Buying the right bike for you

Your bike should complement your lifestyle so, before you buy, think about when you want to use your bike and where you want it to take you.

Choose the type of bike which reflects the majority of journeys you intend to make. And remember, as with most things, you get what you pay for, and sometimes bikes come with lots of extra features that you might not need.

Top top: If you intend to use your bike to get to work it’s worth finding out if your employer runs, or is willing to set up, a Cycle to Work scheme. You could save a minimum of 25% on the price of your bike (including End of Hire Fee) and accessories and also pay for them in
easy stages.

Types of bike

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Road bikes

There are lightweight with skinny tyres. Most have drop handlebars and they’re designed to be aerodynamic and speedy. Racing bikes are lightweight and fast. Touring bikes usually made of steel which means a heavier bike suitable for carrying heavy loads.

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Mountain bikes

A sturdy frame with knobbly tyres and highly effective brakes. They often have suspension and a wide selection of lower gears, perfect for all types of terrain. With slick tyres they are also comfortable for city riding.

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Hybrid bikes

A cross between the speed of a road bike and the strength and gearing of a mountain bike. They are lightweight but sturdy with smooth tyres and an upright riding position suitable for a wide variety of terrain. A good everyday option.

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Folding bikes

Are ideal for people who commute on public transport but use their bikes at either end of their trip. These bikes fold down compactly, and have smaller wheels and fewer gears.

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Electrically assisted bikes

A great option if you need extra help to get up hills, or have a longer daily commute. Choose a bike that is electrically assisted, where the power kicks in when you pedal, helping you up the hill rather than completely taking over.

Loan bikes

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Loan bike scheme

If you want to try a bike before you buy, we offer a FREE try before you buy a bike scheme. We have hybrid, folding and electric bikes available to loan for up to four weeks.