There are different kinds of bikes and hopefully the following information will help you decide which bike is right for you.
HYBRID - The hybrid is a relatively recent development in bicycles. Also referred to as ‘trekking’, they are usually ideal for most leisure riders and commuters. Hybrid features the best elements from 3 styles of bike, they originated at a time when most people buying a bike were buying mountain bikes, but sometimes riders found a mountain bike was simply too cumbersome, heavy and even slow for the average leisure rider. Designers took the very best elements from mountain bikes, tourers and racing bikes and built a bike, which met the new requirements. The emphasis of the hybrid is comfort, visibility and protection from the elements. Most hybrids are fitted with 700c wheels (the same diameter as fitted to racing bikes) but with wider tyres and rims (on average 35mm). These tyres are generally multi condition,in that they have a smooth centre line for efficiency on tarmac, but often have a more knobberly outer tread, to give good traction if the bike is ridden on a non tarmac surface. They are fitted with the same similar gear systems to mountain bikes, ranging from 21-27 gears. The riding position is much more upright to give good visibility. These bikes are often “fully equipped”, i.e. they come factory fitted with mudguards, and carrying racks, and some even offer suspension seat pillars and adjustable rise stems for added comfort. All in all, the hybrid is the best all round bike there is, it suits the majority of riding that you might wish to do. It is perfect for tarmac riding, even longer journeys, and yet it is more than capable of being taken onto canal footpaths and forestry tracks.
URBAN - Suitable for road and light off road use. This popular new design of bicycle combines the durability of the ATB with the comfort and pace of the hybrid models. They are proving to be the bike of choice for the more discerning rider as they combine the best attributes from both styles of bike. The fast, light and comfortable urban sports bike has become one of the fastest growing modes of transport.
ATB - Leisure ATB’s owe their design to race bred mountain bikes but most riders simply want the comfort and durability that a mountain bike design provides without needing all the high tech add ons. The leisure ATB is an ideal compromise utilising the latest mountain bike styles gears, it makes light work of short uphill stretches. The generous profile tyres give great road holding and the times when tarmac turns into shingle or gravel can easily be coped with. With the addition of suspension forks out go the bumps to make riding more comfortable.
XC-TRAIL - At this level the design challenge is to provide maximum strength using the lightest components. XC-Trail Mountain bikes have performance light aluminum frames including hydro formed tubes for extra stiffness and strength, powerful disc brakes for stopping quickly downhill and lightest performance multi speed gear systems and the ultimate performance off road tyres and welded double wall rims. Long travel front suspension is vital to ensure that the rider is in complete control in the most difficult terrain. XC-Trail bikes are designed for and by, the most demanding off road riders.
All bike information take from Claud Butler/Falcon’s website. www.falcon.co.uk
The size of a bike is usually given in inches and is the measurement of the seat tube, where the seat post goes in. The distance from the centre of the bottom bracket to the top of the seat tube.
This can vary though depending on the bike manufacturer so be careful when choosing and comparing.
There are a lots of different things to consider when getting the correct size bike frame, you need to take into account your measurements (height and inside leg), the model of bike and your preferred riding style.
Sitting astride a bike with your feet on the floor it’s important that there is enough clearance between the crossbar and your crotch, at least 2ins. This is of course to prevent injuring yourself if you have to jump forward off the saddle suddenly.
You can get a rough idea of the size of frame you require if you measure your inside leg - crotch to floor - then subtract:
- 9" / 23cm for a road bike or 10" / 25cm for a mountain bike used as a road bike.
- 12" / 30cm for an athletically-ridden mountain bike.
|Bike Size||Rider Height||Rider Height (cm)|
|13" - 14"||5' 0" - 5' 2"||152 - 158|
|15" - 16"||5' 2" - 5' 6"||158 - 168|
|17" - 18"||5' 6" - 5' 10"||168 - 178|
|19" - 20"||5' 10" - 6' 1"||178 - 185|
|21" - 22"||6' 1" - 6' 4"||185 - 193|
|23" - 24"||6' 4" - 6' 6"||193 - 198|
|Bike size||Rider Height||Rider Height (cm)|
13" - 14"
|5' 0" - 5' 3"||147 - 155|
|Small 15" - 16"||5' 1" - 5' 5"||155 - 165|
|Medium 17" - 18"||5' 5" - 5' 9"||165 - 175|
|Large 19" - 20"||5' 9" - 6' 0"||175 - 183|
21" - 22"
|6' 0" - 6' 3"||183 - 191|
|Bike Size||Wheel Size|
|2 - 4 years||Balance Bike|
|2 - 3 years||12"|
|3 - 5 years||16"|
|5 - 7 years||20"|
|7 - 11 years||24"|
|11+||13" - 14" adult|
Kids bike sizes are given in wheel size rather than frame size.
Kids do grow quickly, however buying a bike your child will grow into which is too big will compromise your child’s safety and may put them off cycling.