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Marin Bolinas Ridge 6.2 2015 £249.99 delivered @ Discount cycles direct
Nice Marin bike. Free Postage to All of England and Wales and the following postcode areas in Scotland: DD, DG, EH, FK, G, KA (Except 27 & 28), KY, ML, TD, AB1 to AB16, AB21 to AB25, AB30, AB39, … Read more
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chaymation

Makes up for having to trawl though pages of people arguing about the … Makes up for having to trawl though pages of people arguing about the best type of fork


If as you say you just want something simple and won't be going on anything rougher than a gravel track then don't bother with sus fork. As I said if you can stretch to the Marin Fairfax, you won't regret it, it'll feel light and nippy, the frame is much better than bog standard. The 700c wheels are probably the best size for what you need with lots of tyre size choices.
Edited by: "winchman" 5th Aug 2016

Makes up for having to trawl though pages of people arguing about the best type of fork

Thanks for the advice, I appreciate it.

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Simple, that would do the job..
http://www.halfords.com/cycling/bikes/hybrid-bikes/carrera-parva-mens-hybrid-bike

https://www.evanscycles.com/jamis-coda-sport-2016-hybrid-bike-EV245102

http://www.wiggle.co.uk/avanti-giro-f-1-2016/

Best bet is this for £300, because it has internal hub gears, yes bit more but very nice. That extra £50 would soon be forgotten..
Its at quite a discount and the rear hub on its own is the best part of £100 on its own.
http://www.rutlandcycling.com/369669/products/marin-fairfax-sc2-ig-2016-hybrid-bike-black.aspx
http://www.marinbikes.com/gb/bikes/description/2016-fairfax-sc2-ig
Info about the internal hub gears.
edinburghbicycle.com/blo…le/




Edited by: "winchman" 4th Aug 2016

chaymation

Seeing as there are a lot of people in here who seem to know their stuff, … Seeing as there are a lot of people in here who seem to know their stuff, could I ask a newbie question?My 6 year old has just learnt to ride a bike (today in fact!) and is very very keen to ride to school each day (it's about 2 miles each way). He has a bike, I need a bike.I've got no desire to ride it fast in races or jump over logs in a forest or anything other than ride it the pretty flat route to school (two long roads and a well maintained cycle path. Twice a day, 5 days a week. I'm 5 10. Also possibly would want to mount a little kid seat somewhere on it for our 1 year old to join in.Can anyone suggest something that will do me well for this - 4 miles a day, along some easy flat roads. I don't need anything fancy, but also don't want something that will rust or fall apart 5 minutes after I buy it, or something that weighs a ton.Thanks in advance for the advice.(Also I have no idea about budget - could spend up to about 250 quid perhaps, ideally less - do I need to spend that much for what I need it for? Ideally something fairly low maintenance as well - I'm happy to maintain it, but don't want to be taking bits off it and adjusting them every weekend.)


Personally I'd look at the bikes at decathlon - such as this:
http://www.decathlon.co.uk/rockrider-340-mountain-bike-grey-blue-id_8321326.html
I've found them good value for money. The type of riding you're talking about would be fine with a basic bike like that - no need to spend a lot.

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Proviz Reflect 360 high visibility cycling Jacket £55 @ discountcyclesdirect
I was in the market for a high visibility jacket after recently becoming a born again cyclist. This is a highly recommended jacket by the cycling community and this is the cheapest I could find it. H… Read more
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I ordered small and it fits me like a medium/large would. Which is fine because I can wear a warmer jacket/sweater underneath.

What's the sizing like on these? true to size or should I go a size up? thanks

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Received my jacket today.
Very fast deliver.
Very pleased, check out the pics below.

Normal photo without flash.

http://i324.photobucket.com/albums/k358/hggdftg/Mobile%20Uploads/20151013_205222_zpsfuowwz8c_edit_1444774276087_zpsu0tpqezs.jpg

With flash to show reflectivity

http://i324.photobucket.com/albums/k358/hggdftg/Mobile%20Uploads/20151013_205243_zpshddtbuhd_edit_1444774200355_zpsfbsvdltd.jpg

Got this for my brother at Christmas, he is currently cycling from John O'Groats to lands end. He says this is the only jacket that keeps him dry and its going to keep you safe as you are lit up like a Christmas tree. Worth every penny for keeping yourself safe.

