2. What kind of bike & Does it fit?

What kind of bike do I need?

Excellent Choices

  • Road bike
  • Touring bike

Good Choices

  • Hybrid
  • Cyclo-cross
  • Non-suspension mountain bike with road bike tyres

Bad Choices

  • Dutch city bike
  • Any other mountain bike
  • Folding bike
  • Fixed Gear / Single Speed / Track bike
  • E-bike (you won’t be able to charge it)
  • Triathlon bike
  • Unicycle
  • Penny-farthing

Does my bike fit me?

If you’ve had your bike a while and been on some long rides, then you’ll generally know if this is the case or not.

Badly fitting bikes will commonly cause discomfort in the back, shoulders, knees or bum.

If you are not comfortable on the bike after a few rides, look at how it’s set up and make some adjustments.

You can raise or lower the saddle and handlebars, as well as change the distance between the two by moving the saddle back or forward.

If you talk to a regular cyclist or someone that works at a bike shop, they will be able to help you with this. If you don’t like talking to people, there’s loads of info online.

Explore the Bike & Kit Guide