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sobrique
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Bikes
This weekend I have been looking at bikes.
Work offers a Cycle to work scheme, which means - basically - buying a bike without paying tax/NI on your salary.
I used to cycle a fair bit, but ... frankly, hardly at all in the last 10 years (mostly due to storage space issues).
But I was thinking I'd like to again for a variety of reasons. Saving £80/month on diesel is a fairly good start, but it's also a good way of dodging gym fees (I've not made it to the gym in the last year), whilst making time in my daily schedule to 'work out'.

So, the problem is - Bikes have changed a bit in the last 10 years. Price, and technology has shifted somewhat. Back when I was riding last, LEDs weren't 'bike suitable', indexed gears were a new thing, and disc brakes/suspension was something you saw on only the very top end.

Speaking to the bike shops, I've been handed a list of suggestions:
Cube CLS
Scott Sportster
Giant Rapid
Specialized Sirrus
Ridgeback Meteor
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From: portilis Date: December 4th, 2011 11:02 pm (UTC) (Link)
Are you still based around Coventry? If so, I can point you in the direction of someone I know who works part-time in a bike store up there and rides competitively...
sobrique From: sobrique Date: December 18th, 2011 08:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm afraid I live in the Gloucester area these days.
I've found a few reasonable places - I'm still going to have to wait for the voucher to show up though.
From: sebbo Date: December 18th, 2011 09:01 am (UTC) (Link)
Bikes are nice.

Morning meetings with someone who does 25 miles each way in not much time on a route with hills is not nice. However it is an effective meeting detterent... so not all bad I guess...

Gyms are evil... however, I do not regret trying it again.
sobrique From: sobrique Date: December 18th, 2011 08:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
I used to cycle, but have fallen out of the habit. But my journey to word definitely includes getting changed and having a shower when I get there.
Gyms much the same - their major virtue is having a bit of variety, so you can have a reasonable variety for an hour long workout, and handy showers and changing rooms.
I hadn't considered the strategic merits if being pongy in the morning, but I can see the virtues ;)
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