Turns out the Scott was not for me after all, the suggested bike was a bit of a cross between hybrid and mountain and a fair bit heavier than I wanted.
In the end I chose a machine I saw quite early in my musings – a Giant Roam 1 and I ended up buying it from Cycle World in Southampton. They were very helpful on my first visit and very keen to help on my second, particularly concerning getting a bike frame that fitted my size and weight.
Anyhow, the Giant had its first outing today and I’m pleased to report that both bike and rider arrived back in “set off condition”!
I don’t have any way of measuring distance at the moment, apart from a quick measure on Google Earth, and that revealed a first trip of 9 miles, or thereabouts. Not bad for a first ride in about 10 yrs, and i never stood up once!
I probably don’t look that good/fit in shorts and a hi-viz jacket, but who cares about that, I can’t see myself!
I thoroughly enjoyed the first ride and am looking forward to a lot more miles…. Oh, and I just ordered a cycle helmet to complete the mamil look.