Fed up of spending all your time indoors? We may still be confined to our homes for the majority of our day due to the coronavirus pandemic, exercise is permitted, and indeed encouraged.
If you’re bored of running and walking, why not treat yourself to a new set of wheels thanks to our round-up of the best places to buy a bike? We’ve put together this handy cycling guide to help you find everything you need to get started.
For those of you more experienced, we’re sure you’ll also find the type of bike you’re after, as well as the correct equipment. While it can be costly, take a look at our deals page to see if you can knock something off the price.
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.
Our top bike picks
Trek Dual Sport 2 2020 Hybrid Bike from Evans Cycles
Go anywhere with this ideal hybrid bike that performs on a variety of surfaces. It's efficient on the road, but just as stable on rougher terrain like gravel paths.View details
Kona Lana'l 27.5 Hardtail Bike (2020) from Wiggle
If you're looking for a sturdy, efficient and reliable gateway into the world of mountain trail biking, this is the perfect bike for you.View details
Felt FR40 Road Bike 2019 from Chain Reaction Cycles
If you're an experienced rider, this is the one for you. Take on any road challenge with confidence, composure and comfort thanks to its high-performance aluminium frame.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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