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.

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.