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Thinking about getting an off-road pushbike but I haven't a Scooby what's hot and what's not.

Don't want any Halfords £79.99 tat but don't want to spend a fortune either.

I don't intend any extreme riding just green lanes etc.

Any ideas anyone?

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I bought this a couple of years ago Schwinn alloy cruiser.It's dead comfy with the springy seat and big tyres.

It's not fast or rugged but it's nice for a gentle sunday spin.I like the retro looks.but maybe not everyones taste.

I think it was around £160

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I bought this a couple of years ago Schwinn alloy cruiser.It's dead comfy with the springy seat and big tyres.

It's not fast or rugged but it's nice for a gentle sunday spin.I like the retro looks.but maybe not everyones taste.

I think it was around £160

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Thanks for replying TikTok, that certainly is different :blink: but not really the style I am looking for, really want something with a bit more off road ability.

Thanks again mate.

Ian

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one of my employees has bought a gt avalanche for around the 300 mark .its got good spec and a very good reliable name .otherwise kona,trek,cannondale,marin etc on ebay you might get a bargain.

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Buy a basic model of a reputable brand, that can stand some upgrading as you progress, GT Marin Specialised Kona, either new or used, plenty of bargains on ebay. A long the basics are right its easy to tweak a bike to suit your style.

The other way to do it is to buy a cheap quality frame then custom fit your own parts, very satisfing to do, but does take time.

If its just green lanes/canal paths/country parks style, you dont need rear suspension, you dont really need front suspension, disc brakes are nice but not essential.

I would try a few first if you can, (Local Bike Shop is best)some bikes just feel 'right' from the off, saddles bars pedals can all be changed, its the quality of the frame/wheels/transmission that counts.

Would have thought £300 would be more than enough for a decent bike, and you are right, there is nothing worse than a new'cheap' bike.

D.

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Thanks very much for all the advice guys, so what size frame do I need? I am 6' 1" and 13 stone and David is right it is for canal towpath/disused railway line type rides.

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Thanks very much for all the advice guys, so what size frame do I need? I am 6' 1" and 13 stone and David is right it is for canal towpath/disused railway line type rides.

Ian - 20" or 'Large' depending on the manufacturers sizing.

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I bought a gary fisher back in september, i'm really pleased with, it comes in just a bit over £300, it looks great and seems well built.

The colour in the picture is nothing like the colour in real life, it's actually really dark metallic grey.

Gary Fisher Wahoo

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This is my 95 GF, much under-rated in the UK, frame is 19" and I am 6' 1" and 14st, like it was made to measure.

Got a few other bikes, this is what the oldest lad rides now, only in the dry though !

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This is his old bike, since sold and regretting very much :cry2:

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One thing I would recommend is some puncture -resist tyres, Schwalbe Marathon or similar, the council often cut back the hedges on our regular route, and Hawthorn cuttings mean bad news !

Cheers, D.

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look for last season bargins 08 bikes etc they knock of huge discounts to shift them or go to a place where they hire bikes out and look at there old stock if you dont mind second hand. they use the bikes for a season hiring then clean them up replace worn parts then flog them off dead cheap you could get a higher spec bike then

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Merida and GIANT are the two biggest bike manufacturers in the world hence why their bikes offer the best VFM - end of! :D

I meant to include the brand 'CUBE' which a German company producing excellent VFM bikes.

Alternatively look at Merlin Cycles who produce Merlin & Rock Lobster or Nelson Cycles both of whom build custom made bikes which are great VFM. :)

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I meant to include the brand 'CUBE' which a German company producing excellent VFM bikes.

Cube make some excellent bikes. I just built my new bike up around a Cube Reaction Frame.

I also have a Claud butler Olympus which I use more as a pub and road bike but it's a very good spec for the money.

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If you know what you are looking for then buy used all the time.

I have been biking for a good while and have bought both new and used bikes (usually buy and sell a couple of used bikes every year).

Like anything else new you are always going to be facing some sort of depreciation so my advice would be buy a good used bike first and see if the cycling lark is for you. If it turns out it's not you can always flip the bike and not loose out so much, if indeed at all. The last used bike I had I bought off the bay in summer '08 for £311 and sold two months ago for £459 on the bay (not bad going eh!?). As I said, it's all about being able to spot a good un' at the right price.

