Join the Lockdown Peloton With the Best Bicycles to Buy Now
Cycling is experiencing somewhat of a revival during lockdown as more and more people look to escape their homes for some much needed fresh air. Banana bread making and virtual wine tasting - as fun as they may be - can only keep you entertained for so long before cabin fever sets in - and a brand new bike could be the perfect antidote. Whether you're thinking of buying a bicycle to make the most of the encouraged outdoor exercise, or you want to invest in a new bike for your return to work when restrictions ease, here's everything you need to know about picking the right bicycle for you.
Why now is the best time to buy a bike
Coronavirus might have us all cooped up indoors but there's nothing to stop you from heading out for an evening cycle. Not only is cycling a great way to get out and about, but it's also an excellent all-rounder in terms of exercise - and practical too. With public transport less popular than ever, those looking to return to work may have to reconsider how they get from A to B - and a bicycle could just be the solution.
Best Road Bike
Road bikes are made for speedsters who prefer recreational riding along a pavement to rough terrain. They are lightweight with drop handlebars and narrow tires – perfect for those who like to pick up the pace.
Specialized Tarmac Disc Pro
The Specialized Tarmac is one of the most popular road bikes in the world. Comfortable, light and aerodynamic, this pro model has been meticulously fine-tuned to be a top of the range performance bike. The Specialized Tarmac is lighter its predecessor thanks to its carbon composition and approximately 45 seconds faster over 40 kilometres. This bike offers high-speed handling and hydraulic disc brakes.
Best Mountain Bike
Perfect for adventure-seekers, mountain bikes are tough, durable bikes made for riding dirt trails and other terrains. With chunky tyres and heavy traction, they are made for thrill-seekers looking to head off the beaten track.
Vitus Mythique 27 VR Bike 2020
This off-roader offers powerful performance on the mountain allowing riders to tackle any terrain with ease. Even the rockiest trails become a breeze thanks to a 130mm full suspension alloy frame, boost spacing and a Shamno Deore 10-speed drivetrain. Front and rear suspension system works wonders for tackling every rock and tree root while Shimano brakes give your full control.
Best Hybrid Bike
Hybrid bikes are the perfect all-rounders that sit somewhere between a mountain bike and a road bike.
The Carrera Subway 1 Hybrid is a lightweight aluminium hybrid bike that offers the best of both worlds. Mixed-terrain tyres offer a comfortable ride over pavement or gravel, while 24-Speed Shimano gears and mechanical disc brakes help tackle all inclines.
Best Electric Bike
E-Bikes deliver the same riding experience as with any other bicycle, only with a little extra oomph. A small electric motor assists you as you pedal, so you can go further without breaking a sweat – perfect for those looking to speed up a morning commute.
Lightweight and easy to handle, the GoCycle GX is the perfect electric all-rounder. It’s Lithium-ion battery packs a punch offering up to 50 miles in range on a 4-7 hour charge. What’s more, the GoCycle folds away neatly too and weighs only 16.5kg.
Best Foldable Bike
A folding bike is the ultimate convenience when it comes to getting from A to B. They are great for those with limited storage at home – or on board – and can be collapsed in a matter of seconds.
Born in Britain, the Brompton bicycle has been around since 1975, which means the cycle-makers have had plenty of time to perfect the art of foldable bikes. Perfect for commuters and city dwellers, the Brompton S6L is a lightweight and super-compact option for those looking to get the most out of their morning journeys. Made from a combination of steel and titanium, it’s lighter than its siblings and just as nifty.