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Love to ride was useful. I found it a good motivation tool and way to trace rides. But they have stopped keeping the totals. At the top of the page was a part with total kilometres and total trips.... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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Anne Heins Hi Lance, if you click on the wee arrow next to the heading "Aotearoa Bike Challenge 2021" you can choose to show your stat... read more
Diane Goldstone Thanks Anne, your reply helped me fix my "stalled" score tally too. It looks so much better saying 88km.! Thanks again

Sunday morning 28/02/21 and level 3 has kicked in. I'm feeling pumped, yeah! let's do this...no destination in mind I'm just going to ride so I head over toward Mangere Bridge underpass. I decid... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

This is my first year as the office champion for the bike challenge. Over the month we have met up for a total of three cycle breakfasts before work. They are by far the easiest way of getting me o... read more

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Dedicated bike parking in the office + shower facilities are awesome benefits of my job <3

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During the Coronavirus Era, we need to remind ourselves of how grateful it is to be in one of the most safest countries in the world right now. And a part of this is to enjoy with much more apprec... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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We took advantage of the beautiful weather over summer and biked the twin coast cycle trail after Christmas. It is beautifully scenic, I particularly love the ride from Kawakawa to Opua. I love exp... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

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I was getting tired of the parking lot otherwise known as the northwestern motorway - and because my working day is “bookended” by school dropoff and collection times I couldn’t change my hours to ... read more

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Sally Marett Awesome go you!

A keen sportsman in younger days, I was 50 yrs when I decided to get back to a fitter, healthier, Happier lifestyle. I joined a gym, tramped, and cycled. At 65 yrs I studied to the certificate leve... read more

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Leading the pack at Waiheke (photo) A group of us went to Waiheke, hired ebikes and had the time of our lives. It was an awesome way to get around and we clocked around 30km. We stopped where e... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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Every ride is different, today watching the sunrise over the Hauraki Gulf, the double hulled waka under sail in the harbour caught my eye. Otherwise the sunrise reflecting off the buildings aroun... read more

Topic: My favourite place/route to ride

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just heads up that there is a bicycle clearance store on Lunn Ave , they have helmets from $20 and huge bins of assorted bike accessories including lights, gloves, saddles etc at very affordable pr... read more

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We bought my son a good second-hand bike when he got to intermediate so he could independently cycle the 4km to school each day; no worries if we're working and can't do drop-off or pick-up. I lik... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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Julie Wotton Brilliant!

Loved the changing lights on the Pink Path this morning! Happy Pride! The lights went really well with the multi coloured Sky Tower - too bad it wasn't still dark by the time I reached the pink pat... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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Have to shout out to one of the Bike Challenge supporters; TriEye, the riding glasses with a rear-vision mirror. After a recent experience with a large vehicle that was wider than the driver rea... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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David Sweeney Hi Mark, Thanks for your story. I have already pointed these TriEye glasses out to my sister, who wanted to have a mirror f... read more
Mark Hayes I'm glad the info's been useful David. You'll want a pair for yourself once you try them. Cheers, Mark

Great start to the bike challenge by avoiding a 30min queue caused by roadworks in Panmure today

Topic: My commute by bike

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This morning was pleased to note the little upgrade to North-Western cycleway on St Luke's part. Crossing was leveled up to the path and made everyone's cycling as smooth as possible. Well done to... read more

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We were biking up to point Chev on the first we had a fantastic ride

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To A Beach Because they Are nice and Far away from my home so I can have A nice and long bike ride with my mum and brother.

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Cycling is really quite remarkable, It caters for people from all different walks of life &amp; has so much to offer: - Achieving your first commute to work - Building your first bike - Pinning ... read more

Topic: My Bicycle Romance

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I've not taken a bike for several years, but the challenge now got me to try it again and it's really strange to ride on the wrong side of the road here in NZ, but I'll get used to it :)

Topic: My first time on a bike in years

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Brendon Melville Best off Luck
Rob Leinwand It is not the "wrong"side of the road here!

A few years ago, my partner convinced me to get a mountain bike so I could go mountain biking with him. I had only been a few times before and was not very confident. This summer, in an effort to i... read more

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My favourite part about riding to work in the morning, is going down the Grafton Gully cycle way. Zooming around the corner, no cars in sight, the smell of the native bush and feeling the temperatu... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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I managed to get up to 51k/hr down parnell rise this morning. Such good way to start the day #MoveMonday

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Michael Walker A few years back when I was super fit... 86kph down south side of Bombay hill and then 99kph drafting a gravel truck from t... read more

I just moved to NZ on 1 January, and brought my bike with me so that I would have transportation while I was looking for houses, cars, and the rest of the things that life requires. I intentionally... read more

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Ben Mansfield psst - make sure to tag your post #MoveMonday to be in the draw to win a panier bag

Ok, this time I stopped to pick up all the broken glass. I had ridden through it once, and, in a act of self preservation, thought it best to remove the "worst" of it. 5mins later, a cyclist stop... read more