Proviz stuff is the way for night riding
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Marin Bolinas Ridge 6.1 mountain bike £224.99 @ discount cycles
Decent spec for the money, normally £300+. Butted alloy frame, butted alloy handlebars, alloy stem, not steel, stainless spokes. Shimano Altus gears, not basic tourney. Frame: Series One alloy frame … Read more
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i got a marin palisades trail for £500 from formby cyles, When i noticed no disk brakes they asked for another £150. Even though it should of came with them. Just watch out for these scams when buying a bike.

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The series 1frame on the Marin can certainly take a disc brake as its the same frame used on much more expensive Marin's.

simont_space

Is there anything better under my budget of £250? That is £250, not £ … Is there anything better under my budget of £250? That is £250, not £275/280/300 etc.Lots available on the likes of Tredz, but I really don't know what is poor, average, good or very good. Any advice would be appreciated. Some road use, easy trails kind of thing.Thanks



This GT Aggressor Comp might be worth considering against the Marin:

wiggle.co.uk/gt-…15/

At £238 it has £100 off and, like Marin, GT is a well-known, respected brand. The main differences are that the GT uses disk brakes, and 27.5" wheels instead of 26". The GT has a shorter travel fork than the Marin. Very loosely speaking, I'd say the GT might be better for speed on road & light trails, whereas the Marin might cope better with rough stuff.

A slight problem with the Marin is that if you ever want to add disk brakes you'll need to change the wheels as they're not disk-ready.

EDIT: In fact it might be impossible to add disk brakes to the Marin, if the frame and forks don't have suitable mounts. Disk brakes are not essential, but they cope far better than V-brakes against wet+mud.

Edited by: "Muig1972" 6th Sep 2015

ICTHUS

I would advise avoid hybrids. They do nothing well. Either get a road … I would advise avoid hybrids. They do nothing well. Either get a road bike or a mountain bike.I agree at this price avoid suspension, it lowers the spec of other components and adds weight.And cheap suspension will not be effective and likely fail.This is a good bike for the price.


'Hybrid' covers many different specs and can be exactly what someone needs, eg my Specialized 'hybrid' is a good road bike but without the drop bars as I dislike them. Equally many 'hybrids' are more like mountain bikes but usable on the road too. Most people here in the real world, who probably have only one or, maybe, two bikes will find a 'hybrid' in some form which is the best fit for their mix of riding. It's just a name, read it as 'not dedicated to a single, specialist purpose'.


Edited by: "Besford" 5th Sep 2015

winchman

The only other at this price with reasonable spec is the Decathlon … The only other at this price with reasonable spec is the Decathlon Rockrider 500. If you don't need suspension and just want a decent hybrid, always try and avoid suspension if you don't need it, its just extra weight:http://www.discountcyclesdirect.co.uk/catalog/product.php?CI_ID=16262



I would advise avoid hybrids. They do nothing well. Either get a road bike or a mountain bike.
I agree at this price avoid suspension, it lowers the spec of other components and adds weight.
And cheap suspension will not be effective and likely fail.
This is a good bike for the price.
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Marin Lucas Valley £499.99 @ Discount Cycles Direct
I believe this is the 2012 model, which has been discontinued, but still a very capable hybrid bike at this price. I have the Mill Valley (model up from this) and it is a joy to ride, the Lucas Valle… Read more
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rev6

To some



Unless it's rocky, rooty or anything other than fire road or fields ;-)

Judosteffer

cyclocross is where it's at



To some

cyclocross is where it's at

Madam98 it's horses for courses. It's an all rounder ( or jack of all trades, maste rof none if you prefer). A hybrid will handle a far more varied range of terrain than a road bike but will be faster than an out and out mountain bike. As an all rounder for someone who wants to commute, do light trails and some longer rides in comfort it is a single bike which covers all those possibilities and therefore will make perfect sense to someone who wants to cycle but doesn't want to start their own specialist bike collection(or can't afford to) to cover every possible type of ride. I'm guessing this will be significantly lighter than a much cheaper hybrid with the ride benefits that brings. You could always add end posts to the bars if you needed different hand positions.

