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Old 06-22-22, 01:10 AM
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Bike decision poll

Please could you all take part in the poll to help me. Narrowed it down to these two bikes. Looking for an all rounded bike for occasional recreational / leisure use.

Boardman HYB 8.8 Vs Boardman ADV 8.9.
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Old 06-22-22, 01:12 AM
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Bike decision poll

Please could you all take part in the poll to help me. Narrowed it down to these two bikes. Looking for an all rounded bike for occasional recreational / leisure use.

Boardman HYB 8.8 Vs Boardman ADV 8.9.
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Old 06-22-22, 01:35 AM
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https://www.halfords.com/bikes/hybri...es-390014.html

https://www.halfords.com/bikes/adven...es-389606.html
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These are two different bikes and personally I would not let other people's opinions make your decision. Have you ridden them both? Do you have a preference for drop bars or flat bars? If not, I think you should ride them or at least ride one of each type before buying something.

My choice would definitely be for the drop bar with double crank because that works better for the riding I do.
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Old 06-22-22, 03:10 AM
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Unless you really want drop bars, I'd go for the hybrid. It's £300 cheaper which will let you get a lot of extras, and it'll be better all round.
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Old 06-22-22, 05:20 AM
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We’re all different and you need to make the best choice for you. I’ll share my experience. I bought a hybrid because I wanted comfort. After a few years bought an endurance road bike. I’m more comfortable on the road bike (hands, hip, knee) to the extent I no longer ride the hybrid and I never ride in the drops. I only ride paved bike trails.
Good luck with your decision. They are both good bikes.
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Old 06-22-22, 05:41 AM
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Originally Posted by Waseem1985 View Post
Looking for an all rounded bike for occasional recreational / leisure use.
Waseem, what do you mean by occasional? Once a week? Now and then? Are you riding alone, or with others, and what kind of riding are they doing? Hilly? Flat?

If you just need a bike for once in a while, the hybrid. If you might ride regularly, the gravel bike.

Also, if you're near a bike shop, a chat with the staff and maybe a test ride would help you choose. Good luck.
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Old 06-22-22, 06:06 AM
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Old 06-22-22, 06:32 AM
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Originally Posted by BCDrums View Post
Waseem, what do you mean by occasional? Once a week? Now and then? Are you riding alone, or with others, and what kind of riding are they doing? Hilly? Flat?

If you just need a bike for once in a while, the hybrid. If you might ride regularly, the gravel bike.

Also, if you're near a bike shop, a chat with the staff and maybe a test ride would help you choose. Good luck.
I'm new to biking but keen to build an interest. Will initially be riding alone on mostly flat ground. However I don't want to buy something that I will need to replace should I develop and cycling becomes something I do on a regular basis and I start exploring more. Hope that makes sense.
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Originally Posted by Waseem1985 View Post
I'm new to biking but keen to build an interest. Will initially be riding alone on mostly flat ground. However I don't want to buy something that I will need to replace should I develop and cycling becomes something I do on a regular basis and I start exploring more. Hope that makes sense.
If you're just getting started, you won't know how you are going to develop, so it doesn't make sense to buy a bike just because you think it MIGHT be better for you later. Buy the bike that best suits how you're riding now which is something you know. If you buy a bike that doesn't work well for you now, chances are you just won't develop as a cyclist anyway.

I don't know how we could know which bike suits you better. I'm not answering your poll.
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Old 06-22-22, 06:45 AM
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Didn't vote--maybe you should test ride a few bikes to see what type you prefer. Then buy used in case your first choice doesn't turn out to be what you expected.
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Old 06-22-22, 06:49 AM
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Originally Posted by livedarklions View Post
If you're just getting started, you won't know how you are going to develop, so it doesn't make sense to buy a bike just because you think it MIGHT be better for you later. Buy the bike that best suits how you're riding now which is something you know. If you buy a bike that doesn't work well for you now, chances are you just won't develop as a cyclist anyway.

I don't know how we could know which bike suits you better. I'm not answering your poll.
Makes sense. In that case i think the hybrid would be better suited for me at this stage.

Thank you for your comments.
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Old 06-22-22, 07:03 AM
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Originally Posted by Waseem1985 View Post
Makes sense. In that case i think the hybrid would be better suited for me at this stage.

Thank you for your comments.

That advice is based on watching the mistakes of other people--some spend too much on the bike they think they should want and then end up not riding it because it doesn't suit them.

freeranger brings up a good point--are there any used bikes available in your area for you to try?
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What was your process for narrowing them? Really it would be whichever bike felt the best and worked the best.
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Neither. Both are useless for anything but riding around.
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Neither. Both are useless for anything but riding around.
So what would you recommend?
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I think the Boardman bikes are actually good value for a beginner. So I think you are on the right track in that choice. So then it's really a matter of what type of riding you prefer. Drops vs flat bars? Only you can make that decision. This poll won't help you there at all.
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Originally Posted by Waseem1985 View Post
I'm new to biking but keen to build an interest.
So do you own a bike now? If so, try to consider what you like about it and what it has that suits you. Then consider what it is lacking that makes you want to upgrade or explore other options.

As others have said, this is a decision you need to make based on your wants and needs not those of random internet strangers. Test ride bikes if possible but keep in mind that unless you are very fortunate, a bike shop may try to sell you stock on hand and not necessarily the best bike for your wants and needs. Other than that, this forum will be a great place to ask internet strangers maintenance and repair questions once you buy a bike.

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Originally Posted by GamblerGORD53 View Post
Neither. Both are useless for anything but riding around.
That's a pretty odd comment; what would you do *beyond* riding around? Racing?

Both of those are pretty good bikes at the upper end of what most riders would use regularly, so I don't think either is a bad buy. They are better specced that pretty much anything I see at social group rides.

Though I'm not sure I'd recommend them to a new rider; you'd potentially be better off buying the Carrera or Voodoo Hybrids (Crossfire or Marasa) for 1/3rd of the price, ride them for a while to see what you like/dislike, then sell the old bike when it feels like you need something more and buy something good.
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I would definitely choose the Specialized Sirrus.
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Since the 8.9 is out of stock,. the decision should b easy
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