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Buyers Guide: Buying The Best Bike For…

Years of knowledge, condensed into 5 simple questions, by one of our bike experts.

“What is the right bike for me?”

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Our Guide to Finding the Best Bike

Years of knowledge, condensed into 5 simple questions by one of our bike experts.

Buying a new bike can be tricky. With so many options available its often hard to know where to start. There is no one bike that is best for everyone. Different bikes cater for different needs, therefore, the best bike is the bike that is most suited to what you need it for. Our guide has been built by one of our experts to help you understand just what bike that is.

Bike Uses

Question 1: What will you use your bike for?

What you use your bike for is up to you. But different bikes have different features that make them better suited than others. The information below will help you decide what type of bike is best suited for the riding you want to do.

Road, mountain, commuting, touring, leisure, gravel or fitness?

If you already know where your riding and how that may influence what bike you want, skip to question 2. Keep reading to help decide.

What are the best bikes for commuting?

Cycling to work is one of the best ways to save time and money, whilst also getting fitter. Riding to work is a great way to start the day and the benefits of exercise are well known. There isn't a one bike suits all for commuting as you may have different requirements.

Folding bikes are ideal for those who also use public transport or those who have limited storage space. They are small and manoeuvrable enough to take on the train, store under a desk, or take into a flat with ease.

A hybrid bike is a great choice for those who are looking for an upright riding position that allows you to feel confident getting through traffic. You can also add racks to carry any extra things you may need for the day ahead.

A single speed or 'fixie'' can be popular for those looking for an easy to maintain bike, that embodies cool retro styling. Choose from flat or drop bar and enjoy hassle free riding through the city.

Any bike can be a commuting bike, for example if you own a mountain bike, you could ride it to work. But if your only intended purpose is to get to work, then dedicated commuter bikes like the ones mentioned above, may be the best choice

What are the best bikes for racing and roads?

Road bikes can be for the avid racer or the amateur enthusiast. They are not designed for comfort; they are designed for speed. The position of a road bike is bent over the handlebars for aerodynamics which may take a while to get used to for newcomers. Dropped handlebars, lightweight frames and narrow tires are featured on all road bikes. The more you spend, the better materials and components you will get, giving you advantages over cheaper models. Specific race bikes for time trials and triathlons have bars that extend out the front allowing riders to get into the most aerodynamic position.

What are the best bikes for touring?

Touring bikes are best for exploring and adventures. You may wish to take some kit with you for the day or even a few days. These bikes have relaxed geometry, focusing on comfort and are capable of going both on and off the road. Bridleways, canal paths and footpaths will be a breeze as well as the road. A touring bike can also make a great bike for longer distance commutes.

What are the best bikes for keeping fit or losing weight?

A hybrid bike is great to consider for keeping fit or loosing weight as they can be ridden both on and off road. Capable of cruising or going fast, whatever the distance the ride is, a hybrid bike will get you to where you need to be. They're highly versatile and suitable for all abilities, as-well as often being fairly robust. An all round great bike for all. If you are riding on a more specific terrain and think you want to get more into a particular type of riding down the line, it may be worth considering a more dedicated bike.

What are the best bikes for off-road cycling?

Whether you want to get into the bike park, race downhill or simply want to explore more off road, a mountain bike will be best suited. These bikes have thicker, chunkier tire's for grip as-well as suspension to keep you comfortable and the bike stable whilst venturing offroad. Hardtails, that just have a suspension fork, are often the most affordable, great for riding light trails and covering distance. For those who want to ride more technical trails or want a more comfortable ride, a full suspension will be best, with an added shock in the middle of the bike to absorb the hits. Like road bikes, the more you pay, the better features you get such as better suspension, gears and frame materials.

Gravel bikes and cyclocross bikes are also a consideration for those looking to ride lighter off-road and some on road. Designed to cover many different surfaces, they are similar in style to road bikes but more robust. Frames are stronger, tires are wider, giving you more confidence when taking them off road. Gravel bikes are a great all rounder bike for any enthusiast who doesn't like to venture too far into the wilderness.