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Eryn Shields #MoveMonday

Bike ride very useful for health maintenance. As long as the setting on the bike makes it comfortable and not strain the back and legs. Adjusting the height of the seat is useful. Carry air pump, t... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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Saw a person ride up to the bus stop, fold up their bike, jump on and disappear in under half a minute. I've now got a folding bike too, lovely blue colour, so I drive across the bridge, unfold th... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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I decided to treat myself to an ebike 2 years ago. My thinking was if I commuted one day a week to work it would take one car off the road. I have been commuting to work at least 4 days a week this... read more

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I decided that despite leaving later than planned to arrive at a BBQ on time (can you really be late to a BBQ?), I would cycle on my recently repaired (glassed tyre puncture) bike rather than drive... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

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Kia Ora whānau, This is my e-trike, Trinity. She's the reason why I am loving the Bike Challenge this year. She makes riding up (and down) the hills a real breeze. Prior to having her in my life, ... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Sigi Wiese Whatever it takes to get us out into the fresh air!
Ben Mansfield What a cool story!

The second person I lent my ebike out to for the commute from Massey to the city has also bought an ebike. Two fewer cars on the road; two happier people.

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A friend was getting frustrated with his car commute from Massey to the City and the $12 per day parking costs. He was quizzing me on ebikes, so I lent him mine to see if it was a goer for him befo... read more

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If I had been born on my due date, today would have been my 12th birthday (Feb 29 - a while back). Because I was one of the 50% of all babies that arrive late, I'm almost up to my 48th birthday. To... read more

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A nice early morning jaunt wiht my colleagues to the Williams Cafe in the Wynyard Quarter before work.

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This weekend we spend a couple of days on the Hauraki rail trail....cycling has become a great way to spend time together away from screens creating new and varied experiences. There was laughter a... read more

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Oliver May Funniest cafe for a family visit :D

Hey hey, It's almost the end of #MoveitMonday week 2 My story is about sharing that I now find that I am excited about biking to or from work as part of this challenge as I am not really very co... read more

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John Fridd Well put, Simone. Re butterflies, I reckon that when there are lots around, keep the mouth closed. It's weird swallowing a... read more

After doing a couple of longer rides for me (&gt;30km) I decided it was time to bike from my home town of Waimauku to work in the Auckland Viaduct area. I set out around 6:40am and had a good ri... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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Biked to work with my newly acquired saddle bags which I won Week 1 through #MoveitMonday. The saddle bags match my bike really well, so feeling well chuffed! I had to adjust the bags on to the... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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Rachel Ford That's awesome, Simone! Those saddle bags look brilliant :)
Eryn Shields Well done Simone :-)

A bit of a later ride home tonight. Kind of nice hearing the birds chirp next to the car engines while stoped at the lights :)

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This is the loveliest part of my ride to work along the mostly traffic free Esplanade coastal road, to catch the Waiheke ferry to Auckland. A bit slower with the gravel but beautiful to see the sea... read more

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Awesome to see so many people on bikes despite the heat! Brings out a bit of my competitive spirit to keep up with the road bikers!

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Last month I learnt that I could cycle all the way from Hillsborough to City using all cyclepaths. Auckland was awesome before, but now it has reached the next level. Thanks for the Cycleways Auckl... read more

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The kids and I love to ride on the weekends and we have used this challenge to really ramp that up. This weekend they chose to bike to a very far away park so they could log a big distance and we s... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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After a ride through the crisp morning air to Queen's Wharf, where I cruised down Franklin Road and crawled back up it, my back tyre felt decidedly soft. By the time I was home it was dead flat and... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

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I love the ability to get on my freedom machine (I'm recently an electric convert). where I would often avoid a trip because it was too far to walk and too much hassle to get in a car, I now get ou... read more

Topic: My Bicycle Romance

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Liz Ross Im with you on that one! Love my ebike!

My 3 year old got her first bike for Christmas and managed to crack riding it in the holidays. Today was the first day back at Kindy and she rode it all the way there. I jogged alongside and got so... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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Ben Mansfield psst - make sure to tag your post #MoveMonday to be in the draw to win a panier bag

In my mind a typical commute - in and out - counts as 2 trips. This makes my goal of 50 trips for the month achievable (that's 40 trips during the week and and extra 10 scattered in through the mon... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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Kerry Roger I agree the commute is a separate trip each way. For the bike challenge they count days of commuting but each trip still co... read more

I've met many animals whilst cycling along the North Western shared path. Mainly birds - had some close calls with Pukeko and Oyster Catchers, and I herded a group of ducklings back to their mum la... read more

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Ben Mansfield psst - make sure to tag your post #MoveMonday to be in the draw to win a panier bag
Rachel Ford Thanks Ben!

Well, okay, so it't Feb! The challenge has been accepted and I'm on my bike! Up and out early this morning 6.10am so that I could bike and enjoy the scenery along the beach lined waterfront from ... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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For the first time in ages I was able to ride without the pressure of getting to work, getting back from work to meet my wife after work. Riding before going to golf. It was excellent to just ride ... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

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