WELCOME TO TERN CYCLING REVIEWS
Here you will be able to find an extensive (and increasing!) resource of cycling reviews, opinions and recommendations about bikes and bike suppliers available here in the UK.
This is a site for people who enjoy cycling, not just reading about it! If you get your buzz from working out how to save a couple of grams by spending the kids’ inheritance on the latest piece of machined titanium – maybe we’re not for you. BUT if you just want to get out on the road – to work and back, or through the country lanes, tracks and towpaths at the weekend, and want a really nice bike plus all the bits and pieces – we think we can help.
Here are some of the areas we plan to concentrate on particularly:-
A hybrid bike is, in many peoples’ eyes, pretty close to the ideal bike for the leisure cyclist.
As the name would suggest, the best hybrid bike is a blend; a combination of the best features of a road bike and a mountain bike. A lightweight alloy frame with, usually, mountain bike gears and brakes together with a flat handlebar for comfort. Knobbly mountain bike tyres are less than ideal on the road, so these are replaced with narrower, smoother-faced tyres for less rolling resistance on the tarmac.
No two ranges are the same, however. There’s a spectrum – if you are likely to do more than the average number of rides along towpaths and trails, you might choose a hybrid with rather wider tyres, or even with suspension forks. For those who want to cover more distance on the road, the best hybrid bikes would have a lighter frame, longer gear ratios and tyres towards the narrower side.
The amount of information can be confusing. We will try, in our hybrid bike reviews, to help you find your way around and within the many ranges on offer, so that you can make the best possible choice.
Thankfully, many major manufacturers are not neglecting the growing market for women’s bikes. They may offer women’s versions within their standard ranges, or they may design and market under different range names completely. We’ll do our best to guide you through.
Of course, given the emphasis we have chosen for the site, it’s the ladies hybrid bike market that we will concentrate on – but there’s plenty to choose from!
If you are looking for a super-practical commuter bike, or you just don’t feel you can face those hills without a bit of help, an electric bike could be for you.
No tax or licence required of course, but then these are really electrically-assisted bikes. But with ranges of 10 – 20 miles (depending on how much you use your legs…) and charging times of around 5 hours a modern electric bicycle looks to have all the bases covered.
Cycle to the station, put your folding bike on the train, then continue to work on two wheels… or put one in the boot of the car and take it to your favourite bit of countryside… it will even fit under the stairs when you’ve finished with it. The versatility of a folding bicycle is impressive, particularly where space is a premium.
With modern technology and manufacturing methods they can be fun to ride as well, with derailleur gears and even drop handlebars if you want…
Built like a road bike, but with usually a more forgiving ride, longer wheelbase and real carrying capacity, a touring bike is designed for covering the miles with plenty of kit.
But they can be equally a great choice for shorter rides at the weekend, or for speedy commuting to the office.
Take a look at the list of brands on the right and click through to see the range of products on offer – this will be increasing all the time, so call back regularly to see what’s new!
At Tern Cycling Reviews our aim is to help you make sure you get the best bike for your money.