I am looking at getting a bike, probably after Xmas and would be grateful if anyone could give me some advice.
I'll need something pretty tough as I'm about 100kgs and I'm planning to do a charity cycle ride from Lands End to John O'Groats, following a few weeks/months of training!
Obviously I want to spend as litle as possible, but appreciate you get what you pay for.
Are there any particular parts/makes to look out for OR avoid?
What are the value 'must-haves' in terms of brakes/suspension/gears/frames etc?
Is it best to get a ready made bike or go for a mix and match job?
Many thanks for any advice, rep for useful ideas.