:12
Theres nowt wrong with that GT bike. Could do a lot worse.

If you like the jumpbike style Evans have more of the same hurr. Similar prices to the GT.

http://www.evanscycles.com/categories/complete-bikes/jump-bikes

As been said before, for a commute ride, you really need a road/mountain hybrid bike but if styles important and its a weekend plaything aswll take your choice. It won't matter much over a short commute what you choose. Weight will be the main issue.
smith
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10945 posts since 5/5/04

17 Feb 2009 15:07
"You can AIDS from bicycling"
Eddie Hitler
harris
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268 posts since 29/1/08

20 Feb 2009 20:05
themistake wrote:
harris wrote: Just acquired £500 to spend with cycle to work scheme, any ideas? I was thinking of an '08 Kona Cinder Cone,
that's the sort of thing I am after, or that a decent road (racer) bike and I will get a mountain bike 2nd hand.

How does it work? Do Halfords basically buy it on your behalf from somewhere and then take a cut/get a rebate?

no your work buy it for you and u pay it back on a monthly basis. it works out at 40% off as the government write off the tax on it.
surely u should have read the small print before steaming in with a £500 scheme? seeming as you could end up paying the full £500 back.

Sorry misunderstanding there, I thought that ALL the cycle2work schemes were linked to Halfords (but they are not,it's just my employers and a few others) so I was asking if you can also get Halfords to buy you one from elsewhere (paid for by your employer) if you want one that halfords don't stock because their range is fairly limited. Just wondered if anyone here had done it.

In what scenario do you end up paying the full £500 back? If you leave your job early and have to pay the remaining balance back from net pay, I know that…is there anything else to watch out for though?
I was going to buy a new bike anyway, so any discount is good.

I just got the agreement letter today so it's not all final until I sign it and send it back anyway. Smiling
andymakesglasses
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20407 posts since 26/1/06

12 Mar 2009 09:45
Any recommendations for a women's-specific mountain bike around the 200 quid mark?
Fläsket
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3762 posts since 14/8/04

12 Mar 2009 15:48
meaning a step through frame or a pretty colour?
Noble Locks
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66963 posts since 10/7/03

12 Mar 2009 15:50
he means the bar going downwards instead of across so that if the chain snaps when they peddaling the gal dem dun hurt they cuntz.
andymakesglasses
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20407 posts since 26/1/06

12 Mar 2009 21:50
Exactly that, although a white / pink / silver colour would be nice (no homo).
Gaz
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2606 posts since 20/10/05

13 Mar 2009 15:21
is quality of componentry an issue? or would a run of the mill / decent framed piece do ya?
Fläsket
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3762 posts since 14/8/04

13 Mar 2009 16:20
Noble Locks wrote: he means the bar going downwards instead of across so that if the chain snaps when they peddaling the gal dem dun hurt they cuntz.
cheers for that lehman Cool
you won't really find anything in that style on a mtb frame though. they work well for crusiers and that's about it. could check out a 29er frame. steeper sloping top tube would be more accommodating.. doesn't help you out at all, but many shops around here are selling lightly used complete surly karate monkeys in your price range.
mirrored
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1175 posts since 8/7/08

13 Mar 2009 16:59
anyone got any recommendations for a decent all-round street/park bmx? or just an idea of what i'm to look for, total noob at this Laughing out loud
haz
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4334 posts since 7/1/04

17 Mar 2009 19:00
Lance rocking the KAWS x Trek


can you say Hype?

loves
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321 posts since 29/1/09

17 Mar 2009 19:01
very sexy indeed, nice work
Charles Winthorpe III
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5474 posts since 29/7/05

25 Mar 2009 01:44
seenmy wrote:

bad ass.
although the chain looks a little slack.

what parts are you using and who built it if you don't mind me asking.
frame must have set you back a pretty packet.