I am sure this question has been asked a few times before but I have a very tight timeframe to make a decision so it is quicker to open a new thread for this...
I am looking to purchase a bike through the cycle to work scheme at Halfords, my budget is max. £450. I am looking for a good quality road bike or hybrid bike within this price range. I would be grateful for some top tips and suggestions. What to get, what to avoid in terms of brand and must have’s on the bike.
For example, are Pendleton and Boardman bikes any good?
The key thing for me when it comes to cycling is a smooth ride on a variety of elevations (I don’t mind uphill/downhill) so primarily road, pavement and tarmac. I would be reluctant to cycle on hard core surfaces, mud, forest, rocky roads etc. I want a bike that is suitable for sports/fitness (potentially something I could use if I wanted to enter a duathlon) rather than just a causal ride to work or the local shop.
Talking about free running music podcasts, my favourite is DJ Peter Canellis - he is on iTunes and he is a runner himself so he knows about good beats for different types of runs! The type of music he does is trance, electro, house so if you are into this sort of thing, you will love it. I have had a number of PB runs listening to his music!