Hi everyone. I looked through the forums for a thread like this one but I couldn’t find anything discussing exactly what I need, so..
I thought I might ask for some advice on buying a new bike. I’m considering a mountain bike or a hybrid (closer the mtn bike end of the scale) so I hope this is the appropriate forum. I noticed you guys have a road bike discussion area, so hopefully this post isn’t way off the mark 🙂
80% of the time my bike will be used for commuting; a 5 mile ride through London (into the centre). The other 20% of the time will be for casual mountain biking, Brecons, maybe Scotland occasionally but nothing too intense.
My budget is around £300 – 350, excluding safety equipment and an extra set of slick or mountain bike tyres (depending on what I buy).
My main priority is weight – for my budget, will I notice any weight difference between a rigid mountain bike and a hybrid? Also, should I worry about long handlebars when commuting in the city? (Never done it before so absolutely no experience here whatsoever).
At the moment I have no idea whether I would be better off going for a mountain bike with slicks or a hybrid (with off-road tyres for the weekend).
Buy a mountain bike and fit slicks to it, keeping the tyres it came with to swap over when I decided I wanted to get some real off road action.
Hybrid bikes are more for road riding than off road riding, they offer the rider a more upright riding position, affording better views of the road than a racing type bike and the comfort of a MTB style riding position.
I think that settles it, I was looking at the Hardrock Comp and the Hardrock Sport. Comp is within my budget; no problems there but I wondered whether I would make use of the extra £100’s worth of components.
I was also considering the Marin Pioneer Trail and the Marin Bolinas Ridge, same sort of price difference (£70 more for the Bolinas).