I have both a hybrid and a road bike. The first is great for around town, on country bike trails and rides up to abut 25 miles.If that's mixed terrain with any off road sections my road bike wouldn't handle it and would become a liability. If it's just a road ride I take the road bike but for all sorts of other purposes the hybrid is a handy piece of kit.

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MAdam98

But it is a hybrid...Cold. Simply don't understand them. At least at this … But it is a hybrid...Cold. Simply don't understand them. At least at this price range. I can understand for lower price ranges - people might buy them for commuting or leaving at the station - but at this price most would be doing some proper riding and the fact that you have only one hand position really is incredibly uncomfortable.I speak from experience. I'd always go for a road bike, even one with relaxed geometry. Or a hardtail if you're after the more off road sort of stuff.


I ride a £500+ hybrid, better than a road bike because of the up right position and better than a MTB as its still light and fast.
Saying that this bike doesn't look that good compared to what other hybrids are in this price range.
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Bobbin Noodle Hybrid/Commuter Bike £264.99 @ discount Cycles direct
I've been considering getting one of these for a while, they seem to be £375 everywhere else so this looks like a great price. I'm not at all clued up on the technical side of bikes though. At this p… Read more
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My wife had an old Triumph Traffic Master in the 1980's that looked like this. It had a 3 speed Sturmey Archer hub gear changer. It was a bit dated in the 80's.
I'd agree with johnstalvern - you should look for a second hand bike. I suspect there are plenty of good secondhand bike shops in Manchester!
Failing that if you are limited to less than £300 a 2 minute search of the web reveals something like this -

http://www.evanscycles.com/products/raleigh/pioneer-1-2015-hybrid-bike-ec108619

Not saying its great but looks better than the Noodle!

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johnstalvern

Look for something with Reynolds 531 frame tubes. It's a bit reductionist … Look for something with Reynolds 531 frame tubes. It's a bit reductionist to say this, but without going into spectacular detail on the subject (and I haven't got time unfortunately) suffice it to say that bikes using this frame tubing are usually good quality and were mid to high end bikes in their day.First tip: Raleigh made A LOT of **** bikes. I mean, a lot. Lets say pretty much 90% of what you'll find on eBay/gumtree will be just total ****. Essentially if you see shiny chrome rims on a vintage Raleigh, avoid (unless it's from earlier than the 50's, if that floats your boat). Second: just tell me your location roughly and I'll browse gumtree to give you a few examples (if possible).



Thanks, I appreciate that a lot. I'm in Manchester.

janlim

No mudguards and rear carrier. Need it to cycle to work.



You could ring and ask how much they would charge to fit some for you? I would be in the same situation if I decide to order.

No mudguards and rear carrier. Need it to cycle to work.

dean_brfc

I did try that once before with an old Raleigh. It was a bit of a pain to … I did try that once before with an old Raleigh. It was a bit of a pain to be honest. Any recommendations about what to look for in that market?



Look for something with Reynolds 531 frame tubes. It's a bit reductionist to say this, but without going into spectacular detail on the subject (and I haven't got time unfortunately) suffice it to say that bikes using this frame tubing are usually good quality and were mid to high end bikes in their day.

First tip: Raleigh made A LOT of **** bikes. I mean, a lot. Lets say pretty much 90% of what you'll find on eBay/gumtree will be just total ****. Essentially if you see shiny chrome rims on a vintage Raleigh, avoid (unless it's from earlier than the 50's, if that floats your boat).

Second: just tell me your location roughly and I'll browse gumtree to give you a few examples (if possible).

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johnstalvern

Frankly, the only thing interesting about this is that they're making a … Frankly, the only thing interesting about this is that they're making a bike that belongs the early 80's in 2015.I'd say buy second-hand or from a local bike co-op/charity. You're clearly after a vintage bike, but tbh this one seems fairly mediocre. With that kind of money you could get a proper bike from that era and probably have money for a full service left over.



I did try that once before with an old Raleigh. It was a bit of a pain to be honest.

Any recommendations about what to look for in that market?

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