How to buy a bike

What you need to know when shopping for that new set of wheels
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If you’re thinking about joining the ever-increasing ranks of commuter cyclists, finding the right bike can be an overwhelming task. Amid the numerous bikes on the market, the hype and technical jargon from salespeople, it’s easy to get lost. We’ll take you through what you need to know to get a good quality bike without the unnecessary extras. 

We’ll take you through:

How much?

Expect to pay around $400-500 for a city-style/commuter bike, or quality is likely to be compromised. Paying more than $1000-1500 for this style of bike is probably unnecessary.    

Bike buying checklist

Your frame style

  • How far and how fast will I ride? 
  • What type of terrain will I be riding on? Is it bumpy or smooth? Flat or hilly? 
  • Will I need to carry my bike up lots of stairs? 

At the bike shop 

  • Does it fit you? 
  • What’s the frame made out of? 
  • How many gears does it have? 
  • What type of pedals does it have? 
  • Are the grips and saddle comfortable? 
  • Internal hubs or derailleur? 
  • What groupset does it have (brand and grade)? 
  • Does it have quick-release wheels? 
  • Does it have puncture-resistant tyres? 
  • Double- or single-walled rims? 
  • Does it take a rack and mudguards? 
  • What accessories are included? 
  • How long is the frame warranty? 
  • Does the price include any services? 



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