Making sure your bike fits
When you try out a bike for size, adjust the saddle to the appropriate height and make sure the seat tube is not at its maximum height nor right down against the frame.
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Avoid buying stolen on the internet
Buying and selling bikes on Gumtree, and some other sites, is quick and easy, and requires no identification and minimal registration. This has made the web a popular place for thieves to sell bikes.
You can pick up some great bargains buying secondhand, but there are two major pitfalls:
Buying a poor quality bike
Buying a stolen bike
You need some expertise in bikes, or a knowledgeable advisor, to avoid the first problem.
If you buy a new bike, it’s advisable to go to a specialised bike shop where they'll have the experience and expertise to find the right one for you.
You'll also be grateful for the after-sales support, such as servicing.
The bicycle market has grown massively in recent years, which can make it confusing but you can be sure there'll be a bike perfectly suited to you out there somewhere.
You can find many of our expert bike reviews in our gear section.
The bike you choose might come with mudguards, which protect you from spray and mud in the wet (and protect the cyclists behind you too).
These can be added to many bikes afterwards, but some bikes don't have the necessary fixings.
There are many types of bike, which are designed for different terrains or styles of riding.
If you're starting without a bike, be sure to read our articles on Where to buy a bike, and Buying a second hand bike.
Many people start cycling...