I am going to start adding cycling into my running schedule (4 times a week/30-35 mpw) and am going to do a couple of 60mins early morning rides before work a week. I currently have a mountain bike (with road tyres) and am going to use that to start with. If i am just after a training benefit, do i need a road bike and if so, what should i buy/spend. Would a £300 basic road bike do just fine? I could afford up to about £500-600, but would i get any extra benefit. Any basic advice on what you get for each price bracket, or what the minimum i should spend to be happy with my purchase, what to look out for in buying a bike would be gratefully received. I quite like the idea of doing duathlons, so i guess if i buy cheap, i`ll end up buying twice.
If it is a hardtail MTB and the front forks can be locked then with road tyres difference may be less than you think in terms of speed.
I would stick with what you have got for a while. Get used to riding, make sure you like it and then get a £500 bike. There are just too many compromises on the £300 bikes. Cheap frame, cheap components, cheap wheels. At £500-£600-£750 you will get a lot better bike. I only mention £750 because keeping what you have got for a while will let you save up, and as Gastank says there are some good deals to be had.
There is a Felt 85 that is £800 down to £600, and if you can get another 10% off then £560.
So stick with what you have got, save up a little and then test ride a few.
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