What kind of bike are you after?
Looking for the perfect bike but not sure where to start? Don’t worry, the numbers of options can be overwhelming, and that’s exactly what we’re here to help with. Simply follow these five steps to help you zone in on that perfect bike or pop in and have a chat with one of our knowledgeable staff.
With so many different types of bikes available how do you choose what is suitable for you?
Step 1 – Determine What Type of Riding You Will be Doing
Every bike is perfectly designed for a specific style of cycling, so the first step in choosing the right bike is to decide what type of riding you want to be doing.
Do you want to ride on the road in a group? Perhaps you're seeking a bike to use as transportation? Want to tackle the trails at your local mountain bike park? Looking to get healthy and spin laps in the park? Simply want to pop down to the local cafe in style? Or are you just seeking a bike to ride with the kids? Assessing what you want to do will quickly set you in the right direction.
Step 2 – Establish a Price Point
It's important to work out how much you want to spend on your bike. Specialist mountain and road bikes typically start at around AU$1,000, with many costing far more. More budget options may start from as little as AU$449, but it's crucial to consider that you do get what you pay for. Having a chat to the guys at Top Brand will give a clear idea of what type of bike is within your price point. Don't forget to budget for additional parts and accessories that you may need.
Step 3 – Sizing Up
Finding the correct bike size is paramount to comfortable and confident cycling. With many bike types available in five or more sizes, there should be no guesswork. An incorrectly-sized bike can make for awkward or uncomfortable riding and could be unsafe too. We can tell you what size bike is best for you.
Step 4 – Parts and Accessories
Once you’ve determined the right bike for you, it’s then time to consider parts and/or accessories. Often a bike is sold only with the parts required to ride it and nothing more. It’s up to you to decide on what you want to add to the bike. Some common additions include cages for water bottles, lights, pump, lock, cycle computer and a different saddle or pedals.
In Australia, a helmet is required by law, and other accessories such as gloves or padded bike shorts can greatly enhance your cycling experience.
Types of Bikes
Now to take a look at the different types of bikes on the market and the sort of cycling they deliver.