hello everyone - first foray into the cycling thread for me for a long while!
i’m finally going to bite the bullet and get a decent bike. I’ve signed up for a 78mile ride round the Devil’s Punch Bowl in fucking November as a way to force myself to get fit, and I fucking love cycling and just need to do it more. having an old steel framed tourer (and by old i mean from before I was born) just doesn’t give me the confidence to go out with my mates on their carbon monsters, especially as i’m very unfit. i can bust out 30miles in a couple of hours on a mountain bike still though so figured a nice road bike will give me the incentive to get back into cycling properly.
i’m looking at this because all the reviews are overwhelmingly positive and if I can force my work to do the Cycle To Work scheme it seems like an absolute bargain - does anyone have any reasoning as to why I shouldn’t get it? or other bikes in a similar price range that are better? it’s not as ‘cool’ looking (i.e. not stealth grey) as other bikes but the performance is what matters i guess. the issues that reviews have seem to be the brakes aren’t amazing - how easy/cheap is this to fix? someone suggests just switching the pads to softer ones once they wear out, so they can’t be that bad in general…
anyway, any thoughts greatly appreciated. please say a secular prayer for me as this ride in November, whilst it’s a while away, will probably be the end of me.