Which Bike Would You Recommend?
I was at one of those breakfast networking meetings this morning, and got chatting to a woman who’s got some money to spend on the Bike To Work scheme. She lives about a five minute drive from work, and is looking for a bike that’s:
- Well within the Bike to Work price range. That probably means less than £500
- Is comfortable
- Can take a child seat for her 15 month-old son
- Can be used for the odd off-road cycle path
She’ll be buying from the Edinburgh Bicycle Cooperative (they have the bike to work contract with her employer), so I had a look around their site, and came up with… (quoting from my email to her):
- Revolution Heritage - the Edinburgh Cycle Coop’s own brand. Good value for a starter and just £249 at the moment. Or their Streetfinder Womens ‘11 is just £225 - an absolute steal!
- Specialized Daily Globe Step Through - either the Daily 1 (£399) or Daily 2 (£499). These are both similar to the Heritage, but have hub gears. That means they also have a chain guard, so you don’t have to worry about getting grease up your leg. The Daily 1 has three gears, while the Daily 2 has seven. More gears tends to mean that they’re more closely spaced, and so the bike is easier on the legs for longer trips.
- The Pashley Poppy at £450 or the Britannia at £625 (outside the price range, but hey!). Pashleys are lovely bikes (my regular workday ride is one), but you do tend to pay through the nose for them. The Poppy only has a three-gear hub, and no basket or rack supplied, while the Britannia includes basket, lights, comfy saddle, five gears….
- If these are all a bit girlie, then I’d probably look at something like the standard version of the Specialized Daily Globe (£399).