Buying a new bike is a serious business: the machine you eventually opt for will carry you over hill and dale for many miles, and ideally for many years to come. So you want to make sure it’s the right one.
There’s a wide range of factors you’ll need to consider before you select a make and model: you need to be sure the bike fits the requirements of expected use, that it’ll still be able to deliver what you need in at least a year to come without drastic upgrades (unless they’re planned), and that it’s at least vaguely in range of the figure you want to spend.
We’ve got a range of specific buying guides to help you out when you’re choosing the bike for you – here are a few to get you started:
- Road Bikes Buying Guide
- A Guide to Buying a Full Suspension Mountain Bike
- A Guide to Buying a Hardtail Mountain Bike
- Types of Commuting Bikes
- Beginners: Buying Your First Bike
Once you’ve selected the bike, the next hurdle is choosing a retailer to buy it from. Unless you’re buying from a direct only brand (Planet X, Canyon…) then you’ll probably be looking to buy from a dealer. From there, you can decide which lovely bike shop is going to benefit from your wodge of cash.
Here are some suggested questions to help you make your choice…