The bike ranges we stock cover every possible type of rider. All you have to do is decide what type of rider you are. Some of the marketing speak is confusing and often coming into a bike shop can be a bit daunting so we have a quick guide to the different types of bikes available:
Knobbly tyres, suspension (front / rear) chunky frame and some have disk brakes. Very common and widely available. Some 'cheap' mountain bikes or MTB's are just that, mass produced in the far east and very cheap. We recommend that you have a budget of at least £200 to buy a 'proper' mountain bike. If you don't intend to ride off road do have a look at some of the hybrid / leisure bikes that give the robustness of mountain bikes but usually are comfy to ride and more practical for families.
TREK 4500 Womens
Gary Fisher WAHOO Disc
Gary Fisher MARLIN Disc
TREK FUEL EX 5.5
TREK FUEL EX 8
Skinny tyres, bigger frames, very light weight, razor blade saddle, drop ended handlebars. Road bikes vary in price depending on the frame material, components and wheels. There are entry level road bikes for getting fit / training, mid range bikes for club riders and high end bikes for racing and triathalon. Road bikes for touring or for winter training are also available either as complete bikes or custom built from frames.
Hybrid / Urban Bikes
Usually look like a combination of a road bike and a mountain bike, wider tyres than a road bike with some tread, compfy saddle, 'flat' handle bars, possibly mudguards already fitted. Often have lots of gears and 'V' brakes.
Easy and comfy to ride and can be used for commuting to work as well as leisure rides. Most are capable for some mild off road riding including tow paths or similar paths trails.
Small frames and small wheels, great for youngster, different types for racing, jumping and street riding. Very fashion sensitive so if buying for your kids be careful and make sure you choose the 'right' one.
These bikes are super tough and can usually handle plenty of abuse without too much of a problem.
Please ensure kids riding these bikes have adequate protective clothing.
Very small frames, brightly coloured and contary to popular belief they don't all have streamers from the ends of the handlebars. Try and choose a bike that will last as long as possible, look for adjustable features like pedals and handlebars which will allow the bike to be used for longer.
Our kids bikes are all made from aluminium not steel and will usually have child specific features built in. This is why they are a bit more expensive than some kids bikes you will see around.
Gary Fisher TYRO
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Help & Advice
All the staff at Speeds Cycles can help and guide you in choosing the right bike for you. If we don't have your size in stock we will order and fully assemble your chosen bike.