Today’s bikes are varied in style with designs to suit every cycling discipline and terrain. Bikes for children come in a variety of sizes, usually based around wheel size to correspond to a particular age group - 12” wheels for very young riders up to 24” and 650c for older kids and pre-teens and may be mountain bike styled, hybrid or road design. The bikes aimed at younger riders will have the facility to take stabilizers giving extra assistance with balance.
Whether you’re wanting a bike for leisure rides, commuting, touring, racing on or off-road, there is sure to be a bike that fits the bill.
Hybrid bikes with flat bars and wide gear range, road bikes with aggressive or relaxed styling folding bikes, mountain bikes with front suspension or full suspension, fat bikes with extra wide tyres and, relatively new to the world of cycling, electric/power assisted bikes in a variety of styles for both on and off-road
There are bikes with traditional, low entry and step-through frames which are commonly manufactured from aluminium or carbon fibre with a few still being built from steel. Some are specifically designed for women with consideration given to bars, saddle and frame geometry. Bikes for touring or commuting usually have fittings for full mudguards and pannier racks (front and rear).
Wheel size varies with the style and type of bike. More often than not hybrid and road bikes tend to be fitted with 700c wheels with different tyre width options (from 23mm to 45mm). Folding bikes are usually fitted with 20” x 1.5” wheels and mountain bikes have 26”, 650b, or 29er which take a variety of tyre widths depending on intended terrain.
When purchasing your first bike or updating your old bike, consider where you intend to ride and what’s the bikes main purpose and whether you need to carry luggage or fit mudguards. Making a comprehensive list of needs and wants will enable you to select the right bike, fit for purpose.