GETTING A BIKE
Bikes can be a great way to get around, but getting set up can be overwhelming. Here are a few places who can help.
Borrow, rent or buy?
Decide on your budget and what it is you are using the bike for. Consider:
Do you have specific requirements, such as electric assist, added stability or carrying gear?
Should you rent, buy new or buy secondhand?
Have you got a helmet, good lock(s) and lights?
Where will you store the bike and how will you transport it, if needed?
Bike There has detailed advice on getting a bike.
Trikes NZ in Levin designs customised bikes, trikes and e-trikes for riders with disabilities. They also provide information on funding sources available.
Switched on Bikes hire a range of bikes, including e-bikes, tandem bikes and an electric trike. They also install GPS trackers on e-bikes and have subscription lease options.
EkeRua ReBicycle has an adult e-trike and recumbent bike available for long term trials. They also have a good guide to buying secondhand.
Contact them to discuss these or other options. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Community bike libraries
Across the region there are community hubs providing free or low-cost bikes to own or borrow or workshop space to fix your bike. Here’s a list:
Pōneke / Wellington
Workshop at 46 Russell Terrace, Newtown
Pari-rua / Porirua
Motuhenga Community Cycle Hub (run by USO Bike Ride)
Pop ups at Waitangirua Mall, Saturdays 1-4pm
Te Awa Kairangi ki Tai / Hutt City
Free Ride (formerly The Bike Box)
35 Hillary Court, Naenae, Hutt City
ReCycled Rides bicycle library, part of the Common Unity Project Aotearoa
The Remakery, 310 Waiwhetu Road, Epuni, Lower Hutt, 5011
Te Awa Kairangi ki Uta / Upper Hutt
(with Rimutaka Prison and The Cycle Centre)
Contact us if you would like to add or update details on this list.