It can seem a little bit overwhelming getting to grips with what sort of bike to look for, but it's quite simple really. Once you work out where you'll be riding and what it is you're going to be doing with it, you can find exactly what you need.
To get a clear picture of the different kinds of bikes, watch this info packed video - it'll point you in the right direction.
With so many different bikes to choose from, it can be a pain trying to find one that's right for you. Luckily, we're here to help. Take a look at our Bike Size Guide, which includes information on the sizing of bikes we've got, and how you can choose the right size bike for you.
Remember, it's always handy to think about what you'll be using the bike for and where you are likely to ride.
A Mountain Bike is what you want if you're looking for something rugged to take off road. Mountain Bikes come with suspension forks to soak up those bumps, and tough, knobby tyres which enable you to ride through mud instead of getting stuck in it. With lower gear ratios for tough inclines, Mountain Bikes are for the adventure seeker in us all.
Hybrid bikes are the perfect mix between mountain and road bikes, and are great all-rounders. These bikes are ideal for the beginner, the casual rider and the commuter, and allow for you to chop and change: riding tarmac one day, light trails in the park the next. Check out our range of hybrid bikes to find the perfect bike for you.
If you're looking for maximum comfort for cruising around the park or bike path, look no further than a classic bike. With a 'sit up and beg' position, mudguards, luggage racks and chainguards, these traditional bikes are great for those who are looking to get around in comfort.
A Road Bike is the best cycle for you if you intend to spend your time zipping along urban roads or country lanes. You'll notice that Road Bikes have drop handlebars which enable you to tuck yourself into a small and streamlined shape for maximum speed, and the thin tyres are especially for tarmac. With lightweight frames including aluminium and carbon fibre, we'll have you riding the road in no time.
Electric Bikes use both electric and pedal power to get you where you need to go. They assist you either automatically or on demand, so if you've got a long way to travel or are loaded down with bags from the weekly grocery shop, Electric Bikes help pick up some of the slack. They're a great green alternative to other forms of transport, and you don't have to pay road tax, insurance or the congestion charge, so they're a savvy money-saving option too.
Most of us look back on our first bike fondly, and at Halfords we hope to do the same for your child. From Balance Bikes for toddlers through to Mountain Bikes for teens, we've got them covered until they're big enough to graduate to an adult bike. With styles to suit everyone and safety our paramount concern, we're sure these bikes will create long-lasting memories and forge a life-long love of cycling.
BMX bikes come in two flavours: the Racing BMX and the Freestyle BMX. Racing BMX Bikes are speedy, tough, have knobby tyres and live to get dirty. As the name implies, they're great for racing and they're very light. Freestyle BMX Bikes are at home in the skate park and on the street, and are made to perform (tricks, that is). They have stunt pegs for hopping around and balancing and their handlebars can be spun. These bikes are strong: they have to be, with what they're put through!
Balance bikes help to teach children to learn to ride a bike by learning balancing skills before they learn to pedal, and are an alternative to teaching children to ride with stabilisers. They're also good for fitness and coordination, like any bike, and are a great way to get young children outdoors and on the move if they struggle to keep up on family outings.
Folding Bikes are the Holy Grail for commuters. As the name suggests, these lightweight bikes fold up into a manageable size so you can take them with you on public transport without taking up the space of two extra people. When you get to work, it can be stowed under your desk until home time. The portability of folding bikes also means you never need say goodbye as they can come with you on holiday too.
The 'Fixie' in Fixie Bikes stands for fixed-gear. These bikes don't have any gears, making them great for commuters and people who are looking to get trim. They have no freewheel so coasting isn't an option: if you want to move, you have to pedal. This might sound like hard work but it actually makes them more efficient, requiring less effort on your part. Fewer moving parts means there's less to maintain as well, equalling more time on your bike and a shorter time tinkering with it.
Halfords is the UK's number 1 cycle retailer and we offer a wide choice of bikes suitable for everyone: women, men, children and even smaller children.
We have a huge collection of all types of bicycles, from Carrera Road Bikes to Mountain Bikes, Hybrid to Women's Pendleton Bike. We even have Scooters! It doesn't matter what your needs you are sure to find something suitable at Halfords.
At Halfords we're passionate about bikes, but what's most important to us is your safety. Our professional store staff will build most bikes for Free, which includes a 22 point safety check to make sure your bike is in tip top condition.
If you want an exciting Christmas gift ideas for your little one, than take a look at our selection of junior road bikes. We've also got a fantastic range of balance bikes for the really little ones.