I have just received my £1k Cyclescheme voucher and have 2 months to spend it.
My commute is 7 miles of open road each way and I already have a choice of a couple of bikes (Alumin Schwinn and Old Steel Giant with Downtube shifters) for much of this. My new bike will be used for doing the commute in the summer along with regular club runs and a few sportives each year.
I am not a big "badge snob" and have been looking at a few options on-line but I am having difficulty finding many reviews on some so if anyone has experience of these please help.
What I have looked at so far are
Whistle Crow 105 (Hargreaves advertise this at £999
B'Twin Facet 5 from Decathlon
Planet X Pro Carbon Rival
Sensa Tuscona (imported by Merlin Cycles)