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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 swallowi... read more

After doing a couple of longer rides for me (>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 ride ... read more

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Jessica Rose I wish the Orakei LB would get the pavement there smoothed out, it's so bumpy! But the scenery is stunning.

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

A regular bike commuter for over six years now, the start of that journey was a holiday on the Otago Rail Trail. My enduring memories are of wonderful scenery but dismal Xmas Day food (we had to b... read more

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My parents visited me this year from the UK and we did lots of trail riding on the south island. They are much more used to road cycling back home but we had such a great time on many different tra... read more

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Those days of pressing that snooze button constantly are over! Truthfully I feel I’m not working cause if you love what your doing then it’s not classed as work, right? To be continued......

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I treated myself to a commuting “smart city” cycle (Reminds me of my old Raleigh 20) for my 60th birthday near the end of 2019. I planned to cycle to work once a week. I have picked up some shoppi... read more

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Mountain Biking/ Cross country Event in this coming years events T42 Maybe the Dual -Rangitoto/Motutapu? Any other suggestions welcome

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Kerry Roger The Dual is a great event and this is the only time you are allowed to ride your own bike on these fantastic islands!
Stewart Andrews C'mon down and try the Rainbow Rage. It's back on this year

I didn't think I would write here as what I do is so little, but I want to thank Love to Ride for getting me back on my bike. It is very different to when I was a teenager in England road racing. C... read more

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After a week of registering In the Bike Auckland Challenge and sharing my passion with my fellow brethren in our church of how passionate I am in riding gave them the motivation to ride with me on ... read more

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The last time i rode a bike before this challenge was in Germany, i (stupidly) wasn't wearing a helmet, fell off, hit my head on the concrete and got concussion. So this month was really about prov... read more

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I rode to work. In the morning, it was wonderful. Cool and refreshing. I really enjoyed the freedom of wind in my chest hair, and bugs in my teeth. However, the afternoon was horrible. It was hot, ... read more

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Coming 20kms out from Half Moon Bay to Grafton i am able to ride along the Rotary walk and along riverside road and the mostly completed track on the other side. Making use of these routes (albeit ... read more

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Getting back on the bike again for the commute to work is such a great experience, I'll tell you why. In the car there is so much that takes over the senses and it is a battle, on the bike and th... read more

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The new walking and cycling bridge joining the Albany Centre to Spencer Road and East Coast Bays opened this morning. A great addition to the local cycling network.

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I've been riding an ebike to work for a few years, and decided to train for a race and so ride my road bike more. It was hard at first, adapting to doing all the work myself. Having gotten over tha... read more

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Before you were mine, you carried my mother while she tried to keep up with my youthful energy. Upon graduating to intermediate school at the age of 11 I adopted you; seat low and feet barely able ... read more

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Fiona Wadmore So sad! But you have such a positive attitude! I hope you have a D-lock now to protect your new love. My daughter had the s... read more

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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 & has so much to offer: - Achieving your first commute to work - Building your first bike - Pinning one ... read more

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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 :)

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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

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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

I often wonder why car attacks aren't front page news? There are a lot more of them than shark attacks, which are usually some kind of accident themselves. On my first day of commuting to work ... read more

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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

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My parents visited me this year from the UK and we did lots of trail riding on the south island. They are much more used to road cycling back home but we had such a great time on many different tra... read more

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My parents visited me this year from the UK and we did lots of trail riding on the south island. They are much more used to road cycling back home but we had such a great time on many different tra... read more

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We’re trying to help my nieces and nephews not to just see biking just as a fun leisure activity but as a tool for getting to school, doing the shopping and getting to places they want to go. Toda... read more

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Clarice Shoen That is so wonderful what your doing for them! Definitely a great way for Encouraging others to ride!

About fifteen years ago, I left my work at the Arclight Cinema at close to midnight. On my way home on Sunset Blvd. I was riding my bike and ended up getting hit by a car. It was pretty bad that ... read more

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training to ride from Munich to Rome, 1400km in 12 days, in May, I have done at least 1 Ironman these last 5 yrs. now changing track and see part of Europe in the process

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Spoiler alert... its an e-bike. We always thought this was the case, but we figured we should probably be sure. So our teammate Josh ran a test over a normal Auckland working week, comparing com... read more

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Home-School-Work-School-Home by Bike Monday to Friday I love the ride from Symonds St, my home at 8:30 AM to Freemans Bay, my daughter's School through the pink cycleway. I back to work at the U... read more

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I met my wife in the summer of 2001 in New Plymouth. Through mutual friends we met and the four of us went to a party together. I brought a spare bike along for her to ride, and when her eyes lit u... read more

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Daily I make the commute from Waiheke to Half moon bay and then on to East Tamaki. Come rain or shine my commute takes me past some of the most spectacular scenery in Auckland. On a daily basis my ... read more

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My partner and I starting biking at the start of 2018, and just this totally joyful and amazing adventure it's added to our lives . We've been on a bike packing trips , we take our bikes away wit... read more

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I am an older lady, I suppose and couple of years ago I was diagnosed with the lung disease with a capacity of a 91 yr old!! consequently I have 55% lung capacity compared to the normal person. M... read more

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Brendon Melville great story

What better way to start your day? Than to get your bike out of its place Hop on and get warmed up Racing down St Heliers Bay Road Heart racing, smile upon my face Oh glorious day, the sun is ... read more

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A month had passed since my move to NZ and then another. I'd walked through a bike store and stared longingly as we spotted the pink path and bikers on the streets. I picked up a few Auckland Trans... read more

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Nick Kendall I Cycled around quite a bit of the South Island. Stunning landscapes and brilliant Summer weather.

In 2015 I had a heart after a 6km swim, fortunately I survive the attack, they don't know how. A year later I had a defibrillator put in, in February 2017 I won a gold medal in an open water swim ... read more

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Kerry Roger Your story is inspirational!