Getting into cycling? What you need to know before you buy your new bike

Is a hybrid the go-to for beginners, or should you consider something else?

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Bike shops across the UK have been reporting record sales as the coronavirus pandemic sees people looking to get active and stay off public transport - and many of the bikes being wheeled out the door have been hybrid models.

These 'do it all' machines have long been the go-to for new or returning cyclists. Last week, Halfords revealed a doubling in demand for hybrid bikes and Sigma Sports say these flat bar companions are up 90 per cent compared to this time last year.

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Michelle Arthurs-Brennan

Michelle Arthurs-Brennan the Editor of Cycling Weekly website. An NCTJ qualified traditional journalist by trade, Michelle began her career working for local newspapers. She's worked within the cycling industry since 2012, and joined the Cycling Weekly team in 2017, having previously been Editor at Total Women's Cycling. Prior to welcoming her daughter in 2022, Michelle raced on the road, track, and in time trials, and still rides as much as she can - albeit a fair proportion indoors, for now.