I am currently the proud owner of three bikes:
This was my first proper bike, bought in March 2012 from Halfords for around £329. It has a Shimano 2300 groupset with 16 gears. It’s now serving as my winter bike, having fitted some mudguards – it also has Shimano R501s after upgrading the wheels on the Ribble. It’s not fast or glamorous but it’s still fun to ride and good for winter miles.
Ribble New Sportive Racing
I bought this in May 2013 after getting a place on RideLondon. It’s got a carbon frame and fork and it cost around £1100 with a Shimano Tiagra groupset. I’ve since made a few upgrades – the front and rear derailleurs are now Shimano Ultegra, and the wheels have been upgraded to Superstar PAVE 28s. It is much quicker than the TDF! It’s so much fun to ride and I can’t wait for the summer months so I can get this out of the shed again.
This is my mountain bike-shaped object, which was £70 second hand from the local bike recycling charity. It was very clunky when I first got it, but I’ve learned enough cycling maintenance now that I’ve been able to adjust things to be smoother. It still isn’t brilliant though – I think it’s too small for me really and I am thinking of getting a decent mountain bike (with disc brakes and suspension and everything!) I generally only use this when cycling with Nicky, sometimes taking the others in the bike seat or trailer. I also sometimes cycle into town on this as I don’t care if it gets stolen!
As per The Rules I am always on the lookout for an n+1, I think my next bike will probably be a cyclocross bike so I can go properly off-road.