How to choose your first bike
So, here are some beginner bikes that won’t break the budget.
Reid City 1, $379
A popular option from Reid Cycles, the Reid City 1 is a good beginner pick for commuters. It’s reasonably priced, comes ready to ride with mudguards and rack fitted, and has wide tyres for extra grip and comfort, making it a good workhorse for commuting and weekend rides. It’s available in three sizes.
Samson Single Speed Bike, $249
This ultra-low-priced bike is a good knockabout option for students or young city workers looking for a bike they don’t have to be too precious about. The single-speed model is a great low-maintenance option, but those training for a mountain road adventure will need to look elsewhere. It comes in four sizes.
Reid Urban S, $349.99
Another one from Reid Cycles, the Reid Urban S is a simple, durable bike stripped back to the essentials for city riding. Shimano seven-speed gearing at the rear gives you all the gears you need for city riding, and it has a more upright riding position. It comes in four sizes.
Lekker Sportief Womens 3 Speed, $598
The Lekker brand is founded in the home of bike-lovers, the Netherlands. With a stylish vintage look, this bike puts the rider in a comfortable upright position. The aluminium frame keeps it lightweight and rust-free, and the three-speed internal gears make gear changes easy. You can customise with leather saddles, wicker baskets or carrier racks in various colours, but they’ll add to the price.