What type of bike suits your riding?
The amount of variations and choices when choosing a bike can be a minefield. Visit your local bike shop for advice on the best kind of bike for your riding. Below is a brief overview of the main styles of bike and what they are suited toward.
Hybrid Bikes Combining the large wheels and lighter build of a road bike with the comfort and more durable qualities of a Mountain bike, hybrids are a good all-rounder.
Suits: Commuting, good all-rounder
Road Bikes Lightweight and large skinny wheels with smooth tyres makes for a quick bike, capable of traveling long distances. Road bikes dont cope well with uneven surfaces, and are therefore only really suitable for cycling on roads. Suits: Long distance road riding, sport cycling, commuting by tarmac/smooth surfaces
Folding Bikes are easily transported and stored making them ideal for taking on public transport, or putting in a car to create multi modal journeys. Ideal for conducting short journeys quickly in urban environments
Mountain Bikes Durable build, smaller stronger wheels and knobbly tyres capable of tackling off road conditions that a road bike would struggle with, using suspension to tackle more rugged terrain in many models. Can be used on road, but requires more effort to power them, although they are typically more comfortable than road bikes. Suits: Off road riding, Recreational cycling, commuting by uneven surfaces.
Bike to Work Scheme
Your employer may be able to offer cycle to work schemes, which assist you to purchase a bike to travel to work by reducing the cost and spreading the payments over a set period. Speak to your Human Resources department to find out if this exists at your work place?
Always carry a waterproof jacket.
Rain water will get you wet, but water from the roads is usually dirty too, fitting mud guards will stop you getting dirty as well as wet allowing you to commute in wet weather. More people tend to drive when it rains, meaning more cars on the road and more chances of getting stuck in traffic jams.
Use a good quality lock(s) and always lock your bike when unattended. Secure your bike to a fixed object, via the frame and wheels and remove quick release items that could easily be stolen. As a guide, spend approximately 10% the value of your bike on a lock, and use provided cycle parking facilities in plain view. Where possible, it is advised that you use cycle parking facilities such as Middlesbrough Cycle Centre or Stockton Hub. How to properly lock your bike