Clyde has long been recognised as the region’s ultimate biking destination and o cial starting point for New Zealand’s great ride, the Central Otago Rail Trail.
In a town of just 1,000 residents one business punches well above its weight for its dedication to all things biking.
Bike It Now! owners Duncan Randall, Kathryn Fletcher (Fletch) and Lisa Joyce have created
a dynamic business catering for tours, trails, bike hire, bike retail and workshop repairs.Their commitment has been recognised with No 1 Haibike New Zealand Retailer 2016/2017,Trip Advisor Certificates of Excellence from 2014-2018 and Australasia’s #1Trek Bike Hire Operator.
“It’s not bad for a business of this size in a tiny town like Clyde,” says Fletch. “Our whole company works side by side to create this, we focus on the customers and it’s awesome to get this recognition.”
Electric bikes are big business with eets for hire and sale.
“New this season are Scott, Merida and Haibike for e-bike hiring and Scott,Trek, Merida, Haibike, Avanti and Smart Motion e-bikes for sale.The beauty is they allow people to ride further, cope with headwinds and hills and have more exercise and fun.You can ride places you’ve never managed to get to before.”
“We suggest have a budget but be flexible if you’re buying and talk to us first,” she says. “We’ll take time, go through the options and and the perfect fit. We offer more quality styles and motor options than most other e-bike stores.”
The Bike It Now! workshop provides a seven-day service for regulars and visiting customers. Spring bike servicing is the current focus.
“It’s an important step in getting bikes ready for the season. We check tyres, cables and drivetrains, headsets and bottom brackets followed by forks, shocks and pivots – finish off with some nice new grips and a good clean and you’re ready to hit the trails.”
The company has a reputation for its tailored bike tours and day options.
“Riding the Poolburn Gorge is stunning for example,” says Fletch. “For something more challenging we do the Roxburgh Gorge which is spectacular and the jet boat ride, which is included, adds another dimension to the gold mining history of this stunning area.”