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Exercise Bikes under £1000

The new regulations imposed by Boris Johnson mean that we are no longer able to enjoy the great outdoors as freely as we’d like. We are limited to leave our homes for reasons deemed a ‘necessity’. This includes shopping for food and medicines, work, helping a vulnerable person and once a day for exercise. As I’m sure you’ve all noticed, cycling is mentioned as a permitted exercise and while the details are slightly hazy, cycling is what you should do. The distance or time isn’t specified, however, common sense should dictate your rides. Stay safe, on your own, on routes you know and with all the necessary tools and with the knowledge of how to use them.

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France and Spain had similar restrictions in place, unfortunately, cyclists flouted them, riding in groups and long distances. The government came down hard and banned all cycling due to a few unruly riders, with roaming police, strict fines and potential prison sentences to deter anyone from breaking the rules. Let’s not get ourselves into the same position by respecting the regulations and behave responsibly.

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In the meantime, do the most to enjoy riding a bike. The sun is out and no one is in a hurry. Head out into the fresh air and take some deep breaths and enjoy the feeling of your legs spinning, the lack of cars and slightly eerie quietness in the streets. If you’re currently bikeless and feeling the urge to get one, there are some great bikes out there for under £1000 and options to finance them over a selected period of time, to alleviate any financial strain. Hargroves have picked a few of our favourite bikes for under £1000 and listed them below:

2020 Specialized Sirrus X 3.0 Hybrid Bike

Available in pink and black the Sirrus X is your ticket to riding more and to places you never imagined possible. It’s a comfortable, capable “let’s do stuff” kind of bike that will inspire you to ride more than you ever have before. With bigger confidence-inspiring tires, a slightly more upright riding position, a super intuitive one-by drivetrain and plenty of mounts for racks and fenders it’s more than just a solid partner on the pavement. Specialized also equipped every Sirrus X with next-level comfort from their scientifically tested and ergonomically engineered shared platform body geometry saddle, handgrips and pedals. Here’s to your new life on two wheels. At £699 and finance options as low £19.40 a month it’s a deal that’s hard to pass.

2020 Cannondale Althea 3 Women’s Hybrid Bike

With its low-standover, mountain-bike-inspired frame, its 700c knobby tires and 50mm suspension fork, the Althea can take you from pavement to dirt, to gravel and back…with a smile on your face. It’s comfortable, popular and looks good. The women’s frame design matches the ruggedness of a mountain bike with the speed of 700c wheels. Super low standover means easy mounting and dismounting. The women’s specific geometry of the Althea delivers the speed and agility of a city bike, with the stability and heads-up comfort of a mountain bike. Currently, with 15% off at £509.99 and finance options available at £14.15 a month, it’s time to snap up the Althea and get the most enjoyment out of your ride.

2020 Ridgeback Avenida 6

The Avenida 6 was built around comfort, with its classic step-through frame design and upright riding position coupled with the swept-back bar and suspension seat post the Avenida 6 puts you in the perfect position to ride all day and step off feeling just as fresh as when you stepped on. Fully equipped with full-length mudguards and rear pannier rack as standard it is more than capable of tackling the morning commute or the daily ride and equipped with 6 speed Shimano gearing means it can handle any route you choose. Available at £449.99 and finance options starting at £12.49 a month.

2020 Cannondale Topstone Sora Mens Gravel Bike

A personal favourite of mine, the Cannondale Topstone, is a capable, versatile gravel road bike. Built for chasing horizons, exploring routes less travelled or accelerating your commute. Its lightweight aluminium frame uses Cannondale’s SmartForm tubing to save weight and engineer comfort, increasingly important on long and off-road rides. Wide tyre clearance allows 700 x 37c tyres to come as standard, which really blurs the lines between on and off-road with their fast-rolling tread yet high volume providing plenty of comforts. Disc brakes, internal cable routing and multiple mounting points for luggage and you’ve got a seriously capable bike on your hands. At £949.99 you get some real value for money and the finance starts as low as £26.36.

2020 Cube Aim Race Hardtail Mountain Bike

If you’re looking for something a bit more fun, look no further than the Cube Aim Race Hardtail. It’s cheap, cheerful and with plenty of play, it’ll keep a smile on your face the entire time you’re on it. Whether you plan to zip around the block, delve into the local park or even a quick single track lap round the local woods this well-equipped, easy-to-handle and reliable trail companion won’t let you down. At £499.99 and starting at £14.95 a month finance you’re not going to find more bang for your buck.

