Road Safety

Choosing the right bicycle

Types of bicycles

Mountain bicycles and hybrids are well suited for city riding due to their rugged construction, manoeuvrability, upright sitting position and easy to operate gear shifters and brakes.

However, they are somewhat slower and less efficient for longer distance rides than road bicycles with drop handlebars.

You can visit any bicycle shop to find out what type of bike would best be suited to your riding needs.

Size and fit

A bicycle that is too large or too small for the rider can be difficult to control and manoeuver. Your bicycle shop should be able to assist in choosing a bike which fits you properly. However, if you already have a bicycle, here are a few things you should check to make sure it's the right fit for you.

  • Stand straddling over your bicycle with both feet flat on the ground. There should be at least three to five centimetres between you and the highest point of the top tube.
  • Sit on the bicycle with your heel on the pedal. Your leg should be fully extended when the pedal is at the bottom of its stroke. This will leave only a slight bend at the knee when the ball of your foot is positioned on the pedal.
  • Sit on the seat and reach for the handlebars. You should have a slight bend in your arms at the elbow. Generally, the height of the bars should be level with the seat.

For further tips on how to select a bicycle that is sized right for you, please check out this video.