How do I get started in cycling on a budget?

We take you through the essentials you need and offer some value oriented suggestions

Image shows a rider who has started cycling on a budget.
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While the reasons for becoming interested in road or gravel cycling may vary greatly - a nudge from a friend, a desire to get fitter, inspiration gained from watching a professional bike race - the required items for getting started will not.

You’ll of course need a bike - either road or gravel-specific depending on your preference. You’ll then want a helmet too, alongside some cycling-specific clothing for additional comfort. Finally, you’ll require a decent pump to keep you rolling.

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Freelance writer

Luke Friend has worked as a writer, editor and copywriter for twenty five years. Across books, magazines and websites, he's covered a broad range of topics for a range of clients including Major League Baseball, the National Trust and the NHS. He has an MA in Professional Writing from Falmouth University and is a qualified bicycle mechanic. He has been a cycling enthusiast from an early age, partly due to watching the Tour de France on TV. He's a keen follower of bike racing to this day as well as a regular road and gravel rider.