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ORAC
9th Sep 2008, 17:15
Pardon the bad pun/spelling...

My company has signed up to this government scheme whereby you can get a voucher for a new bike from Halfords, up to a 1K, the money then being subtracted from your pay over a year - before income and NI are deducted - an effective saving of about 40%.

The rules are the company owns the bike and rents it to you over the year and then can sell it to you for a nominal sum and you have to use it for commuting. But in the real world it's yours and the bike doesn't have a mileometer, so who can check.

To be honest I will use it to go back and forth from work. it's only a mile and a half and it will save the wear and tear of short journeys on the car. I use shanks pony when it's dry anyways.

Now, ORAC is not a slim sylpth like figure, more a rotund and orotund, so I won't be going cross-country biking or touring; but I don't really need a top of the range bike, but a lightweigh frame to make it easier to go up hill would help (I go down one hill and up the other side) and, for the same reason, I presume as many gears as possible would help.

What I am after is advise as to which bike, or range of bikes, at Halfords would be most suitable with which extras. All fit within my means and, at the end of the year, I intend to pass it on to my BIL and brood who are a keen penny-farthing guys and gals.

So, if the recommendation is an expensive one, it won't be wasted as it will become a Xmas present/hand-me-down.

TVM (Ta Very Much) as we used to say on ASMA back in the early 80s before the internet and mobile phones and texting existed)

tony draper
9th Sep 2008, 17:26
One thunk when you needed a new set of wheels yer just bought a packet of crisps Mr ORAC.
:rolleyes:

G-CPTN
9th Sep 2008, 17:27
http://blogs.guardian.co.uk/art/simon460.jpg

Beatriz Fontana
9th Sep 2008, 17:36
Go for the Town Bike option - a sort of road and off-road hybrid bike. The cheapest at Halfords is this thing (http://www.halfords.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/product_storeId_10001_catalogId_10151_productId_253639_langI d_-1_CarSelectorCatalogId__CarSelectorGroupId__varient__categor yId_60956_crumb_33980-33957_parentcategoryrn_60956). It looks to me like it's OK for the road conditions around your neck of the woods. I wouldn't worry about any additional extras other than a good helmet and a hi-vis jacket/vest, lights and lock.

mfaff
9th Sep 2008, 17:41
ORAC,

A quick look suggests a town/ trail bike, aluminium frame perhaps, might do the trick...depending on how big/small you are there are a few there which might be suitable...

Which model a bit on how much tinkering you or future owners might want to do.. some have internal gear and brakes... no messing...other with normal indexed gears are more suited to a bit of DIY.

I'd go for a bike with disc brakes...just the ticket in this wet weather...(I traded high end side pulls (traditional style) for V brakes and now I'm onto discs and the difference was amazing).. Stopping may or may not be a concern right now but one day it will be..

Might also want to get some mudguards...a helmet, lights, lock etc as well...

From memory the deal was you go to the shop.. select what you want.. they wirte it all down and give you an itemised quote... you take it to work and they then give you a voucher for that amount.. you go back to store and pick up your selection....

tony draper
9th Sep 2008, 17:42
Got one of these in me cellar Mr ORAC,just needs the tyres blown up an away yer go,500 quid an it's yorn,slightly different colour though it's a yellain.
http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a194/Deaddogbay/1970mRaleighChopper.jpg
:)

frostbite
9th Sep 2008, 17:55
I am reminded of the classic Giles cartoon with a family seated at the breakfast table on which sits a packet of 'Kloggo' bearing the legend "Free bicycle inside".

BluntM8
9th Sep 2008, 18:25
a lightweight frame to make it easier to go up hill would help

Sorry to burst your bubble, but when I was into my bike racing I learned the hard way that no matter how much you spend on featherweight widgets and shiny toys, the biggest weight saving is to be had by having a big poo before a race.

Suggest you'd get more benefit from setting the alarm 15 mins early, and subscribing to a really absorbing newspaper...:E

ShyTorque
9th Sep 2008, 19:54
the biggest weight saving is to be had by having a big poo before a race. Suggest you'd get more benefit from setting the alarm 15 mins early, and subscribing to a really absorbing newspaper...

No need, just the thought of doing 45 miles on the M1 on my treader puts the $^its up me. I need the powered version.

airborne_artist
9th Sep 2008, 20:54
I've got a 15 year old Ridgeback, and it's as good as the day it was made. Comfortable, light enough, but solid.

Here is the current day version (http://www.evanscycles.com/products/ridgeback/meteor-gents-2008-hybrid-bike-ec001079) at Evans Cycles, the best bike retailer in the UK. 269.99 to you, sir,

http://www.evanscycles.com/product_image/image/fe8/bde/ef1/10722/product_page/ridgeback-meteor-gents-2008-hybrid-bike-2008.jpg?1215831596

Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaargh!
9th Sep 2008, 20:59
The rules are the company owns the bike and rents it to you over the year does that mean that if you have a horrific accident on the way to work, they are liable?

Sweet!

G-CPTN
9th Sep 2008, 22:10
Are you liable for benefit-in-kind tax?

ORAC
9th Sep 2008, 23:21
Are you liable for benefit-in-kind tax?

Wot, you mean all your companies don't subscribe to Cycle2Work (http://www.cycle2work.info/)?

henry crun
9th Sep 2008, 23:50
What you need Orac, is something like this http://cyclemaster.files.wordpress.com/2007/12/11.jpg

It will carry your laptop, any wet weather gear that may be necessary, sandwiches for lunch, etc, and has the added advantage of being somewhat heavier than the average roadster, and thus will provide more exercise for your muscles.

obgraham
9th Sep 2008, 23:53
Can't you still get these old gems?

http://www.eurocosm.com/Application/images/Pashley/pickle-md.jpg