No I'm not buying him one, I'm not THAT much of a fawning sycophant! But my boss is keen on cycling to work at least a couple of days a week but has no idea what kind of thing to get. Recommend he goes to the LBS near work and have a chat with them and try some out, and I've suggested he checks out touring bikes. If anyone has any recommendations and things to consider, not just in terms of bike but also accessories, riding tips etc please share so I can encourage him! Criteria is: - Journey is a newbie-dawnting 17 miles each way. Relatively flat and mostly country roads, but starts with a steep uphill for almost a mile. - Boss is about 40, seems in fairly ok shape for his age, but does have lower back problems. - He'll be bringing change of clothes and perhaps a few other bits and bobs. - Probably only doing a couple of days a week to start, and doesn't fancy it in winter. We need to encourage more! - Work has cycle to work schemes available, but part of reasoning is to save money so may be hard to convince them to pay too much. I'm thinking £600-700 max perhaps. Good if something nice could be bought for less.