Stories from Bay of Plenty

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Image for story Balancing the bike and gym

Balancing the bike and gym

Took on a challenge for myself this year to keep up with the gym (35 day challenge) and getting out for rides on my bike, whilst increasing how often I bike to work and home. Been a successful few ... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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CONNECTION and INSPIRATION

Planning on visiting my grandchildren on the weekend, I was looking forward to catching up with them. Having a lunch time meet up was a good idea, as it gave the modern generation time to get o... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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New lease of life!!

After 30 odd years of not having owned or even got on a bike... bought my first bike and joined the challenge, it is quite a challenge with all the gears and getting used to what works when LOL. Th... read more

Topic: My first time on a bike in years

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Image for story Timber trail fun

Timber trail fun

One of the great rides in New Zealand, and one of the best days I've had on my bike. A little bit of planning, and you can see some of NZ's rail history, and our great wild environment.

Topic: A happy riding memory

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Cycling through post cyclone

A colleague and I were brave enough to venture out the day after cyclone Gabrielle had battered the Bay of Plenty on our journey to work. I was probably foolish enough to think that everything wo... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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Image for story Riding with a Shredder

Riding with a Shredder

My favourite Mountain Bike Riding Buddy is my 8 year old son. The only problem I'm having is that in the next 18 - 24 months I'm not sure I'm going to be able to keep up... and he likes to remind m... read more

Topic: Other

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Scared by my own shadow!!

What a weird sensation, riding in the early morning , just before dawn and I sensed something passing me on the inside line. WTF was that? Nothing , just my shadow passing me due to weird lighting ... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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Image for story Why i ride

Why i ride

We started this adventure when our whanau of four kids left no time for me to exercise or do anything much for myself. As a survivor of an aggressive cancer that messed with my body as much as my h... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Image for story Walking the talk

Walking the talk

One of the goals I set for myself when I started my new job at TCC was to bike to work. My role is Corporate Sustainability Lead, so biking makes sense for a lot of reasons. Fitness, wellbeing, env... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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Image for story Team Christmas Ride

Team Christmas Ride

The Safe and Sustainable Journeys team took a Christmas Ride to end our 2019 work year. All 6 of us rode the Ngongotaha cycleway and then the newly built Linton Park cycleway :)

Topic: A happy riding memory

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Out and about

The Aotearoa Bike Challenge has got not just me but my husband out and about biking on the weekends. It is amazing how many individuals, couples and families are out enjoying a bit of free air and ... read more

Topic: Other

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Image for story Moerangi MTB track. A steep but rewarding challenge.

Moerangi MTB track. A steep but rewarding challenge.

I love riding deep into the native forest. I recently rode the Moerangi MTB track in the Whirinaki Forest. We rode from Okahu Road to the summit and back again the same way. No e-bikes to be seen... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

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Image for story Putting the Mountain in MTB

Putting the Mountain in MTB

Effort-rewarding views from Mt Moerangi in the Whakarewarewa Forest this morning

Topic: Other

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Image for story Building Confidence

Building Confidence

Our 8 year old has always been a bit nervous on her bike. Growing up, I was the same so can sympathize with her feelings. During this challenge we've gone on a number family bike rides, and today ... read more

Topic: Ride with kids

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Personal goal

I am really happy to have logged my rides during the Aotearoa Bike challenge. Never knew that I've been riding about 200 km per month mainly to commute. And it is saving me money, avoiding traffic ... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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Image for story CANCELLED - New goal acquired - new soul food

CANCELLED - New goal acquired - new soul food

With my glass back pummelled back into shape and my snapped saddle replaced (winter weight gain?) the training could start in earnest again. December saw the km's getting racked up, lots of flattie... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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Image for story Feel the fear and do it anyway!

Feel the fear and do it anyway!

Tūwhitia te hopo, mairangatia te angitū! Feel the fear and do it anyway! My name is Jill Walters and I am the Organisational Development Lead at Toi Moana Bay of Plenty Regional Council. I live ... read more

Topic: My first time on a bike in years

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Image for story SH2 Chaos

SH2 Chaos

Started driving my daughter to school from Brookfield to Bethlehem on Friday. Traveled a short distance before witnessing a heavy traffic on Millers Road as far as the eye could see. Knowing that S... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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Family business

My grandparents owned a bike shop in the UK so I have always loved bikes. Their bike shop was famous in the local area and everyone got their bike from Renhams. I used to love the smell of the sho... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

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Stories from around the world

Riding My Bike

I rode my bike

Topic: A happy riding memory

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Garmin connect challenge 200km

Have to admit the last 5.3 miles were the hardest when I added up the miles and was short of a challenge trophy. I just had to find a reason to ride out again. My excuse to my self was I had no ce... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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Image for story Off-Road Expedition: Discovering the Majesty of the Falls of Feugh

Off-Road Expedition: Discovering the Majesty of the Falls of Feugh

The Falls of Feugh in Banchory Aberdeenshire...... Venturing off-road to the Falls of Feugh in Banchory, Scotland, offers a thrilling journey through rugged terrain and stunning landscapes. As t... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

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Image for story Dreams come true

Dreams come true

Pedal the way up

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Image for story Doing the Weekly Shop

Doing the Weekly Shop

I bought my cargo bike (actually a trike) a couple of years ago now, and use it for the weekly shop and anytyelse I need to carry something bigger around locally. We have a great shared use cycle ... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Image for story More to Experience

More to Experience

My commute by bike lets me see the different, the unusual, the overlooked, the bypassed. This morning the USGS was measuring stream flow on Langham Creek. I was able to stop and watch for a few... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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Image for story Activism

Activism

I live in Philly, where most bicyclists commute by bike, and many of the drivers park in or drive down bike lanes. I was tired of seeing cars drive down the bidirectional lanes on Market Street, so... read more

Topic: Other

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Image for story Older, Greener, and (Bike-Only!) Better

Older, Greener, and (Bike-Only!) Better

I have always had a passion for biking and parks. Growing up in Beaumont, I had the privilege of biking to school until ninth grade. Back in the 70s, there was just one bike shop, one bike option (... read more

Topic: My Bicycle Romance

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I'm back!

