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Haven't been to Sierra Leone myself, but I have live in West Africa (Ghana) so maybe some of what I have to say may come in handy.
Depending on what type of cycling you want to do, you may want to either bring a bike or buy one there. If you're only planning to commute or do day trips, I'd recommend buying a bike there. It will probably be old and heavy, but the locals will know how to fix it without any problems.
If you do decide to do more extensive travelling by bike, I'd bring my own, but this presents a few issues.
a) finding appropriate components if something breaks might be tough
b) I would personally feel terrible riding around in a bike that cost more than most Leonians make in a year!
Something worth looking into would be to see what the culture of cycling is like in SL. I have heard of a development worker in Yemen who got a bike, but quickly abandoned the idea of getting around that way because all the locals pointed and laughed at him. As it turns out, in Yemen, only kids ride bikes.
Happy travels! And you might also wanna check Thorntree forum on Lonely Planet's site for more advice!