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    Cannondale all the way. I never buy anything else.
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      Quote Originally Posted by Springal View Post
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      Probably because the lad wants to get laid soon
      On the back of a mountain bike!!!
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      Always value your advice.

      We'll go to the bike shop open-minded about mountain bikes or hybrids. We'll mention the likely terrain and use.

      My only bike is a Boardman hybrid, bought new, which I enjoy using and it weighs like a feather.

      The disadvantages of a MTB's chunky tyres and heavy weight will be taken into account.
      I apologise for my rudeness, this is my bugbear, I was just popping out (for a short ride) so replied quickly without thinking.

      "Oh I wish I cycled more, I just don't enjoy it".
      "Do you have a bike?"
      "Yeah I've got a mountain bike, £50 from Argos, the tyres are a bit flat but it's a bike isn't it?"
      "No, no, no, under no circumstances is that a bike, it's no more a bike than I am a roof-rack".


      Anyhoo I digress.

      All manufactures make hybrids for all tastes and age groups, which is why the arse has dropped out of the mountain bike market.

      Hybrids range from a road bike with flat bars, to mountain bikes without the nonsense.
      Once you take off everything he doesn't need and can go wrong, esp in the hands of a teenager, you'll end up with a great bike £100 cheaper and still the belle of the ball, although obviously Bry is correct when he says none of that really matters.

      Funnily enough I just cycled past 5 lads on their bikes, I wouldn't have given it a second though but for this thread.
      4 on mountain bikes, 1 on a Carrera road bike, once again proving Bry right.
      So there they are, 4 pedaling away into the wind while the lad on his road bike just sitting putting in no effort at all.


      But if you insist, Rayment cycles stock cubes, ghastly neon things that seem to be popular with the kidz, although being German they might no longer be the little bit cheaper, they once were.
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      Hi.

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      City casual bike rides to meet mates or to school.
      Plus occasional 40 mile rides on Sussex cycle paths.

      NOT at his stage for South Downs type rides.
      Cycle paths do not link up very well. Mistake I made buying a hybrid. It might say bridlepath or byway on the map but passable only by a good dedicated mountain bike. Size of wheels might depend on your size. i actually find the 26" wheels easier to handle. But then I am Baldock sized.


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      Following the various great advice, today from Rayments we bought a new Specialized Pitch Comp MTB. In a large frame (equivalent of 19" plus), front suspension only, with discs. A lovely looking bike.

      https://www.specialized.com/gb/en/me...-650b/p/134024

      It turns out, as a poster intimated here, that many of the Sussex cycle paths my son rides comprise loose stones and sharp flints. So a robust MTB with nobbly tyres made best sense.

      Matt @ Rayments was very helpful.
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      I bought a Carrera 3 years ago for £200 from Halfords, goes up mountains every week, check location, no problems, probably heavy but I use it to keep fit so that will help. Will trouble some on this thread as it doesn't have a Skinny Latte cup holder.
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      Nice looking bike! Was the lad happy?
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      Nice looking bike! Was the lad happy?
      Very. Grateful too, he's always had good manners (except when clashing slightly with some teachers!).

      He wouldn't normally get such pricey gift, but his b'day is coming up and he's worked really hard for his GCSE's.
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      Following the various great advice, today from Rayments we bought a new Specialized Pitch Comp MTB. In a large frame (equivalent of 19" plus), front suspension only, with discs. A lovely looking bike.

      https://www.specialized.com/gb/en/me...-650b/p/134024

      It turns out, as a poster intimated here, that many of the Sussex cycle paths my son rides comprise loose stones and sharp flints. So a robust MTB with nobbly tyres made best sense.

      Matt @ Rayments was very helpful.
      Very nice, hope he enjoys it. Don’t mean to be nanny state like, but please make sure he uses a good fitted helmet. Mine saved my life.

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