My father (in his 60s) rides an old £80 BSO that came from Argos 15 yrs ago. Now that he is retired he is riding it quite a bit but its got some issues that need repairing, and my mother has suggested we all club together and buy a replacement for his birthday. I have been appointed with selecting the purchase...
...I enquired about budget and have been told "seriously don't go over the top as he really won't want that, £200 should be our absolute limit (but less is fine if you can find something suitable!)" now my brother and I will increase our contributions towards that total budget so £250-£300 is the true budget (and she needn't know!). So not quite BSO - but certainly not what people here typically buy!
He rides quiet back roads, sustrans and towpath type surfaces. He doesn't do any proper off road. He only rides flat bars, and flat pedals. So I think we are looking Hybrid, No Suspension, Rim brakes. Current bike is 26" wheel, 22" frame (with quite a long stem).
Anyone spotted any bargains at that end of the market?