Whether you are buying a new or second had bike, it is important to consider how safe the bike is, what you are going to use it for and if it is comfortable. Below is our list of things to think about before buying a bike.
- Check the brakes work
- Ensure you bike will be visablet. It is law that a bike must have front and back lights. If yours doesn’t, ensure they can be fitted. Also, find out if it comes with reflectors.
- Check it comes with a bell, another lawful requirement.
- Have a look at the frame to ensure it is sturdy.
BIKE FIT AND COMFORT
- Be sure the bike is the right size for you. You can ask your local bike shop for advice. It may be a case of adjusting it, rather than requiring a whole new size.
- Be sure the riding position is comfortable for you. It may feel weird is the bike has a new riding position so seek the advice of an expert.
- Decide whether the seat’s comfortable, although this isn’t always easy to do on a short test ride! Would a women’s specific seat be better? Is the seat angle OK for you?
- Be sure the brakes and gears are easy for you to reach and use.
- Take the bike for a test run, including going up a hill. Does it have enough gears for you?
- Do you really need that suspension if you only ride on paths and roads? It may cost more, weighs the bike down, and can use up more energy than it saves if you ride on flat roads.
- Are the tyres right for your style of riding? Trading in knobblies for slicks will make city riding much easier.
- Does the bike come with carrying capacity ie. can you fit a pannier rack or a basket to it?
- Are you able to carry the bike if necessary?