If £400 is your budget for your entry-level bicycle, you really need to do your research and keep an eye out for end of season discounts to help you get the best bike you can.
If you’re after a road bike with drop handlebars to do some longer rides (over an hour) you’ll need to spend over £500, or opt for a flat barred road bike between £400-£500 – there are a couple to choose from now.
Mountain bikes and urban bikes are the most popular models in this price range, over £300 you’re likely to get a decent bike with reliable components and wheels, with weight improving as you go up the price scale.
Don’t forget you can use your ‘Cycle to Work’ or ‘Ride 2 Work’ scheme allowance. This pay monthly Government approved scheme designed to get people out of their cars, helps save you money when buying a new bike! Just think how much you’ll save on fares or petrol on top of that!
If you’re looking for an urban bike you should read our ‘How to get the best urban bike for your money’ feature, for more useful hints and tips.