Argos road bikes ( i.e. Argos the utility shop )

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Re: Argos road bikes ( i.e. Argos the utility shop )

Postby gbnz » 8 Dec 2019, 5:11pm

djnotts wrote:At 179 quid?


Hmm...have to admit a super keen Argo's employee ordered one in for me to review at the weekend (NB. Said Argo's is only a 3-4 minute walk from the gym / home!). Had to give it a miss as the temptation to buy a bike I don't need would be strong :wink: (I'm still tempted, but keeping it under control :wink: )

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Re: Argos road bikes ( i.e. Argos the utility shop )

Postby horizon » 8 Dec 2019, 5:25pm

gbnz wrote:
djnotts wrote:At 179 quid?


Hmm...have to admit a super keen Argo's employee ordered one in for me to review at the weekend (NB. Said Argo's is only a 3-4 minute walk from the gym / home!). Had to give it a miss as the temptation to buy a bike I don't need would be strong :wink: (I'm still tempted, but keeping it under control :wink: )


Love it! We have a local Tesco's. (I'm not taking the Mick, it's great what you've done there).

PS Excellent review - this has been an eye-opening thread.
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Re: Argos road bikes ( i.e. Argos the utility shop )

Postby Jamesh » 8 Dec 2019, 7:50pm

Has anyone actually brought one?!

How do they ride? Esp the carbon forked one?

Cheers James

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Re: Argos road bikes ( i.e. Argos the utility shop )

Postby Spinners » 8 Dec 2019, 8:21pm

Jamesh wrote:Has anyone actually brought one?!

How do they ride? Esp the carbon forked one?

Cheers James


As mentioned on page 1 - I bought what would become the 'middle one' but only because the one with the carbon fork hadn't been released. I just wanted something to thrash on what was my pre-work blast of about 50 minutes and it handled just fine and was really nice and solid when sprinting. When I retired I didn't really need it as I have two decent road bikes and converted it to flat bars (piccie below) before selling it on.

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Re: Argos road bikes ( i.e. Argos the utility shop )

Postby peetee » 9 Dec 2019, 8:25am

robgul wrote:Is Argos offering any after-sales service and/or warranty work . . . ?

The late Toys R Us dabbled in low-end bikes and even had stores with a mechanic (or in reality a boy who had seen a bike before) and customer service was non-existent.

Rob


Not all their mechanics were second rate. In the early days at least one of them cared 8) ...even if the management didn't. :roll:
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Re: Argos road bikes ( i.e. Argos the utility shop )

Postby Marcus Aurelius » 9 Dec 2019, 9:58am

It’s super tempting at that price. A quick swap to the 11 speed R7000 Groupset I have on my favourite ( but sadly dying ) winter bike, with a wheelset swap ( off the same bike) and that’s a serious bargain winter / sportive bike right there.

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Re: Argos road bikes ( i.e. Argos the utility shop )

Postby Greystoke » 31 Dec 2019, 4:13pm

Might buy one of these, fit mudguards & rack. Anyone think carbon forks are ok for a commute across a muddy smooth field, hard packed gravel and potholed single track roads?
Or should I go for the middle bike with steel fork?
I weigh 70kg plus my work stuff etc

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Re: Argos road bikes ( i.e. Argos the utility shop )

Postby gbnz » 31 Dec 2019, 4:15pm

Greystoke wrote:Might buy one of these, fit mudguards & rack. Anyone think carbon forks are ok for a commute across a muddy smooth field, hard packed gravel and potholed single track roads?
Or should I go for the middle bike with steel fork?
I weigh 70kg plus my work stuff etc


I'd definately choose the steel forked version for commuting, even if it was slightly more expensive than the carbon forked one.

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Re: Argos road bikes ( i.e. Argos the utility shop )

Postby Jamesh » 31 Dec 2019, 9:32pm

gbnz wrote:
Greystoke wrote:Might buy one of these, fit mudguards & rack. Anyone think carbon forks are ok for a commute across a muddy smooth field, hard packed gravel and potholed single track roads?
Or should I go for the middle bike with steel fork?
I weigh 70kg plus my work stuff etc


I'd definately choose the steel forked version for commuting, even if it was slightly more expensive than the carbon forked one.



Would you not think rust would be a more likely failure than a carbon fork?? Just thinking aloud?

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Re: Argos road bikes ( i.e. Argos the utility shop )

Postby gbnz » 1 Jan 2020, 7:54am

Jamesh wrote:
gbnz wrote:
Greystoke wrote:Might buy one of these, fit mudguards & rack. Anyone think carbon forks are ok for a commute across a muddy smooth field, hard packed gravel and potholed single track roads?
Or should I go for the middle bike with steel fork?
I weigh 70kg plus my work stuff etc


I'd definately choose the steel forked version for commuting, even if it was slightly more expensive than the carbon forked one.



Would you not think rust would be a more likely failure than a carbon fork?? Just thinking aloud?

Cheers James


No. I've never had a rusty fork yet, though I suppose I have got rid of that one I got back in 1987. And it's not as if the disadvantages of a carbon fork don't heavily outweigh any perceived advantage

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Re: Argos road bikes ( i.e. Argos the utility shop )

Postby Greystoke » 1 Jan 2020, 8:16am

I rode my mid 80's 531c forked bike a few days ago....magic ride but don't want to use it for my commute.
Anyone riden these bikes?
Will the mid priced steel fork bike ride nice?

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Re: Argos road bikes ( i.e. Argos the utility shop )

Postby Spinners » 1 Jan 2020, 10:09am

Greystoke wrote:I rode my mid 80's 531c forked bike a few days ago....magic ride but don't want to use it for my commute.
Anyone riden these bikes?
Will the mid priced steel fork bike ride nice?


As mentioned, I've had one and they do ride nice. Apart from the weight, there's doubt wrong with the steel fork. One point regarding mudguards, I think you might need to use 23mm tyres.
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Re: Argos road bikes ( i.e. Argos the utility shop )

Postby Greystoke » 1 Jan 2020, 10:19am

Thanks Spinners. Will mudguards not fit with the 25 tyres fitted?
I need mudguards for my commute

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Re: Argos road bikes ( i.e. Argos the utility shop )

Postby Spinners » 1 Jan 2020, 12:43pm

Greystoke wrote:Thanks Spinners. Will mudguards not fit with the 25 tyres fitted?
I need mudguards for my commute


I did squeeze them in but it was tight when compared to the lovely clearances on the B'Twin Triban 100 I now use as my commuter/winter bike.
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Re: Argos road bikes ( i.e. Argos the utility shop )

Postby Greystoke » 1 Jan 2020, 2:15pm

Those Triban 100's seem ideal.... Pity they're not half price.
I wanted to fit 700x28 tyres not 23, with mudguards.