Choosing a hybrid bike

Discussion in 'UK and Europe' started by David Lee, Mar 28, 2003.

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  1. David Lee

    David Lee Guest

    Hi,

    I am currently looking for a hybrid bike. I've been using a conked out old MTB (ridgeback) (about 10
    years old) and it is in a right old state, as well as being incredibly heavy. I have heard good
    things about the Specialised Sirrus range, the Ridgeback Genesis range and the Treks. Could anyone
    offer their opinion as to which is the best value of these, or indeed if there are other hybrid
    bikes on the market that are any good?

    I am looking to spend £250-£400.

    I have a daily commute of about 6 miles each way, part of which is along an off road path. I plan to
    attach panniers as I need to carry stuff to work and back. And are there any good cycle shops in the
    South London area with deals on hybrids at the moment?!

    Thanks very much

    David
     
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  2. Tony R

    Tony R Guest

    "David Lee" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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    > Hi,
    >
    > I am currently looking for a hybrid bike. I've been using a conked out old MTB (ridgeback) (about
    > 10 years old) and it is in a right old state, as well as being incredibly heavy. I have heard good
    > things about the Specialised Sirrus range, the Ridgeback Genesis range and the Treks. Could anyone
    > offer their opinion as to which is the best value of these, or indeed if there are other hybrid
    > bikes on the market that are any good?
    >
    > I am looking to spend £250-£400.
    >
    > I have a daily commute of about 6 miles each way, part of which is along an off road path. I plan
    > to attach panniers as I need to carry stuff to work and back. And are there any good cycle shops
    > in the South London area with deals on hybrids at the moment?!
    >
    > Thanks very much
    >
    > David

    Check out the Dawes Discovery range - www.dawescycles.com - I've been riding the cheapest one ( the
    201, c.£199 sterling ) all winter with no complaints so far. They all have a full set of braze ons,
    so luggage and mudguards are no problem. Hope this helps, Tony R.
     
  3. Peter Simons

    Peter Simons Guest

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    David Lee wrote:
    >
    > Hi,
    >
    > I am currently looking for a hybrid bike. I've been using a conked out old MTB (ridgeback) (about
    > 10 years old) and it is in a right old state, as well as being incredibly heavy. I have heard good
    > things about the Specialised Sirrus range, the Ridgeback Genesis range and the Treks. Could anyone
    > offer their opinion as to which is the best value of these, or indeed if there are other hybrid
    > bikes on the market that are any good?
    >

    I would say that the Genesis range of bikes is a ptt light wieght for what you want being more a
    road bike with flat bars. The some to certain extent is true of the Sirrus but to a lesser extent
    and shouls meat your needs.

    You may whish to look for a slightly more rugged bike as its for comuting. Like
    http://www.dawescycles.com/bikes/sonoran.htm

    Or even something like this http://www.ridgeback.co.uk/bike.asp?seriesid=8&index=1 I now a mountain
    bike get the shop to but slick on and check you mudguard situation

    When selecting a bike almost more important than brand is fit.

    Places to try and look is http://www.evanscycles.com/

    If you can bear to cross the Thames http://www.condorcycles.com/flash/index.html crap site
    great Shop

    Sure their are other great shops just Il live in herts.

    Peter
     
  4. "David Lee" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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    > Hi,
    >
    > I am currently looking for a hybrid bike. I've been using a conked out old MTB (ridgeback) (about
    > 10 years old) and it is in a right old state, as well as being incredibly heavy. I have heard good
    > things about the Specialised Sirrus range, the Ridgeback Genesis range and the Treks. Could anyone
    > offer their opinion as to which is the best value of these, or indeed if there are other hybrid
    > bikes on the market that are any good?

    David,

    I and my wife both own Sirrus's. I own a 2003 Expert and my wife the standard Sirrus. We both really
    like our bikes and there's only limited difference between them. The Expert has a carbon fork and 28
    spoke front wheel. The standard has a 32 spoke front wheel and steel fork.

    If you want a really, "sporty" bike I'd opt for the Expert. If you want the best value, the standard
    Sirrus is a good deal and a little sturdier. Regardless of which model you buy, I'd recommend that
    you have the rear cluster and derailleur changed at time of delivery. The bike comes with a 12-25
    cluster, I had mine changed to an 11-30 giving me much more hill climbing ability. In addition, the
    Expert comes with a 52, 42, 30 chain gear, the standard comes with a 44,34, 28 chain ring, giving
    the standard the lower gears for even more hill climbing ability. I had my wife's changed to an
    11-30 as well. If you change the cluster, you have to change the derailleur to a long reach such as
    the Deore Lx. The shop charged me $35 US for the change on both bikes.

    You can check out our bikes on my website at: http://www.angelfire.com/folk/touringonbikes

    Jerry in Lodi, CA
     
  5. David Lee

    David Lee Guest

    Thanks for your help. I am tempted by the Dawes, as it is cheaper! And looks good. A significat part
    of my journey will be off road (well, an uncovered river path), so i need a bike that can deal with
    that terain as well as being fast on the road.

    I am also thinking of having a look at the Ridgeback Switch series... which seem designed for that
    kind of ride.

    ANyway, I plan to try a few out for test ride today, so I'll post an update later on!

    Thanks again

    David
     
  6. "David Lee" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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    > Thanks for your help. I am tempted by the Dawes, as it is cheaper! And looks good. A significat
    > part of my journey will be off road (well, an uncovered river path), so i need a bike that can
    > deal with that terain as well as being fast on the road.
    >
    > I am also thinking of having a look at the Ridgeback Switch series... which seem designed for that
    > kind of ride.
    >
    > ANyway, I plan to try a few out for test ride today, so I'll post an update later on!
    >
    > Thanks again
    >
    > David

    David,

    If you're even thinking about off-road, cross the Sirrus off your list. It is definitely a road
    bike. My wife's, with the wider Nimbus tires, does OK on packed trails but I wouldn't consider
    taking either off road. I would look for a 26" wheeled bike for off road as well, the wheels just
    seem a lot stronger.
     
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