If you are unsure about used, then as someone mentioned, Decathlon do really good value bikes and you'd get a decent hard-tail in your price range. It'd be miles better build and spec then anything you'd get at Halfrauds, plus it's have more kudos on the trails as they are nowhere near as common as the run-of-the-mill Saracens and other tat they flog there.

Another option, again as someone else has suggested would be to buy an old season bike new. Good places to look include Evans and JE James for discounts (if there are either of these stores near you!?). I managed to get my main rig (2006 Kona Coilair) off ebay from a main dealer near me, brand-new with full warranty and first service included for £1049, not bad when the rrp at time was £2499!!!

If you see something you fancy either new or used and want some advice I'd be happy to do my best to help.

In the meantime, here's a pic of what you can look forward to if you decide to stray off the green-lanes! :D

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...Like anything else new you are always going to be facing some sort of depreciation so my advice would be buy a good used bike first and see if the cycling lark is for you. If it turns out it's not you can always flip the bike and not loose out so much, if indeed at all. The last used bike I had I bought off the bay in summer '08 for £311 and sold two months ago for £459 on the bay (not bad going eh!?). As I said, it's all about being able to spot a good un' at the right price.

Couldn't agree more. :yes: Last year I got a second hand Giant OCR to see if cycling was for me. I was hooked after my second long ride and now I'm looking at a full carbon road bike. I'll have to sell some, if not all of my watches to fund it though! :D

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...Like anything else new you are always going to be facing some sort of depreciation so my advice would be buy a good used bike first and see if the cycling lark is for you. If it turns out it's not you can always flip the bike and not loose out so much, if indeed at all. The last used bike I had I bought off the bay in summer '08 for £311 and sold two months ago for £459 on the bay (not bad going eh!?). As I said, it's all about being able to spot a good un' at the right price.

Couldn't agree more. :yes: Last year I got a second hand Giant OCR to see if cycling was for me. I was hooked after my second long ride and now I'm looking at a full carbon road bike. I'll have to sell some, if not all of my watches to fund it though! :D

Let me know if you need to shift anything decent, watch-wise! Those carbon jobies definately aren't cheap! I had a carbon GT STS mountain bike. Bought it as frame and forks as a winter project two years ago. Never got round to building it so I sould it a year later and made a profit :D

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Great plan, but whatever you do, dont for the life of you get rear suspension! AArrrgghhhh. Just took my son's rear shock in for service, £100. Dont bother, not worth it, not unless you're going to spend a k plus.

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Great plan, but whatever you do, dont for the life of you get rear suspension! AArrrgghhhh. Just took my son's rear shock in for service, £100. Dont bother, not worth it, not unless you're going to spend a k plus.

Defo agree with that. Brand new full sussers at full RRP under 1k aren't worth it! Just as well as I think the budget we are talking about is £300 anyway.

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Guys,

Thanks for all the contributions. I have taken on board everything you all have said. I have also researched on the net and had a good look at Ebay (not really that much suitable on ebay, not near me anyway).

I keep coming back to GT and Giant hardtails in the £300-£400 bracket. Just not sure whether hybrid or MTB.

Some good deals to be had on-line but I am going to have a look and a chat in a bike shop on Friday.

Thanks again,

Ian

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Guys,

Thanks for all the contributions. I have taken on board everything you all have said. I have also researched on the net and had a good look at Ebay (not really that much suitable on ebay, not near me anyway).

I keep coming back to GT and Giant hardtails in the £300-£400 bracket. Just not sure whether hybrid or MTB.

Some good deals to be had on-line but I am going to have a look and a chat in a bike shop on Friday.

Thanks again,

Ian

Ian if you are riding nothing more than tow-paths then a hybrid will be just fine.

Both GT and GIANT offer good value for money but have a look at Merida and CUBE too.

Once you have a shortlist of actual models then come back to us.

Rember to important rules when buying a bike... your order of priortites are good quality:

- frame & forks

- wheels

- groupset (chainset, gears brakes)

- finishing kit (Seat post, saddle, pedals, handlebars and stem)

The reasons for doing this are to do with, weight/quality, replacablity, and cost of replacement.

Good luck!

S :)

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