Looking to start your cycling adventure or upgrade your current wheels? We’ve put together the best places to buy your next bike.
Cycling is a great all year sport, so if you are just starting to take up the hobby you won’t be disappointed. We’ve put together this handy cycling guide to help you on your cycling journey so sit back and discover the right bike for you.
For those more experienced cyclists, take a look at our list of bike shops and discover which is best for the type of bike you’re after.
We know bikes and all the equipment that comes with them can be expensive so check out our deals page to see if you can knock something off your price tag. Don’t forget to head to our cycling clothing page if you’re looking to pick up a new outfit.
Best online cycling retailers
Even if you know exactly what you need, you might need help finding the best online shops for your needs. Check out our recommendations below.
What type of bike do I need?
If you’re thinking of making cycling a regular occurrence, you’ll want to purchase the right bike for you and your needs. In short, there are four types of bikes you’ll be looking at: road bikes, mountain bikes, BMX bikes, and kids bikes.
- Road bikes: These bikes have thin frames and tyres and are ideal for riding smooth, paved surfaces. If your plan is to ride to work, the shops, or around your local park, then this is what you’ll be looking for. They’re also the bike of choice for touring and racing.
- Mountain bikes: Designed for off-road riding, mountain bikes have a sturdier frame and thicker tyres than road bikes. These tyres are knobbly, so they can manipulate the harsh terrain you’ll be encountering, like dirt, gravel, and steep rocky paths. They also have suspension in the front to absorb the impact of bumps (though you can purchase a no-suspension mountain bike if you desire).
- BMX bikes: Fond of hanging around skate parks? Prefer tricks and dips over roads and trails? Then this is the one for you. BMX bikes are sturdy with thick, lightweight tyres and frames, allowing for jumps and tricks.
- Kids bikes: Pretty self explanatory, children’s bikes are smaller in size than their adult counterparts and are robust enough to cater for learners. For this reason, they’re designed to be ridden on smooth, paved surfaces.
In order to boost your performance and comfort whilst cycling, you should also think about getting your bike professionally fitted for your height and leg length.
Cycling Weekly’s Best Road Bike Award
Sealskinz All Weather Cycle Gloves from Wiggle
These all weather cycle specific gloves are completely waterproof and windproof, comfortable and breathable, with pressure point padding and box finger construction. They also have a touchscreen feature on the thumb and index finger so you can avoid taking them off during a ride.View details
Sportiva Womens Carbon 105 Special Edition from Ribble
The Carbon 105 id designed with female specific geometry to enhance control and confidence for any ride or distance. The bike is fitted with the ever-popular Shimano 105 11 speed gearset which offers excellent crisp gear shifting.View details
R872 105 Fulcrum Special Edition from Ribble
Voted ‘Best in Test’ by Cycling Weekly for Best Road Bikes under £1,000. The R872 105 Special Edition has a combination of a full carbon race frame, a full Shimano 105 groupset and Fulcrum Racing Sport Wheels, all for less than £1,000! Now in Black and Silver.View details
R872 Black Ultegra Special Edition from Ribble
Save £400 on this Special Edition bike from Ribble cycles The Shimano’s high performance Ultegra gearset is paired with the R872’s stiff and well balanced full carbon frameset, making it light weight for your benefit.View details
Cycle to work
If you’re planning on commuting in your new gear, check with your employer to see if you’re eligible to participate in the government’s cycle to work scheme. Take a look at our page on cycle to work schemes for more information.
Best online cycling clothing retailers
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Popular Ribble discount codes
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|19 Aug 2019||Extra 10% off "last one left" items at Ribble||LAS****|
|16 Aug 2019||Extra £10 off when you spend £75 in the sale!||SAL****|
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|19 Aug 2019||Save up to £500 on bikes!||********|