Trailer & Stroller Hire

 

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Picture illustrating our new bike hire trailer/stroller.

It can carry either one or two children plus cargo with a maximum weight of 36kgs.

Hire rates are as follows;

1 Hour $15.00
1/2 Day $25.00
1 Day $35.00
7 Days $105.00
14 Days $175.00

Bicycle Safety & Consumer Protection

What are the real risks of purchasing a bicycle from somebody who claims to be an “expert” in the field, but works from their own home?

“Kiwis” have this fascination on purchasing goods and services from people who work from home thinking they are getting some sort of exclusive deal, but in actual fact, they are putting themselves and the wider public at risk of serious injury.

If you’re thinking of purchasing a bicycle from somebody who works out of their back yard then think again and read the article attached from the Ministry of Consumer Affairs so you know the real risks, it may save you a lot of headaches in the future.

https://www.consumerprotection.govt.nz

Anti Chafing Cream

“Sweet Cheeks” chamois cream and balm now available here!

Sweet Cheeks “Butt Butter” is made in New Zealand from 100% natural ingredients.

In a nutshell, why do cyclists need such creams?

  • To help prevent chafing during exercise.

Also available are the Super Balm & Hot Cheeks.

Super Balm helps you heal faster and is ideal for bumps, bruises, cuts & bites.

Hot Cheeks, on the other hand, is ideal for warming muscles up before cycling so be careful where you put it!

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Environmentally-Friendly Business Practices at Omafiets

At Omafiets we have introduced a recycling program to cut down on how much waste ends up in the local land fill. Since last year we have been trying to look at ways of reducing our waste and trying to recycle  just about everything that comes through the shop.  Whether it’s a whole bicycle, old tubes, spokes, hubs, spoke nipples, tyres, chains, handle bars, plastics, bubble rap, zip ties and cardboard boxes.

Everything we replace when maintaining bicycles in the workshop is either made out of steel, stainless steel, aluminium or brass, so we have created a wheelie bin for each of the metals so we can recycle them. And at the end of the year or when the bins are full,  we can then take them to the scrap metal recyclers and turn trash into cash.

We buy, sell and trade second hand bicycles so we can help recycle and reduce the amount of rubbish that ends up in the local land fill. Every time we receive goods from our suppliers, we keep the cardboard, bubble wrap and courier bags to re-use when sending items out to customers. We have even taken it a step further by reducing the amount of oil based products used in the workshop by introducing New Zealand made lanolin based lubes, greases and sprays which are all 100% natural.

Since introducing our new recycling program we have not only saved money on dumping rubbish, but found there is quite a large number of people in the community who are keen to get behind it. We feel better at the end of the working day knowing we are doing our part to reduce our carbon foot-print.

Child Bike Trailer Hire

Check out our new ‘Phillips’ bicycle trailer!

It can carry two children at a maximum weight of 36kg’s. Children must be at an age where they can sit upright and unassisted. Trailer is waterproof, so great for all year round commuting.

'Phillips' Child Bike Trailer

‘Phillips’ Child Bike Trailer

Gomier trikes now in stock!

Check out our new trikes!

Gomier are the leading manufacturers of tricycles in the business and Omafiets has just secured the regional dealership!

They have strong steel frames, comfortable seats, high-rise handle bars and big rear baskets – ideal for shopping or simply cruising on.

Most models come complete with 6-speed shimano gear systems to make hills and head winds simply a breeze!

Option 1: (Red tricycle pictured)

Available in red or blue and large 24” wheels or small 20” wheels

RRP $1399.00

Option 2: (Blue tricycle pictured)

Available in blue or black with large 24” wheels

Supa-Low Step-Thu Frame

RRP$1499.00

Gomier 20" 6-Speed Trike

Gomier 20″ 6-Speed Trike

Gomier 24" 6-Speed Low Step-Thu Trike

Gomier 24″ 6-Speed Low Step-Thu Trike

Poorly assembled bicycles making it out onto New Zealand Roads.

One question you need to ask yourself before pedaling your bicycle around until your heart’s content is; ‘has your bicycle been assembled by a Qualified Bicycle Mechanic’?

DIY is in the blood of most Kiwis’ these days, but increasing trends of people bringing their bicycles into us who have had their bicycle assembled by somebody other than an experienced bicycle mechanic is on the increase. Having your bicycle put together by somebody not qualified is like having a non-qualified electrician wiring your house. Not only is it putting you at risk but it’s putting your children and the wider public’s safety at risk as well.

Here at Omafiets we are seeing an increasing number of customers bringing their bicycles in for service work that have been previously poorly assembled from the time it was first purchased. This is not only unsafe, but costly as most people are then having to replace parts on their bicycle due to them being incorrectly fitted to start with.

Not only this, nine times out of ten the nuts and bolts that holds the bicycle together are barely holding the bicycle together at all.

Please, when purchasing a bicycle in a box from a retailer other than that of a bicycle retailer, have it assembled by a qualified bicycle mechanic in a ‘BIANZ’ retail bicycle shop.

If you have read this and you are concerned about whether your bicycle was assembled correctly, then don’t hesitate to bring it in to us for a service.  For more information about bicycle servicing and repairs visit our website.

http://omafiets.co.nz/workshop

The History of the Dutch Bicycle

The Dutch bicycle boom started in 1866 when a Frenchman, Michaux, built a steel model of a cycle named the velocipede, which he had invented two years earlier. The cycle had pedals on the front wheel and caught the eye of the Dutch baron, Otto Groenix van Zoelen. Van Zoelen had his blacksmith copy it.

Mr. J.T. Schotte of Amsterdam became Holland’s first importer of the velocipedes in 1868, and his main customer was Mr. H.H.Timmer. Timmer made history in 1869 when he started the first Rent-a-Bike business in Amsterdam. He also organized a Learn-to Ride school inside a large Amsterdam hall.

When Timmer went on a business trip to the town of Deventer he met a brilliant blacksmith named Henricus Burgers. Timmer sold one of Michaux’s first wooden velocipedes to Burgers. Burgers studied the model carefully and by the end of 1869 he began to manufacture his own bicycles. His factory was a success. Today, Burgers is acknowledged as the founder of the Dutch bicycle industry.

When the joy of cycling was first discovered it was primarily a rich man’s sport. In 1871 the first Dutch bicycle club was founded in Deventer, named “Immer Weiter” (always forward in German). Soon other clubs sprang up among which the Algemeene Nederlandsche Wielrijders Bond (ANWB) in 1885. Today this is Holland’s National Automobile Club.

In 1896, the slogan “Everybody on the bicycle” indicated that the “Omafiets” bicycle had finally trickled down to the middle and lower classes. Farmers abandoned their horses and postmen, policemen, and even the Dutch army, used bicycles. The army had a machine-gun mounted bicycle battalion. By the turn of the century there was a demand for cheap, good transportation which only the bicycle fulfilled. Today, almost every Dutch person rides a bicycle, or “fiets”, to work, school, or for pleasure. Holland has a population of 15 million and there are 12 million bicycles.