Hybrid Bike - B'TWIN RIVERSIDE 500 HYBRID BIKE - WHITE - £199 @ Decathlon
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Hybrid Bike - B'TWIN RIVERSIDE 500 HYBRID BIKE - WHITE - £199 @ Decathlon

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Found 18th May
Designed for riding on the road, gravel trails or on canal tow paths. The Riverside 500 is the perfect hybrid bike for enjoying cycling in the countryside or in towns.


The lightweight lifetime warranty alloy frame is well equipped with short travel suspension forks, 28" alloy wheels and modern 1x9 gearing. The bike is also very adept to commuting and light touring as it accepts full mudguards and a rear pannier rack. The Riverside 500 is suitable for most cyclists as it comes in 3 frame sizes for riders between 4'11" and 6'6".
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I find it strange that people will happily pay £500 to 1000 for a phone every couple of years and yet when they see a bike, struggle if it goes above £200. If they advertised bikes more heavily the way they do phone contracts, people would get some lovely bikes they like rather than one as cheap as possible. Phone companies have done a blinding job in getting money out of people...
Edited by: "winchman" 19th May
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I am thinking to buy this bike but is this significantly better than the one posted HERE from Halfords which is for £95?
Edited by: "h-man" 18th May
h-man2 h, 5 m ago

I am thinking to buy this bike but is this significantly better than the …I am thinking to buy this bike but is this significantly better than the one posted HERE from Halfords which is for £95?


i know nothing about bikes but to my eye it looks much better!
um... you're welcome!
(edit: is the weight right? its lighter than most of the kids bikes even)
Edited by: "brilly" 18th May
brilly35 m ago

i know nothing about bikes but to my eye it looks much better! um... …i know nothing about bikes but to my eye it looks much better! um... you're welcome! (edit: is the weight right? its lighter than most of the kids bikes even)


Thx, yes weights only 13 kg, guess because of aluminium frame
h-man3 h, 34 m ago

I am thinking to buy this bike but is this significantly better than the …I am thinking to buy this bike but is this significantly better than the one posted HERE from Halfords which is for £95?


Judging from the specs it's lighter, has more gears and a more useful range of gears, probably better wheels, tyres and saddle too by the looks of it. I do wonder a little about the quality of suspension fork you'd get in this price range and how reliable the slightly off-brand Microshift derailleur and shifters will be (though apparently Microshift's stuff generally does the business). Unlike that nasty Halfords bike, the main way they seem to have cut costs is by using components that're decently specced but not big-name, so I guess if those hold up well in practice it could be a reasonable bike.
Edited by: "MakoBytes" 18th May
h-man6 h, 16 m ago

I am thinking to buy this bike but is this significantly better than the …I am thinking to buy this bike but is this significantly better than the one posted HERE from Halfords which is for £95?


The BTWin still has its shortcomings but basically, yes it is. Suspension forks (especially cheap ones like this) add significant weight to the bike but even with them, the BTwin still manages to be 2kg lighter than the Halfords one. That's a big difference in terms of enjoyment of it on the road. Aluminium frame as well as aluminium wheels/bars/stem/seatpost all save a fair bit of weight over the Halfords model.
36t chainring and 11t smallest sprocket, you won't get a great top speed out of this
Single chain ring isn't really a great idea on a hybrid imo
FYI I've had a Btwin mountain bike (Rockrider 520) for about 2 years and its been absolutely flawless. Mine cost about £250 and although I wasn't expecting much, I feel like I have a great bike for the money. Keep looking at getting a hybrid, this looks good.
h-man7 h, 34 m ago

I am thinking to buy this bike but is this significantly better than the …I am thinking to buy this bike but is this significantly better than the one posted HERE from Halfords which is for £95?


I may be being thick here but one is a hybrid bike and the other a mountain bike.
26" wheels on the Halfords offering. Hybrid bikes tend to come with 700c wheels which make a noticeable improvement in speed for commuting or on routes with reasonable surfaces.
I know its heavier and the frame is made of steel but can't help thinking the Riverside 120 is a better option.

