In this section you will find all of the information any budding cycle tourist would want to know. Along with my usual perspective enhancing view*
*any views can be taken on board or ignored
Like all good impulse buyers I had the money and desire to get a new road bike. I did little research and went straight to decathlon with no hesitation.
This all sounds very silly but I had good reason for this; my husband is both a previous cycle tour-er and ex-cycle courier. He has traveled around Europe on a bicycle and insisted I bough nothing else. At the end of the day, it wasn't worth the argument...
Joking aside, I first have to give you my perspective so you understand the quality of this review; I bought a Boardman Hybrid in 2012 new (RRP approx £450) and I have used a Boardman full carbon road bicycle for a number of miles. I liked the brand and these are my most up to date references.
As soon as I rode the first few miles on the road bike I felt comfortable and fairly confident. The disc brakes were responsive and a completely different experience to using just pads. I felt really happy pushing the bike and knowing it would stop in a second.
The handling is good and build quality of the frame assured. The comfort of the ride has been more than adequate for my five mile commute each day. The road quality of rural (and urban) Norfolk leaves somewhat to be desired. That said, the bike has held up well; eating up every unavoidable pothole.
The bike RRP is currently £399.99 (Oct '19) and for this you get an aluminium frame with carbon forks weighing in at 11.25kg. The drivetrain is a high-precision, sturdy microshift 8-speed shifter which is comfortable and easy to use. For the full technical data, click on the photo top right.
In short, I have really enjoyed getting to know the bike. And that's all I have done so far. I have clocked in a little 80km ride and my weekly commute, which is around the same. So we have many more mile to cover together and I will update in the coming weeks, along with any little mods I make.