How to choose the right bike for you

Choosing the best bike for you can be a tricky task. The wealth of different biking options can be daunting to a novice cyclist, but we’ve narrowed down the basic options to help you get your cycling journey off to a flying start...

The main bike types

Mountain bike

Want to get off the road and explore stunning countryside? A mountain bike could be your key to adventure. Designed for riding over rough terrain, mountain bikes will give you the freedom to ride on most surfaces.

Road bike

Designed for speed and paved roads, a road bike is favoured by those who enjoy longer, faster rides. Known for its sleek and stylish aesthetic, a road bike is considered a thing of beauty. If you’re interested in racking up plenty of miles and exploring long winding roads, this could be the one for you.

Hybrid bike

Ideal for those who want to commute to work by bike, a hybrid offers a practical, comfortable and stylish ride. Available in many shapes and sizes, hybrids blend characteristics from their road and mountain bike counterparts, offering a general-purpose ride which can handle most riding conditions.

“I’ve always owned a bike, but when I wanted to cycle more to improve my fitness I decided to invest in a mountain bike. I wanted the freedom to ride off-road trails one day and commute to work the next, a mountain bike is the perfect solution for me.”

 Chris – Ride Leader, Manchester 

Top three cycling myths debunked

1. I’m too old to start cycling

Last time we checked with 80 year-old Breeze Champion Judy, you’re only as old as you feel – and riding a bike makes you feel great!

2. Cycling is just for MAMILs (middle-aged men in Lycra)

Whether you love it or hate it, Lycra isn’t a mandatory part of cycling. As long as you prepare for whatever the weather throws at you, you should wear whatever you feel most comfortable in.

3. I'm not fit enough

Whether you want to ride five miles or 50 miles, there’s a bike and a bike ride for you. Check out Ride Social and Breeze.


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