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You don't need suspension on a hybrid bike. It's just extra weight and reduces pedalling efficiency plus will be prone to problems sooner rather than later.
SFconvert2 h, 50 m ago

36t chainring and 11t smallest sprocket, you won't get a great top speed …36t chainring and 11t smallest sprocket, you won't get a great top speed out of thisSingle chain ring isn't really a great idea on a hybrid imo


Not sure about that, I use a hub gear (alfine 8 ) and don't use my top gear at all. I agree if you're on a road bike doing lots of country miles you need a high top speed. On a hybrid in the inner city low gears are probably more useful for setting off from the lights.
For anyone that's not tried a road bike before, I'd recommend it over a hybrid. So much faster and fun to ride on the same surfaces. Even for casual riding.
ibz1003 h, 56 m ago

For anyone that's not tried a road bike before, I'd recommend it over a …For anyone that's not tried a road bike before, I'd recommend it over a hybrid. So much faster and fun to ride on the same surfaces. Even for casual riding.


Direct to a road bike at this price
CampGareth7 h, 6 m ago

Not sure about that, I use a hub gear (alfine 8 ) and don't use my top …Not sure about that, I use a hub gear (alfine 8 ) and don't use my top gear at all. I agree if you're on a road bike doing lots of country miles you need a high top speed. On a hybrid in the inner city low gears are probably more useful for setting off from the lights.


What ratio is top gear though on your alfine? This is just over 3:1, which is lower than a "cheap" 7 speed setup of 48t to 14t you'd often find on bso type bikes. Just means that any flat or slightly downhill bits of road you'd probably top out at around 15mph.
Really needs a 44 or 46t chain ring, you shouldn't need the low ratios unless it is very hilly.
What price are these usually?
carrera subway 1 from halfords is 240,
i think it is a better bike , plus it has solid forks (instead of low end heavy suspension forks)
Edited by: "lumsdot" 19th May
lumsdot1 h, 3 m ago

carrera subway 1 from halfords is 240,i think it is a better bike , plus …carrera subway 1 from halfords is 240,i think it is a better bike , plus it has solid forks (instead of low end heavy suspension forks)


Carrera Subway is awesome, it's basically a rigid mountain bike with decent frame and wheels. You can use it anywhere, great solid commuting bike, off-road and its still an efficient road bike. Probably the best bike for people returning to cycling to lose weight and get fit as so strong and importantly doesn't have a short life front suspension fork. However with its big 27.5" wheels and fairly deep profile tyres included you can inflate to a level perfect for your weight to obtain the best suspension effect from the tyres, something not possible with 700c tyres so much as many are low profile and should always be inflated pretty much to their stated pressure on the sidewall to prevent pinch flats, however these look to be 700x38mm so look like you could do that to a slightly lesser degree. If this Riverside 500 didn't have front suspension you could make the point it could be a faster bike than the Subway but with it, it destroys the main advantage of its weaker faster rolling 700c wheels. It's really a shame that btwin does the Riverside 120 with a steel frame and then jumps to this model with an aluminium frame and front shocks. An in-between model with aluminium frame, steel rigid forks but the same decent drivetrain would be a great choice for those light enough to work with btwin's weight limits.
SFconvert1 h, 58 m ago

What ratio is top gear though on your alfine? This is just over 3:1, which …What ratio is top gear though on your alfine? This is just over 3:1, which is lower than a "cheap" 7 speed setup of 48t to 14t you'd often find on bso type bikes. Just means that any flat or slightly downhill bits of road you'd probably top out at around 15mph.Really needs a 44 or 46t chain ring, you shouldn't need the low ratios unless it is very hilly.


