There are many people at the moment that are using lockdown as an opportunity to learn a new skill, take up a new hobby or return to a hobby of old, and many of those are choosing cycling. So whether you are getting back into the habit, or trying cycling for the first time, it's a great time to do it!
Cycling for beginners: Here's what you need to own...
First off, you can't try cycling without a bicycle... obviously! But what do you really need to get going on two wheels? The answer is quite simple - a bike you like and that you feel comfortable on. The best way to work this out is to visit a shop in person (we're open seven days a week if you want to pop down) and get a feel for the different bikes. It's a bit like Mr Ollivander's Wand Shop in Harry Potter - the bike will choose you! Or at least it will quickly become obvious what bike is most suited to you.
Before you get to grips with buying a bike, you can of course make some initial decisions about what bike you might like. Here's some top tips to get you thinking:
Once you've got these things in mind, it's time to visit the shop. Although our website features many of the bikes we have in stock, our warehouse is much bigger than we have online, and we sell both new and used bikes. In our used bike range in particular, we carry many one-of-a-kind styles and it's best to pop in and take a look. You'll also meet one of our experts - Steve. Keith, Joe, or Ruben - who will happily provide help and advice.
So you've got the bike; what else do you need?
Although the evenings are getting lighter at the moment, it's a legal requirement that bikes have lights in the dusk or the dark. While you may plan daytime riding only, it is always best to get a set of front and back lights, just in case you get caught out and about after dark. The lights will pay for themselves in avoiding a fine if you are caught! We recommend the Ultra Torch mini and USB set at £28.
Helmet & High Vis
Neither of these are a legal requirement or a necessity, but we do encourage people to put safety first. You never know when you might need it! A helmet will obviously protect your skull in a fall, while high vis helps improve visibility and ensure that drivers pay attention to you on the road. We recommend the Kali Chakra helmet at £37. It's guaranteed for the lifetime of the helmet (circa 5 years)
A heavy-duty lock
We cannot stress enough how important it is to invest in a good quality lock! If you've just spent £hundreds on a new bike, why scrimp and save on a lock? A lock can be the difference between a thief walking away with your bike or not, and is an essential piece of kit. We recommend the Oxford Shackle 14 lock at £40.00.
We offer a complete starter kit of lock, helmet & lights from £40 you can be on your way. Our favourite products can be purchased for a bundle price of £94.
Once you've got the bike, can ride it safely and have all the necessary kit, you can decide what little extras you might want to add on. Some of these will be driven by personal preference, while others might be appropriate to how you use the bike. Added extras include everything from mudguards to bicycle basket's, saddlebag to water bottle and cage. It all depends what you like and what you want on your bike.
So that's what you need to get things started, but we have one final TOP TIP for you. REGISTER YOUR BIKE!! There is a free bike registration scheme in the UK, in which you can register the make, model and unique details of your bike, along with your personal details and contact information. In the unfortunate event that your bike does get stolen, it will help the police return it to you if it gets recovered.