Buying a new bike

As it says on my “about me” I am riding the London to Paris cycle challenge for Diabetes UK in September this year. So I decided to treat myself to a new bike for the occassion as I thought it may help with the motivation to train, articularly on these cold mornings. I was looking for a road bike to replace the Trek 1000 I bought in 2003. At that time it cost me £460 as it was last years model. I think I was influanced into buying a Trek after seeing Lance win all those Tour de Frances! Anyway I never did look like Lance, I just had a nicer bike to push up hill when it got too steep. So back to my new bike. What do I buy? There are so many to choose from, Trek, Giant, Specialised, Cannondale, Scott, the list goes on. Alloy or Carbon, what group set. Its like ordering a sandwich in one of those American places, so much choice your head starts to spin. So I start to look at some of these combinations, and how much they will cost. I decide I have a budget of up to £1000 and expect I will be able to get something reasonable. To my astonishment most of these manufacturers have an entry level bike at around £800, and most of these have equipment no better than my Trek 1000. The top end bikes cost more than a small car. In the end I decided I would like a Cannondale Synapse, looks a nice bike with a reasonable spec. I start ringing round in search of one, only to find nobody expects to have any Cannondale Synapse Alloy bikes before late April early May. Your kidding “No”. So in the end I buy a Scott Speedster S30, from my local shop Cycle Heaven in York. Scott the guy in the shop (same name as the bike) was real helpful, and kitted me up with everything I needed. All I need now is some nice weather so I can take it out. It seems the only progress I have made in cycling over the last 8 years is I will now have an £800 bike to push up hill. Progress where would we be without it.


About robin1953

Hi I am a 57 year old man living in York, with my wife Jill. We have three grown up childred, and two grand children, Tim and Noah. I've been cycling all my life, but I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes a few years back, so the cycling became more important. I did well for a few years, but slowly the weight went up. Update; how time flys, I'm now 60 still battling the weight but still riding.
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4 Responses to Buying a new bike

  1. Carrie says:

    I bought a focus last February, its a good time to get a cheaper bike, think mine was £300 less! It’s pretty much entry level but who needs a light bike when you have 3 stone to lose?

  2. Congrats on the new bike and welcome to the wonderful world of blogging about cycling and diabetes!!!
    Glad to hear you are aiming for London to Paris 2011 – I did it in 2010, it was brilliant. I hope to be able to do it again this year, if I can raise the money. Diabetes UK are also doing a Coast to Coast challenge earlier in the year, which I also hope to do!!!
    Best of luck with the training.

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