Choosing a new bike is difficult, especially if it’s your first bike or you’re looking to get into another area of cycling. It can be really daunting coming into one of our stores and seeing hundreds of bikes on show; which one is right for you? We’re here to help! This blog will take you through a rough guide of how to choose the right bike for you, from the type of bike right up to what added extras you should go for. Get started, find out how to choose your perfect bike!
The first thing to think about when buying a new bike is the type of bike you want. The right bike can make your commute to work a comfortable dream, but the wrong bike can make your next foray into the wilderness a bone-rattling experience. Below is a list of the types of bikes you should consider. This isn’t an all-inclusive list by any means, but it should get you started down the right track:
Standard Bike: A traditional, single-speed bike. These generally feature some form of coaster brakes (brakes that gradually slow the bike when you stop pedalling or brake sharply when you pedal backwards). A standard bike is ideal for short rides around your local area, but aren’t very good at tackling rigorous obstacles like steep hills or muddy terrain.
BMX: Single-geared bikes that are generally used for trail riding. They have all-terrain tires and cable-operate brakes, allowing for sharp or soft breaking. These bikes are ideal for those wanting to cycle on trails or courses that have a lot of tough obstacles and adverse conditions.
Road Bike: Also known as a Racing Bike, a road bike is designed for speed and should only be used on a road or similar smooth surface. They are often designed with speed in mind and as such are light-weight and place emphasis on the rider being aerodynamic. If you’re looking to get into competitive racing or want a vigorous way to keep fit, then this could be the bike for you.
Touring Bike: Built with comfort in mind, a touring bike is an ideal replacement for a small vehicle. They are designed to carry luggage and can sustain higher weights than other bikes. (Ideal for that weekly shop!) They’re quite heavy and have mounts where you can add a luggage rack or similar attachments.
Mountain Bikes: Designed for off-road use, a mountain bike will take you over hilly terrain, across muddy fields and around cross-country races. They have large, all-terrain tires, suspension, and unyielding brakes, as well as a wide range of gears for use in different situations.
Each of these has their own sub-types that may be more appropriate for you, so feel free to ask our wonderful team when you pop in store!
Whilst you may have a good idea what bike you’d be interested in after reading our list, there are several things that you should consider when choosing your next bike:
• What do you need a bike for? – Knowing your intended usage is key to deciding what bike will best fit your needs.
• What is your budget? – Having a firm budget in mind will help you target a bike that not only fits your needs but is also affordable.
• What terrain will you usually be riding on? – This affects what tires you’ll need for your bike but also what kind of bike would be most helpful.
• Make sure your bike fits well! – Ensure your bike is the right size for you before you buy. This will prevent any injuries down the line and make riding your bike easier.
• Always test ride your bike before you buy. – Make sure you give your bike a thorough test ride before you buy it. This will help us iron out any problems you might have!
• Have your bike professionally built. – Our staff can build your bike for you, so it’s ready to go as soon as you leave the store. Having your bike professionally built will help us to ensure there aren’t any mishaps during this stage, and we can also make sure everything is safely secured.
This should give you a good starting point on how to decide what your next bike should be. Feel free to pop into your local CycleKing or Hawk Cycles if you have any more questions. Don’t forget you can Click n’ Collect, shop now.