Since London hosted the Olympics in 2012 cycling has been more popular in Britain then ever before. Famous cyclists like British Olympic Gold Medalist Bradley Wiggins have transformed it into a passion shared by millions of people.
Cycling has recently morphed into something much more than just a form of transport for some and a hobby for others. It has now changed into a lifestyle that encompasses both of these things and so much more. Cycling feels more like a legitimate alternative to driving, and millions are appreciating the benefits it brings.
When making a purchase of something as important as a new bike, there are various factors to consider such as the price, but customer support, product knowledge and experience of the manufacturer are also desired. However the most crucial factor is the items quality. For most cycling enthusiasts quality is everything and for Ridgeback bikes this is one of the things they pride themselves on the most.
Ridgeback has been manufacturing exceptionally high quality bikes in the UK since 1983. Their incredibly versatile range features bikes to suit every possible need, from practical bikes for daily commuters, all the way to bikes specifically crafted for round the world tours. The company has a well-earned reputation as a reliable and high-end brand that creates bikes to fit various lifestyles. Their website features their whole catalogue of bikes as well as a useful store locater tool allowing you to find your nearest Ridgeback bike dealer in your local town or region. You can simply type in your postcode and you will be presented with a list of local retailers that supply this sought after brand.
When browsing their website or your local retailer you’ve then got to decide what sort of bike suits you. This all comes down to what you personally need it for as each of Ridgebacks bikes are crafted with different cycling enthusiasts priorities in mind. Ridgebacks touring range is without a doubt one of the most popular ranges on sale. Their new bike the Cyclone is a specially designed E-Bike (a bike that can be powered by electricity as well as propelled by pedals) and is described as being “the perfect alternative to unreliable public transport or expensive car running costs.” The bike itself boasts a pannier rack and full-length mudguards as well as many other features.
Another feature Ridgeback is keen to promote is their new Ridgeback Kids Club. This was created as part of their complete overhaul of their children’s product range and is designed to help more children enjoy cycling from a young age and benefit from the rewards it brings. Ridgeback Kids Club is a platform to encourage parents to share their own children’s cycling adventures with others via social media and word of mouth. The platform aims to help families stay safe on the roads, have fun and take part in cycling adventures with other families and friends. This exciting feature looks to be something other cycling companies will wish they had thought of first.
Taking this idea even further, Ridgeback also has a specially designed Scoot series of bikes that are aimed at children under 4. While these cute mini bikes don’t actually have pedals they do have their own brakes and most other bicycle features to help young children learn how to steer and stop from a young age. Getting them used to how cycling feels so they can join in with the rest of their family.
As for older more experienced cycling enthusiasts Ridgeback have a range of models designed to suit every need. Their World range is exactly what it sounds like, a bike designed for long distance, cross-country travel. Going on a coast-to-coast bike ride? Then look no further. The world range offers a sturdy and secure frame with durable parts and tires designed to withstand the elements such as heat, wind, rain and extreme cold.
For those who desire a more portable bike then Ridgeback also produces a folding bike range. These are lighter weight than the World range but can be folded and taken onto buses, trains or planes or into storage when not in use. The small portable nature of these bikes means they can be kept close at all times, folded up in their bags rather than chained up outside where there is risk of theft.
Commuters looking for a light but reliable bike for travelling through urban environments would be better suited to a Switch bike. Designed for maneuverability, speed and rapid emergency brake features these bikes make navigating heavy rush hour traffic and multiple traffic light roads easy. They are renowned to stand the test of time when used daily and their new stylish appearance is also something that has recently seen demand for them increase.
These are just a few examples of the vast array of bikes that can be purchased from a supplier who stocks Ridgeback bikes or their website itself. The vast array of different ranges and styles is too extensive to list in just one article, but Ridgeback also create racing bikes, rough terrain, dual track and individually designed specialist bikes to name a few.
With over a quarter of a century of experience in creating bikes Ridgeback seem to have perfected their craft. Their ability to create such an overwhelming range of different bikes means they really have thought of everything and make their bikes with the needs of their customers in mind. Their well-earned reputation for building affordable, quality and reliable bikes has put them at the top of their game and helped establish Ridgeback as a market leader and a top choice for cycling enthusiasts all over the world.
As Ridgeback themselves say on their website, whatever your budget or riding style, we’re sure that that you’ll find a Ridgeback that’s right for you. Once you’ve found the bike that matches your needs, search for your nearest Ridgeback stockist then go along and test it for yourself.