So I ended up putting a deposit on a bike yesterday and went with the Charge Plug 4 which is due early next week – cannot wait.
It has been reduced to £850 and I ordered a pair of off-road tyres by Continental bringing the total to £950. The Specialized tricross would not be available until early September hence why I chose Charge instead. I was assured that Plug 4 beats or at the very least matches the Specialized in terms of quality and ride.
Also on my cycling shopping list are a Garmin satnav, front and rear lights, bell, some reflective clothing.
Currently spending around £100-£150 a month on petrol (and god knows how much on repairs and insurance) so if I’m able to replace most of my travel with cycling I will start making savings soon.