Regardless of what you choose, what’s important is keeping safe, riding responsibly and being careful, but get your exercise in 🙂

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Cyclescheme Recommendations – Tips For The Best Cycle To Work Bikes

Since its introduction in 1999 the Cycle to Work Scheme has paved the way to healthier commutes for hundreds of thousands of employees across the UK – and while body and mind benefit, bank accounts get a boost too: cycling to work saves up to £3,000 per year (compared to driving), and it’s an easy way to buy a brand new bike at a fraction of the cost.

The Cycle to Work Scheme is your route to a tax-free, brand new bike, saving you at least 25%, and up to 42% from the maximum value of £1,000 – which you’ll pay over an agreed period of time with a ‘salary sacrifice’. Essentially, your company buys the bike, you hire it via an agreement until it’s paid off and, after a final payment, all yours. The best bit? It’s in your possession to ride straight away.

The scheme is open to all (yes, even if you already own a bike – or several!) and ideal if you’re looking to dip your toes into cycling. At Hargroves Cycles we support all the leading scheme providers, so you can access our huge selection of bikes. But where do you begin with your commuter companion?


Using tracks and paths away from cars as well as the road on your journey means that you’ll need a bike that can cope with a variety of surfaces, and you can find a commuter bike to fit the bill for well under the scheme’s £1,000 ceiling, to include a helmet and accessories into the deal.

The Specialized Crosstrail Sport, £675, is a hybrid built for comfortable commutes on any terrain. Its SL Premium Aluminium frame is combined with 55mm of travel in the suspension forks to deliver comfort when the going gets rough. The shock features Fitness Brain Technology, which differentiates between bumpy ground and rider input, to improve efficiency. The 18 gears gives a good range on the flat and hills alike, while 160mm hydraulic disc brakes deliver confidence, whatever the weather. Its 700c wheels with 32mm tyres, mounts for mudguards and space for a rack will ensure year-round ride readiness.

Specialized Crosstrail Sport.

If your rides are likely to include lumps and bumps aplenty, consider the Cube Acid 2018  hardtail mountain bike for £899, with flat bars like the hybrid but greater levels of comfort over rocky terrain via its smoother and greater suspension travel, 100mm through air sprung RockShox forks offering a range of settings through its PopLoc lockout and 22-gear range. Its hydraulic disc brakes (180mm front/160mm rear) provide all-weather stopping power, while the tailored wheel size (27.5 or 29er depending on frame size) and Cube’s ‘Lite’ alloy frame provide maximum comfort.

Cube Acid

If tarmac is likely to be your main work-run surface, Cube’s Attain Race Disc, £949, brings a little bit of racing spirit to your rides with drop handlebars, aerodynamic lightweight alu frame and carbon fork. But comfort is key on the commute – Attain’s Road Comfort geometry promotes an efficient yet non-aggressive seated position, while mudguard mounts, mechanical disc brakes and plenty of clearance for 28mm wide tyres will match aspirations of anyone looking to ride in comfort whatever the weather. Commutes equal clocked-up distance, so you’ll want components you can rely on, and Attain answers this with its Shimano 20-speed Tiagra drivetrain – the perfect package for a commuter road bike.

Cube Attain Race Disc


It’s super simple to get one of these bike through the scheme. To get started, ask your employer if they’re signed up, pick out your perfect commuter companion from Hargroves and follow these easy steps to a healthier future for you, the planet and your pocket.

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Hybrids: How to Choose Your First Hybrid Bicycle

Hybrids combine the fast-rolling speed of a racy road bike with the upright comfort and practicality of a mountain bike. They’re perfect for town and city use, especially if you want to save money and time travelling to work – and get fit at the same time. Leisure, exploring, commuting, fitness, fun, saving money or saving the planet – hybrids do it all, and there’s a perfect model for you out there.

They’re ideal for everything from quick shopping trips to weekend adventures in the hills – while the name ‘hybrid’ might suggest a compromise between two worlds, the result is actually a very pure version of cycling. They offer fun and function in equal measures. They just work!

There are a range of styles within the general ‘hybrid’ bracket to consider, and Hargroves Cycles are here to help work that out. It centres around what kind of riding you mostly do. Some bikes are closer to mountain bikes than road bikes – featuring suspension forks, more gears and wider, more deeply treaded tyres – while others favour the opposite features and strengths. Obviously, the more towpath, bridleway or singletrack riding you do, the more you should favour the mountain bike end of the hybrid family.

On the tarmac-orientated side you find stripped-down, super-fast machines built tough and simple; great for rapid urban transport and longer weekend road rides. Suspension isn’t really necessary on the road, where its motion can soak up some of your effort, plus it’s heavier and more expensive to start with. Strong hydraulic disc brakes and just the right spread of gears – perhaps a simple, secure and light 1×11 drivetrain – are factors worth considering on your personal check-list.

