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  • 18-09-2014 9:19am
    Registered Users Posts: 1,512 ✭✭✭


    Looking for advice. I've spent the last 2 weeks or so looking at bikes and have finally narrowed it down to a couple and was hoping someone could give me a bit of advice on which is the best value. I will be using the bike to cycle to work and college and general tipping around. heres what i have it narrowed down to

    1) 2nd hand Freespirit Albany Hybrid €110
    2) 2nd hand Jupiter Tuscan hybrid €200
    3) 2nd hand Ventura Hybrid €170
    4) New Castello Potenza steel racer €240
    5) New CASTELLO MONZA ALLOY racer €300

    Or if anyone has any other suggestions i'd really appreciate it!



  • Registered Users Posts: 1,569 ✭✭✭mugsymugsy

    Hi Shaunac93

    I can give you advice on the jupiter tuscan hybrid as i previously had one - not a bad bike but a little bit heavy. Also 200 euro is a little on the steep side. I sold one on for 130 a couple of months ago that was under 3 years old and in pretty good condition (kept indoors etc).

    Not wanting to open your search further but i would recommend going second hand and if you can stretch get a Giant / Specialized / Trek branded bike.

    Best of luck with your search!!

  • Registered Users Posts: 2 shaunac1993

    @mugsymugsy thanks for your reply. I have been looking at the brands you mentioned but just cant afford them at the moment unfortunately. The Jupiter Tuscan seems like my best option atm.

  • Closed Accounts Posts: 22,648 ✭✭✭✭beauf

    What sort of distance are you doing. You might get a decent MTB 2nd hand. Carrera are a decent bike.

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,512 ✭✭✭OffalyMedic

    Will be doing under 50miles a week but on very hilly roads. Had a mountain bike last yeaar for commuting and found it very difficult so thats why i was thinking of getting a hybrid this year

  • Registered Users Posts: 167 ✭✭Allabaah

    There are lots of good bargains to be got if you can stretch your budget. Lots of people have bought bike on the Bike to Work Scheme upto €1000 which effectively costs €480. So do the B2WS if possible.

    So bearing that in mind I got this beauty Giant Rapid 2 2014 model for €440 with lots of goodies added in (Floor pump, mini pump, mini tool, 2 spare tubes, new helmet, 2 pairs of gloves, Cateye computer, front and back lights, 2 bottle cages & Abus lock)

    It retails at €900 with all the extras @ circa €100 so I was delighted and the seller got his money back!

    I have used this bike and its a great commuter as its upright in the traffic for visibility and comfort. Also light for cycling and its very smooth with 700x25c wheels.

    So in my opinion do the B2WS and buy a new one or get an unwanted bike .... however I would definitely recommend to spend a bit more.

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