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Image for story Unstoppable Beaches

Unstoppable Beaches

Auckland is blessed with kilometres of beautiful coastline. While rolling along in the sunshine with a cool sea breeze is bliss, it's such a pity that places like Buckland's Beach and Eastern Beach... read more

Topic: My favourite place/route to ride

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First Ever Hill Ride

I had always believed I could never and would never bike up a hill. It was partly fear of falling backwards, partly belief that my legs weren't tough enough, and partly fear of riding back downhill... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

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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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Lake Dunstan trail

There is so many lovely bike trails in and around Cromwell to enjoy - such a scenic place and some great coffee and wineries stops around. Especially enjoyed riding Lake Dunstan Bannockburn to Cly... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

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Delayed

I just got an update on my bike. It is on a ship somewhere in the Pacific Ocean. Well, may not be riding in this challenge.

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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Image for story Disadvantaged? Never.

Disadvantaged? Never.

Im a 45 yr old non driver. I realised early on driving wasnt for me and that the world was a far safer place with me not behind the wheel of a vehicle. So i cycle and run n walk. Ive never felt d... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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Worn Out?

Is my hybrid getting worn out? The rear gears aren't shifting right. I rode to the bike shop today; and they said it might be, 1) the shifter itself (on the handlebar) is worn; or, 2) the cogs are... read more

Topic: Other

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Motiviation

Aotearoa Bike challenge giving me motivation to explore my new region by bike :D

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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Image for story GOOOOOOOAAAALLLL!!!!!!!!!!!

GOOOOOOOAAAALLLL!!!!!!!!!!!

Systematic goal-setting is a powerful approach to managing challenges, overcoming difficulties, and achieving success. Antoine de Saint-Exupery quotes “A goal without a plan is just a wish.” All t... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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From there to here...

So last year as the 2021 Aotearoa Bike challenge began, I had bought myself a new bike to commute on (40km/ each way). I was super prepared for the what I thought was going to be a fun month of cyc... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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Image for story Spoon bill

Spoon bill

Florida spoonbills are always a treat to find, and - yes, they will make you hit the brakes.

Topic: A happy riding memory

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Image for story Cycling in Bracknell Forest - love it? hate it? what can we improve?

Cycling in Bracknell Forest - love it? hate it? what can we improve?

I'm Aidan, and i'm one of the folks at the Council who deals with what we call sustainable modes, or in the case of walking and cycling, 'Active Modes'. I'm a keen cyclist myself, and get out ro... read more

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Encouraging hubby to ride

Hubby has a Hip injury I'm supporting him to get out n ride with me in Teanau he did 6.5 along the lake we stopped n got pics and enjoyed the scenery

Topic: My Bicycle Romance

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Waiting, waiting, waiting

Hopefully, my bike will arrive on Friday! Still have not heard anything, though.

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

Louise's first ride in quite some time!!!

Yay to Louise for her first ride in quite some time!!! Shout out to Louise for joining in the Taupo's office "Yay to Friday bike after work" event. Go Louise you Good Thing!!

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Image for story Goosechase Bike Challenge in Wanaka, Queenstown, Cromwell & Te Anau

Goosechase Bike Challenge in Wanaka, Queenstown, Cromwell & Te Anau

Sport Central (& Sport Otago) along with Queenstown Lakes District Council and the Te Hau Toka group have started a Bike Challenge for February, March and April. Download the Goosechase app an... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Don’t forget to thank your Council!

I used the long weekend, with some help from Twitter people, to try and work out a commuter cycle route 25km to work that is mostly in cycle lanes (separated as much as possible) and avoids the rou... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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Image for story Changing mindset and changing behaviour for sustainability

Changing mindset and changing behaviour for sustainability

Just before the pandemic, I did an audit: 1. My car sits near the train station all day, 5 days/week. 2. I occasionally travel on the weekends nowadays, instead of every other weekend as I used t... read more

Topic: Carbon Crushers

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Children

On my daily rides I often see children in the back of cars. They often stare at me or my bike. I hope it is my bike. I wished their parents would take them out on bikes. They look like they want to.

Topic: A happy riding memory

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Image for story MTB stole from school in broad day light

MTB stole from school in broad day light

Last Monday lunch (31 01 2022) my MTB Corratec was stolen from the school Bike shed. Green and Black The 2015 Corratec Opiate 650b FZ is a full-suspension all Mountain/Enduro MTB If any one se... read more

Topic: Other

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North Western cycle track

The North Western cycle track is a really nice ride and the track is getting some upgrades at the city end. If you haven't ridden it, please come and ride. There is a nice loop from the city out ... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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Image for story Life is a journey

Life is a journey

When I first started riding I really struggled with being over weight. Back then my 2 boys were young and getting out with them was my motivation. Slow, very but getting out on a short ride was awe... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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The Real Bike Story

The Real Bike Story Man with bike arrived at 9.00 am. Man with beard, tattooed all over with skull rings and similar on all his fingers. Thin frame with long scraggy beard and blac... read more

Topic: My Bicycle Romance

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The 85 year old who rides everyday

I didn’t ride regularly in winter until I was introduced to this man! He goes out at 6.45am everyday and does 10 miles on his electric bike 👏 He does a longer ride on a Sunday when two of us join... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Commuting to work (and back!

