Switched on Bikes is a locally owned business operating from the Wellington Waterfront. eBikes are our thing and we’re all about showing visitors a good time and providing locals with a new way to experience and travel around their city.
If you’re visiting Wellington, our Electric Bays Tour is a great day in the capital and has quickly risen to be the number one tour in Wellington, according to Trip Advisor. If you’d prefer to ride at your own pace, hire an eBike and explore our windy city and all of the hills using as much or as little electric assist as you like.
If you’re looking to buy an electric bike, we’ll be able to find the right bike for you. We’re riding eBikes with all sorts of people everyday and we’ve built up a lot of experience when it comes to finding the right bike for everyone. With a range of different electric bikes in our rental fleet you can take the time you need to really try one out- test your commute or weekend ride, before deciding to buy.
Ryan O’Connell started Switched on Bikes in early 2015 and has always ridden bikes. He’s ridden bikes for competition, transport and while traveling, but mostly for fun. Ryan’s working background has been in the community sector and is still involved in Kaibosh Food Rescue and the Wellington Timebank. He’s aways enjoyed showing friends from overseas Wellington by bike and after trying an electric bike for the first time while visiting the South Island, realised they were no gimmick and would be perfect for Wellington tourism. Ryan enjoys a riding the right bike for the journey- sometimes an eBike, often a Mountain Bike or it could be a quick commute on a simple pure-pedal single speed to get the heart rate up.
Sylvie Froncek has been involved with Switched On Bikes since 2015 but her passion for cycling started with a 185 miles AIDS Ride for Life in 2002. Years later, while writing a university thesis on the role of women in bicycle cooperatives at Pitzer College (California, USA), she volunteered as an outdoor trip leader and managed a student-run bicycle collective. In 2010 Sylvie co-founded The Ontario Wheelhouse, a bi-lingual bicycle collective in Ontario, California, USA and in 2011 she co-founded Big Red Bicycles, the Cornell University bike workshop in Ithaca, New York, USA.
Since moving to New Zealand in 2013 Sylvie has continued to create cycling initiatives, co-founding a free bike lending program called Wellington Wunderbikes and connecting an urban farm project with Switched On Bikes in order to expand a centre city compost pick-up service on bicycle. She has worked as a rock climbing coach, Outward Bound Instructor, bicycle mechanic, adaptive ski instructor, bike tour guide and dabbled in organic farming and experiential education.