I’m wondering if this is fatal or not. Bike shops in Cambridge don’t seem to do welding.
[Thanks to all who commented. The answer turns out to be the Genesis, £600, plus some mini-mudguards. To make things more exciting I'm buying it via the govt's bizarre buy-your-bike-from-work scheme, which (if it all works out) saves me 40% tax plus maybe some other bits. For those happy enough not to live here, there is some weird tax-dodge scheme encouraged by the gummint whereby the company buys the bike (in theory), or maybe some other leaseholding company, you rent it for a year whilst making monthly payments, and then you buy it for a nominal sum at the end of the year. It is a job-creation scheme for accountants and tax lawyers.]
If it is fatal, I was looking at:
as a possible 6-miles-each-way commuting type bike on roads and cycle paths in Cambridge weather.
You may patronise me with your wise advice if you like.
Oh, and while Im posting misc stuff:
Do you like mimolette? I do. But Waitrose doesn’t stock it. The Cambridge Cheese Company does but they are supercilious.