If you're looking for a bike that you can use for weekday commutes as well as take out on leisurely weekend rides, a hybrid could be just what you need.
Whether you're after a road bike that doubles up as a trail bike, or a commuter bike that can cope with that killer hill you have to climb each day, there's a hybrid bike option for you.
These ten hybrids are all well under £500 making them perfect choices for those after a taste of cycling.
Complete with a handy wicker basket, the Pinnacle Californium 2 2014 in gloss ruby red is the epitome of elegant town bikes. Having just three easy to flick between speeds, this is a reliable and low maintenance bike that will get you where you need to go in comfort and style.
Equipped with the strength of a mountain bike and the geometry and smooth rolling wheels of a road bike, the Ridgeback Speed SE 2014 makes for a very practical commuting bike. The full Shimano drivetrain means shifting is accurate and consistent and the Continental puncture resistant tyres take away the constant worry of getting a flat. This light and stable bike comes with mudguards and pannier fittings as standard so it's ready to go straight from the off.
The classically designed 50s Pendleton Ashwell Hybrid Bike comes with built in mudguards, luggage rack and full chain guard making it as practical as it is elegant. The traditional upright step-through frame allows for classy mounts and dismounts and straight-backed, ladylike riding. For an even chicer finish, purchase a Pendleton wicker style front basket to match.
A hybrid sports bike, the Giant Escape 3 Women's 2014 is a perfect first bike for weekend and leisure cyclists. Its thin tyres make it a great road bike and the 21 speeds means its quick to pull away from the lights and can make it up hills without a problem. Available in four sizes in charcoal or mint, it has puncture resistant tyres so that you can rest assured you won't be needing to change a tyre as you ride around looking elegant.
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