Cheap and cheerful mountain bike with rigid fork
Big wheels, low cost
Reliable and adaptable urban ride
Fat-tyred beach-front cruiser look-alike
Off-road chassis in urban camouflage
Tandems are big investments; both in terms of the money they command from your wallet and the space they take up in your home. Chances are, you'll only be able to fit one in your stable.
Rigid forked mountain bikes are rare at £300, and Giant's Escape M2 isn't a full-bore off-road machine but an urban mountain bike. If you look beyond those slick treads however, you'll see a familiar-looking chassis...