Hello from near Reading

Babs

New Member
Really useful reading the 'posts'. I found the site when I was googling Batavus.
Going to get a new bike on the BTW scheme - was announced by my employer yesterday but only a month to choose what I want!
I ride to work - 12 miles round trip; then I cycle to my appointments.
I ride my daughters old hybrid which my OH has customised for me and has some nice upgrades on it.
I am thinking of getting a more upright bike because I have been getting a problem with my right hand - it goes numb and sometimes I can't write properly.
I am a bit overwhelmed by the number of bikes to choose from, and apprehensive that I might make an expensive mistake.
So I am hoping that you will all be able to advise me how to make the right choice!
 
Good morning Babs :biggrin: Welcome to CycleChat.
Cycle2work schemes are brill I have had 2 bikes from it.

Once again :tongue:
 

Norm

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Greetings, Babs from Whitchurch. :biggrin: Lovely area there, I worked in Theale for a while and love riding out that way - had many a lunch in the Greyhound in Tidmarsh. :tongue:

Do you ride on tarmac or do you head off road as well?
 
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Babs

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Norm said:
Greetings, Babs from Whitchurch. :biggrin: Lovely area there, I worked in Theale for a while and love riding out that way - had many a lunch in the Greyhound in Tidmarsh. :tongue:

Do you ride on tarmac or do you head off road as well?
I agree there are lots of great rides...plenty of hills too! I used to work in Kingsclere so went past Theale every day in the car I have to say - but changed job with the intention of riding to work. And the Greyhound is still there.
I mostly ride on tarmac but there are some good tracks - there is a back way into Reading through Mapledurham which is fab; and there are lots of canal paths and along the river....
 

Norm

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Aye, there's some lovely riding there. If you want to head off road, that's something to bear in mind when looking for a new bike. Something with big tyres, and possibly front suspension might be handy for you.
 
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Babs

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Yes I wondered about front suspension - I am pondering getting an inexpensive bike for work - and have a better bike for the week ends - leaving a good bike unattended in Reading is not a great idea! So far I only had my Brookes saddle nicked! and outside John Lewis too!
 

yoyo

Senior Member
I ride in your 'neck of the woods', have back problems and a broken coccyx (?spelling). I work in Tidmarsh Lane and I have done the Whitchurch - Mapledurham - Reading route on a few occasion. My bike is a Batavus Alamo with no front suspension as it adds too much weight but it has a suspended seatpost. The bike is good on all the steep hills in the area, but I have not tried Streatley Hill.
 
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Babs

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hi yoyo - that sounds painful - am impressed that you have even tried Streatley Hill!
I tried to get up Tidmarsh Lane through Sulham woods to Tilehurst but had to walk up the steep bit! Bit hairy with the cars and the bends, so I have found a different way. Mind you I came down Sulham Hill last week and clocked 31mph which for me is worse than going up! Purley Hill is great both ways.
I have been looking at the Batavus Apache - there are 3 in that range and was interested in the mid price one. Where did you get your bike from? How many gears has it got?
 
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