Expect smooth, fast-rolling tyres, with stronger sidewalls and carcasses compared to ‘high performance’ or full-on racer tyres to guard against punctures on the UK’s dodgy city street surfaces. And remember that, while quick release (QR) axles are great if you do get a flat, they’re more of a security risk for theft, compared to bolts.


Somewhere in between you find the hybrid all-rounders. These offer strength, reliability and everything you need to mount racks, panniers, mudguards and more. They may also have maintenance-reducing things such as gearing that’s sealed in the rear hub, away from dirt, rain and crash damage. Handy if you ride in all conditions. Ride these hybrids to the shops, ride them to another continent…they won’t mind.

What about wheel size? You’ll see many 29ers and still more 700c bikes, and they are in reality, effectively the same wheel diameter. One name comes from road riding (700c) and the other from mountain biking, that’s all. And unless you’re looking for a small frame, where the smaller 27.5in/650b wheels are a better fit, the easy-rolling stability of these very popular big wheels is perfect for most hybrid bikes and most hybrid riders.

At Hargroves we have the full range of hybrid options, and few are such good value as the Specialized Crosstrail Disc (£550). A true all-rounder with mechanical disc brakes and a suspension fork, it also features all necessary mounts for luggage racks and full-length mudguards, plus comfy 38mm tyres that are fast along the centreline and aggressive for cornering grip on the edges. The fork can be locked out for maximum efficiency on the road.

Specialized Crosstrail Disc

Go a little more city-oriented and you find classic designs such as the Sirrus Sport (£725), also from Specialized. It’s a fully-rigid alloy machine that’s ideal for commuting. Reflective walls on the fast, surefooted 32mm tyres and powerful disc brakes keep you safe in traffic all year round.

Specialized Sirrus Sport.

Looking for a little more style and a little less maintenance? Then you’ll love the Cube Hyde Pro (£849) as much as we do. A rigid aluminium bike so smooth it could be mistaken for carbon, the Hyde Pro has sealed-away hub gears that rarely need maintenance and a belt drive that never needs lubrication – and it won’t get your trousers dirty, either! Big, high-volume 29in tyres steamroller the roughest streets, while Shimano hydraulic brakes keep the whole stealth-black plot under full control. Seriously, what’s not to love?

Cube Hyde Pro

Make sure to check out our full range of Hybrid Bikes here.

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Cycling To Work – 3 Reasons To Change The Way You Commute

Caught up with the news recently? Then you’ve probably heard about the new study that says cycling to work can cut the risk of cancer and heart disease in half. The five year study carried out by researchers at the University of Glasgow compared the impacts of an ‘active commute’ as opposed to taking public transport or driving in.

Granted, it’s quite a bold statement, and whether or not you think it is totally accurate, there’s no denying that cycling is a fantastic way to keep fit and healthy…and that’s not the only reason people choose to commute to work, as we explore below!

  1. De-Stress – Start your day the right way

How many times do you find yourself stuck in traffic, raging at other drivers? Let’s face it, it’s not the best way to start your day…but imagine a commute that consisted of fresh air, no traffic, and little stress?

Ok, so we’re not saying cycling to work isn’t going to solve all of your problems, but studies have proved that it can reduce stress and anxiety, improve sleeping patterns and alleviate symptoms of depression, so it could make your day just that little bit better!

  1. Get there quicker

Obviously, this is going to depend on where you live, where you’re travelling and how much traffic your area is plagued with, but some commuters find that cycling to their place of work is easier and takes less time than travelling by car or public transport.

Look out for sites like Sustrans, as this will help you find cycling routes in your area, which may just make your commute that much easier!

  1. Save Money

How much money do you spend a week on petrol or public transport? It all adds up!

And granted, purchasing a new bike may seem like a lot of investment up front, but, in the long run, you may end up saving yourself big bucks. And plus, with bike finance options and a cyclescheme available, now is the perfect time to think about changing your daily commute!

Of course, these are just a few of the reasons people choose to cycle to work – we’ve not even gone over the fact that it is great for the environment, a way to get your 30 mins of fitness in without having to go out of your way to exercise and that research shows cyclists avoid inhaling as much pollution as drivers or people who commute on public transport (we know it sounds odd, but we’re not making it up! It’s based on a study by carried out by Imperial College London!)

So, thinking about changing the way you commute to work? Check out some of our favourite Hybrid Bike’s below!

