So, at the moment I have 2 bikes.
One is a Trek T10 'Navigator' which is about 3 years old and well past its best.
The other is a Scott YZ1 'Voltage' which is less than a year old and in good nick.
The Trek has been my loyal friend for these three years, carrying me back and forth daily between Hammersmith and Islington, and now between Victoria and Islington. It was a real bargain at £200, but it doesn't do off-road terribly well, and this is something I want to start getting my kids into enjoying.
I never really liked the Scott, almost from the moment I got it. I made the mistake of choosing it online - from the Cycle to Work scheme at my last workplace, and it was not the right bike for me. It can definitely handle off-road, but doesn't function as a commuter. I'm hoping to get £200 for it (perhaps part-exchange) and have been offered £150 from a cycle dealer.
I'm willing to spend around £500, but I am in a dilemma as to which bike I should go for.