I'm new to this forum and I hope someone can help me out.
I have recently moved to the UK and I like to cycle. I'm looking for a bicycle with a small budget.
I would mainly use the bike for commuting between home and work. For this reason, I think I would like to have mud-guards on the front and rear (and possibly a cargo-rack), to be able to get to work without getting too dirty. The roads are generally good (asphalted), but sometimes, I'll have to take the side-walk and some of the roads are badly maintained (i.e. a pure road bike will probably damage quickly). Furthermore, it will be slightly uphill and downhill and one way will take about 40mins (google-maps). This will on average be twice a week. Every once in a while I would also like to us the bike to just tour into the country (yes, it's in Scotland) on a Sunday. This will likely be once every two months. Based on this, I am thinking about getting a hybrid bike, a touring bike or a cyclocross bike.
Now I have three main questions:
- what type of bike would you advice (any others that I'm overlooking, advantages, disadvantages)?
- do you have examples in or around Aberdeen for GBP 150-200?
- what size of frame and wheels should I have, if I'm 1.82m tall (6.0')