Hi all really could do with some advice............ Ok Im approaching 49 this year, Im a taxi driver and really unfit these days, sick of going to old friends funerals so its time for a lifestyle change as I dont want to be the next one lol. My brother-in-law has asked me to do the coast to coast bike ride (UK) and Im really keen on this but everytime I see a bike I fancy for the budget I have someone puts me off it and I dont want to make a mistake as I did 3 years ago and a rubbish cycle. I was advised to buy a hybrid bike for the coast to coast, best of both word's a customer was telling me. Ok so I have a budget as we all do, my budget is around £350, Ive seen a few bikes on the Halfords website on special offers, £500 bikes for my budget such as a boardman bikes. My B-in-Law has tod me best to get hydraulic brakes never had a bike with these before so didn think it a necessity so this is where you guys come in. So what do you think guys what is best for me. Im around 5'-7'' tall weight just under 13 stone although Im planning on shedding this quick again on a low carb diet. Many thanks in advance guys and thanks for allowing me to join.