Ridgeback aluminium hybrid bikes £199.99 (down from £329.99) delivered at UK bikes depot.com
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Ridgeback aluminium hybrid bikes £199.99 (down from £329.99) delivered at UK bikes depot.com

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Found 23rd Feb 2015
I posted this fantastic deal 6 months ago (made over 400 degrees) and it then expired but I've just noticed it's back on so well worth another look. Link is to men's (15", 17" and 19" available) but ladies' models are available on the same deal (15" and 19").

Let me start by saying that these are VERY slight cosmetic seconds (see below).

Excellent bikes with aluminium frames and a high spec. Decent Continental tyres. Include rack and guards too.

I found this retailer in a general search for similar bikes. It's a 'proper' bike shop - most of their stuff is at the more expensive end and you can collect bikes fully built from the store in Halifax if that suits. Billed as 'ex-display' but that seemed odd when they have so many: very helpful chap on phone explained that's shorthand for slight seconds. Apparently they were wrapped and packed at the factory while the lacquer coat was slightly tacky and in some areas the corrugated paper may have made a slight mark. I bought one for my wife and it was so good I then ordered one for myself, which was even better (you wouldn't notice the marks unless looking for them - small pieces of paper in a couple of areas just cleaned off with a wet sponge).

The guy at the shop did point out that, under distance selling regulations, you have the right to return them if you're unhappy with the condition on delivery. No issues with ours.

Take up to a week to arrive (free courier) then very simple assembly. They claim they are inspected and set up at the store and I have to say both of ours needed no further adjustment.

For the price of a very mediocre bike from Halfords, etc. you can get a decent, mid-market, quality bike from a well respected brand. £329 does appear to be the selling price elsewhere so it's a genuine reduction.

Sizing chart on the site so unless you're a very unusual shape there's no need for the usual sizing debate.

Best bikes I've ever owned. I've even argued the case for cheap supermarket bikes in the past but now I've seen the light!

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Erm, not too sure about it bring great value. There was a Boardman earlier on for the just a small amount more. I mean 7 speed is okay but really 8 is the minimum. I am talking about cassette.

very good bikes, I've built and sold many ridgebacks over the years, frames are of a very good quality.

45% saving on the mountain bike too. Looks like a good deal for someone. These bikes actually hold some value second hand as well so if you bought one, used it for a couple of years, sold on and replaced you wouldn't lose that much on it.
Edited by: "miniminihaha" 23rd Feb 2015

MAdam98

Erm, not too sure about it bring great value. There was a Boardman … Erm, not too sure about it bring great value. There was a Boardman earlier on for the just a small amount more. I mean 7 speed is okay but really 8 is the minimum. I am talking about cassette.



Isn't that Boardman £384 and is only running Altus gears? This bike also comes fitted with racks and guards. Bargain for £200.

Great deal. Glad to see you've seen the light regarding the cheapo supermarket bikes Besford. I recall having such debate with you a while back. I'm no £2000+ Lycra lover but I draw the line at BSOs with dangerously cheap components...

Toybhoy

Great deal. Glad to see you've seen the light regarding the cheapo … Great deal. Glad to see you've seen the light regarding the cheapo supermarket bikes Besford. I recall having such debate with you a while back. I'm no £2000+ Lycra lover but I draw the line at BSOs with dangerously cheap components...



Nobody loves a gloater, you know.

Erm, not too sure about it bring great value. There was a Boardman earlier on for the just a small amount more. I mean 7 speed is okay but really 8 is the minimum. I am talking about cassette.[/quote]
Isn't that Boardman £384 and is only running Altus gears? This bike also comes fitted with racks and guards. Bargain for £200.
Also the boardman was a pure road/racer - good for that but £50 more than this and built for track riding not the urban commute.Also , no pedals supplied with the boardman

MAdam98

Erm, not too sure about it bring great value. There was a Boardman … Erm, not too sure about it bring great value. There was a Boardman earlier on for the just a small amount more. I mean 7 speed is okay but really 8 is the minimum. I am talking about cassette.



It's perfectly adequate for most riders who aren't pansies

Ordered, thanks

Original Poster

MAdam98

Erm, not too sure about it bring great value. There was a Boardman … Erm, not too sure about it bring great value. There was a Boardman earlier on for the just a small amount more. I mean 7 speed is okay but really 8 is the minimum. I am talking about cassette.


MAdam98 you seem to be stalking my bike posts to make negative comments. You're entitled to, of course, but your actual knowledge appears to be rather less than your own opinion of it.

