Here are the three questions to ask yourself. What kind of cycling do you want to do? What kind of person are you? And how much do you want to spend?
Buying a bike
- Start with your local bike shop – whether it’s a small boutique or a large chain. This is where you’ll be bringing the bike for repairs eventually, so might as well get to know the people, and make sure they know what you’re after.
- Cycle Aware Wellington has a handy overview of the various types of bikes. See also Auckland Transport’s basic guide to bike types.
- The excellent UK site WhyCycle? offers a very comprehensive survey of bike types, some good advice on buying a bike, and a very handy jargon buster.
- How to pick a bike that fits your lifestyle (Treehugger)
- Things to consider when buying a bicycle (NZTA)
- Questions about electric bikes? We’ve been trying them out. Start here, and then check out our list of seven ways they’ll change your biking life here.
- Auckland Transport runs regular cycling training courses, including learn to ride classes for adults and children, and bike repair workshops.
- Nextbike offers beginner bike tours around the city, including on e-bikes – sign up for their newsletter to find out when the next events are.
- Tumeke Cycle Space is a non-profit, community-run, DIY bicycle workshop in Auckland where anyone can fix, build, and learn about bikes.
- A basic guide to cycling smarts (NZTA)
- The Friendly Cyclist: Wellington-made vintage videos about basic cycling etiquette.
- Momentum magazine has a wonderful assortment of How To articles.
- Practise on some quiet streets in your neighbourhood, or take your bike via public transport to check out some great rides.
- Find a more experienced bike buddy who can take you on a two-mile tour (or a four-k frolic).
Getting kids started
- Everything you ever wanted to know about buying a bike for a kid (via the UK).
- How to buy and fit a kid’s bike helmet, from Consumer
- Check out Bubs on Bikes for Learn2Ride courses and kid-friendly events.
- Pop on over to our page of great places for little kids to ride.
- See also our suggestions for quiet routes in your neighbourhood.
- Could your school benefit from the Bikes in Schools programme?