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So after 16 weeks recovery my femur neck stress fracture mri’s have shown it’s healed and the doctor has signed me off for exercise.

I’m still in a bit of pain and have done a couple of recovery runs to test out the leg...I feel I could get back to running maybe once a week but obviously I have looked into road biking.

absolute minefield lol. AJ cycles were very helpful after I popped in there post gait check and sizing up for some running trainers.

I don’t really have a budget in mind but as some bikes are big money I don’t want to spend so much and regret it!

they have arranged for me to loan the new Trek SL6 for a couple of days next week so I can get a feel for the bike - that one is circa £3500

then there was the SL 5/500 2021 at around 2k with my military discount

https://www.ajcycles.co.uk/shop/products/trek-domane-sl-5-2020

now the big question is, is this overkill for a first road bike or would I be better off getting a entry model at circa £700

https://www.ajcycles.co.uk/shop/products/trek-domane-al-3


Or even this one at under 2k

https://www.ajcycles.co.uk/shop/products/trek-domane-sl-4

any advice appreciated especially on the best route to take @sonnyb

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Glad to hear you're over your injury and ready to hit the roads.

I just bought a Cube Attain SL moving from a specialized Allez. Main reason was that i wanted hydraulic disc brakes so i can bomb it down decents with a bit more confidence and a better gear set to climb with. Really impressed with the build quality and ride considering it actually weighs the same as my entry level Allez did.

They have a GTC carbon model if you want a lightet more expensive version or the Cube Agree looks good but has more racey geometry and is 2k+

Other models i was looking at were the Specialized tarmac and Giant Defy. All affordable mid range bikes which are more than capable for the miles I do
 

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Domanes are Trek's endurance bikes and you can't really go wrong.

Budget is up to you, ultimately. I started with a aluminium Bianchi, loved road cycling and staircased to by current bike, a Parlee with wireless gears, carbon wheels etc. Above £3000, gains are marginal. Electronic shifting is worth the premium. Consider factoring in some decent wheels, tyres and find a saddle that fits your body.

Check the bikes are physically in stock before parting with your cash. So many on back order at the moment.

Buy a decent pair of bib shorts. When I started, I though £150 was ridiculous and my £40 DHBs were fine. I then bought a pair of Rapha Classics and was converted.
 
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I don't know my Treks, but if you think you'd only have 1 road bike, I'd go with the best frame. It's the only thing you can't upgrade.
Otherwise go mid range until you decide its something you will continue doing and then upgrade, or have 2 road bikes.
 

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Glad to hear you're over your injury and ready to hit the roads.

I just bought a Cube Attain SL moving from a specialized Allez. Main reason was that i wanted hydraulic disc brakes so i can bomb it down decents with a bit more confidence and a better gear set to climb with. Really impressed with the build quality and ride considering it actually weighs the same as my entry level Allez did.

They have a GTC carbon model if you want a lightet more expensive version or the Cube Agree looks good but has more racey geometry and is 2k+

Other models i was looking at were the Specialized tarmac and Giant Defy. All affordable mid range bikes which are more than capable for the miles I do


Cheers mate I’m def happy I’m in recovery and avoided the pins and plate! I will have a good read up on that option and tbh really looking forward to trying a road bike out...hopefully I don’t hate it!
 

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Domanes are Trek's endurance bikes and you can't really go wrong.

Budget is up to you, ultimately. I started with a aluminium Bianchi, loved road cycling and staircased to by current bike, a Parlee with wireless gears, carbon wheels etc. Above £3000, gains are marginal. Electronic shifting is worth the premium. Consider factoring in some decent wheels, tyres and find a saddle that fits your body.

Check the bikes are physically in stock before parting with your cash. So many on back order at the moment.

Buy a decent pair of bib shorts. When I started, I though £150 was ridiculous and my £40 DHBs were fine. I then bought a pair of Rapha Classics and was converted.

perfect thanks for the advise mate, the bikes above are all in stock and I will wed all the other gear - wireless gears sound epic!
 

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I don't know my Treks, but if you think you'd only have 1 road bike, I'd go with the best frame. It's the only thing you can't upgrade.
Otherwise go mid range until you decide its something you will continue doing and then upgrade, or have 2 road bikes.

some sound advice and never really thought of it like that! Some people are trying to sway me over to a trail bike so I can do various rides with them but I really just want it for a cardio blast in between the gym and boxing
 

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Do you need finance Steve or buying outright?

wow such a personal question mate :muttley: either or tbh as the deals were at 0% but looking at second hand bikes atm - also not sure if I will go road as all depends on the two day test - if not I’ll get a mountain variety.


Don’t you remember I’m only a short ass so not sure your bikes will for me!
 

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wow such a personal question mate :muttley: either or tbh as the deals were at 0% but looking at second hand bikes atm - also not sure if I will go road as all depends on the two day test - if not I’ll get a mountain variety.


Don’t you remember I’m only a short ass so not sure your bikes will for me!

Yeah sorry about the question, it’s sincere though, Bikes are a premium at the moment, so not a great time to buy, even the chaireaction Vitus range are at retail price, which is really unusual, but they have got a nice De Rosa King on a reasonable offer.

My mate is a Pinarello, dealer, and I could get you a really good deal on something nice. Just food for thought. See how you get on a test ride first though.

Never knew you had hurt yourself, and it’s good to hear you are on the mend.
 

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Yeah sorry about the question, it’s sincere though, Bikes are a premium at the moment, so not a great time to buy, even the chaireaction Vitus range are at retail price, which is really unusual, but they have got a nice De Rosa King on a reasonable offer.

My mate is a Pinarello, dealer, and I could get you a really good deal on something nice. Just food for thought. See how you get on a test ride first though.

Never knew you had hurt yourself, and it’s good to hear you are on the mend.


Nice one mate I’ll take the test out and give you a call:)

yes pretty bad I was admitted to hospital and all sorts!
 

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