I'm a beginner (I bike 10km a day on a BSO MTB, but I guess that doesn't count) to long distance biking. I signed up for a 40km charity bike ride that happens next month. Thought I'd practice for it yesterday and found out my current bike is not up to it.

I'd like to invest in a decent bike (say 500 euros?). Is the BTwin rc 100 road bike any good? Or does anyone have suggestions for a decent bike, that will help me get into long distance biking?

Or should I get an MTB/hybrid?

  • Sorry, specific product recomendations are off-topic here. – Argenti Apparatus Apr 28 '19 at 12:15
  • 10km/day on your MTB absolutely counts (I have a rule of thumb that a bike commuter cab ride a week's worth of commutes in one event without significant training, though they'll feel it the next day - this holds surprisingly well). This is a good excuse to upgrade, but it's also perfectly sensible on a hybrid, which will be more like a good version of what you're used to. Road bikes feel quite different to ride. I went from your sort of bike to a decent hybrid, and only changed up to a road bike when I was frequently riding 70km days and felt like doing more. – Chris H Apr 28 '19 at 12:58
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    That's a long winded way of saying don't be discouraged by the fact this is going to be closed as a shopping question - but also think about what you're going to use it for in the future. – Chris H Apr 28 '19 at 13:00

You have a good foundation of experience with your current bike. That's a great start toward finding something that you'll really like.
Though we don't recommend products there are things to think about when looking for a bike. The link Swifty posted in comments is an article with many good thoughts.

Summarizing the thoughts:

  1. Think about what kind of riding you will be doing, not just on the charity ride but beyond that. There is a range of bikes that are designed for functionality between extreme off road and extreme on road with every flavor in between. The key will be to settle on a type of bike that best fits your need.
  2. Comfort - the bike should fit you and feel comfortable. If a bike isn't comfortable you are less likely to ride it. It's possible for a really bad fit can injure you.
  3. Generally, bike manufacturers carry a line of bikes with a model in each type and price point. Once you have identified the type of bike that fits your need for a particular price comparison shopping becomes easier. It's a matter of comparing similar types of bikes from different manufacturers for a particular price.
  4. Visit your local bike shops. You should find people who like to talk about bikes and won't pressure you into buying something. They should encourage you to test ride different kinds of bikes so you can gain enough experience to know what feels comfortable to you. If the first bike shop you visit isn't like this try another one.

If you select a new bike based on your type of riding, fit, and feel I'm sure you can find something that will be fun to ride in your price range.

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