Help for a newbie cyclist

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  • Hey guys!

    I got this beautiful second-hand road bike two months ago, a recommendation from a friend!

    Atm I'm using it to commute, but I will start training with it for competition within the next few weeks...

    But a) It's not very 'female-friendly' I'm on the hunt for a nice comfy white saddle
    b) I'm worried it's not 'winter-friendly' - no mudguards, wheels are quite thin

    I was going to sell it and find an equally nice vintage tourer which would survive winter... what do you think?

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  • That's nice. Snazzy groupset.

    You can get clip on mudguards. If you're using it for actual rides rather than commuting then you'll face the same issue with a lot of road bikes anyway.

    Tyres you may be able to go thicker depending on what's currently on there. Prob only up to 25's tho. Again depends on the riding you want to do though and what the main purpose for this is.

    I ride 25's on my road bike all winter and sometimes put clip on guards on for group rides. Commuting, general getting around, I use a different type of bike for the winter.

  • Why not have two bikes? One for competition and one more robust.

    ^what was said above about mudguards, + To my eyes they look like they could be tubular tyres on that bike, which are not a practical choice for winter commuting. My eyes may be mistaken tho.
    If you want to stick to one bike you could get another set of wheels 650b in size for winter which will allow you to run thicker tyres and full mudguards, and then take them off when it comes to spring and/or training. You’d also have to swop out the brake callipers for longer drops, but it might be worth it if storage space is at a premium.

    Personally I’d just get another extra bike tho!

  • Very nice bike you've got there!

  • Thanks!

    What sort of bike do you have for getting around in the winter?

    That's helpful, I think I'll get clip-on guards and switch to 25s for sure... I got so excited with how nice it is, I forgot to think about logistics ahah

  • Thank youu :)

  • I was thinking of that, but I didn't want to be that person with two bikes ahah

    Hmm if the brake callipers will need changing then perhaps I will have to get another one

    I definitely don't want to spend as much on the second bike... any recommendations for used ones?

  • Depends on your budget. Something like this would do the trick in terms of a solid but still decent enough touring bike:

    Or this

    Budget another £50-£100 for servicing and any adjustments you might need- eg saddle, shorter reach etc.

    Remove the rack and guards and such bikes are reasonably nippy as well (but obviously nothing like a modern carbon road bike).

  • That's a really nice bike. Roberts was one of the great London frame builders. Its perfect for training and a tourer won't be better.
    If it fits I would do everything to keep it and make it work for you - esp by adding mudguards if that's what you need.

  • An old cyclocross with wide tyres. (cannondale caadx to be more specific pictured in my profile).

    (Re saddle maybe stick an ad up in the classifieds).

  • I think BobbyBriggs is right and those look like tubular rims/tyres. If that's the case you should replace that wheelset along with the tyres. But I don't think you'd need new brake callipers. For mudguards I'd get these­ong-mudguard-set

  • I think I recognise that bike!

  • Option B:

    You could send it back to Roberts to have mudguard mounts added to it­e-repairs

  • It's nice. Keep the vintage look if you change wheelset etc.

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Help for a newbie cyclist

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