Take a bike on the train

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Ki­wiRail only carry bi­cy­cles be­grudg­ingly, in lim­ited num­bers, on off-peak ser­vices and com­pletely at guards’ dis­cre­tion, with no reser­va­tions or guar­an­tees they will be car­ried at all.

But a pair of Porirua busi­ness­men reckon they have the an­swer.

Si­mon Butcher and Bruce Dun­lop spot­ted some fold­ing bikes at a Chinese trade fair re­cently and brought a pair home.

Com­muters are al­lowed to take fold­ing bikes on to any train, pro­vided their folded size meets max­i­mum spec­i­fied di­men­sion.

Their bikes take a few sec­onds to fold or un­fold and are suit­able for most rid­ers. They have one sin­gle-speed model and an­other with multi-speed shi­mano gears, Mr Butcher said.

Welling­ton Re­gional Coun­cil has of­fered res­i­dents dis­count vouch­ers giv­ing a 30 per cent dis­count on the Da­hon Eco 7 fold­ing bike, re­duc­ing its net price to $560, and 25 per cent off Gi­ant Ex­press­way bikes, re­duc­ing their price to $450.

The dis­counts are avail­able un­til the end of 2011.

Col­lect a dis­count voucher in per­son from Greater Welling­ton Re­gional Coun­cil, 142 Wake­field St, Welling­ton, or by send­ing a stamped, self-ad­dressed en­ve­lope to: Fold­ing Bike Voucher, Si­mon Ken­nett, GWRC, P O Box 11646, Welling­ton 6142.

Good to go: Bruce Dun­lop’s bike, left, is packed to board, and Si­mon Butcher’s is road-ready.

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