I decided not to own a car a few years back, and just rely on my bicycle for getting around. It's been quite good for me, as I'm a lazy person, and if given the option, I might cave and use a c... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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Image for story TIA

TIA

A couple of weeks ago I suffered what they call a TIA ( or mini brain stroke). I am 68 and had just cycled 80 kms the day before plus 40 kms a day on my commute. Also did the 900 mile Lands End to ... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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I Like Biking

It's very fun riding in to town on the bike paths :D.

Topic: My favourite place/route to ride

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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 biking while kids are at basketball practise.

biking while kids are at basketball practise.

I took my bike to the kids basketball practise on the weekend, I thought I would only bike a couple of kms. The basketball training was for 2 hrs in Cambridge, wow to my surprise the bikes paths we... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Cycle computer APP

If you are looking for a good APP for your phone to use on your bike that you can actually see the numbers, I would highly recommend Cycle Computer. The numbers are large enough you don't have to h... read more

Topic: Other

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Image for story Sharing the Love

Sharing the Love

My wife and I LOVE riding our vintage bikes from a bygone era, they hark from a time when every month was "Bike Month"... Indeed, we love it so much, back in 2016 we organised our first Tweed and... read more

Topic: My Bicycle Romance

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Holiday bike trips

This time last year my partner and I did a road cycle trip from Christchurch down to Wanaka, over Haast Pass then up the West Coast to Greymouth then over Arthur's Pass back to Christchurch. All ... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

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Image for story Today 2/10/22

Today 2/10/22

I set out to meet my new bike riding buddies in their city today. It was a cold morning (50 in SWFL) but we did it. 27 miles of new trails and roads! I said goodbye at my car and loaded my bike in... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

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Image for story Christchurch Northern Corridor a HUGE success

Christchurch Northern Corridor a HUGE success

I love riding on the CNC shared path! It's so smooth and fast. I love seeing all the happy people using the path (and pets too!). It's a fantastic asset to Greater Christchurch, enabling safe a... read more

Topic: My favourite place/route to ride

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This challenge

This challenge……. I have 4 bikes sitting in my shed catching dust. The only time these only ever got used was when i was training for Iron Maori, which was rarely ever tbh. Maybe a couple of rides ... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Image for story Turtles abound

Turtles abound

I saw so many gopher tortoise on today's ride through the Tri-county trail. The best part of riding is the wildlife. Get out and ride!

Topic: A happy riding memory

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Encouraging hubby to ride

Hubby has a Hip injury I'm supporting him to get out n ride with me in Teanau he did 6.5 along the lake we stopped n got pics and enjoyed the scenery

Topic: My Bicycle Romance

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3 Things I learnt while riding in Christchurch

1: Learning the bike routes to work, but cant go both back home, the same way, Tuam and St Asaph are only one way, I wonded why I didnt get any bike traffic lights. 2: Glass, I need to take a sm... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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Image for story New favourite place - TeAro to Brooklyn Wind Turbine

New favourite place - TeAro to Brooklyn Wind Turbine

New 'bush-ride' from Aro St to the Brooklyn Wind Turbine, Wellington. Just about all the way in the bush, if you follow the marked track in Waimapihi (Pohill) Reserve from Te Aro. This is an up-... read more

Topic: My favourite place/route to ride

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Image for story I chose to Bike There Instead

I chose to Bike There Instead

One of my favourite t-shirts is this red one with a pic of an ice cream atop a bike helmet, the words say "Bike there instead." Going for ice creams with my whānau last week I thought this was a gr... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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Fresh route

Made a happy discovery today, I can cycle almost entirely from my house to university by canal! Can't wait until the canals become a focal point in my city so paths can be improved for all users.

Topic: My commute by bike

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More fun riding with others

This morning I rode with my daughter to her high school and the journey seemed way shorter than the first time I biked. Then I had the rest of the journey by myself, or so I thought. I banged int... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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Image for story Too easy

Too easy

I haven't biked in 4 years due to my push-bike being stolen. Now that this challenge is on, I decided to purchase a cheap and used push-bike (for $80! 😉) just to tackle this challenge. I'm very com... read more

Topic: My first time on a bike in years

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getting out in to nature

riding along the pathways listening to birds and insects. taking you away for the noise and traffic of the city lost out in a world that you would not know was there unless we jumped on a bike. we ... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

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Image for story Trips together

Trips together

As well as encouraging others at work to participate in the bike challenge, my partner and I have been exploring Auckland's cycleways and done parts of the Hauraki Rail Trail. We've gone to so many... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Image for story Having a yarn with ducks

Having a yarn with ducks

While riding with friend on bike through cascades walkways, was able to stop at the pond and sit down and have a quacking contest with the friendly local ducks. Was a quackamazing!

Topic: A happy riding memory

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How I started biking more seriously

How I started biking was due to drink driving and lost my licence but I still needed to get to and from work when most of you were sleeping. Brought a ten speed and then did some short rides before... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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Image for story Gravel riding in Rotorua

Gravel riding in Rotorua

Took advantage of Auckland having a 'birthday' last weekend and got out on some nice gravel riding here in Rotorua. Right on my backdoor step, it's amazing what we call home here in New Zealand.

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Image for story Playcentre

Playcentre

Two days a week my two year old (he started asking for this commute at age one and three quarters) bikes (on a walking bike) the 1.2 km to Playcentre, with me trotting along next to him. Some of hi... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

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Getting Boostered!

Was planning to drive 3km up the road to get my booster shot but - it is Aotearoa Bike Challenge month so - why not cycle, I thought! Went swimmingly. In fact it was really nice to cycle home a... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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