Choosing a bike
If you don’t already have a bike, one of the most confusing things may be simply figuring out what kind of bike to get.
A good way to start is:
- consider what kind of riding you are going to do, such as commuting, recreation or shopping and how often you are likely to ride.
- visit one or more good bike shops to discuss your needs before making a decision
A good retailer will most likely:
- discuss your needs
- try several models for size
- take measurements
- make adjustments until they think you are ready for a short test ride near the shop.
Don’t forget that getting a bike that ‘fits’ properly is as important as getting the right type of bike for you.
Setting up a bike
Leave room in your budget for accessories – some are required by law and some just make good sense.
Required by Law:
- an approved helmet – must be worn at all times when riding a bike. This applies to all riders regardless of age.
- front and rear lights – must be fitted and in use if riding at night. Your bike must also have a red rear reflector.
- bell or horn (warning device) – must be fitted within easy reach and in working order.
Other useful accessories:
- a bike map – most local councils offer local area cycling maps. You can request the Sydney Cycling Guide+Map here.
- a luggage rack and panniers (saddle bags) – invaluable for regular commuters;
- reflective clothing – an essential investment for riding in low-light conditions;
- a good bike lock – don’t lose your valuable investment;
- a trip computer – allows you to track your progress and fitness gains.
There’s a lot that you can do to ensure that your ride is pleasant, safe and comfortable.
We strongly advise that you consider:
If you will be riding on the roads then it’s essential that you also: