First bike - Bianchi vs Trek? and best bike storage? Advice appreciated

More help requested, thank you

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14/06/2012 at 21:59

Following on from my post the other day re pedals (very helpful advice thanks!) I spent the morning at bike shop trying out the entry level bikes.  It's between a Trek Lexa and a Bianchi Dama Sora (the Bianchi is more beautiful in my view but I'm sure there are other things I should be taking into account - both felt good to ride, the Bianchi marginally better but slightly more expensive too...).  Any opinions?  I think they both had 16 or 18 gears, is this enough to get me up steep hills??!

Also, we only have a narrow passage at side of the house for storage and it already has 4 bikes including 2 kids bikes in it.  Looking at ways of protecting my new purchase....  seen on amazon this 'gravity' stand for 2 bikes which leans against wall and you can put one bike up high on, the other hangs at bottom.  Failing that a bike 'cover' tarpaulin like thing.  Any views - or might there be another solution?

Thanks again

M...eldy    pirate
14/06/2012 at 22:03

Whichever it is make sure it is secure and secure enough to be covered by insurance

I dont have an opinion on the bikes, I would go for th best colour  

14/06/2012 at 22:04

I think I am seduced by the paintwork on the Bianchi!  But big investment so don't want to miss some vital element....

Doner Kebab    pirate
14/06/2012 at 22:06

where i live the only LBS is a trek dealer so every other bike is a trek so i would never go there - Bianchi is nicely carved - thats where my money would go

ChallengeGoGoGas    pirate
14/06/2012 at 22:07

groupsets? what is the groupset for each bike?

Blisters    pirate
14/06/2012 at 22:11

You're surely not thinking of leaving it outside?
Hang it on the wall, and polish it lovingly.

ChallengeGoGoGas    pirate
14/06/2012 at 22:11

i should say that i would probably go Bianchi myself, but i'm trying to be practical....

oh and why haven't you come over to the Fatman to Ironman thread yet WW, we're a nice bunch of newbies just sharing the experience together... youd be very welcome

ChallengeGoGoGas    pirate
14/06/2012 at 22:13

just looked at both on evans... Bianchi for me

14/06/2012 at 22:21

Help!  What on earth is a groupset...???

I may pop over to Fatman to Ironman...but must say I have NO intention of doing an Ironman!  Running a marathon in isolation is enough of a challenge for me....!

The bike will be in a locked side passage.  Husband will not tolerate having it inside depspite the fact he keeps his golf clubs in the bedroom.  Grrrrrr.

TheEngineer    pirate
14/06/2012 at 22:37

The groupset is the collective name for the gears. Do you know the name of these components? 

Personally, it'd be the Bianchi for me too. But it would be a TRAVESTY to keep it outside (never mind that you may struggle to insure it if it's not indoors!).


14/06/2012 at 22:39

Bianchi. But you can't keep it outside, I'm afraid, 

ChallengeGoGoGas    pirate
14/06/2012 at 22:39

go with the Bianchi...

Groupset, the combo of all the following brakes, gears, chainrings etc... bascially the mechanical components enabling the wheels to turn and stop. Every bike has a set of components and groupsets vary wildly in quality and may or may not be linked to bike price. Personally I like the look of the Bianchi personally, I don't like the STI gears on the Trek

but that's my view

Storage if not in house then I would buy a small storage shed and have a wall anchor inside it to look the bike to... I certainly wouldn't be just leaving it outside with or without a tarp - i'd want it secured to the house and properly sheltered

ChallengeGoGoGas    pirate
14/06/2012 at 22:42

but i'd be having REALLY strong words with the hubby, what golf clubs in but bike out? how much did the clubs cost? I mean there's probably more chance of the bike being stolen than the clubs... equal rights for bikes!


14/06/2012 at 22:45
Hmm, still a bit fluffy round the groupset thing, what is a good or bad one like???

I'll never get away with having it actually inside the house but it will be in a locked side passageway with roof and doors at each end, more worried about it getting scratched by other bikes than anything else!!! But I'm feeling the passion on here,,,
Dustboy    pirate
14/06/2012 at 22:56

Bianchi is cool. Trek is not though they do some decent bikes. I can't see a bespectacled accountant with bicycle clips and plus fours, reflective strips, a child seat, towing one of those child half bikes with a child called Tarquinette, more hi viz than an airport and a bank of Evans lights dimply glowing away shwing off their refelctive stick riding a Bianchi.

But they do ride Trek.



ChallengeGoGoGas    pirate
14/06/2012 at 23:04
My bike stays inside the house in the room now known only as T1 (used to be called the dining room) along with all other essential gear... I'm currently in negotiations with landlord as she wants the dining room back, I think turbo "shed" is where it's at... Thinking playstation, flatscreen telly, sofa, fridge heater fan broadband iPod dock mood lighting and a disco ball personally
ChallengeGoGoGas    pirate
14/06/2012 at 23:05
Oh crap and a cupboard for my Tri gear, my bike and a turbo of course...
Doner Kebab    pirate
14/06/2012 at 23:17

its a sora groupset - she said in the first post

if you get on with the way the sora gears change and your thumbs are ok with them = job done - happy days 

14/06/2012 at 23:18
Dustboy, thanks for that... No way am I buying the trek now!

Gasted I am chuckling now! Guess come winter I would need one of those turbo thingys too so maybe converting the dining room is the way forward, or make the kids share a room and use the other bedroom...
Dustboy    pirate
14/06/2012 at 23:27

That's the Spirit!

My turbo lives in the garage, with a TV & DVD player, platform for remote, fuel and cup of tea.

Currently working on the idea of fitting as games controller into a set of aero bars and turbo a mammoth session of an X box or summat.

But that would need a beer fridge and piping to the drinks bottle!

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