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Bike Size & the correct bike for you

Before choosing the correct bike for your riding. Think about the following questions.

1. What type of rider are you?

  • Casual - I want to enjoy cycling with my friends and/or family. Comfort is extremely important, but going fast isn't.
  • Fitness -I'm excited to go farther (and possibly faster) than I've gone before. I want a bike that can help me reach these goals.
  • Competitive - I'm going to see how fast I can go on race day.

In general, the more seriously you're taking your training , the more specialized your bike will be.

For most people, bikes designed for casual and fitness riding are the best choice, as these bikes are designed to have smoother, more predictable handling. These models are built with wide gear ranges to make climbing hills easier and are built to get you in a more comfortable, upright riding position. Casual and fitness bikes typically come with more comfort-oriented parts like extra padded saddles and cushioned grips.

2. How often do you plan to ride each week?

This question helps us decide how durable (and therefore expensive) the gears and other components on your bike should be to best fit your needs. In general, the more miles you plan to ride, the more durable you'll want your bike to be.

3. How much do you want to spend?

Here at Sprockets we will work with you on your budget while helping you find the right bike for your riding. The price of a bike is generally determined by the type of frame material and the quality of the parts (brakes, shifters, derailleurs, etc.) hanging on it. Road bikes range for £400-£9,000, with most riders spending £1,000 -£2,500. If you can work it into your budget, it's better to spend a little more up front to buy a more expensive bike because the bike will last longer, be lighter weight and perform better. Higher quality parts (a.k.a. components or "gruppos") will last longer and work better. For example, you'll notice crisper shifting (i.e. - shifts more easily) and better braking power. Shimano and Campagnolo are the most popular road components. The chart shows how the different component groups measure up.

  Shimano Campagnolo
Good Tiagra/Sora  Veloce
Better 105  Centaur
Best  Ultegra  Chorus
Professional  Dura-Ace  Record/Super Record






The fit, finish and durability of the components get progressively better as the price increases. The quality is something you'll really appreciate when the miles start going up.

Please feel free to contact us at and we can discuss any details concerning your bike purchase. Telelphone: 01435 813777

Below is the suggested sizing chart for Felt bikes which is meant as a guide.