NATURAL ANKLING wrote:Hi,
In Halfords today, Wiggo bikes are opposite Boardmans.
Saw a bike Hybrid 29er with semi road rough tyres, hydraulic brakes, 3X9 gears, cassette copy, looked smart. £330.
Mid seventies built up a bike on a second hand frame with new parts £30, rear axel wore out after a few thousand miles.
Late seventies paid £120 for a custom made drop bar bike 2X5 gears probably. Swapped the freewheel for a shimano brand one...good move.
Early eighties paid £345 for a Koga-Miyata with 600ax parts....magic My mates went for £165 and the freewheel axel did not last..snapped.
You need to spend just so much or it will let you down.
In 93 spent £250 on a Carrera mtb full shimano parts and cassette hub, still have it.
In 96 spent £832 on a Raleigh Randonneur , full shimano parts, this is my current 24hr and explorer bike.
All shimano parts today (not pressed tin models) are....................£1500 - £2000
But go for a cassette rear hub (even an aluminium copy and Q-Release hubs Front & Back and branded cranks.........how much? Not sure but it will last past next Xmas, or second hand bike...............................
Hi thank you for the response
I'm really just looking for something that I could maybe get some good use from for the coming year, and then looking to upgrade to bigger and better depending on what level I am at and how much time I am committing to regular riding.
To begin with I am only looking at spending around £150-£250, I have university, a child and work to juggle so it won't be taking a hammering to start out with
Thank you for your response