HOW TO BUY THE RIGHT BIKE
Ready to get going? Cycling and triathlon coach Matt Bottrill shares his top tips for identifying the ride that will work best for you…
Think About Your Needs
Be clear about the sort of riding and terrain you want to tackle on your bike and consider the amount of time you want to spend in the saddle. Seek advice from an expert if you’re buying your first bike – I would recommend getting in touch with your local independent bicycle retailer so they can guide you towards the correct bike for your individual needs. Lots of brands also have great websites that support you through the shopping experience with online guides.
Get The Right Size
I can’t stress the importance of getting sized correctly. A wrong-fitting bike can result in a negative cycling experience and potential injury. You want to feel in complete control, with a comfortable hand position on the bars and easy reach of the brakes. Liv Cycling has a helpful fit guide to support consumers on sizing for different models.
Learn The Gears
The gears on a bike help to tackle varying terrain. Learning how to shift may seem basic, but gearing practice and shifting efficiently is something even veteran riders can work on. Proper gearing will improve your speed and make your ride more efficient. It can also increase your endurance on longer rides.
Think About Upkeep
It’s important to get your bike serviced regularly. This is an investment in your on-road and personal safety. This can cost around £30 a month, depending what needs doing to your bike.
Don’t Dismiss Electric Bikes
E-bikes are suitable for everyone, no matter your level of fitness – they’re all about getting places faster, and they’re super fun to ride. When looking for an electric bike, focus on the motor and battery as these are the key features that give you the benefit when riding.