I've been running it through a gear calculator, they're almost exactly the same! 90rpm in top gear gives me 23mph while it gives them 24.5 ish. Bottom gear 90rpm gets both of us 7.5mph or so. Tyre sizes match so that's not throwing things off. That's probably about right for around town usage but a lower low for setting off from a standstill would be useful.
lumsdot2 h, 37 m ago

carrera subway 1 from halfords is 240,i think it is a better bike , plus …carrera subway 1 from halfords is 240,i think it is a better bike , plus it has solid forks (instead of low end heavy suspension forks)



My wife's just bought one - excellent for the price (and 10% less as we paid with zeek vouchers). The only hiccup was that they didn't tighten the stem, so she nearly ended up in a heap in the car park.
I find it strange that people will happily pay £500 to 1000 for a phone every couple of years and yet when they see a bike, struggle if it goes above £200. If they advertised bikes more heavily the way they do phone contracts, people would get some lovely bikes they like rather than one as cheap as possible. Phone companies have done a blinding job in getting money out of people...
Edited by: "winchman" 19th May
winchman15 m ago

I find it strange that people will happily pay £500 to 1000 for a phone …I find it strange that people will happily pay £500 to 1000 for a phone every couple of years and yet when they see a bike, struggle if it goes above £200. If they advertised bikes more heavily the way they do phone contracts, people would get some lovely bikes they like rather than one as cheap as possible. Phone companies have done a blinding job in getting money out of people...


Well you're using one way more than the other so that's understandable. Especially if you're my age, your phone is the most used device you own.

Even if I spend 2.5-5x as much as I do on a phone than a bike, I'll be using it more than 2.5-5x as much.
coventgamer5 h, 48 m ago

Direct to a road bike at this price



Halford's have two Carrera road bikes for just £20 more.
winchman9 h, 13 m ago

I find it strange that people will happily pay £500 to 1000 for a phone …I find it strange that people will happily pay £500 to 1000 for a phone every couple of years and yet when they see a bike, struggle if it goes above £200. If they advertised bikes more heavily the way they do phone contracts, people would get some lovely bikes they like rather than one as cheap as possible. Phone companies have done a blinding job in getting money out of people...


A bike does very little. A phone is basically a computer in your pocket can't really compare the two.
ibz10011 h, 26 m ago

Halford's have two Carrera road bikes for just £20 more.


So is it worth paying the extra for the carrera’s? If so, which is better value? My wife is looking for a new mountain bike but we are no experts...
ibz10019th May

For anyone that's not tried a road bike before, I'd recommend it over a …For anyone that's not tried a road bike before, I'd recommend it over a hybrid. So much faster and fun to ride on the same surfaces. Even for casual riding.



I have both and have to disagree - yes the road bike can go much faster but for day to day utility cycling on our crappy road surfaces a hybrid is much more comfortable/ practical. Particularly true if your commute involves any off road sections.
ibz10021 h, 16 m ago

Well you're using one way more than the other so that's understandable. …Well you're using one way more than the other so that's understandable. Especially if you're my age, your phone is the most used device you own.Even if I spend 2.5-5x as much as I do on a phone than a bike, I'll be using it more than 2.5-5x as much.



I'm not denying that many people will use their phone more, I just think people have been drawn in to spending hundreds on a phone. Because they are paid monthly, many do not stop to think how much they have spent over the past few years.
Many will laugh at someone spending £1000 on a bike that will last 10 years, joke that you can buy a car for that, and yet they will have spent £3000 on phones.
Edited by: "winchman" 20th May
olops20th May

I have both and have to disagree - yes the road bike can go much faster …I have both and have to disagree - yes the road bike can go much faster but for day to day utility cycling on our crappy road surfaces a hybrid is much more comfortable/ practical. Particularly true if your commute involves any off road sections.


Road bikes are less likely to include eyelets for a rear rack too. That ruins the utility aspect of a bike in my opinion, it's like owning a car that you couldn't pick up groceries in.

As for backpacks, eh, they'll only carry so much and aren't comfortable on long journeys. I recently hauled a 60 litre bag of compost on my bike using bungee cords to secure it. Try doing that with a backpack!
This is an excellent bike for the money. I bought this and Its great value for money
Edited by: "coventgamer" 26th May
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