It will be different spokes for different folks, with a new bike-hire scheme to be introduced in Wellington.
Nextbike, based in Auckland, will hire out 100 custom-built bikes from up to 20 sites in central Wellington from October to May.
Nextbike boss Julian Hulls said the German-designed, Chinese-built cycles would be ideal for tourists to move around Wellington during the Rugby World Cup. They could also be used on the great rides cycling project championed by Prime Minister John Key.
"They [hire bikes] are a missing piece of the puzzle really."
The bikes have three gears, mud and chain guards, a luggage basket, and upright seat. "You don't want something that you have to wear [spandex] to use. It is nice and easy to ride."
Safety helmets, which must be worn, are permanently attached to each bike.
The bikes are not sold in shops, which Mr Hulls said would eliminate the resale of cycles stolen by unscrupulous riders.
Nextbike, a standalone company with ties to a German firm, has the rights to use the bike hire technology in New Zealand, Australia and the Pacific.
It was introduced in Auckland last year with 70 bikes for hire.
Users activate the bike rental system by registering their credit card details from their mobile phone. Whenever the phone is subsequently used, a computer instantly recognises the number.
To hire a bike, the user dials in a registration number found on the bike frame. A number to unlock the bike is then provided by voice and text message.
Hire charges start at $4 an hour but the first 30 minutes is free. The rental is charged to the user's credit card.
Wellington City Council's transport safety manager Paul Barker said an agreement had been reached in principle to allow the scheme to go ahead.
"We will get the licence agreement signed shortly."
The council would not fund the project directly but would provide tubular steel racks where the bikes could be picked up and dropped off.
Mr Hulls said the start of the Wellington service would coincide with introducing the scheme in Christchurch. More than 60 countries run similar schemes.