Bikes Buying Guide | Go Argos

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What are the differences between each type of bike?

Learn more about the different bikes and their defining features.

Rigid Mountain Bikes

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They have a solid frame with no suspension (shock absorption).

They're light and easy to pedal, but are more suited to hard surfaces.

More reliable as there are fewer components that require maintenance.

Front Suspension Mountain Bikes

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Also known as hardtail bikes. They have impact absorption above the front wheel.

These reduce upper body fatigue by making steering easier on rougher trails.

Lower maintenance costs as they use fewer parts than dual suspension bikes.

Dual Suspension Mountain Bikes

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Also known as full suspension bikes. These have both front and rear suspension offering more shock absorption.

These give you the most control over rough terrain.

Are the most comfortable mountain bike to ride, reducing total body fatigue.

Road Bikes

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These have thin tyres and drop handlebars (they curve downwards at each side instead of being straight) getting your body in a streamlined position.

They are good for racing and picking up speed but can only be used on roads.

Hybrid Bikes

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These have thin tyres and drop handlebars (they curve downwards at each side instead of being straight) getting your body in a streamlined position.

They are good for racing and picking up speed but can only be used on roads.

Folding Bikes

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These have thin tyres and drop handlebars (they curve downwards at each side instead of being straight) getting your body in a streamlined position.

They are good for racing and picking up speed but can only be used on roads.

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.

Bike pump

You'll definitely need a pump - the tyres won't be fully inflated on a new bike.

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Helmet

They're invaluable if you have a nasty fall. They can even save your life.

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Bike lights

White front and red rear lights are required by law if you're cycling in the dark.

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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.

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Bike computers

These record and analyse data to help with your fitness and health goals.

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Bike locks

Keep your bike secure when leaving it in public places.

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Other features to consider

The size of the bike

Check your inside leg length (the distance from your crotch to the floor) against the measurement listed on the bike's description to get the right size. Buying a kids bike? Check our guide.

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What type of brakes are on the bike?

Caliper brakes

Usually found on road bikes. The wheel rim is gripped by two brake pads to slow the bike down.

V brakes

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.


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