Cube Curve Womens


Cube Curve Womens

Perfect for commuting, exploring urban areas and even further afield, the Cube Curve Womens bike is perfect for those looking for a comfortable, reliable ride every time.

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Scott Sub Cross 40


Scott Sub 40

Perfect for touring and commuting to work, the Scott Sub Cross 40 emphasizes comfort and convenience. Plus, it’s available in both male and female geometries.

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Specialized Alibi Sport Step Thru


Alibi Sport Step Thru

Tyre’s that never go flat? Yes Please! Say hello to the Specialized Alibi Sport Step Thru…

Fed up with fixing this, or pumping that? Specialized hear you, and hence have created the perfect low maintenance bike, designed specifically for women. With it’s easy step thru design, anti rust chain and puncture proof, airless tyres, every ride will be as easy as can be!

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Cube Nature Pro


Cube Nature Pro

Perfect for your everyday commute, and taking on steep, rough trails, the Cube Nature Pro is designed to tackle every ride. With it’s high-quality frame, powerful hydraulic brakes, and a comfortable suspension fork, the Nature Pro is your partner for every adventure.

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Cannondale Quick Carbon 1


Cannondale Quick Carbon 1

Boasting an ultra-light frame and the comfort of a more upright riding position, the Cannondale Quick Carbon 1 is designed to slay miles of carbon with ease.

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Cube Reaction Hybrid HPA Pro 500


Cube Reaction Hybrid HPA Pro 500

Perfect for weekend rides, and daily commutes, the Cube Reaction Hybrid HPA Pro 500 offers extra power on tap, to make every journey faster and more exciting. With the latest Bosch drive technology, this e-bike combines second to none performance with day to day practicality!

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Plus don’t forget we’re still running our Pedal offer, where you can get 50% off pedals, when you purchase any bike….what are you waiting for!

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Best Bikes Under £500

If you’re looking to buy a new bike for under £500 there are plenty of bargains to be had. It’s also the time of year when brands such as Specialized and Cannondale start to reduce this year’s models as they release details of their new ranges for 2018. Specialized for instance are offering up to 33% off selected models, some of which feature here.

What you should expect from a £500 bike

If you’re looking for the best bike you can buy for £500 there are a couple of things you should consider spec wise. Firstly for that kind of money you should expect it to have a good quality, durable aluminium or frame. The Specialized Rockhopper Sport for example has an A1 Premium Aluminium frame. This means is going to be fairly light and able to handle a few knocks and bumps.


At the £500 mark, you should also be expecting disc brakes as opposed to conventional V-Brakes. V-brakes still feature on cheaper bikes around the £250 mark so aren’t completely extinct. Disc Brakes however perform so much better, especially in poor weather conditions when it’s rainy and muddy. They also stop you faster and give you more control over your braking so it’s no surprise manufacturers are using these more and more.

Most mountain bikes these days come with suspension forks at the front of the bike to provide a bit of cushioning on bumpier sections of road or trail. It’s important to remember that not all suspension forks are equal. They range from basic to high performance. At the £500 mark, you would expect a functional suspension fork with around 75 – 100mm of travel and if you’re lucky a lock-out mode. Travel refers to how much the forks move up and down to absorb the shock of the bumps in the road. A lock-out feature gives the rider the ability to turn the suspension off. Turning off the suspension is particularly useful on steep climbs and flat sections of a smooth road.

Specialized Sirrus

Specialized Sirrus 2017 Hybrid Bike

Looking to get into shape this summer? Then look no further than the Specialized Sirrus. This hybrid bike is the perfect option for people who want to get out and explore, and keep fit at the same time. The no nonsense approach to design means this bike will give you everything you need, but nothing that you don’t!

With reliable components, and a premium, lightweight A1 frame, you’ll be riding for years to come. And don’t worry about long days in the saddle; with comfortable body geometry components that take the sting out of riding, you’ll be able to push yourself to the limit every time.

Specialized Rockhopper Sport

Specialized Rockhopper Sport

Dirt curious and looking to find your legs on the trails? Then the Specialized Rockhopper Sport is the bike to live out your mountain biking fantasies. This entry level mountain bike places focus on the long haul performance, and is built to last; with components selected  for their strength and durability, and corrosion resistant hardware, you’ll be able to tackle whatever the trails throw in your direction.

With a lightweight, A1 Premium frame and geometry that’s guaranteed to make you feel planted, confident and efficient out on the dirt, you’ll be climbing the trails and making light work of the descents every time.

