Hello all. I've just twisted my employer's arm to start a Cycle to work scheme in line with an office move commencing in Spring next year. The new office will be 4 miles away from home in the Leicestershire countryside, with 40/50mph and NSL roads between myself and it. The roads in Leics are pretty good (although I hail from Sheffield and I imagine that roads in Siberia probably look better than South Yorkshire's pothole ridden tarmac) and the route is relatively flat. Driving is sometimes unavoidable in my line of work but I'd probably 'bike in twice a week or so. I've looked around and it seems my best bet for buying a bike would be to head up the M1 back to Sheffield and go to either Edinburgh Co-op or Decathlon (where I have not-so-fond memories of a saturday job a few years back) and pick up an own-brander. Both shops subscribe to the Cycle Scheme I'm looking at our company joining. I was thinking that I would buy a 'bike & accessories costing £500-600. Sub £500 is useful because it makes the scheme cheaper. Having read around it looks like I have to make the decision of type of bike. I rode motorbikes in my teenage years and was a bit of a speed-freak so am inclined towards a road bike with "underslung" handlebars, but to counterbalance this I've never ridden one, had a generic mountain bike as a kid, and haven't cycled for at least five years. What are people's experiences and recommendations re: road bike vs "hybrid"/commuter bike? I don't particularly fancy going MTBing any time soon, but it might be nice to take a trip or two to Clumber park and similar; would a road bike be too inflexible to ride in that kind of environment? If I chose a road bike, it seems like the B-Twin (Decathlon) Triban 3 (£300) or Triban 5 (£500) might be a good idea, where-as if I went hybrid the Revolution Cross (£450) seems to have good reviews (still underslung handlebars though so maybe more road biased?) Also, what accessories do I need? I'm guessing puncture repair kit, allen key, water bottle, but I must be missing something! Anything else I've missed? A glaringly obvious flat-handled superbike for £500 with carbon everything and a guarantee that I'll look like an underwear model in three months flat? Finally, there is a requirement in my line of work to be suited and booted; what are the mechanics of commuting along country roads to work? There will be a shower installed at the new office so I was vaguely considering just leaving a suit there for the days I cycle in; do people do this? Are there any practical tips in this area? ps. I'm 6'3", 14st and relatively fit if that makes any difference.