What Type of Bike Should I Get? QUIZ

If you’re overwhelmed with all the choice when buying a bicylce and you’re stuck there thinking “what type of bike should I get?”, this quiz is here to help you.

Answer up to six questions below and we’ll figure out what type of bike you should get.

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What Type of Bike is Best For Me?

Hopefully our quiz (above) will have helped you answer the question “what type of bicycle should I buy?”. But, of course, there’s still lots of bike models and choices to make.

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.

Hybrid Bikes

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.

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Gravel Bikes

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.

Pinnacle Arkose D1 2019 Adventure Road Bike Cyclocross Bicycle 18 Speed Blue
  • Features: Adjustable Seat
  • Number of Gears: 18
  • Frame Material: Aluminium

Road Bikes

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.

EUROBIKE Road Bike XC550 21 Speed 54cm Frame 700C Light Spoke Wheels Road Bicycle
  • The frame of this road bike is made of high-carbon steel. The biggest advantage of the high-carbon steel frame is sturdy and durable, and low in price. Although the frame is heavier than aluminum...
  • The bicycle front and rear brake are disc brake. The most obvious advantage of disc brakes is that has less impact on the braking force of the brakes under muddy or rain conditions.
  • 700*28C road bike tires can effectively reduce unnecessary bumps caused by uneven road surfaces during riding, greatly reduce fatigue caused by riding vibration, and improve riding comfort.

Fixed-Gear Bikes

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.

Critical Cycles Unisex's 2162 Bike with Pursuit Bullhorn Bars, Celeste, 53 cm/Medium
  • 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

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”.

Sunrise Cycles Women's Spring 6 Speeds Ladies and Girls Dutch Style City Bike Lightweight, Black, 700C
  • Basket will be dispatched separately with different courier may not arrive at same time with main bike
  • 6 speed Shimano revoshift twist gear RS35 and Shimano freewheel 14-28 T Adjustable height for seat and handlebar suitable For People Height 155-180 Cm Traditional and classic Looking Hi-Tensile Steel...
  • Alloy V brakes Full chain guard and mudguard KCM chain rear pannier rack (maximum carrying weight 17kg) rear kick stand Wicker style basket to prevent rotting reflectors and tools free as gifts

Mountain Bikes

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 Surge Adult Mountain Bike, 26-Inch Wheels, Mens 17-Inch Alloy Frame, 7 Speed, Disc Brakes, Grey/Orange
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Schwinn Surge Adult Mountain Bike, 26-Inch Wheels, Mens 17-Inch Alloy Frame, 7 Speed, Disc Brakes, Grey/Orange
  • Schwinn geometry helps achieve a comfortable fit, offering CONTROL and STABILITY for all riders. Note: Customer Support number 01202 732288
  • 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.

Check out our handy guides for more information of finding the best bike for commuting for your own needs.