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I would like the opionion of members who use bicycles to get around when on a site.

I have seen both types, that is the standard size bike and the ones which have much smaller wheels, which seem to be folding bikes. I have a bike carrier so not looking for folding ones, would appreciate anyones input as to what they would consider better for the casual use we intend.
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We use standard sized bikes. With the state of some of the paths /roads /tracks I really wouldn't fancy dropping into some of the potholes with small wheels, and no we do not do mountain biking just casual riding near whatever site we happen to be on Colin
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As Colin said, I think a standard bike is more feasible. I used to have a small wheeled bike and found it hard work going any distance.

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We have hybrid bikes which have a mountain bike frame and gears but larger diameter narrower wheels.
Not quite as good on road as a road bike, and not as good on rough tracks as a mountain bike but can do
a bit of both resonably well. Suit us perfectly for our needs.


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We have hybrid bikes which have a mountain bike frame and gears but larger diameter narrower wheels.
Not quite as good on road as a road bike, and not as good on rough tracks as a mountain bike but can do
a bit of both resonably well. Suit us perfectly for our needs.


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Thank you Trevor, one to have a look at, ease of riding is another issue, not for me as ridden since a kid, but my wife has never done so, but is now prepared to get started.
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We have hybrid bikes which have a mountain bike frame and gears but larger diameter narrower wheels.
Not quite as good on road as a road bike, and not as good on rough tracks as a mountain bike but can do
a bit of both resonably well. Suit us perfectly for our needs.


Trevor



Thank you all for your replies, a standard bikes and hybrid they will be.
Looking on the net I see there are many different sizes of frames, quite what that means to us I am unsure unless a visit to a bike shop to try one out. My wife is 5.2 I am 6.0, would a 19" frame be suitable for her and a 22" for myself.
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Mike, I personally would not recommend buying new bicycles from the internet because the quality of what you receive can be really bad. The quality of frame welding and wheels can be really terrible. You cannot see that quality from the photographs. Try before you buy! If you don't live near a big city, try calling in at local police stations and asking them if they sell off any old lost/stolen bikes they have got piled up around the back. That way, for a small 'donation' you can find a bike that really fits you or your partner and spend just a little more getting a better saddle or sorting out new tyres. Also, you will cry less if it gets stolen. Find another police station and start the process all over again. Recycling! [biggrin]
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Mike, I personally would not recommend buying new bicycles from the internet because the quality of what you receive can be really bad. The quality of frame welding and wheels can be really terrible. You cannot see that quality from the photographs. Try before you buy! If you don't live near a big city, try calling in at local police stations and asking them if they sell off any old lost/stolen bikes they have got piled up around the back. That way, for a small 'donation' you can find a bike that really fits you or your partner and spend just a little more getting a better saddle or sorting out new tyres. Also, you will cry less if it gets stolen. Find another police station and start the process all over again. Recycling! [biggrin]


Hi Mike, Loop is right. You need to sit on a bike to see it is the right size for you. Some do not allow you to adjust saddle height as much as others etc. If nothing else you ought to go to a bike shop, sit on some, and see what suits!

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Hi Mike, Loop is right. You need to sit on a bike to see it is the right size for you. Some do not allow you to adjust saddle height as much as others etc. If nothing else you ought to go to a bike shop, sit on some, and see what suits!


Sound advice from you both, we are intending to visit Halfords and try some. Found some good information about matching people height with frame sizes http://www.evanscycles.com/help/bike-sizing-hybrid.
I feel we would prefer new bikes if possible, but will definitly have a look at our local police station, could be some very recent ones avaiable.

The search goes on

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Sound advice from you both, we are intending to visit Halfords and try some. Found some good information about matching people height with frame sizes http://www.evanscycles.com/help/bike-sizing-hybrid.
I feel we would prefer new bikes if possible, but will definitly have a look at our local police station, could be some very recent ones avaiable.

The search goes on

Mike


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Feet & InchesCentimetresFrame Size (inches)Frame Size (cm)Frame Size
4'10" - 5'2"148cm - 158cm13" - 14"33 - 37X-Small
5'2"" - 5'6""158cm - 168cm15" - 16"38 - 42Small
5'6" - 5' 10"168cm - 178cm17" - 18"43 - 47Medium
5'10" - 6'1"178cm - 185cm19" - 20"48 - 52Large
6'1" - 6'4"185cm - 193cm21" - 22"53 - 57X-Large
6'4" - 6'6"193cm - 198cm23" - 24"58 - 61XX-Large
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That looks about right. My wife is 5'7 and me 5'8. We both have 18" frame Dawes Discovery 601 hybrids.

