chrismisterx wrote:He thinks a Touring bike isnt the way forward and after looking at my bike said its time to move on from it, he said modern bikes are such better rides.
So he recommended that since I am new to cycling to choose a bike between £500 - £700 max, he said thats a good entry level bike price point that will last years.
He told me to stay away from mountain bikes and Touring bikes, he said I needed something thats good on the road but also can handle the crappy states of cycle paths and bridleways.
Yes, a modern bike at £5-700 should be a much nicer ride. But it'll also be £5-700 you don't need to spend at this point: you are only just getting back in the saddle and you don't actually know that touring will be your thing yet. If it turns out that day hacks at speed are more to your taste then that's £5-700 out of your rad bike budget.
I'm intrigued by the suggestion that a tourer wouldn't handle a poor cycle path or bridleway. This is utter nonsense, not to put too fine a point on it.
I wouldn't particularly suggest drops on a tourer to someone who wasn't used to them, but it's easy enough to find one with butterfly bars these days.
chrismisterx wrote:So to cut to the chase the bike he recommended was the Cube Natural Pro 2019 either the 27 speed or 30 speed ( 30 speed is £60 more but he said the gears are better quality but that I most likely wouldn't tell the difference between the two at my skill level lol )
this is his website and the bike :-
https://www.cjperformancecycles.com/386 ... black.aspx
I have no idea if thats value for money or not, or if thats good advice that he give, the bike isnt in stock and the one on the shop floor doesn't fit me, so he would have order in and its quite the wait he said atm. He didnt come across like a salesman and I didnt feel he was trying to sell me anything, was trying to help.
what do you all think, could use some honest advice.
Suspension fork like that is a wast of time if you're not going mountain biking IMHO. You'll need to spend extra on a rack to go touring and if you value comfort then some mudguards. You'd want to change the tyres for a tour, unless you like a bumpy ride and wasting energy. It's a bit odd, is my honest opinion: he's said stay away from MTBs but this is very close to a hardtail MTB.
chrismisterx wrote:On another not after my wife read the replies on the forum posts and she booked up B&B's and is planning to ride the whole way, no trains. Also means the camping isnt going to happen now so much less luggage needed, So we can work on the cycling this trip and next time maybe do the camping.
she has that going to prove everyone wrong look in her eye, she is bloody stubborn at times lol
There's no harm in giving it a go, and if it's not as much fun as she thought then there are still trains. The trick is to remember you're doing it for fun rather than to prove people you've never met wrong (though if proving people you've never met wrong floats your boats, go for it!). As they say on the gambling ads, when the fun stops, stop.