I've recently moved to Staines (no jokes please) and it has some lovely bike rides along the river Thames, you can go for miles, so I thought it was high time to buy a bike again. Obviously I haven't got a clue what to look for hence the post, but my budget is around £300 and I wouldn't mind getting a second hand one either.
I intend to use it on cycle paths etc a lot, but also would like to take it on trails e.g lake district or devon and get it really muddy I thought a mountain bike would be best rather than a hybrid.
Can anyone recommend a good brand name or product that would fit the bill please? I'd prefer it to be easy to use (lightweight) and comfortable (saddle, suspension), those are the main two factors.
Any help most appreciated, thanks in advance!
PS suggestions for a ladies bike same application also grateful