Matthias and Elena are a German-Spanish couple who immigrated into Thames, New Zealand in September 2010 with their five kids. They love nature and cycling and have enjoyed marvelous cycling tours. In 2015, they founded JollyBikes, starting with a few electric bikes for rent; and soon people were asking to buy them as well.
Luen came to JollyBikes in July 2018. She moved, together with her husband Bo, to Thames in 2016. She has a passion for biking and tourism, and the combination of both. So it was only logical that they joined forces.
JollyBikes are now a team of eight, and everyone have their own story how and why they came to join JollyBikes, and why they stayed.
We all know that New Zealand has a reputation of being a "green" country both for its richness in vegetation and it's ecological attitude. They believe that more cycling will add to it and many more people could experience the joy of cycling; some of them just need to try with a bit of support (E-Bike).
Matthias is a GP (family doctor), hence he believes that cycling is extremely beneficial for health with and without electric support for a bunch of reasons. Many people would not be able to go the distances they want to without electric support.
Cycling is fun for all experience levels, whether it is commuting, discovering the mountains or enjoying the many Great Rides in New Zealand. Within the Thames community, JollyBikes is seen as the cycling hub for this area.
This is why we're here.