Would an e-bike be best?

You can get all of the above bikes, but as an e-bike. E-bikes make riding a whole lot easier, especially when it comes to hills. They still require you to pedal, but give up to 250 Watts of assist. Commutes become a breeze, no more getting to the office all tired and sweaty. Mountain biking becomes more fun when it comes to going back up the hill. Touring means you can cover distance with less energy, meaning you can go for longer. An e-bike is a great consideration for any type of riding, however the pedal assist does cut out at 15mph meaning it is unlikely you won't find many electric road racing bikes.

landscape

Question 2: Where do you intend to ride your bike?

Choosing the Perfect Bike for Your Terrain.

Whether you're a seasoned cyclist or just dipping your toes into the world of biking, the terrain you plan to traverse plays a pivotal role in determining the ideal bike for your adventures. From bustling city streets to rugged mountain trails, understanding where you'll ride is the first step in selecting the perfect two-wheeled companion. Let's explore various riding environments and match them with the most suitable bike options.

1. Smooth Pavements and Urban Environments:

Ideal Terrain: City streets, bike paths, paved roads.

Recommended Bike: Road Bikes

Features:

Lightweight frame for agility and speed. Skinny tires for minimal rolling resistance. Drop handlebars for aerodynamics and multiple hand positions. Best For: Commuting, fitness rides, road racing, and long-distance touring on paved surfaces.

2. Rough Trails and Rocky Paths:

Ideal Terrain: Forested areas, mountain trails, rugged landscapes.

Recommended Bike: Mountain Bikes

Features:

Sturdy frame with suspension for shock absorption. Wide, knobby tires for traction on uneven surfaces. Flat or riser handlebars for enhanced control and manoeuvrability. Best For: Trail riding, mountain biking, off-road adventures, and exploring challenging terrain.

3. Mix of Paved Roads and Light Trails:

Ideal Terrain: Urban commuting routes, gravel paths, light off-road trails.

Recommended Bike: Hybrid Bikes

Features:

Versatile blend of road and mountain bike features. Medium-width tires with a moderate tread for adaptability. Upright riding position for comfort and visibility in varied conditions. Best For: Casual rides, commuting, recreational cycling, fitness, and light trail exploration.

4. Mixed Surfaces including Gravel and Mud:

Ideal Terrain: Gravel roads, cyclocross courses, diverse landscapes.

Recommended Bike: Cyclocross Bikes

Features:

Similar to road bikes but with wider tire clearance and durable components. Knobby tires for traction in varied conditions. Disc brakes for reliable stopping power in muddy environments. Best For: Cyclocross racing, gravel grinding, adventure riding, and touring on mixed terrain.

5. Various Terrains with Assistance Needed:

Ideal Terrain: Any terrain with the need for assistance, such as hills or long distances.

Recommended Bike: Electric Bikes (E-Bikes)

Features:

Pedal-assist or throttle-powered electric motor for added propulsion. Battery-powered for extended range. Available in various styles and configurations to suit different riding preferences. Best For: Commuting, recreational riding, fitness, and riders seeking assistance on hills or longer distances.

6. Long-Distance Rides and Multi-Day Tours:

Ideal Terrain: Paved and unpaved roads, remote areas, touring routes.

Recommended Bike: Touring Bikes

Features:

Robust frame designed for carrying heavy loads. Mounts for racks, panniers, and fenders. Comfortable geometry for extended periods in the saddle. Best For: Long-distance touring, bike packing, commuting with heavy loads, and exploring remote regions.

7. Smooth Pavements and Urban Environments:

Ideal Terrain: City streets, bike paths, paved roads.

Recommended Bike: Road Bikes

Features:

Lightweight frame for agility and speed. Skinny tires for minimal rolling resistance. Drop handlebars for aerodynamics and multiple hand positions. Best For: Commuting, fitness rides, road racing, and long-distance touring on paved surfaces.

