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Treonaut

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having pretty much decided on getting a Dawes Kalahari hybrid, I've now come
across the Decathlon Btwin Pack:

http://tinyurl.com/wtx3x
http://tinyurl.com/y74ffm

it's cheaper and has more extras, plus there's a store near me and I like
the idea of their 2 year guarantee. I can only find good opinions about
decathlon bikes on the web, so unless someone can think of a reason why I
shouldn't get one, I think that's the bike I'm going for.

just to recap, I'm a complete cycling novice and want to (eventually) use
the bike for a daily 8 mile (round trip) commute, mostly on busy main roads,
a lot of it uphill.

I'd be greatful if people could mention any specific cavetas with the Btwin
or suggest what questions I should ask that arent answered on their website

thanks
tony
 
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Steve Watkin

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Generally Decathlon bikes seem very good value. Just check that the lowest
gear is low enough. Have a look at the Triban 5 also, has a maintaince free
hub gear.

SW


"Treonaut" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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> having pretty much decided on getting a Dawes Kalahari hybrid, I've now
> come across the Decathlon Btwin Pack:
>
> http://tinyurl.com/wtx3x
> http://tinyurl.com/y74ffm
>
> it's cheaper and has more extras, plus there's a store near me and I like
> the idea of their 2 year guarantee. I can only find good opinions about
> decathlon bikes on the web, so unless someone can think of a reason why I
> shouldn't get one, I think that's the bike I'm going for.
>
> just to recap, I'm a complete cycling novice and want to (eventually) use
> the bike for a daily 8 mile (round trip) commute, mostly on busy main
> roads, a lot of it uphill.
>
> I'd be greatful if people could mention any specific cavetas with the
> Btwin or suggest what questions I should ask that arent answered on their
> website
>
> thanks
> tony
>
 
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Paul Boyd

Guest
Treonaut said the following on 16/10/2006 15:34:
> having pretty much decided on getting a Dawes Kalahari hybrid, I've now come
> across the Decathlon Btwin Pack:
>
> http://tinyurl.com/wtx3x
> http://tinyurl.com/y74ffm


Well, that has, how shall I put it? distinctive looks!!!

> just to recap, I'm a complete cycling novice and want to (eventually) use
> the bike for a daily 8 mile (round trip) commute, mostly on busy main roads,
> a lot of it uphill.


Anyone reasonably fit should be able to manage a 4 mile ride, twice a
day. On a round trip, every single one of those uphills will be
balanced by a downhill. It just won't feel like it :)

> I'd be greatful if people could mention any specific cavetas with the Btwin
> or suggest what questions I should ask that arent answered on their website


What on earth does "42/13 steel triple chainwheel pedal crank" mean?
You might want to ask about the weight. It looks heavy, and if you have
a lot of uphill that isn't going to help. TBH, something like the
Ridgeback Rapide Motion might suit you. Same price, but you have to add
on mudguards, lights and rack.

Finally, have you actually been into your LBS (local bike shop) and
discussed what you need with them? They will be in a better position to
advise. As much as you like the Decathlon Btwin, you might find that it
is simply the wrong shape for you when you get on it. The websites
seemed lacking on frame dimensions, but even if the info was there,
nothing beats actually sitting on the bike in the shop. Some bikes fit
you, and some don't.

--
Paul Boyd
http://www.paul-boyd.co.uk/
 
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Sniper8052(L96A1)

Guest
Treonaut wrote:
> having pretty much decided on getting a Dawes Kalahari hybrid, I've now come
> across the Decathlon Btwin Pack:
>
> http://tinyurl.com/wtx3x
> http://tinyurl.com/y74ffm
>
> it's cheaper and has more extras, plus there's a store near me and I like
> the idea of their 2 year guarantee. I can only find good opinions about
> decathlon bikes on the web, so unless someone can think of a reason why I
> shouldn't get one, I think that's the bike I'm going for.
>
> just to recap, I'm a complete cycling novice and want to (eventually) use
> the bike for a daily 8 mile (round trip) commute, mostly on busy main roads,
> a lot of it uphill.
>
> I'd be greatful if people could mention any specific cavetas with the Btwin
> or suggest what questions I should ask that arent answered on their website
>
> thanks
> tony
>
>


There are any number of better designed and probably more practical
alternatives available on-line.

http://www.thecycleshop.uk.com/dutch_bicycles/dutch_cycles.html

Dutch Built 6 Speed Tourist Model

* Ladies and gents model
* Dynamo lights front and rear
* Bell, pump and prop stand
* Reflective sidewall tyres
* Rear carrier
* Integral lock
* Alloy rims
* Full mudguards with mudflaps

Probably the best fully equipped cycle
on the market for only £189.99

or

http://www.bikes2udirect.com/B1490.html

Pulse Colorado

Key features include:

Zoom Quest suspension forks
Shimano 18 speed gears with gripshifts
Sprung gel comfort saddle
Alloy wheels
Alloy V brakes & levers
Mudguards & rear carrier included
Show technical specifications

Style: Gents 700c Hybrid
Wheel size: 700c
Frame size(s): 19" (48cm)
Min. inside leg: 29" (74cm)

Our price: £143.99

or

http://www.bikes2udirect.com/B1143.html

Dawes Kalahari gents

Our price: £209.99

Key features include:

Lightweight aluminium trekking hybrid
Full chainguard
Shimano Altus 21 speed gear set with E.Z.Fire shifters
Suspension seat post with comfort saddle
Rear luggage rack
Shimano V brakes
Full alloy Q/R wheels
High quality chromoplastic mudguards with rear splash tail


Style: Gents 700c Hybrid
Wheel size: 700c
Frame size(s): 19" (48cm), 21" (53cm) & 23" (58cm)
Min. inside leg: 32" (81cm), 34" (86cm) & 36" (91cm)

or

http://www.bikes2udirect.com/B1141.html

Dawes Mojave gents

Our price: £154.99

Key features include:

Lightweight aluminium trekking hybrid
Full alloy Q/R wheels
Shimano 21 speed gears with E.Z.Fire shifters
Sprung comfort saddle & super soft handlebar grips
Rear rack for safe transit of your belongings
High quality chromoplastic mudguards with rear splash tail

Style: Gents 700c Hybrid
Wheel size: m700c
Frame size(s): 19" (48cm), 21" (53cm) & 23" (58cm)
Min. inside leg: 29" (74cm), 31" (79cm) & 33" (84cm)

Sniper8052