As a relative newbie with little heat in your own postings so far I certainly don't want to discourage you from contributing to HUKD but please try to be constructive and helpful for other members. Oh, and don't get too hung up on brand names: they can be a guide for the ignorant but can also be a route to poor value.

I'm guessing you're not in the market for a bike like this anyway.
Edited by: "Besford" 24th Feb 2015

uk bike depot is a real and very good bike shop Ive bought a few bikes from there and cant fault them, Ridgeback is also now part of the Madison group with names such as Shimano,Genesis and Saracen who are now Knocking out some top spec Downhill bikes. For £200ish this and the other models are a good buy IMO.

Banned

Great if you're after a high end hybrid bike.
Edited by: "Musician" 24th Feb 2015

That's a 90's style stem found on BSOs these days, steel forks. I prefer this :

decathlon.co.uk/fit…tml

Good deal. For all the newbies or wannabe bikers - do factor in another 30 quid or more for a decent lock. I've lost 3 bikes in 2 years
Bike theft is a serious problem in London and home counties

Looks like a solid choice for a 'get around bike' that should last ok and definitely a bonus having the rack and mudguards included.
Also nice that it seems to have 'proper' shifters from than twit-grip ones.

MAdam98

Erm, not too sure about it bring great value. There was a Boardman … Erm, not too sure about it bring great value. There was a Boardman earlier on for the just a small amount more. I mean 7 speed is okay but really 8 is the minimum. I am talking about cassette.


The boardman has 16 gears total. This bike has 21.
Why do you think 8 is the minimum for the cassette?
They don't specify the gearing for the 8 speed cassete, but I bet it's a lot closer ratio. Great if you're trying to win a time trial. Poor choice if you want to get 25kg of shopping home.
The boardman also cost 40% more, for the limited time it was available at that price.

These are 7 speed freewheels, aren't they? Therefore high gear will still be quite short

At this price, mudguards and a rack are MUCH more important and useful than one more gear on the rear

I currently have a Ridgeback hybrid (2013 model) and it's absolutely fantastic for everyday use. Performance is well above what you would expect for the price - I paid a bit more for mine that has an almost identical specification to this - and blows away the cheap rubbish you can buy elsewhere for similar money. Just make sure it's properly maintained and it'll last for years.

Bloody hell, people complaining they have only a 7 speed cassette...whatever next.

Sounding like an old fart here, but that was pretty much standard on MTBs in the late 80s and into the 90s. Th effective top and bottom range of the cassettes between 7, 8, and 9 hardly differ.

MAdam98

Erm, not too sure about it bring great value. There was a Boardman … Erm, not too sure about it bring great value. There was a Boardman earlier on for the just a small amount more. I mean 7 speed is okay but really 8 is the minimum. I am talking about cassette.


Like has previously been mentioned,7 speed is more than adequate to do your shopping with.
Most people like me,will never use all of them anyway.
Use mostly couple of the mid gears,low gear for hills,highest for cruising etc.

cicobuff

Bloody hell, people complaining they have only a 7 speed … Bloody hell, people complaining they have only a 7 speed cassette...whatever next.Sounding like an old fart here, but that was pretty much standard on MTBs in the late 80s and into the 90s. Th effective top and bottom range of the cassettes between 7, 8, and 9 hardly differ.


My first MTB (Raleigh Maverick) was a heavy steel bike,manual shifters,horseshoe brakes.
Only had 5 speed rear cassette,had to add three rings to the front myself.
Very sturdy bike tho and solid build.

I have a 2004 Ridgeback Velocity. Ride it every day, great bike, easily maintained and repaired. Such a good deal.

johnsmith1997

Like has previously been mentioned,7 speed is more than adequate to do … Like has previously been mentioned,7 speed is more than adequate to do your shopping with.


Some people live in hilly areas, some in flat areas....

johnsmith1997

My first MTB (Raleigh Maverick) was a heavy steel bike,manual … My first MTB (Raleigh Maverick) was a heavy steel bike,manual shifters,horseshoe brakes.Only had 5 speed rear cassette,had to add three rings to the front myself.Very sturdy bike tho and solid build.



Mine was a 1990 Muddy Fox Courier Mega, 21 Speed.

OB1

Some people live in hilly areas, some in flat areas....



This is a 7 speed cassette, it also has a 3 cog chainset - 21 gears, do you need more?

http://www.ukbikesdepot.com/smsimg/187/11698-34078-full--187.jpg
Edited by: "cicobuff" 24th Feb 2015

I've got this bike, first bike purchased for myself, needed one to commute to and from Uni/Gym/Supermarket. Bought it a while in the previous sale from the same website, same price. I love it, so glad I purchased it. Been riding it round Bristol everywhere, so convenient.