Cycletrack3.jpg


Lake Annecy if anybody is wondering [smile]


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That looks about right. My wife is 5'7 and me 5'8. We both have 18" frame Dawes Discovery 601 hybrids.

Cycletrack3.jpg


Lake Annecy if anybody is wondering [smile]


My that looks fantastic, great looking bikes to.
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Mike, I personally would not recommend buying new bicycles from the internet because the quality of what you receive can be really bad. The quality of frame welding and wheels can be really terrible. You cannot see that quality from the photographs. Try before you buy! If you don't live near a big city, try calling in at local police stations and asking them if they sell off any old lost/stolen bikes they have got piled up around the back. That way, for a small 'donation' you can find a bike that really fits you or your partner and spend just a little more getting a better saddle or sorting out new tyres. Also, you will cry less if it gets stolen. Find another police station and start the process all over again. Recycling! [biggrin]


I can understand your caution re buying from the internet, wise advice, but I have used ebay for many years for a wide range of products and have rarely been disapointed, as a good guide I always look at the sellers rating from the previous customers, plus ebays own classification.
The one I am currently looking at is here: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/COMMUTER-19-FRAME-MENS-HYBRID-BIKE-6-SPEED-700C-WHEEL-MUDGUARDS-RACING-GREEN/152477948228?_trksid=p2047675.c100005.m1851&_trkparms=aid%3D222007%26algo%3DSIC.MBE%26ao%3D2%26asc%3D40656%26meid%3D9badb22f89ba45ee8d27dff1c83407a7%26pid%3D100005%26rk%3D6%26rkt%3D6%26sd%3D152493730733
They have some 19000 happy customers, well, 99.7% happy ones, which speaks volumes to me.
Would welcome your comments.
Incidently Amazon do the exact same bike at the same price.

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It's always better to see and handle this type of item. I'd try to find a shop selling the same make if I could just to get the feel of it. Then buy from ebay to possibly save a 100£. But that looks a tidy bike and is the average of ebay prices and I'd not want to spend to much on a bike to carry around on the back of a MH 
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Super photo Trevor. - Nice flat bit of road 😉. I know there are plenty of hills around there though., so I am sure you did your share!

Did you use the campsite that is almost lakeside about a mile out of the town to the West? We have not stayed there, but someone recommended it to us. - Again....it is on my list!

To keep on topic, we haven't taken our mountain bikes with us yet, as we tend to walk everywhere with the dogs. We also don't want to leave Barney and Betsy for hours on their own in the van whilst we go cycling, so we haven't had a need for them. If we do take our bikes, I would be slightly anxious about leaving them on the back of the van when we were not in it. (A pair of bolt cutters would soon release them for the taking!). We could actually get them in our garage if we just popped the saddles off, which seems a better option. I have just read Witzends comment about not wanting to spend much on a bike if it is going to be left on the back of a van and I wondered if anyone on here had had a problem? I know you can always reverse right up to a wall/hedge to make access more difficult if leaving the van and bikes, but it seems a bit of a risk to leave decent bikes unattended.

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Hi Woody. No we stayed on a small private site near the south end of the lake (forget the name of it). Given the choice we always prefer the smaller sites. Usually less kids around due to lack of play facilities.[smile]
Great flat off road cycle route all along the west of the lake. Did a full circle of the lake using back roads on the east side.


Back on topic. Our bikes cost £600 each one so having a motor home with a garage to carry them securely is a priority.


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Hi Woody. No we stayed on a small private site near the south end of the lake (forget the name of it). Given the choice we always prefer the smaller sites. Usually less kids around due to lack of play facilities.[smile]
Great flat off road cycle route all along the west of the lake. Did a full circle of the lake using back roads on the east side.


Back on topic. Our bikes cost £600 each one so having a motor home with a garage to carry them securely is a priority.


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I shall be after the name of that site when we make it out there Trevor. - Sounds more like our sort of place.

Yes, our bikes are not cheap ones either, so they will definitely go in the garage!

Cheers. Have. Good weekend.

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Here you go Woody, managed to find it for you[smile].

http://www.campingletaillefer.com/

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Here you go Woody, managed to find it for you[smile].

http://www.campingletaillefer.com/

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Thanks Trevor. What a wonderful spot......with lots of trees for shade. I have 'saved' on my iPad, and OH has printed out a copy for our 'France Folder.'

Thanks for taking the time to look it up for us.

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We have electric bikes, so they were not cheap ,but they have to go on back of M/H. They are locked on and alarmed but do realise that a determined thief could get them. But the layout we have had in all our vans means we have never had a garage large enough to carry bikes in.Colin
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