How to choose your first bike
So you’re a beginner bike rider? We’re here to help you choose a bike without breaking the budget.
So, you’ve decided to buy your first bike… Okay, maybe technically your first bike came at age five, but choosing the make and model yourself? That’s a whole new experience.
If you’re just dipping your toes into the world of cycling, looking for something for a casual ride on weekends or a quick trip to work here and there, this is the guide for you.
Edmund Kron from the Bicycle Network says before buying you should focus first and foremost on how you’re planning to use the bike.
“Different styles of bicycles have different intended uses, so a mountain bike might not be the right bike to commute to work on,” Edmund says. “Think about where you plan on riding the bicycle – do you want to ride off-road, or just bitumen?
“Do you want a basket or pannier rack to help you carry your work items? Are you more interested in comfort, and do you want a step-through to help you get on and off with ease? Questions such as these will ensure you buy a bike that will best suit your needs.”
The Bicycle Network also encourages buyers to do so in-store rather than online, so you can get guidance from staff and try the bike before forking out.
“Fit is crucial to making sure that you’re comfortable on the bicycle, and you can ride it safely. A good rule of thumb is that when you’re sitting on the seat you should be able to just touch the ground with your tippy toes.”
Reid Cycles marketing manager Raisa Dsouza also notes that if you’re intending to do lots of inner-city riding, consider a bike with thicker tyres as added protection against getting caught in tram tracks.