Cyclist

Question 3: Do you prefer a more upright, flat bar mountain bike position or a drop-bar road bike style?

Matching Your Preferred Riding Position to the Perfect Ride

Selecting the right bike involves more than just considering the terrain you'll traverse. Your preferred riding position also plays a crucial role in determining the most suitable bike for your comfort and performance. Whether you prefer an upright posture for leisurely cruises or a more aggressive stance for speed and efficiency, there's a bike designed to accommodate your riding style. Let's explore different riding positions and match them with the perfect bike options.

1. Upright Riding Position:

Riders in an upright position sit more vertically on the bike, with their back straight and hands positioned higher on the handlebars. This posture offers excellent visibility and comfort for leisurely rides and casual outings.

Recommended Bike: Hybrid/Touring/Urban Bikes

Features:

Relaxed geometry for a comfortable riding position. Wide, cushioned saddles for enhanced comfort. Upright handlebars for a natural grip and improved visibility. Smooth-rolling tires for a plush ride on paved surfaces. Best For: Leisurely rides, neighbourhood cruises, casual cycling, and riders seeking maximum comfort.

2. Moderate Riding Position:

Riders in a moderate position have a slight forward lean, with their back at a moderate angle and hands positioned at or slightly below shoulder height on the handlebars. This position balances comfort with efficiency and is suitable for various riding conditions.

Recommended Bike: Hybrid Bikes

Features:

Versatile blend of comfort and performance features. Upright riding position for comfort and visibility. Medium-width tires with a moderate tread for adaptability. Multiple hand positions on the handlebars for comfort on longer rides. Best For: Commuting, recreational cycling, fitness rides, and riders seeking a balance between comfort and performance.

3. Neutral Riding Position:

Description: Riders in a neutral position maintain a balanced posture between upright and aggressive, with their back at a comfortable angle and hands positioned at or slightly above shoulder height on the handlebars. This position offers stability and control, ideal for navigating technical terrain on mountain trails.

Recommended Bike: Mountain Bikes

Features:

Sturdy frame with suspension for shock absorption. Neutral geometry for stability and control on varied terrain. Wide, knobby tires for traction and stability. Flat or riser handlebars for an ergonomic grip and maneuverability. Best For: Trail riding, mountain biking, off-road adventures, and exploring varied terrain with stability and control.

4. Aggressive Riding Position:

Riders in an aggressive position have a significant forward lean, with their back at a steep angle and hands positioned lower on the handlebars. This aerodynamic posture maximizes speed and efficiency but may sacrifice some comfort.

Recommended Bike: Road Bikes

Features:

Lightweight frame for agility and speed. Drop handlebars for an aerodynamic riding position. Skinny tires for minimal rolling resistance. Efficient power transfer for high-speed riding. Best For: Road racing, group rides, fitness cycling, and riders prioritizing speed and performance.

5. Relaxed Touring Position:

Riders in a relaxed touring position have a slightly forward lean, with their back at a comfortable angle and hands positioned on wider handlebars. This position balances comfort with long-distance touring capabilities.

Recommended Bike: Touring Bikes

Features:

Robust frame designed for carrying heavy loads. Comfortable geometry for extended periods in the saddle. Wide, cushioned saddles for long-distance comfort. Mounts for racks, panniers, and fenders for touring accessories. Best For: Long-distance touring, bikepacking, commuting with heavy loads, and exploring remote areas in comfort.

Understanding your preferred riding position is essential when choosing the right bike for your cycling adventures. Whether you prefer an upright posture for leisurely rides, a neutral stance for technical trails, or an aggressive position for speed and efficiency, there's a bike tailored to your needs. Take the time to assess your riding style, test different bike options, and consult with experts to find the perfect match. With the right bike beneath you, every ride becomes a journey of comfort, control, and enjoyment.

money

Question 4 - How much are you willing to spend on a bike?

