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Helmets

Pōtae māro (helmets) are a legally required piece of kit, and there’s a huge range to choose from. Here’s how to pick the best one for you.

  • Try several brands to get the best fit – they all suit different shaped heads.
  • Pick a style and colour you’ll love to wear.
  • Choose a lighter helmet with more ventilation if you’ll be going on long rides.
  • Opt for new, not second-hand. Even helmets that look fine might be damaged.
  • Buying for tamariki (children)? choose a helmet that fits them now, not one to grow into.

Bike locks

Choose the right lock and you’ll be far less likely to have your bike stolen. D-locks are the strongest, but any lock is better than none.

How to lock your bike

The stronger the better

Lock your paihikara (bike) with a good quality D-lock, chain lock or foldable lock. Avoid thin, spiral cables — they’re easy to cut.

Chain lock
Chain lock
  • Chain locks are flexible and offer good protection.
  • They are made of solid steel links. The thicker the better, ideally 8mm plus.
Foldable lock
Foldable lock
  • Foldable locks are strong, practical and flexible.
  • They can be folded up nice and small.
D-lock
D-lock
  • D-locks are made of heavy D-shaped steel bars.
  • They’re the strongest lock of all, and worth the investment. 
Cable lock
Cable lock
  • Cable locks should never be used as a primary lock.
  • Use for securing your front wheel.

Swap your old bike lock

Exchange your old bike lock for a free high-quality D-lock at one of our Community Bike Hubs. Limited to one per person and while stocks last. 

Lights

You’ll need ngā rama (bike lights) if you ride between sunset and sunrise, or any other time you can’t clearly see a person or vehicle 100m away.

  • Front lights must be white or yellow. Only one of them can flash. 
  • You must have at least one red rear light. Any of them can flash. 
  • Legally, lights must be visible from at least 200m away.
  • Angle all your rama (lights) so they don’t dazzle or distract other road users.

Stay safe when you ride in the dark.

Clothing

Stay safe and dry with the right kākahu (clothing) for biking.

  • Wear light or bright colours so you’re easy to see –- or a colourful helmet.
  • Add reflective material in low light.
  • Tuck in loose trousers or long skirts so they don't get caught in your bike chain or wheels.
  • Keep a waterproof jacket in your bag for unexpected showers.

Tools

When you’re out riding it’s a good idea to carry a basic tool kit:

  • a bike pump
  • a puncture repair kit
  • a spare inner tube (check it’s the right size)
  • tyre levers for removing a flat tyre 
  • a multi-tool for other roadside fixes and adjustments.

Bike bags

Commuting? Cruising? Biking for fitness? Find the style of pīkau (bag) that works best for you. Think about how much you’ll carry, and how far. 

Backpack
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Grab a simple pīkau (backpack) and a bright, reflective cover. Or upgrade to a specialist drink bag with a flexible hose for really thirsty rides. 

Pros
  • Flexible and easy to carry while walking.
Cons
  • Can feel hot and uncomfortable.
Best for
  • Best for carrying food, drink, a raincoat or laptop.
Panniers
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Panniers sit on either side of your bike, usually on a rack over the back wheel. 

Pros
  • Big capacity, easy to load.
Cons
  • Tricky to carry by hand and can be expensive.
Best for
  • Carrying shopping or work equipment.
Handlebar basket
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Baskets come in a range of styles, sizes and colours.

Pros
  • Handy, easy to see while you’re biking.
Cons
  • Hard to steer if overloaded.
Best for
  • A trip to the shops.
Saddle bag or seat bag
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A saddle bag attaches discreetly under your seat or onto the bike frame.

Pros
  • Doesn't affect your riding.
Cons
  • Limited space, can be fiddly to access.
Best for
  • Keys, tools, wallets and other small items.
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