Right, since joining this site, nearly two years ago, I have bought two bikes. A sirrus, which was too small and I have got rid off. A Trek 7.3FX which has the guards, rack and panniers but is a bit heavy although an excellent commuter. I was thinking about a mtb as I live by the South Downs Way but was also thinking of a cheapie road bike, (virtuoso). I would prob spend about £500 and might go for a cross but would that suit the purpose sdw and road. Could spend a bit more if I have to. Any suggestions and answers welcome!