What will you be using your bike for?
You will be looking at different bikes depending on what you plan on using the bike for. If it is for commuting to work, you will want something that will perform well on the road. (see our Bike to Work Page)
If you want a racing bike, you will be looking at something with a light frame.
Your budget will also impact the bike you choose. There are bikes in our shop to suit every price range.
We also run a savings club, where you can come in and save up the cost of your bike over time. There is also the bike to work option for those who are planning on commuting to work.
Will you want to maintain the bike yourself, or have a professional do this for you? We do stock parts in our store, however, at Richie’s Bike Store, we offer a full repair and service in our workshop.
We have a same day service which means you can be back on the road in next to no time. We offer an unrivalled after care service, so always pop in and speak to us if you feel your bike is not performing how it should.
Size of the Bike
This may sound obvious, but ensuring your bike is adjusted for you is so important. By not having the correct adjustments made, you can end up injuring yourself, getting strained and becoming fatigued much quicker than normal.
If you would like to call in and go through this, we would be more than happy to help.
We want you to be happy with your bike.
Take it for a test and let us know what you think. We can perform any adjustments there to ensure you are comfortable and safe.
Types of Bikes
These are the older style bike where you pedal backwards to brake. They are more than likely the bikes your parents / grandparents may have used.
These are bikes best suited to cycling on smooth roads or paths.
Racing Bikes – lightweight and built for speed.
You are generally hunched over – think Tour de France style racers
Touring Bikes – more suited for leisurely cycling.
They are more durable and the rider sits up straighter on them.
These bikes are suited for off road cycling, or very rough terrain. They have wider tires and have low gears for getting up hills / mountains. They are popular, as they can be used for all surfaces.
These are typically around 20 inch wheels. They are used for stunt riding and perfect for competitions. They are single geared bikes.
Built for two people – they are not very common.
You are almost sitting back on these bikes, with the pedals in front of you. They are not suited for speed or racing.
Often seen at street performances , circuses etc. Requires extreme balance!
For those who can’t get outside due to weather etc. They are stationary and are perfect for those wishing to exercise in their own home.
Let us help you choose the perfect bike.