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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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Scenes in Italy with police stopping cyclists

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 🙂

To see more great value bikes please visit https://www.hargrovescycles.co.uk/bikes/hybrid-bikes/instock?maxprice=700

Stay safe out there everyone

Hargroves

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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

£399

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

£449

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

£450

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

£699

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

£1449.99

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

£1999

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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Commuting with a cyclo-cross bike – What’s that all about?

With Summer now in full swing, you might already be cycling to work and taking advantage of the warmer mornings and lighter evenings. If you’re not, we would highly recommend cycling to work, even it’s just one day a week. There are a whole bunch of health benefits plus it’s been proven to boost productivity at work.

Normally, would expect to see people riding hybrids, drop bar road bikes or mountain bikes to work but there is a new trend emerging. More and more cyclists are riding to work on cyclo-cross bikes and they seem to be cropping up all over the place.

What is a cyclo-cross bike?

Cyclo-cross bikes have drop handlebars like a road bike, but generally have fatter tyres which offer way more comfort and grip. The best thing about a cyclo-cross bike is that you get all of benefits of a road bike but with the added bonus of being able to ride the bike off road. OK so admittedly it’s not going to shred the trails like a full suspension mountain bike, but the bigger tyres are less prone to punctures and will roll really well over bumpy terrain.

Also because they have drop bars you can mix up your riding position. For example you can put your hands on the drops, on the hoods or on the flat bit of the bars. Allowing you to be able to change your riding position helps with climbing up hills, descending tricky bits of trail or even just riding at a steady pace on the flat sections of road. Cyclo-cross bikes are a jack-of-all-trades.

What sort of spec can I expect?

At the heart of a cyclo-cross bike will either a good quality alloy (aluminium) or carbon frame. Carbon frames are lighter and stiffer but don’t discount Alloy. Alloy-framed rides are generally less expensive than carbon and still offer an incredibly comfortable ride.

For most people riding to work you don’t need the super duper expensive gears and brakes. Functional is the name of the game. Thinking long term, a bike with a 105 groupset is going to be way cheaper to maintain. Just think when it comes to replacing the chain, cassette and chainrings you’re not going to have to re-mortgage your house. Most cyclo-cross bikes are now equipped with disc brakes.

As a mountain biker at heart, I’ve been riding disc brakes for years and the difference in braking compared to conventional road brakes or v-brakes is night and day. As opposed to the classic 26” mountain bikes I often see when i’m riding to work, cyclo-cross bikes roll with 700c wheels which translates to about 28” in diameter. Those extra inches will pay dividends because bigger wheels roll faster and are easier to turn which equals less effort and more speed!

Where is the best place to start?

To help you on your way, we’ve handpicked a number of cyclo-cross bikes which we think offer exceptional value for money. What’s More we’ve even broken them down into different price points.

Best selling cyclo-cross bikes under £700

Ridley X-Bow 20 Disc – £599.99

This versatile frame is perfect for those new to cross and can easily be used for training or commuting.
Ridley X-Bow 20 Disc - 2015 Cyclocross Bike

Cannondale CAADX Sora – £699.99

Cannondale CAADX Sora is the perfect bike for a commuter who would like to attack some gravel/muddy parts of a path. Rather than building a bike which has all the top end components Cannondale have created a budget minded cyclocross bike. Future proof frame with disc brakes and mudguard mounts the Cannondale CAADX Sora is for all conditions.
Cannondale CAADX Sora - 2016 Cyclocross Bike

Best selling cyclo-cross bikes under £1,000

Cannondale CAADX Tiagra – £799.99

New Shimano Tiagra 4700 on a new Cannondale cyclocross bike makes a well spec’d machine. It is a bike which can do so much. From the dialy commute or handle a cyclocross race.
Cannondale CAADX Tiagra - 2016 Cyclocross Bike

Ridley X-Bow 10 Disc – £849.99

The Ridley X-Bow 10 Disc is the working horse in Ridley’s stable. Ideal for first cyclocross or cycling experience, while the fender and carrier mounts make it the perfect companion for commuting.
Ridley X-Bow 10 Disc - 2016 Bike

Cannondale CAADX 105 – £899.99

The Cannondale CAAD X 105 is a complete carry over from the 2015 range. If it is’t broke then why fix it.
Cannondale CAADX 105 - 2016 Cyclocross Bike

Best selling cyclo-cross bikes over £1,000

Cannondale CAADX Ultegra – £1,299.99

The Cannondale CAADX Ultegra if a thoroughbred cyclo-cross race bike. But don’t let that stop you from using this bike as a mega commuting machine. The ultegra drive-train provides the rider with super smooth shifting and the disc brakes will stop you on a sixpence. if you’re looking for a slightly more luxurious cycle to work, this is the ride for you.
Cannondale CAADX Ultegra - 2016 Cyclocross Bike

Cannondale Super X 105 – £1899.99

Some may think this is TOO much bike to ride to work on. But for those looking for the ultimate riding experience on a bike that’s fit for elite level cyclo-racing then this is the bike for you!Cannondale Super X 105 - 2016 Cyclocross Bike