Mountain bikes are designed for off-road cycling, often used for rough terrain. For this reason they are designed to be tough, with enhanced durability and performance.
Key characteristics of a mountain bike include some kind of suspension, flat or upward positioned handlebar for an upright riding position and good thick tread on the tires. Mountain bikes tend to also use ratio gears and platform pedals.
When choosing a mountain bike it is important to find one that suits your style of riding – ladies, for example, need a slightly different bike to men due to the difference in the centre of gravity in our postures. If women use a bike designed for a man it could lead to shoulder and neck pain.
If you are planning to ride primarily rough and rocky terrain it is important to prioritise suspension and a sturdy frame to ensure you have enough support to keep you safe on your ride and prevent unnecessary jarring.
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BMX (or Bicycle Motocross), bikes are designed for jumps, obstacles and tricks in general. Primarily with 20” wheels there are also a range of smaller sizes ideal for short sprint sessions and jumps.
Because of their small size they are ideal for people ages 12 and up.
Depending on what you’re after in a BMX depends on what key features you should look for – Stunt pegs are extremely useful if you want to get to grips with stunts and tricks, whereas having a light weight frame could be just what you need to increase you speed for BMX racing!
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If you’re looking to be riding your bike mainly on the road (or tarmac surface), a road bike could be for you. Whether you’re looking to commute, travel or race your road bike there are some important factors to bear in mind.
If you’re looking for a race bike, look for a frame with steep angles for the forks and seat tube; the short head tube will be low, to let the handle bars stay low during a race. The idea is to create a more streamline position while riding, offering less resistance and more speed.
There are also a great range of city bikes ideal for commuting and traveling around cities and towns at leisure, (they can also be known as leisure bikes).
Commonly with large width wheels that allow for comfort and cushioning, highly padded comfortable seating and an upright seating position. City bikes put your comfort first.
They often have mudguards, a basket and a bell – ideal city comforts for that trip into town!
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A commuter’s favourite, the folding bike has the capability to fold up into a small size, making them easy to carry on trains, take into buildings with you and even take on planes!
Great for when there’s nowhere secure to store a bike outside – simply take it in with you!
Lightweight, often with quick release mechanisms, gears for adjustable speeds and terrains and can even come with mudguards and pannier racks for carrying important items while riding.
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As mentioned in our mountain bike section, ladies bikes are specially design to suit women’s pelvic positioning and balance. Riding a man’s bike can cause neck and shoulder pain for a woman and should be avoided if possible.
The positioning and shape of the saddle on a women’s bike is important for posture, they are also more commonly padded and comfortable.
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It’s important to get the right sized bike for the right sized child.
A rough guide to bike sizes would be:
Ages 2 – 4: 12” to 14” wheels
Ages 5 – 6: 16” to 18” wheels
Ages 7 – 9: 20” wheels
Ages 9 – 11: 24” wheels
If you’re looking for a toddlers bike there are many options from stabilisers to balance bikes, great for learning to balance without the complication of pedalling.
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Scooters are great fun and fantastic exercise whether you are looking for a kid’s scooter for play, a stunt scooter or a light weight, easy folding form of transport to get you around town!
Our range of scooters have adjustable necks to suit a range of sizes, there are a range of different brands and styles available to suit your needs.
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