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Choosing a bike Choosing a bike

Things you should consider when choosing a bike and where to find and record your bike serial number.

Choosing a bike

There are lots of bikes on offer, so selecting the one the suits you can be a challenge.

Start by answering the questions below. Your answers will help guide the type of bike you will need:

  • How often are you likely to ride?
  • What sort of riding will you be doing – recreation, commuting, off-road exploring, long distance touring, racing, or everyday riding to the shops and local areas?
  • Where will you be riding – suburban streets, country roads, mountain bike trails, gravel roads, paved cycle paths, dirt paths, and grass?
  • How much money are you looking to spend?
  • What features would you like to consider – suspension forks, disc brakes or rim brakes?
  • What accessories will you need – do you want to fit a basket, racks, pannier bags, kickstand or baby seat?
  • Is there a particular style, look or colour that appeals to you?

Before buying a bike it is a good idea to borrow one from a friend or to rent a bike, so you get a feel for some different bikes. Most bike shops will also let you have a little test ride so you can get a better feel for the fit before you buy.

Seek advice from other cyclists, visit local bike shops, or explore the internet for information on different brands and styles.

Choosing the right size and fit

One size does not fit all. Getting the right size is one of the most important aspects in choosing a bike.

Comfort, handling, aerodynamics and efficiency all rely on the right fit.

Bike frames come in different sizes while seats and handlebars can be changed or adjusted for fit. If you purchase a new bike from a bike shop they should adjust it to fit your body.

Recording your bike serial number

You can record your bike serial number and other details about your bike online at:

Diagram showing where the serial number can be found on your bike

Diagram showing where the serial number can be found on your bike

If your bike is stolen

If your bike is stolen report this to your local police station.

Having a record of the serial number from your bike will assist the NZ Police in returning your bike to you if recovered.

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