What Type of Bike Should I Get?
Our easy tool will help you find the best bike for commuting – based on your own needs. You’ll be asked up to 6 simple questions and then presented with your perfect commuter bike.
What Kind of Bicycle Should I Buy?
I want to buy a bicycle… now what?
That’s the question often facing potential new cyclists who are overwhelmed by the sheer volume of bikes on offer and the multitude of different bikes available to buy.
The good news, our tool will help you figure out what kind of bicycle you should buy. Whether you’re looking for comfort bike or just a bog-standard everyday bike, we’ll help you figure out exactly which bike will best suit your needs.
Types of Bikes
With so much choice, it can be confusing trying to navigate the main types of bikes available – so make sure to use our tool (or read the following sections) to figure out the best bike to buy for your needs.
A sturdy bike that can handle bumps and are often fitted with baskets and racks, hybrids are the true all-rounder. They’re not the fastest and can be pretty heavy, but they’ll handle whatever you throw at them. As far as good starter bikes go, hybrids are great as they are very forgiving if you’re not too accustomed to taking on bumps or curbs.
- Exclusive Lightweight Alloy Sports Frame - Straight Blade Forks - 24 Speed Shimano ST-TX800 Tourney EZ-Fire Shifters (3 x 8)
- Shimano Tourney TX Brake Levers - Front & Rear V-Brakes - Ergonomic Comfort Handlebar Grips, Black - Adjustable A-Head Handlebar Stem, Black
- 590mm Wide Flat Bar Handlebars, Black - Shimano Tourney TX Front Derailleur - Shimano TY501 Triple Chainset, 175mm Cranks - Shimano Altus RD-M310 Rear Derailleur - Shimano HG200-8 Cassette
Gravel bikes (also known as “adventure road bikes”) are fast becoming one of the most popular bikes for commuters. They’re sturdier and heavier than road bikes, but they are still pretty nifty and are capable of carrying more weight on racks and panniers without any problems.
READ: What Are Gravel Bikes?
- Features: Adjustable Seat
- Number of Gears: 18
- Frame Material: Aluminium
Road bikes are fast and lean, but they also have gears at the ready for when you’re facing a hill. Road bikes are typically very light and are popular with people who have longer commutes and especially those who often ride with traffic.
- Frame: Tubular Steel Road Racing
- Gearing: Shimano Tourney 14 Speed
- Stem: Quill Style
Fixies (AKA ‘fixed-gear’ or ‘single speed’ bikes) are the simplest of bikes. They’re super fast, light and generally pretty cheap! However, you won’t get any gears to hell you up hills and they don’t handle bumpy surfaces too well. But if you’re like zipping about cities, they’re a great option.
- Premium handbuilt steel fixed gear single speed track frame with barspin clearance, water bottle mounts, no toe overlap, and horizontal drop outs
- Super deep-V double wall rims with stainless steel spokes and flip-flop rear wheel hub allows changing from single-speed to fixed gear with ease
- Low profile VP Platform BMX pedals, sealed bottom bracket, wander tires, KMC chain, Promax brake, 3 PC crank, and lightweight alloy chain wheel
City bikes (AKA ‘urban’ or ‘leisure’ bikes) are a mainstay in many cities where there are lots of cyclists. They’re not the fastest, but they’re very sturdy and easy to get on-and-off. Also known as ‘urban bikes’, these bikes are often fitted with racks or baskets so that you can carry more stuff with you. These is likely to be your best bike for riding around town if the area is relatively flat and speed isn’t your main consideration. A great bicycle for adults who want an easy (re-)introduction to commuting by bike. These are the best “street bikes”.
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- Sizes: H 43 (recommened for height from155 cm to 160 cm) H 46 (recommened for height from 160 cm to 173 cm) H 50 (recommened for height from 174 cm and more)
- Aluminium Frame, rear derailleur Shimano TX50 6 speed, Wheels, 28 (700 x 35 °C), aluminium V-brakes, hadeòbar Adjustable Light Frot and rear LED, Weight around 15 kg
If you ride on all sorts of terrain or often find yourself off-roading, then a mountain bike can handle anything you can throw at it. They’re not the fastest, but with a full suspension they’ll take most of the force of any bumps you hit.
- Schwinn geometry helps achieve a comfortable fit, offering CONTROL and STABILITY for all riders
- 17" 6061 Aluminium frame - 26" Alloy Double Wall Rims
- 7 speed rotational shifter for easy gear changes
Which Bike Should I Buy?
Once you’ve figured out which type of bike you should buy, you need to find a specific model to buy. Of course, selecting your bike – whether you’ve settled on a beginner road bike or want to find the best city bikes – will come largely down to your budget.
But don’t worry, there are lots of cheap adult bikes available to buy – both new and second-hand – so there’s no need to spend more than you can afford, with lots of good bicycle brands offering entry-level bikes that are absolutely up to the job.
What is the Best Commuter Bike?
The best commuter bike? Well, that depends on your own needs! Use our tool at the top of the page to find your perfect companion.
Where to Buy a Bike?
Once you’ve got a clearer picture on what type of bike you want to buy and even which bike model you’d like, it’s find to find where to buy a bike.
Local bike shops are always great places to look as you’ll also be able to see the bicycles in “the flesh”. However, there’s also plenty of online bicycle shops around, where you’ll often find the competitive pricing. Wiggle and Evans Cycles are two of the most popular bike shops, while you can find beautiful custom bikes at Ribble Cycles. Elsewhere, other good places to buy bikes online include Chain Reaction Cycles, Cyclestore, Rutland Cycling and Leisure Lakes Bikes.