The £3000 Question

What would you do with a fictitious £3000?  We asked our cyclists what they would buy, their responses are as follows….

Pete Matthews
Other than my own design and custom built frames I would like to own a Team Issue Team Sky Pinnarello, weighing less than 7 kilos.

Neil Spinney
If I had a £3000 to spend I would go for a Team Carbon Bike! I like the thought of being able to fully customize a bike to suit you own taste! Plus buying it would put some money back into a UK based company.

Gary Brennan
I’d throw another £300 into the pot and get a Cube Litenining Super HPC Race, it looks stunning and has a sweet spec sheet too.

Michael Lyon
I have a Trek Top Fuel All Carbon Full Suspension, great bike, use it on the C&O off-road trail out of Washington, and generally around town. I also have a Pino tandem bike for myself and son, so have spent that kind of money already -- think I would put this $4k in the bank to pay for future trips!

Brian Stephens
Oh wow, $4000! I’m such a cheap skate that I might try to buy 3 or 4 bikes with that kind of money. I’ve never been into bikes, in general, especially the high- tech expensive ones. I mean, I love riding bikes, but when you start talking about how much carbon fiber this one has or how lightweight that one is, I’m lost. Don’t get me wrong, I love to ride a bike with all the technology upgrades, but I would be just as happy riding an old steel bike with no frills. To be honest, I would probably take that $4000 and buy a simple road or hybrid bike for my wife and two more similar bikes for my kids. That way I could get the family out riding with me. With four young kids (all girls), we already have a garage full of bikes, but we could get some “big kid” bikes for the girls to grow into and share.

Chris Oliver
Well I need a road bike with a triple gear for the Transamerica ride. Probably Trek Domane 5.2 Triple 2013 Road Bike

Ian Spedding

That’s a pretty tough question actually! If I was going to get a bike I’d probably try and chase down that little lime green Raleigh, I’d quite happily hand over £3,000 for that! I’d quite like a triathlon specific bike as well though. The Cube I’ve got does just a good job though. Maybe I’d hand £2,000 of it over to charity

Andreas Kambanis

I’m not sure if I would! I think I’d rather spend the money on improving my blog. It would be great to have a professional London designer redesign it for me. I could also invest in my bike, perhaps adding a carbon belt drive instead of a chain.

Isabelle Clement

Well believe it or not £3,000 wouldn’t be enough to buy the bike that I want. The bike that I would like costs £7,000! So if I found £3,000 I’d probably put it to one side and hope that I found another packet the next time I finished 100 laps! The bike that I want, although it’s not so much for me but for the centre, hopefully one day we’ll be lucky enough to get it, is called a Berkelbike - It’s hand and foot operated and it’s a recumbent trike and hand bike and it’s an amazing machine. If your legs are getting tired then your hands can do the work and it can get you to places and opens up another side to cycling. But you need about £7,000 in order to get your hands on one.

Andy Ward

I’ve often thought that if I was going to splash out on an expensive bike I’d have one made for me. I’d probably go with someone like Brian Rourkes and get measured up and have a light weight steel bike that could last me a lifetime and then spec it up. I’m not sure £3,000 would be enough for that but if it was, that’s what I’d do.

I think having something that’s just yours and no one else would have anything quite like it is the way I would go. I’ve also got to say the Brian Rourke time trial bike that I’ve got now has a steel frame and the comfort is amazing.

Tony Piedade

I guess I would be looking again at comfort rather than brand. That said Specialized I think are incredibly good value. The bikes they have around the £3-4K mark are amazing. The light carbon frames and forks, great chainsets and components, they are fully geared up. My issue might be, am I good enough for the bike that I would buy with that kind of money. I would hate to be one of those ‘all the gear no idea’ type guys and yes there are plenty of those around. Just to clarify I am talking about their road bikes.

Jo Hockley

I went to the NEC bike show last year and there were these cargo bikes for children. I think one of those was about £3000, but they were amazing. It looks like someone has sellotaped a caravan to the front of a Dutch style bike, but this was plush with seats for the children for getting them around. A friend of mine has the Nihola, but it’s the Porsche version of that, can’t remember the brand.

Eddie Rugg

I’d certainly buy another Boardman. I just love mine and it’s just a comfortable all rounder, but I’d make sure it had Shimano on it! I’d probably split the money down the middle and use half to buy a new Team Carbon and the other half to buy a Ribble winter bike. I would be tempted to set a bike up with electronic shifting, but that would probably take the whole budget. You don’t see many of the pros with it either. So I’d probably buy a new Boardman Team Carbon and use the remainder of the money to build something out of Ribble.

Your maybe wondering why Ribble, I just think for the overall value really. I’ve seen bikes from many companies that cost £1,500 and they put the bottom range Shimano on them. I just prefer to do my own thing. At the time I bought my Team Carbon I was tempted to build a Ribble and I was really impressed - you can just spec the bike how you want it. I think for £1,500 you could do better through Ribble as most places you’re just paying for a name on a frame.

Ryan Frampton

As I say I don’t read the magazines very much, so I have little idea of what’s out there. The guys who do the Tour de France are all riding some fantastic very expensive machines, so those are out. However the one that I have seen and always thought one day perhaps is the Orbea Diem. It has an all black carbon frame with disc brakes, so not designed for your full flat out road racing but as a commuting bike. It’s more of a replacement for the Klein in the winter months. I live in a very small town and there is one bike shop here and has always had it hanging up and whenever I go in I think to myself yes that’s the one.

Darryl Kotyk

No doubt I would buy myself a new road bike and that is where all the money would go towards. Like I said I really don thave a brand that I speciafically have in mind I just kknow the componants and the things I want to have on that bike. It would have to have electronic shifting and Im interested in getting a thicker wheelset. I would then decide on a brand and take it.

Whats I would probably do is one of the guys I do the Cyclig360 podcast with he builds bikes and I would get him to put one together for me. I would ask for a really good frame with great components exactly how I want them and would probably be able to come in under that $4800 price range. It doesnt take much to get up to that $4500, but being a friend Im sure he could do that for me.

Adam Samuel

Firstly as road cycling is currently my passion I would purchase a Spin Spitfire Mk I Campag Veloce £2500 (ex demo). I tried one at the recent 2012 CycleShow at the NEC and was struck by its strength and lightweight quoted at 7.9kg. I was a joy to ride and although it was a tame test track I would like to take one out on some big hills and see what it can really do. Come on Spin Cycle Works let me test one for you!

For the urbanite in me I would then get a Pitango single speed bike. The guys have got a great product with full customization and at a great price £320.

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