Cycling has enjoyed a huge surge in popularity in recent years, with more than 2,000,000 people across the country now riding a bike at least once a week. The London start to the Tour de France in 2007, the succession of British cycling wins at the Olympics, the Tour de Yorkshire and many other events including the government’s ‘Cycle to Work’ tax-free bike scheme have all contributed to this pedal power. Meanwhile, bike and accessory manufacturers have responded with revolutionary and stylish new designs to keep cyclists at the forefront of fashion, technology and practicality.
With the huge range of bikes available now being wider than ever, which one should you pick? Luckily we are on hand to help with some advice, or, if you prefer, why not come in and see us in-store. You can even try the bike out for size at the store.
If you’re planning to ride over rugged terrain or very hilly areas, a mountain bike is the perfect choice. They have a low gear range for tackling steep trails, and flat or upright handlebars for an upright seating position. Many lines include suspension: front suspension (‘hardtail’) or full suspension (front and rear).
Road bikes, or racing bikes, are designed to be ridden fast on smooth road surfaces. With a super-light frame and thin, high-pressure tyres, they have drop handlebars for an aerodynamic seating position and lots of gears. Most road bikes aren’t suitable for heavy loads. They are the ideal bike for sports such as the triathlon or for track racing.
Also known as a hybrid bike, these models combine the best characteristics of mountain bikes, tourers and racing bikes. Lightweight and comfortable, hybrid bikes are great all-rounders, suitable for roads and well-made tracks; short or long journeys.
A traditional, heritage or city bike is designed for every-day use. Built for comfort rather than speed, they come ready-fitted with a rack and/or basket, lights and mudguards. They are often called Dutch bikes because of their European design style. Perfect for leisurely weekend bike rides.
The folding bike, as its name suggests, can be folded down for easy storage or transportation and is ideal for taking on holiday; for commuters travelling by train or bus for part of their journey; and for those with limited storage space.
The electric bike has a small motor driven by a rechargeable battery, which allows you to take a break from pedalling from time to time. They are particularly useful for climbing hills, transporting heavy loads, and for those who favour a bit of help with the pedalling for any number of reasons.
You can browse our full range of bikes in store or on our retail website.
Check out our Cycling Top Tips to keep you and your bike in top condition.