Choosing a Bike

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For beginners

There are many different types of bikes to choose from and the one you want should be based on the type of riding you intend to do.

If you’re new to cycling and would like some general information on Getting Started, download our Get Cycling Guide which helps you understand the different types of bikes if you’re just starting out or thinking of investing in a new bike.

For more advanced riders

You probably have a better idea of the style you want and maybe even the manufacturers you like. If so, then it becomes a question of how much you want to spend and whether you want to sacrifice on the quality of components.

It’s fair to say that the more you spend, the better components you’ll buy and the less maintenance your bike will need. However, it’s always a good idea to shop around as prices and quality do vary.

It may be that you need two or more bikes – a cheaper bike for commuting and general city riding and another for sport or competition.

If you do need more than one bike, storage often then becomes an issue. Find out more about storage options with this PDF guide.

Buying a new bike

Buying from a cycle shop gives you the confidence that the bike is set up correctly before you use it. Many shops sell both new and second hand bikes.

There are almost 50 cycle shops in the area so you really are spoilt for choice. Remember to pick up some useful accessories, such as a lock and a pump. Read more about the things you might need at our clothing and accessories page.

Asking for advice

Your local bike shop can provide excellent advice, even if you don’t plan to buy from them.

Explain what you’re looking for, or what type of riding you plan to do, and they will be able to give you some great independent advice based on your budget and style of riding.

Independent bike shops will have impartial knowledge about a whole range of bikes, whereas chain stores tend to specialise in a type of bike or particular manufacturers.

Alternatively, if you know what style of bike you’re looking for, you could try reading the reviews in cycling magazines and websites for an independent opinion.