With more than 36 per cent of Brisbane commuters now on bikes, cycling for active transport or exercise has seen a surge in interest in recent times. Brisbane was also an early adopter of e-mobility and the first major city in Australia to introduce an e-scooter sharing scheme in 2018. As part of an extended e-mobility scheme with Beam and Neuron, around 800 e-bikes will pop up on Brissie streets to replace the CityCycles in 2021.
Whether you’re a weekend warrior or keen to commute by cycling, here’s where to source the right gear and expert local info to get on your bike and hit the road.
With an onsite workshop at the Wickham Street store, Craftworx Cycling specialises in wheels – specifically alloy and carbon wheels for road, road disc, gravel and mountain bikes, all designed, hand-built and tested in Brisbane. See Mark and the wheely great experts at Craftworx for custom wheels and servicing.
Get kitted from head to toe at Cycle Closet on Wickham Street. The cycling outfitter has everything for women, men and teens to gear up and get riding. From shoes to helmets and all-season apparel suitable for road riders, mountain bikers and trail riders, tap into the expert advice and browse the wide range of brands available in-store and online.
MyeBike is the electric bike specialist with Vitor, Antonio and Francisco on hand to help at the Central Brunswick store. Find out more about the eco-friendly e-bike difference for an easier, faster ride – perfect for long distances and commuting to work without arriving hot and bothered. With new and second-hand e-bikes and e-scooters available to purchase and hire, you can also try before you buy.
Located on Martin Place near Central Brunswick, Ride Electric is the official distributor of NZ-made Smartmotion e-bikes in Australia and has a range of eco-friendly commuter options available plus an onsite service centre. You’ll also find Zero and VSETT e-scooters as well as all the gear you need to pimp your smooth new electric ride.
Prefer to wear Lycra indoors? Get your heart rate racing at Ride Inside Fortitude Valley (located within the Valley Pool). The indoor cycling training facility offers a safe and efficient workout for everyone from beginners to time-poor cyclists training for an event. One hour at Ride Inside equals three hours of road riding, so bring your bike and gear along to maximise your cycling time.
Step into this colourful store for a wide range of BMC, Merida, Norco, Fuji and Felt bikes and gear. Located on McLachlan Street, Valley Cycles is a one-stop shop for mountain, road, gravel, triathlon, hybrid and kids cycles and accessories plus e-bikes with a fully equipped onsite workshop that offers free pick-up and drop-off for bike servicing. New to cycling? Chat to owner Dave about all your biking needs.
Zoom in to Zoomo on Ann Street to rent or buy an e-bike. Zoomo e-bikes come with all the tricked-out extras you need to get out and about on the road ASAP. For added peace of mind, repairs and servicing of your e-bike are included in the subscription with flexible plans available. Choose from four top Zoomo models with up to eight hours of battery charge, or check out the refurbished e-bikes on offer.
– August 2021