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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

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

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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Almost hit by a suddenly open car door

I was just finished working on Friday night (11-ish) I jumped on my bike and started to pedal the bike. My route is passing crazy K-road Friday night. There was congestion on K-road at that tim... read more

Topic: Other

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These gas prices!

Highly motivated to bike more with the price of petrol getting out of control. I'm considering much longer trips and adding a trailer too.

Topic: My commute by bike

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Image for story Lake Dunstan Trail

Lake Dunstan Trail

Last weekend we hit the Lake Dunstan Trail... was pleasantly surprised by how many people were out and about. The cider at the Carrick Winery is amazing :)

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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Image for story I got knocked down, but I got up again … and had a BLAST!

I got knocked down, but I got up again … and had a BLAST!

In November 2014, while completing my final training ride a week out from an upcoming Methven Womens bike race (which I had out off for many years prior), I was struck by a vehicle from behind whil... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

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Image for story 25km in one day!

25km in one day!

Very happy with this badge!

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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I biked the Otago Rail Trail

Apart from an occasional bike ride - as a family when my daughter was young, Covid lockdown rides. We decided to do the Otago rail trail in February. An event to remember next to my daughter start... read more

Topic: My first time on a bike in years

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Image for story Looking back on the 1997 Great Tasmanian Bike Ride

Looking back on the 1997 Great Tasmanian Bike Ride

This photo of me cycling in Tasmania is still pinned to my parent's fridge. It's 25 years since it was taken and really captures the spirit of cycling that I still love. I joined the 1997 Great ... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

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Image for story In adversity finding your centre

In adversity finding your centre

I have done the challenge before but never took it seriously and never really set any goals to achieve, I was merely participating. This year about to become jobless and homeless all at the same ti... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

Image for story 8700km 13 countries 2018

8700km 13 countries 2018

Hubby and I took a sabbatical in 2018 (thank goodness we chose then) and biked around Europe for seven months carrying all our gear. Come the end we were still together and I was bored with my limi... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

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Image for story 3 lighthouses, 2 lakes, one shipwreck, great day

3 lighthouses, 2 lakes, one shipwreck, great day

Straight out the door from home in Eastbourne, Wellington is the Pencarrow Coast road, a great ride for all ages and abilities. With several bays to stop in the first feature are the old and new Pe... read more

Topic: My favourite place/route to ride

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Image for story Getting back after a crash

Getting back after a crash

31st August last year riding to work I was in a bit of a day dream and I remember thinking how much I was enjoying my commute. Next minute I was sliding down the footpath on my face as I had hit a... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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Biking to school

My son who is 12 wanted to get fitter for sport so I suggested he cycle to school and I could cycle with him. At first he was a bit unsure as it is 7km each way but a little encouragement and he wa... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Responsibility

When I got hit by a Lanscaping van last week the driver and passenger accepted responsibility for driving through the roundabout and hitting me, instead of trying to blame me.

Topic: My commute by bike

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Image for story Big Red

Big Red

Taking a minute to express my love for my Surly. Bridgeclub. One of those really solid, reliable mates. Me and big red came together as a result of some more unfortunate circumstances. Having b... read more

Topic: My Bicycle Romance

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jelly legs

Friday was my first ride on my bike for a long time, actually since my heroic bike challenge of 7km last year. After finally fixing a slow leaking tyre, installing a side mirror and purchasing a o... read more

Topic: My first time on a bike in years

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Image for story Port Hills Christchurch

Port Hills Christchurch

Had an excellent ride up the Port Hills today. Blue skies and good vibes up Arapaho, along the single track to VIC Park and home via Cap. Great say.

Topic: My favourite place/route to ride

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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

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

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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Image for story UC staff reach their goal to save 5000km of co2 during the challenge

UC staff reach their goal to save 5000km of co2 during the challenge

Cyclists have taken UC to victory again. Aotearoa Bike Challenge – 1st education sector! 237 staff cycled 46,315 kms! It’s not about winning though 😊, the UC team saved 5292kg of co2, reduced road ... read more

Topic: Carbon Crushers

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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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Uneventful cycling month, apart from ...

After an idyllic 20 km morning ride along the sea front in Auckland, I was turning in to my work car park when I felt a sudden pain on my head. In order to pander to my urge to stop what I was d... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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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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Biking in the Coronavirus Era

Biking in the Coronavirus Era

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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Finally

Yeah, I have my bike! I have only done 500m, but that is better than 0.

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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Image for story Up the mountain

Up the mountain

A year ago had I told myself I would be riding 50km for joy riding few times A week and using aero bars I would not believe it. I signed up for the half ironman and needed a bigger bike. The bike... read more

Topic: My favourite place/route to ride

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Image for story Finishing The Month Off Strong… Sort Of…

Finishing The Month Off Strong… Sort Of…

After missing many biking days earlier in the month due to illness, I thought today would be an ideal opportunity to put some good kilometres on the clock. Starting from Glenfield, I wanted to p... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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Legitimately quicker than a car

I have been tasked with cat-sitting my friend's super adorable rag dolls. Due to their very special and precious nature, they apparently require human-provided-feeding (wet food) twice a day, in co... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

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Image for story Have a day!

Have a day!

The race team for riders who don't necessarily want to race! To quote the website (and they have stickers!) “WE DON’T CARE WHERE YOU PLACE, JUST THAT YOU HAVE A DAY ON THE BIKE” Have A Day Race... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Biking changing with the times

I have many happy memories that involve bikes. They've always been part of my life. But when I think back, I realise my relationship with biking changed a lot over the years. I grew up in Christ... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

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Getting my man out riding!

My partner is not a huuuuge fan of exercise. He knows it's good for him, he's just not super keen on doing it all the time due to having various aches and previous injuries. I have been biking for... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Image for story OVERCOMING FEAR OF RIDING A BIKE ON THE ROAD

OVERCOMING FEAR OF RIDING A BIKE ON THE ROAD

Late Sept 2018, I was riding my bike to work when a large came dangerously close to me on the side of the road that I had to hop onto the footpath. Didn't make it tho, I hit the curb so hard I was ... read more

Topic: My first time on a bike in years

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We're here, and we're not going away

Had a great ride to the shops yesterday, and not just because of the light Sunday traffic. The footpaths on High St were crowded with pedestrians, there were a few motorbikes cruising along (and on... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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Image for story A Rail Trail tale

A Rail Trail tale

I have just completed 5 days on the Otago Rail Trail, on a push bike, and I was elated to reach Middlemarch in one piece, albeit with a few bruises and wobbly bits along the way. I am in my early 6... read more

Topic: My first time on a bike in years

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Gems In The Country

Taking a break from driving through the Clutha District I stumbled on an unmarked trail at the Mt Stuart reserve and explored. Lo and behold it follows the old railway line and passes through cutti... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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