Buying a New Bike - The Basics

Buying a new bike shouldn’t be daunting, but with so many options available it’s easy to feel like you are going round in circles, excuse the pun!  That’s what we are here for, to help guide you through the entire process, and ensure that buying your bike is as enjoyable as riding it.

So where do you start?

There are a few simple questions that will help you identify the right bike for you.

What sort of terrain do you want to use the bike for? 

Open roads, forest tracks, fire roads, canal paths, around town?  Your answer doesn’t have to be just one of these, this is to help identify what you want to use the bike for and in many cases a bike can be versatile and cover a multitude of terrains. 

What sort of riding do you want to do? 

Are you looking to ride for fun with friends, start racing, lose weight, improve fitness or switching sports because of injury?  This is far from exhaustive but this will help to identify the best options for you. 

Once you’ve given these some thought you are well on your way to finding the perfect bike.

We’ve put together an overview of types of bikes available, from the questions you’ve given some thought to above, you may be able to identify the category of bike that you are looking for.

Road bikes.

Road bikes, by name are designed to be ridden on the open roads.  They are fast, light, nimble and great for exploring far and wide.

Cyclocross, Gravel bikes.

A category that has seen a rise in popularity in recent years, a cyclocross or gravel bike is designed to be more versatile than a road bike, not limiting you to just smooth tarmac, but allowing you to explore the countryside on gravel tracks and dirt roads.

Hybrid bikes.

A popular option for urban riding.   A hybrid sits between a road bike and a mountain bike, a versatile option if you want something to do it all.  A hybrid is an ideal bike for going out with your family, commuting to work or exploring the countryside at a more leisurely pace.

Mountain bikes.

Similar to road bikes, a mountain bike does what it says on the tin.  A mountain bike is designed to be ridden off-road, there are many different types of mountain bikes, hardtails, full suspension, enduro, downhill, the list goes on, but if you want to ride off-road, a mountain bike is the bike for you.

Electric bikes.

They have an electric motor built into the frame to assist you with pedalling.  But this is cheating?  If you’re in a race situation, then yes.  You may have seen the phrase ‘motor doping’, a few people have been caught doing this, but the main benefit of an electric bike or e-bike is that they allow us to ride further and in some cases faster.  An e-bike is something you have to try, ride one and judge for yourself, they are really fun!

What is the next step? 

Now you’ve given some thought to the sort of riding you want to do on your new bike and have an understanding of different types of bikes on the market you are well on your way to finding the perfect bike for you.

We have a great selection of bikes in store and can help you narrow down your options further.  We recommend paying us a visit to go through the range.  We’ve put some of our knowledge down here but we can’t get our years of experience down on paper.

James, Tom & the team.