'If you're not going forwards, you're going backwards' is a business saying that pops up often in my head- and it was on a quiet day flicking through the bike listings on Trade Me (NZ version of eBay) that I came across a listing for 10 cruiser bikes. This was a find! it gave me the missing link to an idea that I had had since the setting up 5 years ago. It was another way forwards!
I have been experimenting with city bike tours for a little over 2 years now, creating routes and providing a tour that combines Dunedin's many aspects, historical and environmental.
Up until now I have done a handful of these tours, mainly for the International University Students that are in the city for 6 month periods, it's a good way to introduce them to Dunedin and it's various quirky places, outside of North Dunedin. I had always used the mountain bikes that I have for my other tours, but the problem is, these bikes are overkill for the city tour and many people are not confident with gears and hydraulic disc brakes. They were unwelcome distractions.
Cruiser bikes are beautifully simple- pedal brake, chain guards, stand and no gears. You can ride them in everyday clothes, it's as easy as cycling gets. The riding position is laid back- it makes you feel laid back.
They give you instant street cred.
The best thing about biking around Dunedin - it's compact.
The city is bikeable... the route is also flat, drivers are considerate and there are cycle lanes! It may look like a hilly city, but if you want to, it is possible to do a flat ride around all the main points of interest in the city within 2 hours- the harbour, the Botanic Gardens, the steepest street in the world (not up it, obviously), the street art, the main shopping street, the University, beach, breweries, historic buildings and street art.
At the end of this tour, you will have a good idea of how and where Dunedin started and the various events that shaped what it is today. You get to see the hidden places that only the locals know about, easily missed in a car, plus you get a free beer tasting at the best brewery in NZ (not Speights!?!).
This tour is by request only, email me for more info.
DUNEDIN CRUISER BIKE TOUR=
simple bike+easy flat route+NZ's best city+great stories+free beer tasting