Advice on first hybrid/road bike?

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Re: Advice on first hybrid/road bike?

Postby The utility cyclist » 22 Aug 2016, 9:52pm

My mum is 5ft 2in on a good day, I bought her a Mongoose Crossway 200 in an XS, she's in her 60s and found no problem at all getting her leg over.
Such a shame they stopped making them as they came with mudguards/rack, decent tyres. But you should be able to go with a 'male' XS frame and be okay.
As it happens she used to ride a 19 or 20" ladies peugeot racing frame BITD before I got fed up of servicing it every time I visited the folks. :lol:

There is a new Adventure stratos ladies in Ashton under Lyne, this is the same spec as a Carrera Subway Limited Edition http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/stratos-adven ... SwMtxXufcW

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Re: Advice on first hybrid/road bike?

Postby Naomi1893 » 26 Aug 2016, 7:32pm

Thanks for all the replies :) after some more thought and research I've decided on the following

http://www.halfords.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductMobileDisplay?catalogId=10151&langId=-1&categoryId=165534&productId=1104422&storeId=10001

Again for the reasons/price and use of purchase it's currently top of my list, if anyone has any big no no's why this would not be a good option please share with me :) as I'm still unsure on what I'm fully looking for.

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Re: Advice on first hybrid/road bike?

Postby NewCyclist1 » 22 Jul 2019, 11:30pm

Hello. I need help in purchasing a bike. I want to purchase a hybrid bike solely for the means of being a carrier for a delivery company such as UberEats and Deliveroo. My budget was around £250. I visited websites both Halfords and Decathlon and browsed their bikes. The two which caught my attention were the Carrera Crossfire 2 and the BTWIN Riverside 500. Both are hybrid bikes, and both have front suspension. The Carrera Crossfire 2 is cheaper, being priced at £211 (after 10% discount) whilst the BTWIN riverside 500 is £250.

Which bike should I buy in order to start delviery?

Links:

Carrera Crossfire 2: https://www.halfords.com/cycling/bikes/ ... m-l-frames

BTWIN riverside 500 : https://www.decathlon.co.uk/trekking-ri ... 50466.html

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Re: Advice on first hybrid/road bike?

Postby Vorpal » 23 Jul 2019, 10:29am

NewCyclist1 wrote:Hello. I need help in purchasing a bike. I want to purchase a hybrid bike solely for the means of being a carrier for a delivery company such as UberEats and Deliveroo. My budget was around £250. I visited websites both Halfords and Decathlon and browsed their bikes. The two which caught my attention were the Carrera Crossfire 2 and the BTWIN Riverside 500. Both are hybrid bikes, and both have front suspension. The Carrera Crossfire 2 is cheaper, being priced at £211 (after 10% discount) whilst the BTWIN riverside 500 is £250.

Which bike should I buy in order to start delviery?

Links:

Carrera Crossfire 2: https://www.halfords.com/cycling/bikes/ ... m-l-frames

BTWIN riverside 500 : https://www.decathlon.co.uk/trekking-ri ... 50466.html


If you can possibly afford it, spend more money. If you need to make money before you can afford a better bike, get one without front suspension. Front suspension won't be durable, and for a working bike, the money is better spent on other bits. Also avoid ones that have freewheels like the cheaper version of the Decathlon Riverside.

You'll be better off getting a decent refurbished used bike. I recommend trying a bike hub, bike recycling centre, bike kitchen, etc.

There is a map showing bike recycling centres here https://www.cyclinguk.org/recycling-centres
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Re: Advice on first hybrid/road bike?

Postby PH » 23 Jul 2019, 11:42am

I've spent the last nine months using a Pinnacle Lithium 1 from Evans for deliveries. It hasn't been 100% trouble free, the single chain ring bent, the wheels needed some attention, the brake blocks were replaced early on and I've been through a couple of chains and cassettes. None of these things held me up or left me unable to work with it, for the price (I got an ex demo via Ebay for £180) it's more than earned it's keep over 1,600 deliveries.
I have just replaced it when a hub geared better bike came along second hand, but that's just because I could, not because I needed to.
Really you don't need much, you may rack up a lot of miles, but they're all short trips. Some of the riders I see are on dreadfully maintained rubbish bikes, it must make it harder for them, but they still get it done. Get a good lock, you'll need it.

EDIT - Does your town/city have a hire bike scheme? I know several who used this as a way in, the local scheme had* a maximum £12 a day for an electric bike, on a reasonably busy day that's about 10%

*past tense, like many hire schemes it hasn't survived the abuse.
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Re: Advice on first hybrid/road bike?

Postby Vorpal » 23 Jul 2019, 11:53am

PH reminds that there was another thread about bikes for delivery work...
viewtopic.php?f=1&t=131252
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