Choosing the right bike
First some key points you need to consider;
- What do you want to use it for?
- When do you want to use it?
- Where do you want it to take you?
- What is your budget?
Choose the type of bike which reflects the majority of journeys you intend to make.
Road bikes - These are lightweight with skinny wheels and dropped handlebars (normal handlebars are available). Designed for speed. There are two types;
- Racing bikes – For cycling on the road at speed or participating in competitions.
- Touring bikes – Sturdier versions of racing bikes for recreational purposes, longer on-road journeys - a cycling holiday in France for instance. Have the facility to carry items in pannier bags for example.
Mountain bikes - These have sturdy frames and fat knobbly tyres. They often have suspension and a wide selection of low gears perfect for all types of terrain including steep climbs and off-road cycle trails. Change the tyres and they can also be ridden on-road for short distances.
Hybrid bikes - These type of bike have the speed of a road bike with the strength and gearing of a mountain bike. Lightweight but sturdy with smooth tyres and an upright riding position suitable for a wide variety of cycling. A great everyday option for those wanting to cycle to work or simply for leisure and everyday activities. A great all-round bike that can be used both on roads and an off-road paths and tracks.
Folding bikes - As they suggest fold down compactly with smaller wheels and lower gears. Designed for making relatively short journeys are ideal for people who commute on public transport or travel by car but want to use their bike at either end of the trip. Also popular with holidaymakers touring by car, caravan or boat.
Electrically assisted bikes - e-bikes are ideal to provide a little extra help to get up the hills or for a longer daily commute. Equally if you just love cycling but don’t have the strength in your legs any more.
Remember you are probably looking for a bike that satisfies most of your requirements, you may need more than one bike, so think about this when determining your budget.