Monday, 21 June 2010

A "New" Bike

WooHoo...I won a bike on e-bay!!!

It's been nearly 2 months of searching for the right bike, bidding, losing, etc - I have had a vision of the type I wanted in my head so just any bike wouldn't do. With yesterdays fun on bikes experience under my belt, plus reading a couple of other blogs, I changed my mind as to exactly what I wanted. Rather than a racing bike I decided to go for a Hybrid bike (sometimes called a "City bike").

The reason? Well I wanted a racing bike because of its lightness and ability to get some distances cycled, however I also realised that with their thin wheels & tyres all these miles would have to be on roads. However, yesterday I went on what I would say was a racing bike in everything except the drop handlebars & thin tyres. It had the lightness of a racer, but straight handlebars & slightly thicker tyres. This was just what I wanted; a lighter bike than my MTB for speed plus the ability to cycle down unmade tracks / roads without such a great risk of a puncture.

Immediately on coming home I changed my search parameters and found a few to watch, and put a relatively small bid of £80.00 in on a used Carrera Subway finishing at 9pm last night. I expect that as the footie was on that may have distracted a number of other possible usual bidders because when I checked this morning I had won it. This bike normally sells for around £200 - £300 I think. Mixed reviews, but as they say, "you get what you pay for" and Bike Radar gave it a 4/5 here .

Sorry about the text beneath. For some reason Blogger has thrown a wobbly and wont change the text to any colour other than that dark blue! If you highlight it with the mouse its ledgible. Damned teknology!


GENTS 'CARRERA SUBWAY BIKE' SHIMANO SRAM 3.0 COMP URBAN SHIFTWHEELS XRATED WITH PUNCTURE PROTECTION
20 INCH FRAME
HAS ADJUSTABLE HEAD UNIT
THERE IS FOOT CUP/HOLDERS ON THE PEDDLE BUT CAN BE TAKEN OFF IF PREFERRED THIS HAS BEEN USED BUT LOOKED AFTER. THE BIKE IS IN STORAGE AND WILL POSTED FROM IT'S STORE.
HAS A FEW SCUFFS CONSISTENT WITH USE DAY TO DAY USE. THE TREAD ON THE TYRES IS GOOD & BOTH TYRES ARE PUMPED UP. THE TYRES ARE SLIM LINE FOR SPEED
IT IS MATT GRAY RATHER THAN GLOSSY!
IT HAS A SUSPENSION SADDLE POLE FOR COMFORT COMMUTING.THERE IS A FRONT MUD GUARD WHICH IS NOT SHOWN IN THE PICTURES BUT IS INCLUDED.

4 comments:

  1. This auction sniper is quite good I use it wen bidding on stuff on ebay i think it costs cant remember how much but worth a look

    powersnipe

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  2. I think you'll enjoy the Carrera Subway 1, I've been riding one, and for the last 6 months a Carrera Subway LTD, overall 4 plus years. I appreciate the ability to go off road, not mountainbiking stuff, but towpaths etc.. The Subways cater for this very well, I do over 8,000 miles a year, mostly on roads, commuting 40 miles a day. I have the bike set up with mudguards, lights, rack and panniers and am very happy with the bikes' performance. Hope you have as much cycling pleasure from your new acquisition, by the way I paid £199 for mine, so at £80 you have a real bargain. Cheers.

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