The most suitable bike

Man cycling on pavement

Which bike do I need? Best bikes for beginners

With so many different types of bikes on offer, it can be difficult to know which one is best for your cycling needs! The best bike for you depends on the type of riding you want to take part in. Whether that is cycling to work through town, or heading off road with your family on the weekends, there is a bike for everyone!

Read below to find out about the different types of bike you can purchase:

Family cycling in a Forest

Mountain Bike

A mountain bike is specifically designed for riding off road on different kinds of tracks, trails and terrain. They come in many different shapes but have the similar features of wide, knobbly tyres for grip, wide bars for stable handling and some kind of suspension to absorb bumps and jumps.

For those riders wishing to explore the local bridleways or try cycling in a relaxed environment, entry-level hardtail bikes are perfect. The wide tyres offer plenty of grip on rougher roads and front suspension gives a smooth ride.

You can find out more about the different types of mountain bikes you can buy here: Mountain Bike Guide

Woman with bike

Road Bike 

Generally seen being ridden around the countryside by lycra-clad riders, road bikes are designed purely for riding on the road. Despite their reputation as a bike for experienced cyclists, road bikes are made for every type of rider, not just for weekend warriors.

Road bikes are ideal for riding around towns and through countryside lanes, and due to their stiff frame and reduced suspension, they are pretty speedy too! So if you want a bike both for commuting to work and exploring at the weekend, a road bike may be the bike for you.

You can find out more about road bikes here: Road Bike Guide 

Hybrid Bike 

The best of both worlds, a Hybrid bike is a combination of a Road and Mountain bike and an amazing all rounder.

Hybrid bikes are built for riding through town and tackling the rougher terrains on cycle and canal paths. They feature flat handlebars and sometimes come with a front suspension to increase comfort on rougher terrain. Hybrids combine performance, comfort and durability making them a sure go-to for anyone wanting a bike that can do it all!

You can find out more about hybrid bikes here: Hybrid Bike Guide

two adults riding E-bikes

Electric Bike 

Electric bikes (e-bikes) sales have increased massively in recent years, with more people using electric bikes to power their rides.  If you don’t feel confident riding longer distances or would like a bike that can help you ride further, faster and for longer, an e-bike could be perfect.

E-bikes come in a variety of forms, but unfortunately they aren’t cheap, generally costing upwards of £1000. Despite this, they are well worth the investment If you’re looking for a bike that will get you to places quickly (often quicker than a car on a local commute) and with less effort!

Find out more about E-Bikes here: E-Bike Guide


Pre-loved and sale bikes

Remember, you don’t have to buy any of these bikes new! You can purchase pre-loved bikes for a fraction of the price from local bike shops. Most shops will insure the bike is in full working order and even provide a warranty on the bike when you purchase it.

If you are looking to purchase a new bike but at a bargain price, purchasing an older model bike can be the best choice. With most bikes, there isn’t a huge amount of difference between older and newer models so keep your eyes peeled for sale bikes!

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