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What's up with traffic lights not sensing my bike haiku

Stopped on the daimonds I patiently wait my turn The bike light stays red

Topic: Other

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A hot evening in Canterbury

Friday was a warm one in Canterbury so my wife and I decided to meet for dinner and a drink - so at 5:00pm she left the Christchurch city centre from work and headed home, while I left home in Waik... read more

Topic: My Bicycle Romance

Rainy in summer

We had to bike in the rain because it's not sunny at all, even though it is supposed to be summer. So sad.

Topic: Other

Image for story Kāpiti Cafe Tour

Kāpiti Cafe Tour

Need some extra motivation to get you on your bike this February? We've partnered with 12 cafes from Paekākāriki to Ōtaki to create the first Kāpiti District Cycle Tour. Simply collect a coffee... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

Riding to work +

My work is only 4.5 km from home so it's an easy bike ride. Are there days when I drive instead of bike? Of course! Most of them are valid, like the kids need dropping off somewhere that's conven... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

Trying to get on my hog more

Have started riding my bike not only to work but to the gym. This means getting up grabbing one bag biking to the gym. Head home and grab anther before heading to work lol

Topic: My commute by bike

Image for story Ara Te Pūkenga Growing Interest!

Ara Te Pūkenga Growing Interest!

Ara Te Pūkenga are growing the interest of all who visit. Ken the Groundsman is a big supporter and has etched out a daily reminder for the month of this Challenge on our Madras Campus north green.... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Hard yards

I don’t particularly like biking - it’s always too hard ! as I seem to always push myself too hard! And I’ve made many excuses in the past. But this is a great challenge for me - I am trying no... read more

Topic: My Bicycle Romance

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The cycle around Aucklands waterfront is Spectacular

I live in Parnell, purchased an e bike last year, and just can’t get enough of riding round the waterfront ….Mission Bay for a coffee is a great short ride …todays adventure started there then down... read more

Topic: My favourite place/route to ride

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Image for story A quick appreciation to my bike.

A quick appreciation to my bike.

I bought a brand new bike in July 2022, which is extremely rare for me to buy anything brand new. This bike has been an absolute dream. This bike has encouraged me to lose weight and get fit. Since... read more

Topic: My Bicycle Romance

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Image for story Hayman park upgrades in motion

Hayman park upgrades in motion

Pump track in manukau in progress south side repsent

Topic: Other

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bike gone

the bike in my profile pick, was stolen last year trek series 5 Voltron green from manukau mall, last year?I was bummed cussing but in the end gotta keep wheels spin and love life ..so put bought ... read more

Topic: Other

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bike romance,

havent ,done much kms , looking for a good , thang not about the prize ,just having fun? cos' every bike run is a holiday on the hunt to find a friend ,and good company

Topic: Other

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Phone Saved from Life in the Bush

I was visiting Sticky Forest MTB park for the first time, and after putting in a good 18km of trails I’m stuffed but contented to be back in camp only to find my iPhone missing!!!! So I jump b... read more

Topic: Other

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Breaking the Law

My kids are fortunate enough to have access to a bi-directional, off-road cycleway. It takes us along Weymouth Road, about as well as any NZ path, but how do we get to it in the first place? What... read more

Topic: Ride with kids

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2 near misses in 2 mins

I have to share this to the interweb as a sort of therapy... Hello, my names Tim and I'm a bicycle addict.... I survived two near misses last night on my commute home. Both times I reckon it is ... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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Carless life in wellington

We've been without a car in wellington for some 15 years now through choice, initially we just walked and bussed and taxid when needed everywhere then we decided to get a family cargo bike when we ... read more

Topic: Ride with kids

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Car free day

Every day. What's the big deal.

Topic: Other

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mixed modes

I chose to ride my bike to work it was a beautiful morning and a pleasant ride - faster in fact than taking my car and finding a park. unfortunately it was pouring with rain in the afternoon ... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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Image for story Buying a free folding bike for my commute

Buying a free folding bike for my commute

A new job in the central city meant having to think about commuting. I drove for a couple of weeks, while settling in, and used a Kiwi parking share app to avoid making the carpark barons richer. ... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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anyone and everyone can bike

Hi my name is Liam and im 15 years old with cerebral palsy. I'm new to this group and wanted to introduce myself. I am just recovering from my 5th knee dislocation injury which doesn't stop me from... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Cheeky

Did a 40k ride not going to lie i loved it but my cheeks didnt 🤣

Topic: My first time on a bike in years

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Waiting !

Waiting for a knee replacement. Hopefully in the next 2 months. Then I really hope to be back on my bike and riding with you. I can still only do 2 - 3kms. Cheers

Topic: Other

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Image for story Life Changing

Life Changing

Diet and exercise have gone up a notch in my life due to a stroke a few months ago and a CAE procedure 2 weeks ago to remove the blockage (plaque)in the severe stage. Biking has been a savior to ge... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Image for story ESSENTIAL ITEM FOR SUSTAINABLE LIVING

ESSENTIAL ITEM FOR SUSTAINABLE LIVING

LOVE.

