Update: Have been for a spin or two and came to the conclusion that for the kind of sedate riding I am likely to be doing, it doesn’t matter too much what kind of bike I get. The hybrid was great, as was the mountain bike, the latter being rather like the former, only with the addition of a springy fork.
Of course, if I thought there was any prospect of me chucking it down a mountain, I might feel differently. But that ain’t happening.
Long story short, I’ve just bought a 2015 Carrera Fury. Well used, but also well maintained. Took it straight to the local bike shop for a once over - new chain, a few adjustments, some puncture resistant gloop in the tubes - all good.
Total cost about £175. Not bad, I think.
Things have moved on since my youth. Hydraulic brakes are scarily good.
I’m now going to need some lights, a bike maintenance book, spoke clickers and some of those streamer things that fit in the ends of the grips.
The tyres are perhaps a bit knobblier than is ideal for the road, but they’ll be fine until they need replacing.
First priority will be lights and a lock. Any tips?