Carrera TDF Road Bike 2011/2012 - Large 58cm
i have had the TDF for about a year and a half i have found that the bike is fantastic when everything is new but within my first 2 weeks of having this bike my rear hanger from the rearmech/gear changer bent in and did a £150 of damage i need a ned back rim new chain as was bent new hanger and gear changer. after replacement the bike ran fine for about 6-7 months and the rear hanger bent in again but luckily i notice it and had to replace again. but i decided to go with a kona made one from halfords and this has lasted me till now but i have jut recently started cycling from leiceter to notingham as traing from london to paris and guess what rear hanger from my gear shifter again. this is really annoying now. might aswell of brought a boadman.
14 September 2012
the TDF is a very good bike for the money, its light, very fast and very nice to ride. there are two bad points in my view and those are the pedals (hard to get your last foot in ) and it could do with a crawler gear, i know its a road bike but i live in cornwall and you cant go anywhere without a serious hill to go up!!. overall though this is a fantastic bike for the money and im chuffed to bits.
06 September 2012
Excellent value for the money
Light bike and easy acceleration. Brake/gear shift was new to me but soon got used to it and now it is second nature. Very comfortable ride. Strapped pedals are fiddly but cheap enough to replace.
05 September 2012
Great first road bike
Only got this yesterday but done about 25k on it. Feels really good but I've only had experience with a mountain bike before. Seemed like really good value for what it is, only criticism is the saddle feels like you're sitting on a razor blade, but it'll probably be fine once I've gotten used to it.
23 August 2012
Only done 10 miles on this bike as only received it today (2/8/2012) and the bike feels good, This is my first road bike coming off a mtb so felt odd at first.
The biggest difference is the speed so much faster, the only down side are the pedals and they will be getting replaced tomorrow.
02 August 2012
Great Halfords Service
This is a great bike for the money. Great looks, the incorporated shifters are fantastic and changes are very smooth.
The bike isn't the lightest and could be hard to get up to speed, but what do you expect for this price.
I ordered a 58 CM model but on measuring the top tube is closer to 56 CM and the seat tube is 52 CM. This bike uses compact frame geometry which can mess with your head, so bear that in mind if really tall. I'm 6ft5 and after 45 mins its getting uncomfortable.
The front handlebar only rises a few inch, so you may need to look at an extra extension for your handlebar but this is also a problem with the more expensive bikes.
They don't manufacture an Extra Large frame.
I have now upgraded to a boardman road race.
11 July 2012
Carrera TDF Road Bike
My wife bought me this bike as a christmas present . I have found it to be extremely light and fast. I get up to speed pretty quickly. Perhaps it's not as light as some other road bikes, but it's ok for me and my needs. I am just getting back into cycling after quite a long lay off. I am 55 and wanting to get fitter and eventually take part in some charity rides and sportives. It's a very good looking bike and I just love it.
28 June 2012
6 weeks on the Carrera
I bought the Carrera TDF because the price was right and the bike looks great. If like me (working man with family to support) you cannot afford to spend a fortune on a bike then this is well worth the money.
If your not going to be stopping and starting every 100 yards then buy some cycle shoes/cleats, and get rid of the pedels. With your foot fixed into the cleat you can get drive on different parts of the pedel rotation.
Get a good pump with gauge (I bought a Halfords footpump) if you dont keep the tyres fully pressurised you will hit a pothole and the innertube will be 'pinched' against the wheel rim and split your innertube.
I also bought a racing bike mudguard set from Halfords which stops the 'splash' from the wheels when it rains from going up my back and even worse having to ride in soggy underwear!
Once you've sorted out these then you shouldnt have any problem with the Carrera TDF.
OK, the bike isnt the lightest, but on some of todays neglected roads when going downhill and at speed, the solid feel and slight extra weight gives a firm ride.
After a few week my rear gears started to slip as when riding hard up hill, this is just the gear cable which stretches with use. The Carrera TDF gear cables are fitted with a small metel 'barrel' near the gear changer which when turned slightly takes up the cable slack, problem sorted.
Oh, the front handlebar only rises a few inch, so if your over 6' 2" you may need to look at an extra extension for your handlebar but this is also a problem with the more expensive bikes also.
As Im 6' I have the handlebar at full extension and they work for me.
This year I plan on riding the West Yorkshire Cycle Route (150 mile) and the Coast2Coast (170 mile) I think that on the Carrera TDF I wont be worrying about completing them through any fault of the bike. And that by the end of the ride it will look better then I will.
13 May 2012