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    Default Help with sourcing road bike parts

    Hi just picked up a triban 500 road bike very cheap.It has a missing seat post,rear derailleur missing,cables to the front and rear gears missing and the headset where the bars go on has snapped.Only paid 20 quid so looking to get it up and running as cheaply as possible.If I enjoy road biking I will invest in something better.Can anybody point me in the right direction?

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    Default Re: Help with sourcing road bike parts

    right from the pic you have supplied I can give you a few pointers.

    the headset loos like its missing just the spacers and the star fangle, most of these were 1 1/8th (25.4)
    add spacers until the fork tube is about 6mm below the h/bar stem and add the star fangle, tighten the
    top allen bolt until no play is found and then tighten the side pinch bolts.

    a close up picky of this would help us further.

    the rear mech is not so difficult either as they are all much of the same, again looking at the pic I think I can
    see the hanger for it is missing so you will need the correct hanger first (carefull there are loads of these and you will need the exact one)
    fit the hanger and then put the rear mech onto it but do not tighten it like a gorilla as they have a stress point and are made to snap if anything goes wrong to save the frame.

    don't thread the chain through it to start with, fit it and stand at the back of the bike so you can push it with your thumb and align the top and bottom stops.

    seat posts come an many lengths and sizes and you will be better of taking it to a shop if you cannot find any info on size.

    cables can be had in kits and this is the easiest way to go, a new kit will have all you need.

    so, close up picky of the rear mech section and bar stem please.
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    Default Re: Help with sourcing road bike parts

    star fangle





    spacers




    rear mech hanger




    rear mech





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    Default Re: Help with sourcing road bike parts

    thanks for your help so far

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    spacer sets..

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    rear mechs

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    oooh the full specs of the bike so you can now order the correct seat post size and other goodies

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    1 Frame 6061 T6 Triban aluminium sloping frame with integrated head tube. Short frame geometry, 1900g in size 57, robust lifetime warranty frame, available in 5 sizes (51,54,57,60,63). Rear pannier rack ready.
    2 Fork/suspension Carbon B'TWIN SPORT forks with aluminium pivot (550 g)

    3 Drive train 8-speed MICROSHIFT shifters. Very precise, rapid and robust design. Very comfortable ergonomics, levers suit all hand sizes. Very precise front and rear MICROSHIFT derailleurs enabling amazingly-smooth chain crossovers. Cassette: 12 x 25

    4 Brakes B'TWIN double brake pivot with pads mounted on brake shoes to facilitate replacement when worn down without modifying the position of the brakes

    5 Crankset / cassette SHIMANO aluminium 50/39/30 triple chainset works perfectly on all types of flat and sloping terrain.
    Two crank sizes: 170 mm and 175 mm depending on the size of the frame.

    6 Handlebar / stem / steering B'TWIN oversize compact handlebar stem, with part sizes that are proportional to the size of the frame (stem length: 80 mm to 130 mm on a size 63 bike). This gives you the perfect riding position.

    7 Wheels B'TWIN double-walled aluminium rims with reinforcement eyelets, 32 stainless spokes, front and rear quick release.
    Two wheel sizes:
    650 wheel size on 51 frame
    700 wheel size on 54, 57, 60 and 63 frames

    8 Tyres Hutchinson Equinox (23 mm wide), excellent tyre for training rides at a fast pace. Weighing 290 grams, it is equipped with steel beads, bi-material rubber, and a tread that is harder than the sides, applied over a 66TPI body.
    Two tyre sizes:
    650 tyres on 51 frame
    700 tyres on 54, 57, 60 and 63 frames

    9 Saddle / seat post B'twin aluminium seat post (29.8 mm diameter), adjusts with Allen key, ergonomic B'twin saddle that is comfortable even on long rides

    10 Pedals Flat pedals with toe-clips

    11 Miscellaneous Weighs 10.6 kg in size 57 including pedals
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    Default Re: Help with sourcing road bike parts

    I see the star fangle is still in the forks so you just need to add the spacers and the star fangle top, the bar stems are much of the same and its your choice on length and angle to suit you.

    yes you are missing the mech hanger and when ordering or purchasing don't forget to ask for the captive nut and bolt that holds it on.

    good luck and have fun with it.
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    Default Re: Help with sourcing road bike parts

    got it all fixed up at the weekend and really enjoyed it did 25 miles on monday :-)

    next move is buy something from here [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] through the cycle to work scheme .Can you recommend a bike in the 300 to 450 price bracket?

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    Can you only use Evans? Not a fan of them really as they are dear and not much I like in their ranges. And do you mean 450 after tax savings or as a list price?

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    Quote Originally Posted by emu View Post
    got it all fixed up at the weekend and really enjoyed it did 25 miles on monday :-)

    next move is buy something from here [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] through the cycle to work scheme .Can you recommend a bike in the 300 to 450 price bracket?

    you cant go far wrong here [Only registered and activated users can see links. ]

    will prob come in around the 300 mark after discount and you are going to have to stump up quite a few quid more to better it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BertRoot View Post
    Can you only use Evans? Not a fan of them really as they are dear and not much I like in their ranges. And do you mean 450 after tax savings or as a list price?

    Yeah she works for virgin Atlantic and i think Evans is the only company they use

    450 inc tax maybe 500 at a push

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    Default Re: Help with sourcing road bike parts

    Quote Originally Posted by wakadoo View Post
    you cant go far wrong here [Only registered and activated users can see links. ]

    will prob come in around the 300 mark after discount and you are going to have to stump up quite a few quid more to better it.
    Thanks again

    I'm about 5 foot 8 what size would you recommend

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    Default Re: Help with sourcing road bike parts

    Check with Evans if you can get sale bikes on the scheme cod a lot of shops won't do them or will charge you the full price. Seems everything in your price range is a sale bike which is great cos you get more for your buck but check the score with them first.

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    is this any better than the other one?

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    Default Re: Help with sourcing road bike parts

    depends on the gears you want really.

    the one I linked is a 24 gear setup for touring and the one you have picked is a 16 gear road/racing set up.

    the bianchi has the 2300 gearing and the cannondasle has the newer Claris (it is also known as the 2400 groupset)

    not a lot separating these 2 tbh and as a casual rider pick the one you like, hill climbing though I would go for the bianchi unless you are planning on getting super fit, if you like in an area with mild or short climbs then the cannondale.

    if you are doing all this for a little fun and fitness don't let the specs draw you in or you will pay for something that you you don't need.
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    Default Re: Help with sourcing road bike parts

    Quote Originally Posted by emu View Post
    Thanks again

    I'm about 5 foot 8 what size would you recommend
    53 or 54cm should be about right for your height but you're safer trying it first. Different manufacturers come up bigger or smaller so that's why it is best trying before buying. Also, if you're planning to put some hours in on the bike, you want to make sure it suits your riding style. You can tweak it afterwards by adjusting you saddle position(up, down, forward, backwards) and handle bar height with the spacers. After that you can buy a new stem to adjust the reach.

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    Default Re: Help with sourcing road bike parts

    Hello again only just received the cycle voucher today , took ages to come through , I now have 500 pounds to spend at Evans cycles

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