Riding bikes seemed to fall out of favour for a few years but the constant rise in the price of fuel and public transport, together with increased health consciousness has meant that more and more people are getting behind the handlebars and riding bikes again.
There are hundreds of different bikes to choose from so take a look at our guide to bikes to make sure you pick the ideal one for your needs.
The main types of bike that you can purchase are illustrated in the table below:
The bike you choose will depend on your needs and your budget. The following will help you decide which bike is right for you:
Designed for off roading, a mountain bike is the ideal choice if you want to use your bike for leisure. Mountain bikes generally feature wide tyres, shock absorbers and extra traction to make it easier to ride over uneven surfaces. You can choose from hard tail or full suspension mountain bikes, both of which have their benefits:Hard tail mountain bikes
Road bikes are ideal for commuting to work or simply getting around town. To get the most out of your road bike look for one with lightweight components and frame, a low riding position and thin, smooth tyres for tarmac and pavements. When choosing a road bike look out for the following features:
A hybrid bike can offer you the best of both worlds as it’s designed to be used as both a mountain bike and a road bike. When buying a hybrid bike look out for the following features:
If you’re going to be using your bike to commute as well as at the weekends then bear in mind a hybrid bike is bulkier than a folding bike so if you want to be able to take your bike on the train or store it easily then a folding bike may be a better choice.
Folding bikes are ideal for commuters because they can be folded easily so they take up less space, which is great for travelling on public transport or for storing your bike at work or at home. When choosing a folding bike look for the following features:
Once you’ve purchased your folding bike take time to practice folding and unfolding it before you take it to work so you’re familiar with how it works and can do it quickly and easily whilst on your journey.
If you want to save yourself a bit of pedal power and travel for long distances without too much effort then an electric bike could be perfect for you because the electric motor will take up some of the slack of pedalling to make it easier. When choosing an electric bike look out for the following:
If you plan to use your bike to perform tricks then a BMX is ideal. Look for the following features:
Learning to ride a bike is a rite of passage for any child. When choosing your kid’s bike use the following table to make sure you choose the right size:
|Height (cm)||Age||Size of wheel (inches)|
Whichever type of bike you choose it’s essential to wear the correct safety equipment. When riding any type of bike you should always wear a helmet and if performing tricks should wear extra protective clothing such as knee and wrist guards.