I’m thinking about getting myself a hybrid bike… *runs and hides*
I love riding the road bike, but it’s not exactly an all-weather, all-purpose machine…
I have admittedly been using it for commuting, but outings on wet or slippery roads are always a slightly nervous affair, so I’m looking for a bike which gives me a bit more confidence in those situations, as well as something which I don't need to wear cleats just to pop down the shops on.
I suspect I’m actually not alone on here in wanting (or at least having a need for) such a bike, so who’s brave enough to admit they own one and offer up anything in the way of recommendations?!
It's all a bit of a minefield though... There's bikes classed as "hybrids" which basically have road bike gearing and tyres but flat bars, but then there's also "hybrids" that are basically what I would've once known as hardtail mountain bikes.
I'm just after something reasonably light and nimble. Suspension forks I would happily take or leave, but discs and wider tyres would be desirable, as much so it can handle the odd foray around the trails of the local country park. I'm a bit lost on the Shimano off-road groupset hierachy too!
It will likely be another cycle-to-work purchase, but I’d really like to keep it on the lower £500 limit if at all possible. Main thinking is to placate the wife, but also so the savings aren't completely eroded if it doesn't get the use and I decide to get rid after a year.
The Cannondale Bad Boy range has caught my eye, but even the cheapest one exceeds my desired budget unless I can get a late season sale deal in a few months’ time. There's otherwise the ubiquitous offerings from the likes of Trek, Giant and Specialized, all of which appear to offer value at/below the £500 mark.
Anything else I should be considering though?