A chance to ride past the gas pumps, to explore, to reach the summit, to be part of community and to start a change that our children will want to inherit.
In the beginning
The Lekkie story begun in 2008 when industrial designer Daryl Neal decided there must be a better way than the car for moving his young sons up the steep hill to their home.
Unable to pedal his sons up the hill on his regular bike, he researched non petrol propulsion options. He soon tapped into the small but emerging underground culture of electric bike building. Importing clunky, heavy and complicated parts he built his first electric cargo bike. An immediate success, the word got around about this magic bike. Soon he was building bikes for many people.
Daryl started a conversion company EVLAB. During 5 years of building hundreds bikes he learned everything that was not cool about available components and set out to develop a plug and play system that any bike shop could install, that was reliable, light weight and good looking. Along this path he made personal relationships with the largest motor and battery suppliers in China and teamed up to develop better systems.
The name Lekkie, is what Daryl’s two young boys called the electric bike when they were to young to say electric. “Can we take the Lekkie bike Papa?”
And so Lekkie was born.
Now, 12 years later Lekkie offers a streamlined catalogue of conversion kit systems and premium accessories and nationwide installation and service centers. We stock extensive parts for next day delivery.
Our product range is mature and reliable with performance and options to fulfill the needs (and even things you don’t need but are too much fun to turn down) of any rider. Good design is at the core of the business and we strive to use our engineering knowledge and design pedigree to bring you an exciting product.
The core team
We are a fun team based in Petone, New Zealand. We all ride bikes, some of us at a national level. We support the community and initiatives to increase cycling as a mode of transport. We have a passion for the environment and are working away as our business grows to avoid being part of the problem and maximize being part of the solution to a better future. Our goal is creating the most accessible and easy entry into owning an electric vehicle. Our reward is meeting super happy Leksters on there converted bike and hearing of there adventures.
Lekkie partners with established bicycle shops around New Zealand to offer a no fuss, fully supported conversion experience. Buy online or in store and drop off your bike to be upgraded with Lekkie magic. We value our relationship with our installers that build beautiful converted bikes and keep our customers electrified and their cars sitting idle. You dont need to order from overseas or send your bike away, simply head to town. Any service needs you have are dealt fast from the bike shop guy just down the road.
The Lekkie culture is growing, we love seeing the bikes that have been converted and customised and meeting the vibrant and refreshed owners. Now there are hundreds and hundreds of you out there (we see you blasting around!) our goal is to start to bring you together. Also we want to offer more customisation options for you so you can really create some special bikes.
You Leksters rock! and are what makes this really all worth it. We want to gather your stories and share them to encourage more people to get on there Lekkie bikes. You can do that and see the stories here.