Topic: Other

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Heatwave

It's been around 33 degrees here in ChCh but I'm still getting out on the bike. This bike challenge has been a fantastic motivator to get me on my bike more regularly and for longer distances. I've... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

Love to Ride 2023

It's the first week of the Love to Ride 2023 challenge and I am so proud of all my coworkers that have signed up and are fully embracing it. The weather hasn't been on our side so far, but that has... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

Image for story No more 🌧️

No more 🌧️

Summer ride after rainy week 🚴🏼‍♀️ Drowned sidewalk

Topic: My commute by bike

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Image for story New old aches

New old aches

Last time I was on a bike was 18 years ago. I sold it after a scare with traffic and relocating from the South to the North Island. I have borrowed a bike to compete in this challenge. The improvem... read more

Topic: My first time on a bike in years

Cycling to school

I go to school in Napier, which is more than ~25kms away from where I live in Havelock. Each day I bring my bike to school on the bus, before spending 40 minutes riding back home in the afternoon. ... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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cutting down my commute time

On day 1 of the challenge my Boss sent me a link to his location. We raced to work, me from Edgeware and him from Parklands. He caught me at Hagley Park for a quick chat before he was off again. ... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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Whanganui Shared Cycle Way

We've been cycling along the river bank every day for the past six months. It's delightful. We ride past the estuary along to the harbor, then back up river to the railway bridge. Twenty km's all u... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Image for story A family ride from Cape Reinga to Hamilton

A family ride from Cape Reinga to Hamilton

Kids can do anything! Our family just completed a summer tour riding from Cape Reinga to Hamilton along the Tour Aotearoa route. 756 km over 17 days with 2 adults and 4 kids (ages 7 to 12). The ki... read more

Topic: Ride with kids

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Porirua ride of interest

My wife and i often ride the Pauatahanui Inlet loop ride and I get questioned often about the ride around the Whitby side. We do not ride SH58 (or Paremata Road) as yes, it is too narrow and too da... read more

Topic: My favourite place/route to ride

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Image for story Lighting hacks

Lighting hacks

Seen this on Pinterest gotta haVe it🔥👊😎

Topic: Other

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Image for story Pump track in manukau

Pump track in manukau

Was testing the pump track in progress

Topic: Other

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Night moves

Me coming in from the dark, south side represent

Topic: Other

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10 kms

I took my kids to the bike park yesterday, and we rode around the flat tracks for an hour and a half, we tracked it on strava, and we had (or atleast i) had done 10.37 kms. Great motivation to k... read more

Topic: Ride with kids

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Image for story Ouch! That hurt!

Ouch! That hurt!

I was happily riding down the shared path from NW cycleway to Henderson, and was getting reasonably near to the old motorpark... and thats when, after 50km, I let my mind drift. Unfortunately, I al... read more

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Its (not) a motorway

I was punishment passed by a lady on Roscommon Road, Wiri, yesterday. Helpfully, she then pulled into the gas station so I could ask her why. Amongst other excuses, she insisted that Roscommon Ro... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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Te Wharekura O Rakaumangamanga - Roopu Paihikara

Wednesday 16 March 2022 - Te Raa Kaiako-Loaded up our bikes on the trailer and off to Ngaruawahia Squash Club Hired 20 Ebikes from River Riders(Electrify Hamilton) - TAANE up first Ride Ngaruawah... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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World car free day

I started biking to and from work about 3 months ago, yes in the middle of winter, after finally deciding I should buy an electric bike to flatten out those hills on my way home after a long day a... read more

Topic: Other

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World Car Free Day

I decided to walk to work in the morning. 5km walk and it took my about an hour (short legs). I ended up taking the bus home. Overall, I did 15K steps that day!

Topic: Other

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Biking to work

I have a trike - its nicknamed Big Red. - its not an e bike I ride it to work with my e-legs I was riding to work on the car free day with my music playing and swaying back and forth side to sid... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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From Broken back to pain free cycling

Hey all 🙋‍♀️ As the title says 5 years ago I broke my back, through wear and tear over the years. I couldn't walk without pain and worse I couldn't cycle. I thought I'd never ride again 😔 Started... read more

Topic: Other

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South Auckland Trail Ride - Left the Car at Home

Totara Park has a really good set of bike trails, with something for all levels of rider skill. The trail hub is about 10km from my home, so I feel a little ridiculous driving there. A plan suggest... read more

Topic: My favourite place/route to ride

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Image for story Queens Birthday ride

Queens Birthday ride

As much as I'm looking forward to the new cycle path to Port Chalmers being completed, I still enjoy the alternative route through St Leonards Drive and Sawyer's Bay. I always throw in a loop arou... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

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trying to regain confidence

I've only *just* got shakily back onto my etrike (trike because my balance is nonexistent on a two-wheeler) after almost losing control on a sloping patch a couple of weeks ago, and I'm finding it'... read more

Topic: Other

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CITY THAT I LOVE AND ADORE ... LOOKING YONDER ...

A favourite route .... I miss ...

Topic: My Bicycle Romance

Image for story Me and my mate Jase

Me and my mate Jase

Today was my biggest ride since I was about 16 years old! Managed a wopping 18kms, which is massive for me considering all I have been doing is a couple of k's to work and back in the for the four ... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

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