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 Carrera TDF Road Bike 2011/2012 - Medium 54cm
Carrera TDF Road Bike 2011/2012 - Medium 54cm
The Carrera TDF Road Bike is built for a long-lasting life on the roads.
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
4 / 5
First road bike
Posted08 April 2012
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Anchorbaby
fromBristol, England
Age Group: 25 - 34
Gender: Female
Attitude to Shopping: Value for Money - I like things to be as cheap as possible
Quality 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Value 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Probably the most relevant factors to my review are that I'm 5' 4", a women and this is my first ever road bike.
I cycle about 80 miles a week commuting and have been doing this quite happily on a Halfords Apollo Etienne, a very feminine step-through hybrid. A combination of signing up for a 200 mile charity bike ride and wanting to race some of the men from my office into work, made me decide it's time to get a road bike. This was the cheapest one I could find in any shops near me and the online reviews I found were favourable.
My first worry was the size. I found that I could stand over it with my feet flat on the floor and still clear the cross bar by an inch or so. I have the saddle as low as it can go and can sit on it with my toes touching the floor. I have very small hands and reaching the brakes is a bit of a stretch and is not very comfortable. I'm going to see if I can have the levers brought in a bit.
My other main worry was stability. The tyres are so skinny I thought I'd really struggle with balance. It's been fine though and doesn't feel any less stable than my hybrid. There was a moment last week when I was caught in a down pour and I thought I could feel the tyres slipping on the wet road but it was ok.
The riding position feels bizarre at first and was a real adustment. My hybrid was very upright. I think this is exacerbated by the frame maybe being a little too big for me. It took about a week to get used to it.
As others have said, the reflectors fell off the peddles immediately. This is partly due to me stomping on them trying to get the sodding toe clips on. I was worried about the toe clips having not used anything like them before. I thought I might not remember about them and fall off when I tried to stop. I've had no issue with that but getting them on has taken some practice. The first couple of rides it took numerous attempts and much swearing to get my feet in them. Within a week I could get them on almost always the first go and now I can get them on without having to look at my feet.
I went out on a 30 mile ride today along a quiet cycle path so I could build up some confidence on it. I love the smooth and easy gear changes. I know that relative to other road bikes it's pretty heavy but in comparison to other non-road bikes it's a feather weight and the hills were an absolute breeze. I was amazed at the end when I found I'd knocked about 15 minutes off the time I got last time I cycled this route on my hybrid.
The saddle is very VERY hard and uncomfortable. After the first week of commuting I felt bruised. I thought I'd probably change it but even this I'm getting used to now. After my ride today I just had some fairly minor discomfort towards the end. Padded cycling shorts are a must though.
I'd say that if it's your first road bike you might not love it straight away. It is a big change and it takes some getting used to. But I think you will love it eventually and won't do better for the price. I'm building quite a good relationship with my bike now. Although my relationship with the saddle remains closer than I'm strictly comfortable with.
I recommend this product!
I like:price
I don't like as much:saddle
+65points
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Halfords Value Cycling Mitts are all about comfort and ease of movement.
 
Overall rating 
1 / 5
1 / 5
Worth spending more on a better product
Posted23 July 2011
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Anchorbaby
Age Group: 25 - 34
Gender: Female
Attitude to Shopping: Value for Money - I like things to be as cheap as possible
Quality 
1 / 5
1 / 5
Value 
1 / 5
1 / 5
They don't fit the shape of my hands very well.
Every time it rains my hands get dyed black and it takes about 2 days for them to return to their normal colour. I even tried washing them but the dye still runs.
No, I do not recommend this product.
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 Apollo Etienne Hybrid Bike - 19"
Apollo Etienne Hybrid Bike - 19"
Apollo Etienne Hybrid Bike 19inch is a good looking bike, perfect for commuting in the urban jungle.
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Great commuter bike for the money
Posted08 June 2011
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Anchorbaby
Age Group: 25 - 34
Gender: Female
Attitude to Shopping: Value for Money - I like things to be as cheap as possible
Family: I'm Living with Partner/Spouse - No Children
Type of Cyclist: Commuting
Other hobbies: Running / Athletics
How many bikes: 1
Quality 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Value 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Performance 
4 / 5
4 / 5
I cycle 80 miles a week travelling to and from work and for the last year have done it on an old mountain bike that weighs about the same as a medium-sized pony.
I was looking for a cheap, ladies hybrid with an aluminium frame. This one ticked the boxes so I went for it and have been using it for my commute for the last 2 weeks.
The first thing I noticed is that it's very light in comparison to my old bike. It feel really smooth to ride and I like the very upright posture that it forces you into. The seat is very comfortable but it's really wide and ugly. I've had a few issues with the front derailer not wanting to move the chain onto the third cog. I think they'll easily be able to sort it out when I take it for the free 6 week service.
Overall I'm really happy with it and find it a pleasure to ride. To fully appreciate it I recommend that you spend the proceeding year riding a bike made of lead that barely works and also travel back in time and ask your parents to never buy you a new bike and just keep giving you your big sister's old one instead.
I recommend this product!
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Topeak Super Tourist DX Pannier Rack is the ultimate basic accessory for all cycling expeditions.
 

Is this compatible with a Carrera TDF road bike?

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