You don’t need an expensive state-of-the-art bike, but your bike will need to be safe, comfortable and the right size for you.
Carefully consider how you want to use your bike. Is it primarily for commuting or will you want to use it for mountain biking or road biking?
It’s best to try before you buy to get the feel for as many different types of bike as possible and see what suits you.
If you have a bike you haven’t used for a while, consider taking it to your local bike shop(external link) to check that it’s safe and roadworthy.
You’ll also want to consider some other gear, from the essentials down to some practical optional items:
- Helmet (a legal requirement in NZ)
- White front and red rear lights, visible from 200 metres away
- Lock - choose security(external link)
- Rainproof jacket
- Hi-vis or brightly coloured clothing
- Puncture repair kit / spare inner tube, tyre levers, multi-tool and compact pump
- A basket or panniers
- Mudguards for biking in any weather
Check out our Bike easy helmet and bike check [PDF, 8.2 MB].