Choosing the right bicycle

There are many types of bicycle available, each with a different purpose and range of features. If you are new to cycling – or returning to the saddle – it can often be a bit daunting making the right choice from the growing number of options and price points on sale.

Your local cycle shop is the best source of advice and information to assist you in making the right decision and of course nothing can substitute sitting on a bike and giving it a test ride to decide if its right for you before you buy.

Click here to see what Guardian journalist Helen Pidd has to say about buying a bike and the importance of shopping in an independent cycle shop in an extract from her Penguin book – The complete guide to everyday cycling.

bicycles in shop window