Guide to buying a new bike
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What bike should I buy?
Hardtail vs full suspension
If you opt for a mountain bike then you’ll need to decide whether to go for hardtail or full suspension. Hardtail bikes have suspension at the front but not at the rear. They reduce upper body fatigue by making steering easier on rougher trails. Mountain bikes with full suspension are usually a bit heavier but are better for riding on more challenging terrains.
What size bike do I need?
The size of an adult bike is determined by the length of its frame. To get the right size model for you, check your inside leg length (the distance from your crotch to the floor) against the measurement listed on the bike's description.
Difference between men's 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.
What type of bike brakes are best?
Assembling a bike
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.
Make sure that the pedals match with the correct sides of the bike. Using your hands, tighten the pedals to the cranks by turning the right pedal clockwise and the left pedal anti-clockwise.
Instructions will be included with your bike, but if you need more help, visit our bike support page.
Whether you're using a bike for fun, fitness or a daily commute, a helmet and set of lights are essential.
Whatever bike you ride, you'll need to protect your head. Adult cycle helmets come in various shapes and sizes, suitable for leisure, road and mountain cycling. They typically have a plastic outer shell, padded inner liner, air vents and a size adjustable chin strap. Some models also have integrated LED lights which make you more visible to other road users.
How do I know what size helmet I need?
Helmet sizing is generally measured in centimetres which relates to the circumference of the widest part of your head.
Child bike seats
Bike computers let you measure your performance as you ride. Like a fitness tracker for your bike, they can track distance, speed, time, and can even calculate calories burned. With integrated GPS, you can enjoy smart navigation features, such as turn-by-turn directions, retrace route and saved locations.
Kid's bike buying guide
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Taking care of your health and wellbeing
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