The modern boom in cycling has seen some stunning bikes being produced. There has never been a better time to get yourself a new bike. It doesn't have to be a megabucks carbon bike, there's plenty of affordable amazing bikes available. If you've not bought a bike for a while then you're in for a real surprise. A very pleasant surprise. High end frame materials are common place. Powerful and reliable brakes come as standard. Gearing systems that are easy to use and don't go out of whack all the time. Wheels that are stiff, strong and still light.