Re: Cheap Road Bike for a newbie
Posted: 17 Oct 2020, 3:37pm
Looks like I am sorted now as long as the reality matches the pictures then I should be getting a Dawes Giro 300 tomorrow.
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GeekDadZoid wrote:Looks like I am sorted now as long as the reality matches the pictures then I should be getting a Dawes Giro 300 tomorrow.
Bonzo Banana wrote:GeekDadZoid wrote:Looks like I am sorted now as long as the reality matches the pictures then I should be getting a Dawes Giro 300 tomorrow.
That looks like an ideal first road bike. I don't know the year of your model but the 2011 model reviewed here seems an excellent first road bike. They don't give it a high review because its heavy but such reviewers are weight obsessed. That should be a great first road bike, cheap to maintain, very safe with its steel forks and the wider rims should mean you can put on larger more comfortable tyres.
If you really get into cycling and want a lighter bike later the Giro will still be a great winter bike or commuting bike or when you need a bike when the risk of theft is much greater.
They are saying the weight is 11.34kg so not a bad weight at all even with the heavy hybrid wheels so likely the frame and other components are pretty decent.
Obviously the spec of yours maybe different if earlier or later but there aren't a lot of reviews of the Giro 300 and Dawes have long since given up selling road bikes like this so not sure when the Giro 300 ended production.
https://www.bikeradar.com/reviews/bikes ... lideshow=1
pigman wrote:It's half way between a touring bike and a mountain bike.
So 700c ( road size) wheels, but probably fatter tyres, but not as extreme as mountain bike width. The forks may have suspension for comfort, but won't have as much travel as a mtb. It will have flat bars and mountain bike controls, but probably not the extreme 40T plus sprockets of a modern mtb. And the handlebars will be very upright.
It's essentially a road utility bike that will cope with rough roads and shopping loads