We use top model 2015 Merida Crossway 300d & 2016 Avanti Discovery 3 hybrid bikes, in both men’s and women’s frames in a range of sizes. These rental bikes feature low bar frames on the women’s models and run the larger 700c (29r) type wheels fitted which roll easier and provide a smoother ride as compared to 26” wheels. They are fitted with Schwalbe Smart Sam 28 x 1.75″ tyres (a knobbly mountain bike style tyre) which increases stability and handling on gravel surfaces. We have added a gel seat to complement the bicycles comfortable upright riding position, while the handle bars are height adjustable to help customise a body position that is easier on the back, shoulders and neck.
Our rental bikes utilise 27 Speed (3 x 9) Shimano derailleur’s and shifters, ensuring that you can always find the right gear to suit the varied surfaces, terrains and undulations we encounter on our trips. Braking is handled front and rear by a 160mm hydraulic disc brake system, while the bumps are smoothed over by lockable 63mm travel suspension forks up front, aided by a suspension seat post for posterior protection.
E-bikes (electric bikes) are becoming increasingly popular and are a great option for those with limited mobility or health to get out and experience the exhilaration of cycling with partner’s, family and friends around the beautiful South Island. PureTrails has put together our own e-bike using a combination of our high quality hybrid Merida Crossway and Schwinn Voyageur bikes, and cutting edge conversion kits. The main advantage of doing so was to keep the bikes weight down to a very manageable 20kgs (or 17kg with the battery removed) which is essential for our guiding team in terms of bike handling and transportation. The bikes feature a 250w mid-drive motor, 9 speed gears and select-able assist level. There is no throttle, meaning you still need to pedal to activate the motor.
Availability is strictly limited so if you would like to hire an e-bike on your tour, book it in with us as early as possible to avoid missing out.
Your bike has a removable front handlebar pack, a water bottle holder, and a bike computer mounted on the handlebars. The bike computer electronically displays current speed and distance travelled. Gel seats and ergo hand grips have been fitted to ensure comfort. A PureTrails sports drink bottle is also provided, as is a helmet with front visor, and a high-vis safety vest.
Despite having fitted our bikes with high quality wide gel touring seats in men’s and women’s designs, we still find people struggle with the age old problem of ‘saddle sore’. This can put a severe dampener on your experience. We have a few extra standard mountain bike saddles on hand at the start of your trip in case you want to switch. Some guests bring along removable gel covers to fit over the saddle which can help. However if you have a well worn saddle on your own bike at home that you are comfortable with, we recommend you bring it along and we can fit it to your bike.
If you are used to riding a bicycle with clipless pedals but want to use one of our bicycles, unscrew the pedals from your bike and bring them (and the corresponding cycling shoes) with you. We’ll install your personal pedals on our bike for you.
Dean, our bike mechanic, thoroughly and meticulously cleans and services every bike before your tour following a comprehensive checklist. Once the trip commences your guide will be available to make any adjustments required, and performs checks daily to make sure your bike is running well. Our vehicle is equipped with spare parts and a toolkit as well as a spare bike, and smaller toolkits are available for anyone wishing to take one on the trail.
A good fit is imperative to enjoying your cycle tour. Prior to your bike tour we request your height in order to choose the right frame size for you. At the start of your cycle tour you are taken to our Christchurch depot where we fit your bike to you to make sure it’s just right, and you are briefed on riding tips. For those not starting your tour in Christchurch, your guide will do the bike fitting with you on location at the start of your trip. Our guides are all skilled at making any adjustments that are required as your cycling journey commences.