Since I received a promotion eight months ago, I have been hesitant to bicycle to work. It is four miles longer and the commute is along some treacherous streets in Sacramento... but, I have accomp... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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Image for story The way up

The way up

Imagine the paradise

Topic: My Bicycle Romance

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Image for story River Trail Today

River Trail Today

I just love the comfort of the River Trail and on a day like today, it is so beautiful. So grateful for good paths that highlight the natural beauty of our community!

Topic: Other

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My company bought me an ebike

My company bought me an e-bike. They wanted to reduce mileage claims, be more environmentally aware, and give me an incentive to be healthier - and around longer. Not that I was ill, but I was on a... read more

Topic: Other

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Image for story Chico Wildflower Ride

Chico Wildflower Ride

My friends and family rode with me in the Chico Wildflower ride on April 28, 2024! What a blast and what a well supported event! We rode the Valleyflower route which was 30 miles. The ride had lots... read more

Topic: Ride with kids

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Image for story Amazing Ebikes for hire on Talbot Road

Amazing Ebikes for hire on Talbot Road

Last week I met John from Blackpool eBike Hire in his amazing shop on Talbot Road. He's recently unearthed a piece of Blackpool history on his walls and uncovered a beautiful set of original tiling... read more

Topic: Carbon Crushers

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Image for story Leith to Leigh on Sea April 2024

Leith to Leigh on Sea April 2024

I just completed on 21st April 2024, 480 Mile 7 day bike ride from Leith to Leigh on Sea in memory of my son Archie aged 5, who sadly passed away from DIPG in January 2023. Raising money for severa... read more

Topic: Other

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Riding for weight loss.

I have ridden bike for a very long time. Over the years since I turned 25 I gained weight. At the age of 49 I weighed 430 pounds. My mobility was affected by my obesity and it hurt to do most thing... read more

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Loving the countryside

I've always loved riding bikes, but after retiring in 2020 I took bike riding to another level. I live out in the country away from city traffic so getting on my bike each morning and taking a rid... read more

Topic: My favourite place/route to ride

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Image for story I love underpasses BUT….

I love underpasses BUT….

Our bayou trails have lots of underpasses to cross big roads. And they’re great .. no stopping .. no cars .. and a quick ride downhill. But after heavy rains low spots can have mud or dirt that ... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Image for story Confidence

Confidence

We're working on building self-confidence and I think bike riding is a great addition to our parenting tool bag!!

Topic: Ride with kids

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Image for story Behind the bars and reality

Behind the bars and reality

Ohm Mountain ⛰️ adventure

Topic: A happy riding memory

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Any Recommendation for Affordable Repair in North Sac?

Here's my story: I just tore my derailleur to shreds. I know, it's not much of a story. But it leads to an important question... Does anybody have a recommendation for repair work in North Sacra... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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Image for story Stop and Enjoy and Be Happy :-)

Stop and Enjoy and Be Happy :-)

Enjoying the little things you find when you let the ride pause and look around. Bikes rule! Davis to Sacramento, a nice found note when I paused to enjoy the sunset from the riverfront.

Topic: My commute by bike

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Overcoming weather

I used to live in Cambodia and rode a simple acoustic bike everywhere. The weather there had two seasons, wet and dry. Wet season was very wet. Monsoons. I commuted by bike through monsoons and roa... read more

Topic: Other

Image for story Going to work by bike is the best part of the day (and so is leaving)!

Going to work by bike is the best part of the day (and so is leaving)!

I've been so into eCargo biking lately. I bought a couple bikes from Virtue Cycles recently and they have totally improved the quality of life in our home. I take my dog to the dog park in them dai... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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Image for story Fernyhalgh Wood

Fernyhalgh Wood

The way I believe in the circle ⭕️ as the cycle exists.make the world better place for everyone to be happy 😃. Enjoy the ride with a lot of memories.

Topic: A happy riding memory

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Image for story Fife Easy E-Bikes is helping people get out on their bike

Fife Easy E-Bikes is helping people get out on their bike

A bit of a shameless work plug but a great initiative! Lang Toun Cycles, based in Kirkcaldy, Fife, has launched a new e-bike subscription service to make it easier for people in Fife to get into... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Riding down to Toad Hall and around the bike trail to Old wharf road.

Great ride down through thorps bush and then old wharf road to high street to Toad Hall. Russell and I had brunch there today. There was a breeze but not too windy. After that we went via the r... read more

Topic: Other

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Image for story In the early morning is my favorite time to ride into work

In the early morning is my favorite time to ride into work

Life better in the morning rides because I get to take in the Freemont bridge view of the water and the rowers. Early morning calm waters and depending on the time of year I get to see the sun rise... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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The way to do the same thing every moment

Motionless emotions through the journey of by cycling riding.

Topic: My favourite place/route to ride

How to Reduce Number of Flats... BIG TIME!

I finally found a way to reduce flats significantly. I commute in an area of heavy industry. Poorly maintained roads fully of glass, nails, and screws were leading to multiple flats per month. ... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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Rhod confidence

I completed my Rhod confidence course on the 6th April thru learn to ride and ECC instructors. I would recommend anyone who has just started cycling again to take this course the instructors we... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride