Been reading the forum for a couple of weeks now but this is my first post A few weeks ago hubby and I dug our old bikes out of the garage (cheap ones bought from Halfords about 5ish years ago) and we've been riding several times a week since then. At the moment its mainly short routes after work and longer ones on the weekends - we still have a long way to go fitness-wise but we're enjoying it and I think we're going to keep it up as we're both having fun and feeling good. So....assuming we do in fact keep this up, and we start doing longer routes (6 miles is about the limit at the moment before the legs get too tired), we're probably going to need a couple of new bikes in a few months time because the ones we have aren't ideal. I currently have a 21" ladies Apollo CX10 hybrid, which is actually too small for me (but it was the largest bike we could find at the time) so I'm looking for a 23" frame to match my overly-long legs. Hubby has an Apollo FS26 mountain bike which he doesn't like because of the suspension - he'd prefer a hybrid. We mostly cycle on the road and cycle paths, but come the summer we'll be wanting take them on canal towpaths or woodland paths - nothing too seriously of-froad though. We've had a look around a couple of shops so far and are realising that for our budget we are going to struggle to get anything good - can only afford about £300 per bike. So I'm starting the research now so that we can try to find the best we can and I'd appreciate any words of wisdom anyone cares to share Hubby quite likes the look of the Ammaco CS300 - he doesn't like things like mudguards, and he thinks the lockout front suspension will make it better for those occasions where we do on canal paths etc. At £250 its also well within budget. I'd need to spend a bit more (£300) on the Ammaco CS500 as that one comes in a 23" frame. There isn't much flexibility in the budget so the fact that we could get both of these within budget makes them seem attractive. BUT I've not been reading great things about Ammaco bikes on forums so I'm not really sure whether these would be any improvement on what we've already got? Today I saw a few Ridgeback bikes (seems to be a better brand?) that could also be potentials: Ridgeback Motion (£260), Ridgeback Speed (£285), Ridgeback Comet (£315) - but they are all described as "commuter hybrids" so I'm not sure whether they'll cope on off-road paths? I know Decathalon gets mentioned as a good place to go - we're going to try to get over there at some point to see what they've got. I don't think they'll be much good for me (I think I'd need an EU:XL but the website only shows one hybrid in that size and its well out of budget) but they might have something good for hubby - any thoughts on the B'twin Riverside 3 Men's? Wow this has turned to to be a bit long....thanks for making it to the end! Any thoughts on the bikes mentioned? Or suggestions where else to look? Thanks!