Ah the humble bicycle—getting us around and looking after our health since time immemorial. If you spent lockdown enviously eyeing your neighbour and seemingly every other human out there whizzing past on their gleaming biped, you’re not alone.
Bike sales are currently going through the roof and it’s not hard to understand why. Neighbourhood walks are great and all but if you’re looking to up your exercise and basically get from A to B a hell of a lot faster, a bike’s your best bet. Don’t forget to pick up a lid for your dome while you’re ordering your wheels—safety first people.
Many of these bike shops also have a strong community of riders around them so if you get the riding bug you can join a little fam, or make your own. Win.
So without further ado, here are the best bike shops that deliver in Auckland.
Evo Cycles are the real deal with stores across NZ offering bikes from electric, kids, mountain, vintage and even BMX freestyle bikes. They’re also totally set up for Alert Level 3. Not only can you take advantage of a virtual showroom consultation, but you can order online for pick up from one of their showrooms or have your shiny new wheels delivered by courier. The wait will be worth it, guaranteed.
First prize for sustainability goes to T. White's Bikes and The Secondhand Bike Shop. Masters of repair and remodelling older wheels for sale, these guys have been selling pre-loved bikes since 2008. A treasure-trove of old and new bikes including single speeds, fixed gears, BMX’s, commuters, tourers, road bikes, kids bikes, mountain bikes and anything else you can think of, give these guys a go if you’re looking to give a classic bike some love. They’ll deliver at Alert Level 3 depending on location, otherwise, you can pick up from their store.
99 Bikes (Formerly Bike Barn)
Recently taken over by an Australian brand and with stores nationwide you can’t beat the breadth of selection available at 99 Bikes—we’re talking everything from electric to mountain and road bikes, BMX’s and kids bikes. From entry-level pricing right up to bikes for the pros, they’ll deliver your wheels direct to your door and also offer pick up from one of their nationwide stores.
Stocking a mind-boggling selection of bikes from brands such as Pinarello, Cervélo, Focus, Santa Cruz, Ibis, Scott, and Avanti to name but a few, Kiwivelo are based near Takapuna and will deliver your new pride and joy straight to your door. Besides the bikes they also are fully stocked for all the nutrition, clothing and accessories a biking enthusiast could wish for.
Mt Eden Cycles (MEC Bikes)
Where would any self-respecting list of great bike shops be without including the stalwarts of Mount Eden—Mt Eden Cycles. MEC (to those in the know) have been supplying bikes to the pedal-power crew for 15 years. Now with a branch also in St Heliers, they’ll deliver your brand new set of wheels to anywhere in New Zealand free of charge and with minimum fuss. With electric, road, kids and even adventure bikes, you’re bound to find a quality set of wheels here.
The knowledgeable legends behind BRM Cycles out Kumeu way are open and offering home delivery of new bikes through Alert Level 3. Specialising in mountain and trail bikes, they’re also able to offer out-of-the-box solutions to suit most budgets. Also, you can’t go wrong with a company whose customer service agent is a dog called Layla.
Based in Onehunga, Rouleur Cycles have a great selection of bikes available to browse online. From road, mountain and urban bikes to ever-zippy e-bikes, you can call the knowledgeable guys in the shop for advice on your new bike. They’ll deliver your choice right to your door and also offer a stand-up bike repair service too.
Lewis & Co
For a smaller selection of mighty fine wheels, head to Ponsonby specialists Lewis & Co. Stocking brands you might not find elsewhere such as Transition, Yeti, Santa Cruz and the covetable women’s mountain bike brand Juliana, these guys are certain to steer you in the right direction and will even deliver your beautiful new bike to your doorstep. Can’t say fairer than that.
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