Hybrid bike for £400?

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  1. gchildx

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    Hi. Looking to get a bike on the work scheme. Got a voucher coming soon, but not sure what bike to get. Complete new area for me.

    Mainly will be road and light off road/path for commute to station mainly.

    The shortlist so far is as follows:
    - specialized sirrus
    - giant escape 2
    - boardman performance hybrid race bike
    - carrera gryphon

    Will need an XL frame.

    Thoughts?
     
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    You'll probably get more exposure posting in this thread.
     
  3. gchildx

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    Thanks for heads up.
     
  4. IanW1977

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    All Year round commuting or just a fair weather commuter ?
     
  5. gchildx

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    Fair weather for now, at least until confidence builds up.
     
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    Do they all have disc brakes?
     
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    Get a 2nd hand one off the bay instead, I got a £1k Cannondale Synapse 105 Flatbar for £400 and it's fantastic for my needs. If you need to get new I had the boardman for about a week, it was a nice bike for the money.
     
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    I don't think your average ebay seller accepts cycle2work vouchers. ;)

    Personally having commuted on all sorts of bikes for several years I would recommend a road bike (albeit one that'll take mudguards). Don't know if there's scope to up the budget or add your own funds to the voucher but the Boardman Road Sport looks like great value at £500.

    If your set on a hybrid I don't think you can go wrong with the Boardmans really (just make sure you budget for a wicker basket and a cape! :D).
     
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    I got a Specialized Sirrus Elite Disc on Ride to Work for £750, got that model for the better frame + hydraulic disc brakes. Pretty rapid, not great on bad surfaces though thanks to high pressure tyres + rigid frame.

    Plenty of mounting lugs for guards/panniers/etc., the brake calipers are out of the way so shouldn't effect mud guard mounts.

    I got a large frame (I'm 6'0 but only 31" inside leg), the saddle is pretty low so just about enough clearance on the top tube but needed the large frame for my long arms, tried a medium and it was too uncomfortable.

    Where can you get your bike from? We have to use Evans so could not look at Boardmans. Did try a Hoy though which was better spec than the Sirrus but it just didn't fit me right.
     
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    If it was all year round for me and just 1 bike I'd get a road with disc brakes but if fair weather a road bike with rim brakes.
     
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    Hi. Voucher has to be used at halfords, but they can source any bike from independents network.

    Because I'm 6'3" the sales rep suggested a boardman would be too small as only go up to a large. Still tempted by it , looks great in the metal.
     
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    Would be worth finding a store with one in stock to try.
     
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    I find it hard to believe that you couldn't set up the largest Boardman frame to fit someone your size. 6'3" is tall but not freakishly tall!

    Halfords staff are a bit hit and miss when it comes to knowing what they're talking about unfortunately (we are talking about a shop that's been known to sell bikes with the fork on back to front after all!).
     
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    You're probably right. The sales rep said something about the bar that runs between the handle bars and seat being at least 3 inches below crotch and got his tape measure out. Not sure what he was measuring but concluded it wasn't for me. I just thought that the seat and handle bars could be adjusted upwards to compensate. I might try another store to see if there is a different opinion.
     
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    I think that sort of clearance is more for mountain biking where you may leave the saddle unexpectedly & with great momentum. For normal road use 1" clearance should be enough.

    As I said, you really need to sit on one as there's more to it than just your height.
     
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    Ooh, suits you Sir! :laugh:
     
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    I thought of this:

    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bp6IApV9lwE][HD] Friends - Joey's Tailor - YouTube[/ame]
     
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  18. gchildx

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    Ha ha. What a good show that was!
     
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    OK, my voucher has come through. Any further thoughts on the selection of bikes below?
     
  20. IanW1977

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    You'll have to have a sit on them see which geometry suits your physique.
     
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    Yeah, it's not only the hieght but also the reach, I'm same height as you and have freakishly long arms, I went to a dealer who let me have a ride on a couple of bikes to get the right height/reach requirements. I ride a felt Dispatch in 61cm size.

    It's a fixed gear/single speed (flip-flop rear hub) so probably not up your street, but I love it :D gets me as fit as hell as you either power up every hill or you walk :laugh: and it's stupidly light for a £500 bike, about 19lbs. No gears to worry about or maintain, easy.

    If it's the Cycle2work scheme then it's just halfords you can buy from, if it's cyclescheme then you can to any independent bike show that supports it.
     
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