I wanted a bike with a low step-through design so I can just hop on it without having to change into exercise clothes. I needed a bike with plenty of gears to cope with gentle hills. (I am preparing to do a 25 mile charity bike ride in July (mostly on road but some unsurfaced country lanes)). And money is tight at present.
I found just the right one in Halfords last week for £200. I've been out on it every day so far - and it is LOVELY! It even has full mudguards and chain guard, and I've added a basket
Kids bikes I think are quite heavy anf clunky to be honest. If you cant run to an islabike, then look out for Frog bikes, which are new this spring. They look lovely http://www.frogbikes.com/how-to-buy-a-frog-bike.aspx
I want to get a bike, haven't had one for years, and am thinking I need a hybrid as I'll be doing a bit of road and occasional woodland path/trails type cycling, nothing really rough.
I don't want to spend huge amounts, preferably less than £200 in case I go off the idea, but don't know whether that's realistic. I tried out some B'twin bikes for around £150-£180 at the weekend and they seemed nice - but would it be better to invest in something more expensive?