Cycling has seen a rise in people using the mode of transport. With climate change and oil being a finite resource, more people are getting on their bike than ever before. In this blog, we’re going to look at what to choose to make sure you get the best bike for your lifestyle.
Mountain bikes are designed for cycling on rough terrain. Designed with suspension and low gear ratios, they make light work of bumpy uphill tracks. They come with chunky tires for the mud and often come with mudguards to keep the mud off you when you’re off-road.
Hybrid bikes mix the best of mountain bikes and road bikes to create a bike that is perfect for commuters, leisure riders and people new to cycling. They are as well suited to weaving through traffic as they are riding light trails and cycle path. A great all-around bike.
Designed for use on the roads and cycle paths, classic bikes will use a traditional frame and will usually be fitted with gears optimised for road and cycle lane travel. They usually have a traditional look and may be fitted with a basket for carrying groceries or other items.
Electric bikes or hybrid bikes as they are also known have an integrated, chargeable battery and motor system which can help propel you on long journeys or if you are carrying a heavy load. Typically, the batteries are charged at home or work using a charger that is normally supplied. The electric motor will assist you when pedalling up to speeds of 15mph. The motor is switchable, so you can pedal normally or put the motor on as required.
BMXs have small wheels and frames and were designed for doing stunts, tricks and trail racing. Equally at home on the road, as they are at the skate park, they come in a huge range of colours and styles. Strong enough to take punishment when you’re wiped out and light enough for easy transport, they are a hugely popular bike style.
Road bikes are designed, funnily enough for use on the roads. They are designed for speed with narrow tyres, fewer wheel spokes and drop handlebars, they are a popular choice for commuters in a hurry.
Folding bikes are a favourite of commuters who have to take the train as part of their journey. They fold into a fraction of the size of full-sized bikes so you can jump on the tube or the train with minimum fuss. Ideal for people who’d like a bike but don’t have a lot of storage space.
Fixed Speed Bikes
Fixed speed bikes aren’t just for hipsters. With no gears or ability to freewheel, fixed speed bikes are efficient and low maintenance. They don’t have brakes, so you’ll have to adjust your cycling style, but the trade-off for a lightweight, efficient bike is what you’ll get in return.