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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

Topic: A happy riding memory

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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 :)

Topic: My first time on a bike in years

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Brendon Melville Best off Luck
Rob Leinwand It is not the "wrong"side of the road here!

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

Topic: My Bicycle Romance

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Liz Ross Im with you on that one! Love my ebike!

When it comes to our Annual lunchtime bike ride to the beach, everyone's keen! The team of six completed the 8km return trip to Ngamotu Beach for our team picnic, a total of 48km towards the Aote... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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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

Topic: My favourite place/route to ride

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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

Topic: My commute by bike

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Ben Mansfield psst - make sure to tag your post #MoveMonday to be in the draw to win a panier bag

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

Topic: My commute by bike

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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

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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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 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'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!

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

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.

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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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

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

Topic: A happy riding memory

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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

Topic: A happy riding memory

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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

Topic: A happy riding memory

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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

Topic: A happy riding memory

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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

Topic: A happy riding memory

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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

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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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!

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

Topic: My Bicycle Romance

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About 15 years ago I was on holiday in Europe with my boyfriend at the time. I hadn't been on a bike in many years, but we went for a ride on bikes that came free with our accommodation. I was a bi... read more

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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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We finally got the bike seat attached to the bike! Usually Blake and I just play at home while my husband goes for a run. Now that we have a bike seat- running/ biking is now a fun family activity.... read more

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Jen Harries Thanks Denise for your story! Blake and you have won a Let's Go prize. Enjoy your family outings!

My brother and I went for a bike ride around where our parents used to live near the Selwyn Hutts. We were on our way back when we were biking along the stop bank and my back Tyre got stuck. In wha... 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 was riding with my sister in Riverhead Forrest Auckland in 1995 and met some friends and a group of their friends, one of whom caught my eye. After a number of fun filled years including regular ... 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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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 :)

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Brighton and Hove are jolly hilly. And I live in the 'burbs' of Ovingdean where one of the defining features is the perpetually puffed-out but stoic locals toiling up and down some particularly ve... read more

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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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

Topic: A happy riding memory

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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

Topic: My commute by bike

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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

My husband is so romantic and came for 3 evening bike ride dates in a row. It was so special and I appreciate my husband biking with me. When I have been out biking and he sees me through the win... read more

Topic: My Bicycle Romance

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My husband and I first tried a tandem bicycle around the Hawkes Bay Wineries in the early 1980's. We got married in 1984 and our first purchase as a married couple was a tandem bicycle. We have don... read more

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Mark Shanks Ride together and stay together!

Bike riding was never my thing.I rode bikes when i was younger but was serous about it..since doing this challenge for the first time has made me realise that bike riding is a kewl exercise as well.

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I live at the top of a hill called Bluff Hill in Napier. 'The hill' has been a bit of a mental obstacle to me biking anywhere since we moved into our house almost 3 years ago. However the bike ch... read more

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Sian Hazell Great work, Helen!!! Good determination. I love stories like this. Well done!
Simon Cohen Helen, great to hear from a fellow hill commuter. I live at the top of a steep hill in the Highlands of Scotland and it st... read more

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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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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