Now you have a better idea of what type of bike you would like, its now time to think about budget.

You can spend upwards of £15000 for the latest road racing machines or you can spend £20 from your mate down the road. Budget is one of the key decision makers when buying a bike.

A more expensive bike tends to have better components and materials. This means things like smoother gears, lighter frames, better brakes, comfier riding or aerodynamics, improve as you spend more. However, its also worth noting what brand you might want. some brands may cost more than others.

Moose Marketplace is one of the most affordable ways to buy a bike. Why spend hundreds, thousands or even ten thousand on a brand new bike when you can a used one securely with Moose Marketplace.

bicycle geometry chart

Question 5 - How do you choose the right size? Are you tall? Short Legged? Long armed?

Choosing the right size bike is by far the most important factor when buying a bike. A bike of the right size is easier to ride, more comfortable and puts a bigger smile on your face.

To choose the right size of bike, first of all consider your height. Most manufacturers will have a size guide on their site. This should be your first port of call.

Sizes vary between manufacturers greatly so it is important to do your research. You can always message the seller and ask them what size they are and how their bike fits them!

For a more in depth look at the sizing of a bike, you will want to find the geometry chart, like the one pictured above. This gives you key measurements about the bike that you can compare with your body, ensuring the best fit.

Final Considerations

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Where to buy?

Now you have an idea of what bike you want and at what budget. Your ready to start browsing. But where do you look?

We believe Moose Marketplace is the best place to start looking.

Other common ways to buy a bike include Facebook marketplace, eBay, your local bike shop or social media.

Other marketplaces such as Facebook and eBay don't offer you the piece of mind that Moose does with it's buyer protection. Having to waste your time messaging sellers, finding a place to meet up, inspecting the bike, not being able to test ride it properly and potentially being pressured into a sale, are all things to consider when purchasing a bike on a traditional marketplace.

At local bike shops, it's hard to find somewhere that truly wants to find the right bike for you, rather than make a quick sale. Even after finding the right bike, you'll have to pay top price in a bike shop, often hundreds more than buying online.

If it really is a new bike you are looking for, you can always head to www.moose.co where we sell a huge range of new and refurbished bikes, at an unbeatable prices.

But when it comes to value for money, Moose Marketplace is the way forwards.

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Is used as good as new?

Buying a used bike does mean some parts may be worn and may have seen better days. If a part on your bike does break at some point, the best place to go is your local bike shop. Their knowledge and expertise will get you back on the road as quick as possible.

However, the best way to minimise this is to purchase one of our service or warranty packages!

Have price of mind knowing your bike has been thoroughly checked over and serviced with our service package. For only £99 get a complete strip down, clean, basic service and recommendations on any parts to replace.

Get in touch if you want to add on one of our warranty packages that includes a full check over the bike to provide 12 months warranty on the frame and 6 months on components.

These add on packages give you confidence, price of mind and could save you a lot of money.

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Maintanence

Regular maintenance is the key to keeping your ride running smoothly for as long as possible, keeping your costs at a minimum.

Basic maintenance products such as a bike cleaner, chain lube and water displacing oil are must haves. For those who want to go the extra mile, there is a plethora of products for different uses, but all with the intent of keeping your bike running as it should.

From tools to cleaning products www.moose.co has some of the best deals on bike maintenance essentials.

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Extra equipment

We're talking helmets, gloves, clothes and shoes. If your a first time buyer, or getting a new bike, you may need some extra kit.

A good helmet is a must for everyone. Clothing is also essential. Do you need waterproofs? Gloves to keep your hands warm? Do you need full Lycra to help you go faster? Or baggy shorts and a race jersey to look cool on the trail?

What about a lock? Puncture repair kit? Bags, racks and mudguards?

Again, www.moose.co is the place to head, offering a huge range of accessories and clothing at unbeatable prices. Although stock sells out fast, they truly offer some of the best deals on the market.

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