Cycling tips

What to look for when buying a bike

Where do you go? Well, first of all there are shops which sell bikes and bike shops. Is the difference important? Cyclists think it is. When a bike comes from the manufacturer it has to be finally assembled and adjusted in the shop by a bike mechanic. This is a skilled job and if the bike is put together by unskilled hands then more harm can be done than good. You may only find that out when you go out on the road. Good bike shops employ trained staff. They will offer you an after sales service and also put things right which go wrong. After a month they should take the bike in and give it a free service, checking various bits like the bottom bracket, brakes, gears, headset which can work loose. What should you look for?

Sam Webb

Last change: 4 December 2007