It's a solid build of a bike, it doesn't feel 'cheap'. Regarding the gears and speed however, I usually ride on the low gears as alot of Bristol is uphill and it seems fine, even after a leg day at the gym.

I've been using it almost everyday, I'd recommend it!

Picked up one of these last time. Great bike, great price, and great service from UK Bike Depot (gears needed adjusting, so they paid for a local bike shop to do the work).

Anybody got experience using the ladies version daily?

Have got one of these at home, had it for 2 years and love it!

Can someone explain why ladies bikes have no crossbar? Want to get one of these as a surprise for GF not sure whether she'd be better with a crossbar. Is it to do with modesty and skirts?

haslitt

Can someone explain why ladies bikes have no crossbar? Want to get one of … Can someone explain why ladies bikes have no crossbar? Want to get one of these as a surprise for GF not sure whether she'd be better with a crossbar. Is it to do with modesty and skirts?



It's so you can ride one with a skirt, with a crossbar the skirt will ride up and you may end up with knickers (if worn) on display - personally as a pervert I'm all for banning ladies bikes.

Forgot to say, heat added - I have a Ridgeback Hybrid and it's been a decent bike for the 3 odd years I've owned it. Do about 70 miles commuting a week - had to replace the chainset last year, but i'm not easy on my bikes!

My wife is 5'3"- looks like only the 17" frame is left in stock. Having checked some bike size charts it looks like the 17" will be too big for her...has anyone around the same height gone for the 17" frame?

SoulSonic

My wife is 5'3"- looks like only the 17" frame is left in stock. Having … My wife is 5'3"- looks like only the 17" frame is left in stock. Having checked some bike size charts it looks like the 17" will be too big for her...has anyone around the same height gone for the 17" frame?



Can be a bit too large for your wife. Do not rush the decision if you do not need to buy right now, there are plenty of bikes available and 200-250 will certainly get you a good bike.

***COLD AS ICE*** They use TNT for delivery, their birmingham office says that they expect you to sacrifice a day of your life to stay at home waiting for their driver to turn up-Giving you any idea be it before 1PM or not of when the driver may darken your door in unthinkable-DPD by contrast give their customers a two hour window of when to expect the driver with regular updates

Went for a 17" men's, thanks to the OP for this deal, Ridgebacks have always been a fave.

7777777

Can be a bit too large for your wife. Do not rush the decision if you do … Can be a bit too large for your wife. Do not rush the decision if you do not need to buy right now, there are plenty of bikes available and 200-250 will certainly get you a good bike.



Thanks 7777777. Two of my daughters have Ridgebacks and they've been bulletproof, so I'm gutted to miss this deal, or at least miss out on the 15" frame. I'll hold out for something similar as it's not urgent.

Edited by: "SoulSonic" 24th Feb 2015

Original Poster

SoulSonic

My wife is 5'3"- looks like only the 17" frame is left in stock. Having … My wife is 5'3"- looks like only the 17" frame is left in stock. Having checked some bike size charts it looks like the 17" will be too big for her...has anyone around the same height gone for the 17" frame?


15" still left in the 'men's' frame if she'd be happy with that. Probably wouldn't work with a Victorian petticoat but the top tube does slope down towards the back. A lot of bikes aren't even made in a 'ladies'' frame these days.

Or what about this (cheaper too):
hotukdeals.com/dea…256
Edited by: "Besford" 24th Feb 2015

Besford

15" still left in the 'men's' frame if she'd be happy with that. … 15" still left in the 'men's' frame if she'd be happy with that. Probably wouldn't work with a Victorian petticoat but the top tube does slope down towards the back. A lot of bikes aren't even made in a 'ladies'' frame these days.Or what about this (cheaper too):http://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/bargain-half-price-quality-mongoose-hybrid-cycle-for-smaller-rider-rutland-169-99-2151256



Thanks Besford. Great deal by the way, thanks. I'll suggest the men's frame to her, but suspect she'd prefer a step-through frame as she'd be using it to commute to the office and would occasionally want to wear a skirt instead of trousers. Thanks also for pointing me in the direction of that Mongoose bike

I have one for commuting to work. Perfect for me as not too heavy but sturdy. Bought it from Xmas sales a year ago for around £180. Hot

I had one before. Nice bike,very light, strong and quick one
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