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Will your new bike need assembling?
The majority of bikes need a little assembly. You will usually need to attach the front wheel, pedals, seat and handle bars, but it depends on which bike you choose.
Instructions will be included with your bike, but if you need more help, visit our bike support page.
Essential bike accessories
You will definitely need accessories like helmets and lights, but others depend on what you use your bike for. Here are a few recommendations.
You'll definitely need a pump – the tyres won't be fully inflated on a new bike.
They're invaluable if you have a nasty fall. They can even save your life.
White front and red rear lights are required by law if you're cycling in the dark.
Child bike seat
You'll need one to ride with children under 4. They're available for the front and rear and most can be adjusted to fit as your child grows.
These record and analyse data to help with your fitness and health goals.
Keep your bike secure when leaving it in public places.
Other features to consider
The size of the bike
To get the right size for you, use your inside trouser leg measurement (the distance from your crotch to the floor) and check it against the measurement listed on the bike's description.
What type of brakes are on the bike?
Usually found on road bikes. The wheel rim is gripped by two brake pads to slow the bike down.
2 long arms pull together when you brake, gripping the wheel rim with more force. This makes braking easier in wet and muddy conditions.
Mechanical disc brakes
These grip the centre of the wheel, rather than the rim. The brakes work faster and aren't affected by wet weather.
Hydraulic disc brakes
These also grip the wheel centre, but use fluid in the brake cables. Less effort is need to apply the brakes and you can better control how much you apply.
The difference between men and women's bikes
Generally, there isn't much variation between the two types. The frame of the bike is the biggest defining factor – women's bikes have more of a slanted frame to suit a 'shorter torso, longer legs' female body shape.
Aside from this, there may be a colour difference or addition of a basket to some women's bikes. But if you see a bike you like and it's the right size, it doesn't matter what gender it specifies, it should be comfortable for you to ride.