All the answers to your questions, right here.
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I want to visit a winery. Will I have time?
Well that depends on how much time you have and how fast you ride! There are two fantastic wineries (Church Road and Mission Estate) that are 16km from our store, and this takes most people 1-1.5 hours one way. If these wineries appeal, but time is of the essence (or you only wish to ride one way) then consider our Waterways to Wineries tour.
If you are really short on time, we now have the fantastic Urban Winery in Ahuriri. A short 4 km ride away (about 15-20 minutes) will see you tasting fantastic Chardonnay (Tony Bish's specialty) and a range of other wines.
I haven't ridden a bike in years. Does that matter? Which bike should I choose?
If you are ever going to get back in the saddle (so-to-speak), then there is no more of a perfect place to do so than right here in Napier. Our trails are flat - if you go up a hill you have gone the wrong way, and very smooth! And with the trails being dedicated to cyclists and pedestrians, you don't have to worry about vehicles. We usually recommend the Beautiful Green Bikes to people who are starting out again, as they are easy to ride and uncomplicated.
I'm not very fit. Does that matter?
No, not unless you are planning an epic ride! Even the most unfit person will usually enjoy an hour of easy riding on our beautiful waterfront if you give them a coffee break half way through. Failing that - we do have e-bikes. These are pedal assist though, there is no throttle like on a moped.
Will I have to ride on the road at all?
We are lucky to have 200km of dedicated cycle trail here in the Hawke's Bay - meaning it is off-road from motorists. Crossing the road from our shop, you will find the path that stretches 12km to the North, and 27km to the South and plenty more km's going inland. There are some parts of the trail which do require you to cycle in dedicated cycle lanes on the road, but these are few and far between. Talk to us and we can show you a route which requires no road riding at all if sharing with cars makes you nervous.
What is the difference between the Handsome Black Bikes and the
Beautiful Green Bikes?
The Beautiful Green Bikes have 3 gears, a very upright riding position, a front brake on the handlebars and a pedal back brake - think classic Cruiser for short rides up and down the waterfront.
The Handsome Black Bikes have a slightly less upright riding position, but are still feel very casual - you won't feel like you are riding in the Tour de France. These bikes have been designed for pathway riding, so are perfect if you are going for two hours or more. They have 24 gears, disc brakes on the handlebars, and seat and fork suspension for extra comfort.
Do I have to wear a cycle helmet?
Yes. It is a legal requirement in New Zealand, even if you are only riding on the pathways. Those flouting the rules can be subject to a $55 fine. A comfortable adjustable helmet is included in your hire cost.
Do I have to book in advance?
No, but it is recommended to avoid disappointment. We do have a lot of bikes, but during busy times (especially summer) we often run out. Booking in advance means you have a bike to ride, and we will have your booked bikes ready and waiting for your arrival. Check out our Cancellation Policy if you feel the weather might be an issue.
What are your opening hours?
Our opening hours vary depending on the season. Our current hours are listed on the bottom of every page, and in our Contact page. We open early and close late in the summer time, and open later and close earlier in the wintertime. If you wish to find out exact opening times for when you will be visiting, please Contact Us.
Where exactly are you located?
We are located in town at 117 Marine Parade, right across the road from the i-SITE Visitor Information Centre and the Mini Golf. We are easy walking distance from most central hotels and motels.
Where can I park my car?
There is metered parking on the street outside our shop where you can park for a maximum of 2 hours at a cost of $1 per hour weekdays. If you wish to park for longer, there are public carparks within the city, or there is free parking on Marine Parade south of Edwardes Street. On Saturdays parking near the store is free and unlimited after 2pm, and on Sunday's parking is free and unlimited.
I'm worried I'll get lost - do you have maps?
Yes. A map is included in your hire and the cycle trails are signposted. The locals are also very helpful if you get lost. We will also give you our tollfree number so you are a friendly local can call us if you are lost or need help. If you are very concerned about getting lost, you can download the Great Rides app. Once downloaded, look for the Hawke's Bay trails and download this map. Once it is on your phone, you can use it offline. Your location will show in relation to where the trails are, which is very handy.
How hilly are the trails?
Our trails are all flat. Yes really! If you go up a big hill then you have gone the wrong way.