Specialized Alibi Sport

Specialized Alibi Sport

Who has the time to be pumping this, and fixing that? No one! That’s why you need the Specialized Alibi Sport in your life. Ready to roll whenever you are, this hybrid bike removes any need for dirty maintenance, thanks to it’s anti rust chain and puncture proof, airless tires that will never go flat, and never need pumping!

With it’s premium A1 frame and body geometry grips and saddle designed specifically for women, not only does the Alibi provide a comfy ride, but also offers a wide range of gears, to help you conquer any hill that stands in your path.

Cannondale Trail 5

Cannondale Trail 5

Ready to fall in love with mountain biking? Then the Cannondale Trail 5 is here to take you on your new journey. After 30 year’s worth of designing bikes for the world’s top racers, Cannondale have learnt a thing or two, and have packed this bike with technology and features that offer fast, confident fun for every ride.

Specialized Pitch 650B

Specialized Pitch Mountain Bike

One of this year’s best sellers, the Specialized Pitch is the bike you need if you want to get off the road, and onto some trails. Equally part-performance driven, the Pitch was created with a light, aluminum frame and quality components; hand selected for their long term strength and capability.

Cannondale Quick Althea 2

Cannondale Quick Althea 2 Hybrid Bike

Ready to explore? The Cannondale Quick Althea 2 is waiting to bring out your adventurous side. Whether you’re looking for a bike to get you from A to B for your daily commute, or you’re looking for something to take on some dirt-road exploration, this hybrid bike is your perfect match in all things adventure.

Scott Aspect 750

Scott Aspect 750 Mountain Bike

Designed to be light, efficient and not too harsh on you wallet, the Scott Aspect 750 is a firm favourite for a reason. Featuring a nifty fork lockout mechanism, disc brakes and Syncros components, mountain bikes perfect for novice riders don’t get much better than this.


Specialized Vita

Specialized Vita 2017 Hybrid Bike

The Specialized Vita is your perfect partner in all things fitness. With this hybrid bike, you don’t have to worry about emptying every last pound in your pocket to get out, have a great ride, and stay in shape; the Vita offers a fantastic value bike that will enable you to ride with maximum efficiency, whilst making sure you stay comfortable in the saddle.

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Buyers Guide to 2016 Cube Bikes

Cube Bikes once wore the mantle of the young up and coming German Bike brand but they are now fairly ubiquitous in the UK bicycle market.

If you were going to ask what kind of bikes do cube make then it would be much easier to tell you the kinds of bikes that they don’t. They were originally known for their mountain bikes but now they make everything from road bikes and mountain bikes to kids bikes and electric bikes.

They are without a doubt one of the best selling brands that we stock and that is because for accessible, robust and inexpensive bikes a Cube is pretty hard to beat.

Who are Cube?

Cube bikes was founded in 1993 in the corner of a furniture factory in Waldershof in Germany. At that point they had only 50 square metres of space. Now over 20 years later their production floor covers over 20,000 square metres and they export all over Europe and Asia.

What kind of bikes do Cube make?

At the time of writing this guide we stock over 243 different models of bicycle from Cube including;

Our best sellers however are the…

Cube Stereo 140 HPA Race 27

The Cube Stereo 140 HPA Race is a true all-rounder with it’s perfectly balanced suspension, 27.5 inch wheels and the new Shimano XT 2×11 groupset.
Cube Stereo 140 HPA Race 27 - 2016 Mountain Bike

Cube LTD Race 2X Black 29

The Cube L TD Race 2X Black 29 has one of the best aluminium frames ever developed Cube and feels as good on the trail as it does on the race course. The bike comes fully equipped with a Shimano XT 2 x 11 transmission, air sprung front suspension fork and hydraulic disc brakes – plus the bike looks really stealthy.
Cube LTD Race 2X Black 29

Cube Attention SL Kiwi & Black 29

The Cube Attention SL Kiwi & Black 29 is a well-balanced, sporty hardtail with a comfortable and efficient ride position, a high quality 30 gear transmission and a Rock Shox air sprung suspension fork.
Cube Attention SL Kiwi & Black 29

Cube Attain Race

The Cube Attain Race brings a little of the racing spirit to longer rides, after-work blasts with your training buddies or regular training sessions.
Cube Attain Race

Cube Cross Hybrid Pro 400

The perfect entry level e-bike, ideal for cyclists who are looking for a faster and easier commute to work or gentle rides in the Forest or Countryside. The Cube Cross Pro 400 is incredible value for money and makes e-bikes more accessible.
Cube Cross Hybrid Pro 400

How much will it cost for a Cube bike?

Cube make bikes all across the price ranges and to be honest with you for every price range that you have we can find a great Cube bike to suit.

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Best Cube Bikes £1000 – £2000