If you are just starting out, the thought of buying a bike can be rather daunting. Below, we have tried to summarise what’s on offer.
Usually starting from £400 upwards, road bikes
are lightweight and as their names suggests, they’re
meant for riding on the roads and not off-road. They
usually have thin tyres and drop handlebars.
The mountain bike is the most popular bike on the
market. It can go anywhere thanks to it’s strong frame
and wheels, powerful brakes and knobbly tyres.
Whilst it’s slower than a road bike on tarmac, it can be
adapted easily for roads, by changing its tyres to slicks
(non knobbly tyres).
These bikes usually start from as little as £250.
These as the name suggests, are a cross between a
road bike and mountain bike. They usually have
larger wheels than that of a road bike and with tyre
widths between a mountain bike and road bike,
resulting in a comfortable ride. Most hybrids have flat
handlebars, with mountain bike type controls. Hybrids
usually have the ability to load on mudguards. A good
priced hybrid can usually start from £300.