Sometimes it’s hard to know where to start when you are looking for a bike. Which type of bike is best for you? How can you tell if the bike fits? Going to a bike shop can help, but if you’re looking to buy online or secondhand, having a good idea of what you need and how it should work is important.

There are a few different types of bikes, but by now you’ve probably got a good idea of what you’re after and what you’ll use it for. Have a look at our breakdown of bike types, and see which is right for you.

If you’re planning to borrow a bike or grab one secondhand, make sure it’s the right fit and road ready before you head out. Get to know what you should look out for, and the tests that will tell if your new(ish) ride is in good condition.

Like a good pair of shoes, a bike that fits makes all the difference when it comes to comfort and safety. Luckily, you can make adjustments to things like seat height, but there are other guidelines to follow to make sure you’re getting the right bike for you

Still unsure of what you’re looking for? Have a chat to someone with a bit more bike knowledge. Ask a buddy who bikes, or check out some of these helpful groups

Buying a bike can feel like an information overload at first, so take things a step at a time and explore your options.

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