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    Hi, wondering if anyone can recommend a brand of light weight bike, non folding or folding. Our old ish bikes are quite heavy 16kg and as we get older seem to cause us problems lifting to them on the bike rack. Still want to ride without use of electric power, so looking for reasonable priced light weight models. Done some online research and see Halfords doing deals at moment.

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    What type of surface/terrain do you intend to ride on? Mountain bikes have front suspension (adds weight) and fat tyres which are harder to ride on roads but better on rough tracks. Aluminium frames lighter than steel.
    Had many years of riding mountain bikes (carried on back rack) but found that we ride 99% of the time on roads and cycleways and so put slick and narrower tyres on. A couple of years ago i changed to a hybrid bike which took less effort to ride on the road but with having reasonable tyre width was still ok to ride on tracks. No front suspension so saving on weight (watch out for cheaper aluminium bikes as they sometimes have steel (heavy) front forks -check with magnet). Wouldn’t go back to mountain bike now. The more you pay, the better the ride. Decent second hand bike like a Specialized Sirrus (men’s) and Altus (women’s) can be picked up for about £200. At home I tend to ride a road bike but away I find the hybrid a good compromise.
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    Brompton S2l Titanium for just a shade over £2k. Lightweight comes at a price.
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    Spa cycles at Harrogate do a titanium tourer for £1450, plus others at higher prices.

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    You can take a folded folding bike on any train without restriction so if you do a lot of train travel then it’s a no brainier. And the ones we have fit in our motorhome garage when a standard bike would not so no additional length to worry about and reduced theft risks. Downside is smaller wheels so ride no so good on uneven surfaces and not suited to off road cycling as frame strength compromised at fold joint. And the rolling resistance is higher so slightly more effort required when cruising but the smaller wheels do make for faster acceleration and they are definitely more agile and fun in a city or town environment. Folding bikes can have rider weight limits of 100kg so if you are over this folding bikes not really suitable. But they generally are lighter than standard bikes. There are reasonably priced folders around the 12.5 to 13kg mark. More expensive Bromptons start at around 11kg however unlike standard bikes they have high residuals and their used prices hold up as they have a following.

    I’ll add that there are bus companies that will allow passengers to carry folding bikes on the bus off peak as long as the bike is folded and in a storage bag. Could be handy if you need to take a bus into a city from where you are parked up. 13kg is still some weight to carry however more so for the girls but only for a short distance when catching and departing public transport.

    Basically for us the folders give us more options than standard bikes. But they are ebike folders so not able to recommend.
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    Quote Originally Posted by groyne View Post
    Brompton S2l Titanium for just a shade over £2k. Lightweight comes at a price.

    Bl**dy hell, that is more than I paid for my Honda Scooter, when it was new
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    Quote Originally Posted by grath View Post
    Bl**dy hell, that is more than I paid for my Honda Scooter, when it was new
    A proper track bike is well over 30 grand,but a good lightweight alloy folder can be had new £200 or used on f book market place from £50 up.
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    I had a Trek Hybrid FX and it was so light I could pick it up myself and put it on the rack which on our van is quite high. It was stolen 2 years ago in France when it was not locked up. I was going to replace it with the same but had problems with the place where I worked changing the “cycle to work scheme “ and the next years model was only available by the time they sorted it at £900. I really did not want to pay that for a bike to sit on the back of the van in all weathers. I found another on eBay and only paid £125. I have to say it was an absolute bargain but there are lots on there for around £200. Hybrids are great bikes, easy to ride and light. I have a rack and mud guards on mine and best of all not so many tears if I loose it again

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    Unless your a bike nut and want specific things go to Decathlon. Brill shop for bikes with good all models from £300 ish and light for the money your paying.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ******** View Post
    Go to a proper bike shop, not Halfords.
    I got our two Carerra eCity folding electric bikes from my local Halfords. I was given a terrific deal, which included a year long care pack for each bike.

    Have you bought a bike or bikes recently from Halfords to justify your comment?
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