Welling­ton’s bike gang

Drop on by Te Aro’s Bi­cy­cle Junc­tion

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Spe­cial­ist Welling­ton ‘bik­ery’, Bi­cy­cle Junc­tion, re­cently moved from a tiny store in New­town to a much big­ger space in Te Aro designed by Prof­fer. “We sell bikes, we fix bikes, we teach about bikes and bik­ing via our work­shops,” says owner Dan Mikkelsen. “We hold events that cel­e­brate the fun of bik­ing. And it’s all tied to­gether through the café.”

What are you rid­ing at the mo­ment?

I’m rid­ing a Yuba Spicy Curry elec­tric cargo bike. I can fit our three young chil­dren on board and it serves as our fam­ily run­about.

What’s a ‘bik­ery’ and why do you de­scribe it as friendly?

We of­ten re­fer to the butch­ers and bak­eries of past that served a com­mu­nity’s daily needs, while be­ing a place where peo­ple said their hel­los and shared their news. ‘Bik­ery’ re­flects that we are more than just a bike shop – it’s about all things bike and things you do by bike. And friendly be­cause that’s what we are – our cus­tomers are our guests and we treat them as we would a friend we’re wel­com­ing into our home.

What did you set out to do in the space?

We wanted it to feel fresh, wel­com­ing and homely. We’re all about en­cour­ag­ing those who don’t cur­rently ride bikes to be in­spired to get rid­ing.

Why do bikes and cof­fee go so well to­gether?

Bikes are about all the other things you do in your life, like stop­ping for a cof­fee with a friend or run­ning an er­rand to the shops. Bikes are becoming a ubiquitous part of ev­ery­day ur­ban life... just as that morn­ing cof­fee is for many peo­ple.

Above Part bike shop, part café, Bi­cy­cle Junc­tion makes a happy pit stop for many.

Right Welling­ton com­pany Prof­fer designed the Te Aro ‘bik­ery’.

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