Bike for complete beginner

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AlexMiller
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Bike for complete beginner

Postby AlexMiller » 26 Jun 2019, 3:11pm

I'm looking for a bike for an adult complete beginner, who's not yet too steady on a bike. Tips on what to consider?

To be clear, this is not a post about someone who knows casual biking and is a beginner in road biking, mtb or the like.

Many thanks

simonhill
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Re: Bike for complete beginner

Postby simonhill » 26 Jun 2019, 6:59pm

You could try seeing if there is a local bike recycle centre near to him. They are charities that take old bikes and do them up for sale. You can usually get pretty good advice as well.

Otherwise and without knowing your budget, I would think a trip to somewhere like Decathalon or even Halfords for a browse and a chat.

Also, remember that a rank beginner will quickly become experienced so don't aim too low.

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Re: Bike for complete beginner

Postby thelawnet » 27 Jun 2019, 7:37pm

Most people would probably head for a flat-barred hybrid.

https://www.evanscycles.com/pinnacle-ne ... e-EV339931 - road-oriented

https://www.evanscycles.com/pinnacle-li ... e-EV339938 - slightly more for offroad, though the above is still fine on towpaths in reality

try to avoid knobbly tyres, and suspension forks

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Re: Bike for complete beginner

Postby PJ520 » 10 Jul 2019, 7:11pm

thelawnet wrote:+1
try to avoid knobbly tyres, and suspension forks
Knobbly tires can make it feel like you're riding through sand and suspension forks add weight/maintenance for no benefit unless you are doing off road stuff. The late Sheldon Brown, to some the guru's guru on cycling matters, maintained that tread on a road tyre is no use.
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Re: Bike for complete beginner

Postby David9694 » 13 Jul 2019, 6:20am

How much do you want to pay, where / when do you want to ride? London, Peak District or Fens?
Light, strong, cheap - pick any two.

These are some of the standard bike buyer questions.

The Pinnacle Neon 2 2020 Hybrid looks a decent choice - flat bars if you only want to road ride for up to 60-90 minutes - most people want to be able to change positions a bit after that. The bar ends will help. Changing over to drop bars is prohibitive.

The Alu frame manages to be light, strong and cheap, and you’ve got a decent spread of gears. There are hub gear systems if you are feeling more conservative.

You’ve got the potential for mudguards. Do you want a rear carrier?

The handlebar stem can be swapped out for shorter or longer if necessary. Give yourself time to get used to the saddle. Looks like a nice long seat post - you may find you want to raise the saddle as you improve.

With any new bike, things “bed in”, in the first couple of weeks: things come loose, gear cables stretch a tiny bit which can throw your gears out, so an adjustment may be needed there.

You probably want to budget for a lock, a pump and maybe a few tools/ a multi tool.

To carry the above I like my SKS saddlebag because it’s easy to put on / remove: e.g. https://www.tredz.co.uk/.SKS-Tour-Bag-L ... _69778.htm

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Re: Bike for complete beginner

Postby Bonefishblues » 13 Jul 2019, 8:45am

OP was last active 6 minutes after initial post, as often happens.

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Re: Bike for complete beginner

Postby TrevA » 13 Jul 2019, 11:33am

Bonefishblues wrote:OP was last active 6 minutes after initial post, as often happens.


Perhaps people think they will get an instant answer, get bored when they don’t and then never return?

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Re: Bike for complete beginner

Postby Bonefishblues » 13 Jul 2019, 11:34am

TrevA wrote:
Bonefishblues wrote:OP was last active 6 minutes after initial post, as often happens.


Perhaps people think they will get an instant answer, get bored when they don’t and then never return?

I guess almost by definition, we'll never know!

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Re: Bike for complete beginner

Postby simonhill » 13 Jul 2019, 12:05pm

It's what I call the Google effect. As said, they post and expect an instant answer. It's one reason I like to go back with questions or seeking clarification. Many of these posts just end up as regularly repetive internal discussions.

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Re: Bike for complete beginner

Postby freiston » 13 Jul 2019, 1:34pm

Bonefishblues wrote:OP was last active 6 minutes after initial post, as often happens.

Don't forget that they could be reading replies without logging in.
Disclaimer: Treat what I say with caution and if possible, wait for someone with more knowledge and experience to contribute. ;)

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Re: Bike for complete beginner

Postby skyhawk » 13 Jul 2019, 3:52pm

AlexMiller wrote:I'm looking for a bike for an adult complete beginner, who's not yet too steady on a bike. Tips on what to consider?

To be clear, this is not a post about someone who knows casual biking and is a beginner in road biking, mtb or the like.

Many thanks



Again a question with no budget mentioned, £100 or £5000 ?
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Re: Bike for complete beginner

Postby skyhawk » 13 Jul 2019, 3:54pm

freiston wrote:
Bonefishblues wrote:OP was last active 6 minutes after initial post, as often happens.

Don't forget that they could be reading replies without logging in.



At least they could say, as is courteous when you receive an answer I ALWAYS say thank you
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Re: Bike for complete beginner

Postby gaz » 13 Jul 2019, 4:32pm

AlexMiller wrote:I'm looking for a bike for an adult complete beginner, who's not yet too steady on a bike. Tips on what to consider?

1. Adult cycle training. Your local authority may offer this either free or at a small cost, bike hire may be available.
2. Look for somewhere you can hire/try out a number of different bikes in a safe environment.
3. If you find you enjoy cycling and wish to do more you might change your mind about the right bike. Don’t worry, N+1 always applies.
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Re: Bike for complete beginner

Postby David9694 » 13 Jul 2019, 5:02pm

Hi Alex (OP)

Any thoughts? What did you decide to go for?