Characterised by their drop handlebars (mostly) and 700c wheels, with narrow, fast rolling tyres, road bikes are designed for fast and efficient tarmac riding.
The drop handlebars allow you to adopt an efficient aerodynamic riding position, while the narrow tyres reduce rolling resistance, both of which are essential for riding quickly and efficiently on the black stuff.
A mountain bike, also known as an MTB, is designed for riding off-road tracks and trails. An upright riding position and stable handling characteristics offer control on uneven ground, chunky tyres offer grip on loose surfaces while suspension helps to smooth out the bumps on the trail.
Wheels vary in size from 26” up to 29” and tyre widths from 1.8” up to 3.5”, which we will go into in more detail later.
A hybrid bike is a general-purpose bicycle, for cycling over a range of terrains with a mixture of road and mountain bike characteristics.
Women's bikes offer the best fit and performance by having subtle differences built into the frame to change your riding position.
Cyclocross bikes look like road bikes at first glance, but they are built for riding off-road. Cyclocross is a fast, furious and fun style of racing over rough terrain.
You want their first bike to be perfect, so to help you, we've put together this kids bike guide covering sizing and a few key tips to ensure you make the right choice.
An Olympic sport since 2008, the BMX revival has seen an increase in indoor and outdoor BMX parks.
Jump bikes blend the simplicity and smaller frames of BMX's with the rough ground capabilities of mountain bikes.
Folding bikes are a great option for those that need to fit a bicycle into a small flat or on public transport.