Which type of bike?
The most important thing to think about when considering a new bike is exactly what you intend to use it for – the main difference being whether you plan to ride mostly on-road, off-road, or a combination of both. It is also important to consider what sort of distances you intend to ride, and what will be the most comfortable for you, as cycle designs can vary greatly. A carefully chosen bicycle that is looked after will be a trusty friend for many years.
Price is also an important consideration. Most people will have an idea of how much they want to spend on a bike before they start looking, but it is worth investing, as you really do get what you pay for. The more expensive bikes are lighter, tougher, have better ride handling and often have more features.