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zimzam Wed 06-Aug-08 16:16:58

In looking for a women's hybrid I've been advised by bike shop bloke not to go for the cheaper Raleigh or Claude Butler bikes as they're not built very well?! Any comments? Any recommendations?

zimzam Wed 06-Aug-08 18:41:49

i believe the thing to do is 'bump'...

ilovemydog Wed 06-Aug-08 18:42:44


Walnutshell Wed 06-Aug-08 18:43:03

Merin? Not sure, but apparently good and this will bump for you too.

Walnutshell Wed 06-Aug-08 18:43:32

bum. I meant Marin. San Rafael.

Aefondkiss Wed 06-Aug-08 18:45:06

I have a Pashley, it is great, though I only cycle on roads.

DontCallMeBaby Wed 06-Aug-08 18:45:24

Trek. DH writes them off in about three years if they don't get nicked, that's with a daily commute and no maintenance (bad, naughty, DH) so that seems like good wear.

Aefondkiss Wed 06-Aug-08 18:55:34

my bike except my one is green, 2nd hand and the saddle is different. I use it daily, for school/ nursery runs, with trailer.

docket Wed 06-Aug-08 19:16:28

I've got a Ridgeback, which I love, DH swears by Trek. I think Specialised are good but their best bikes are the very expensive ones.

hf128219 Wed 06-Aug-08 19:22:13

Claud Butler

hf128219 Wed 06-Aug-08 19:23:08

Meant to say - Claud Butler are actually quite good bikes.

RachAndFamousNot Wed 06-Aug-08 19:23:44

I have a Gary Fisher, DH has an old Marin, and a Trek. He loves his new trek. Same spec as more expensive brands but for less, esp if you can find last year's model being sold cheaper.

JoyS Wed 06-Aug-08 20:02:13

Can't go wrong with Trek. Their low-end mountain bikes are nicer than the hybrids IMO, you can get last year's models at a good price and have smooth tires put on it.

uptomyeyes Wed 06-Aug-08 20:04:37

I've been riding my Marin Sausalito for 15 years!!!! I have hammered it and it still comes up like new whenI have it serviced. the best £600 I ever spent.

amazonianwoman Wed 06-Aug-08 22:37:08

I love my Gary Fisher too - it's almost 10yrs old and still going strong (just did 50 miles on it on Sunday grin)

What's your budget? It's a minefield out there, so I'd go to a "proper" bike shop and avoid places like Halfords at all costs (not great range, staff usually not that clued up)

If budget is quite tight, the Revolution range from Edinburgh Cycle Co-operative usually get good ratings.

zimzam Wed 06-Aug-08 23:07:19

I think I've decided on a Trek T30. Has everything I need for £250. Might go and buy it on Friday if you donn't all shout out 'no!!!'. oooh, excited now smile.

notcitrus Fri 08-Aug-08 11:59:10

I got a Dawes hybrid in a sale a few years back - I didn't use it much but then MrNC commuted on it for 5 years, which is pretty good for an under-£200 bike!

Evans Cycles shops are pretty clueful apparently.

BlueChampagne Tue 12-Aug-08 22:23:57

How much cycling and what sort do you plan to do? My hybrid Saracen is coming up to 15000 miles, in which time I've been through 2 rear blocks and am about to go onto 3rd chain. Now carrying DS to nursery and back as well. If you're mostly going to be a road cyclist, you'll probably find that hybrid frames are lighter than mountain bike ones.

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