Learning to ride is all about getting out there and doing it, but Wellington isn’t flat and hills can be hard work just walking, let alone on a bike. As you ride more often and get fitter, you’ll find it easier, but there are things you can learn in the meantime to take the work out of the climb.

Your bike gears are your best friend when it comes to hills. Knowing how and when to shift gears will improve your ride so you’re not working harder than necessary.

Still a little unsure, or feel like you could benefit from some guidance? Have a go at putting gears into practice at a Pedal Ready course. There are some regular courses on weekends, or you have an instructor come along to your workplace free of charge – if you can get a workmate involved.

EBikes are another way to iron out Wellington’s terrain. A pedal-assisted eBike will get you around town and up over the hills without a hassle. Sound like you? Read our eBike breakdown.

Wellington may not be the flattest, but don’t let that hold you back from enjoying your bike. Remember that every uphill comes with a cruisy roll down the other side.

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