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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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      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.
      Hope you bought a puncture repair kit too
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      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.
      I don’t mind you mentioning bike helmets at all. Until about 5 years ago I nonchantly both skied, and rode bikes, never wearing a helmet. There was no particular incident but one day which? reviewed bike helmets and highly rated a Specialized one. I bought it and have always worn it since. I also insist that my kids use a securely held helmet.
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      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.
      The kicker in this scenario has already been pointed out with an unusual clarity from perseus! if they decide, like kids do, to ride down a bridle path or over a bumpy field then road bike boy has no chance.
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      The kicker in this scenario has already been pointed out with an unusual clarity from perseus! if they decide, like kids do, to ride down a bridle path or over a bumpy field then road bike boy has no chance.
      Very true which is why I never suggested a road bike althoug a cyclocross bike would do just fine.

      But did attempt to dispel some of the odd comments around hybrids.
      His mates would go nuts if he rolled up on one of those Cannondale leftie hybrid thingys.
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      I'm actually going to have a look at that. I want to get another bike. I live within a mile of work now. I've stopped driving week days and started walking so my intention is to sell my car and buy a bike. We've got the family car so mine is really just a luxury that I can really do without.

      I work on Victoria in. Estate but live up by the triangle so want to do a circuit of Burgess hill before and after work taking advantage of some of the trails around town. In winter and it's dark I want to change tyres to skinnier as off roading in the dark is stupid and downright dangerous. A 29er seems ideal but I've been riding a 25 year old steel framed Raleigh I've had since a teenager. So probably going for a 27.5

      I've been doing a lot of reading and decided I want a Hard tail. No need for full suspension. There's not a lot of difference between Shimano tourney, altus and alivio drive train. Especially on entry level bikes.

      I've got a choice between the Scott Aspect or Giant ATX. The specs are very close, just down to colour and design really.

      I popped in to Evans today to have a closer look at the Scott and yesterday i went to Haywards Heath cy le centre to have a look at the Giant but I really like both!. The cycle to work scheme looks good but I need to talk to work to see if they can register for it as we're only a small company. The savings (especially through Evans) look very good so I'm broadening the search to bikes up to £650ish that will come down to £500 or less in the scheme. A lot more choice and decisions to make!
      I feel sorry for people who don't drink because when they wake up, that's the best they are going to feel all day.
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      I'm actually going to have a look at that. I want to get another bike. I live within a mile of work now. I've stopped driving week days and started walking so my intention is to sell my car and buy a bike. We've got the family car so mine is really just a luxury that I can really do without.

      I work on Victoria in. Estate but live up by the triangle so want to do a circuit of Burgess hill before and after work taking advantage of some of the trails around town. In winter and it's dark I want to change tyres to skinnier as off roading in the dark is stupid and downright dangerous. A 29er seems ideal but I've been riding a 25 year old steel framed Raleigh I've had since a teenager. So probably going for a 27.5

      I've been doing a lot of reading and decided I want a Hard tail. No need for full suspension. There's not a lot of difference between Shimano tourney, altus and alivio drive train. Especially on entry level bikes.

      I've got a choice between the Scott Aspect or Giant ATX. The specs are very close, just down to colour and design really.

      I popped in to Evans today to have a closer look at the Scott and yesterday i went to Haywards Heath cy le centre to have a look at the Giant but I really like both!. The cycle to work scheme looks good but I need to talk to work to see if they can register for it as we're only a small company. The savings (especially through Evans) look very good so I'm broadening the search to bikes up to £650ish that will come down to £500 or less in the scheme. A lot more choice and decisions to make!
      Small companies can definitely use the Cycle to Work Scheme.

      No need to waste firm's money by using the third party firms to run it, who pop up at the top of Google searches. Your firm's payroll person or external payroll bureau/accountants should be able to handle it.
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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.
      Nice! Love the Matt grey version....may look at that one for my eldest (who handed down his Hard Rock to his little brother)
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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.
      Ok well I would urge you to buy something he can use properly off road but commit to adding intermediate tyres for him while he uses it on roads/cycle paths.

      This will maximise the use of the bike for a longer period and make it tonnes better ride wise for him in the first period when he’s using it on well surfaced paths etc. The loss of power due to friction of riding on tarmac surfaces with full off road tyres is leg sapping and he’ll thank-you for it.


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      Ok I accept there might be the odd advantage to mountain biking:-

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