About Us

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Online Bikes Shop was established in 2014 with the goal of providing easy to understand bike reviews and practical actionable advice to beginner bike riders.

There are many excellent cycling sites with amazing sound information if you are a specialist or technically minded.

But I feel too many of these bike sites are speaking over most people’s heads. they are exclusive rather than inclusive… filled with amazing info, but most of it is a bit over- technical for the average bike rider.

I want Online Bikes Shop to be different – Useful, But Readable!

You don’t need to be a pro rider to read our blog.

Whatever your skill set or riding experience our reviews and buying tips will always be easy to follow.

My Story

My name is Ian and I’m on a mission to give you easy to understand cycling advice that you can put to practical use.

I first became obsessed with cycling 20+ years ago when I started to travel.

I needed a challenge, I wanted to stay fit, I wanted control over my transport…

But it had to portable enough to fit into the hold of a plane at very little cost.

I quickly fell in love with cycle touring… especially mountain bikes.

Now I’m settled with a family, I don’t get to travel that much.

Though I do live close to some of the best single tracks in New Zealand…

My cycle touring started a long time ago on a clunky cheap mountain bike that needed constant repairs.

It taught me the trap of buying cheap bikes based on bad advice.

It also taught me the basics of bike repairs and maintenance.

I actually quite liked that old steel framed Repco bike, we crossed a few borders together, before I finally gave up on repairing it.

With hindsight, I would have preferred a better bike right from the start!

The aim of our website is to ensure you don’t fall into the same bike buying traps, I did.

Instead, you buy a bike that fits your budget, has real value, is reliable and fun to ride.

A bike you are proud to own!