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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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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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Build and ride

I am passionate about tinkering and have been working on building a hackbike from spares and old bikes. A colleague (Alec R.) who is very good with bikes has been assisting me and we have a basic f... read more

Topic: My Bicycle Romance

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Low-carbon commutes

Late last year I got an ebike and it’s been a game changer in terms of how I choose to get around. It’s a beast, it can go up to 45km an hour!! And it’s meant I can get to work in 20 minutes, no co... read more

Topic: Carbon Crushers

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Image for story Beat the traffic - encourage others along for the ride

Beat the traffic - encourage others along for the ride

Leave the car at home, stay away from the petrol station for a month or more. 25mins to work in car, 29mins on the bike on the best day. Powered by craft beer and pizza! More bikes at work as ... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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Full month ahead

Will try to go for a ride everyday come sun or rain. I hope the bike holds!

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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Poetry in motion

How staunch a cyclist are you? Do you bike in rain or snow? Do you own a fluoro jacket? Have your cheeks a healthy glow? Perhaps you are a ‘wannaʼ Wanna travel urban style, with pup in w... read more

Topic: Other

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Dolphins and Rays

So driving to work is hot and bothersome. Not so with riding to work. On my first day of the challenge, I saw dolphins in the harbour by Te Papa and a sting ray by Fergs... Gotta love riding via... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Downhill biking

Tried downhill mountain biking for the first time last week. Made it all the way to the bottom in one piece, hurrah!

Topic: My Bicycle Romance

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Encouraging young friend

I've got a 30yr old staying with me for around 6months. He was unsure re my bike riding long distances when fine weather around. He has since tried a 30km bike ride with me and he seemed to enjoy i... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Railway adventure

We crossed the railway lines using the pedestrian crossing, and had to do some super maneuvers. Great achievement, and lots of fun!!!

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Image for story First day biking to work

First day biking to work

It has been something yet to be accomplish for few years. Finally, done it today and love the ride, except that in town, i am still sharing pathway with pedestrian instead of cars. Gotta get myself... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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Paradise

Getting back on my bike has been fab, especially with the great weather we are having. I've been making the most of the time in between jobs, exploring what is right in front of me. We do live in p... read more

Topic: My favourite place/route to ride

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Image for story Biking is better, even in -50C

Biking is better, even in -50C

I have ridden a bike as my primary mode of transport since 1989, doing my Master's degree. I owned a car briefly for one year in 1995-96, and had bought a house outside of the city so I could be i... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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Image for story The Peace Of Riding

The Peace Of Riding

This is not 1 memory. I have never driven, always ridden. I deal with anxiety. Some of my rides and my choice to ride the long way home are for the purpose of destressing. I find riding and listeni... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

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Image for story Cycling to Survive!

Cycling to Survive!

I am a Brain Cancer Survivor. I cycle after after a foot/leg injury led to diagnosis of a Brain Tumor then Cancer. After an Awake Craniotomy in 2013 i took up cycling as i cant do much impact ac... read more

Topic: Other

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riding to Mt Eden

I just went to my roomie's work just today at the Time Out Book Store, I just loved riding my bike and every once a day I do ride bike sometimes I go to my sister to Babysit my newphy and helping ... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

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Best and worst road on my commute

Blenheim Road is both awesome and awful for commuting. Minimal parking means there's far less risk of dooring, and the traffic tends to create a nice draught regardless of the wind. So many pot... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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Wildlife incounters on night ride

During lock down to maintain shift separation I had to do night shift. On my ride home over a week I encountered two possum and was confronted by a rat that decided he had more rights to the path I... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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Love To Ride was useful

Love to ride was useful. I found it a good motivation tool and way to trace rides. But they have stopped keeping the totals. At the top of the page was a part with total kilometres and total trips.... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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Image for story Biking the mariua saddle road

Biking the mariua saddle road

Generous daughter dropped us off at frog flat. So 2 hours out of her day... and off we went..4 ks to saddle summit and then cruising down 11 is to the oldest (well, that what the locals say) concre... read more

Topic: Other

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10 minutes a day

This February, I have been inspired to ride every day. I normally travel everywhere on my bike, but now there's more reasons to bike on my days off. Even a 10 minute ride does wonders for my feelin... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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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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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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Itching to ride

But my bike delivery has been delayed! I will be a slow start, still recovering from surgery.

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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Image for story East Auckland Car Free

East Auckland Car Free

We moved to East Auckland in March of 2021 and decided to challenge ourselves to living car-free. Commuting on a regular bike in and out of the city is still faster than sitting in traffic, and kee... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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Image for story Thames-Paeroa Rail Trail

Thames-Paeroa Rail Trail

The Rail Trail is beautiful and almost completely flat. My 13-year-old son and I cycled from Thames to Matatoki, but I really wanted to see what was around the next corner, so the next day came bac... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Biking dates with my husband

My favourite place/route to ride, is around the many bike trails in Blenheim. My husband and I go out biking in the weekends, which I really look forward to. We go early in the mornings when there ... read more

Topic: My favourite place/route to ride

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Rabbit Island

What better way to kick off the Aotearoa bike challenge than catching the ferry from Mapua to Rabbit Island. Lovely flat trails meant my first ride on a non-ebike for about 4 years was a breeze . G... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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Rainbow

Just cycled from Hanmer to St Arnaud through the rainbow. Fantastic scenery, well worth the pain!

Topic: A happy riding memory

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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 New off road paths!

New off road paths!

I hadn't ridden a bike from my early 20s until last year (er, my late 30s). I wasn't scared as such, but I found the new shared path along SH1 at Takanini was a good place to get my confidence up. ... read more

Topic: My favourite place/route to ride

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I'm just out riding my bike!

When a serious faced road cyclist has a slow day they call it 'recovery'. A commuter just calls it Friday.

Topic: Other

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Bike life

My first bike was a Christmas present after I turned 5 years old. I was so excited, that I sneaked into the garage (where I was told NOT to go) to ride it. It was red, with a large front wheel and ... read more

Topic: Other

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Day 1

First day riding to work. Of course it had to be a day where we have a high of 30 degrees! Oh well...... I did it to improve my health. I did it to save money. I did it to help the environment... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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Image for story Retail Therapy

Retail Therapy

Before Covid I got used to breaking my shopping up to 2 to 4 trips during the week often on my way home from other things and only buying what fitted in my backpack. During Covid I changed my shopp... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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Image for story Can we please get over The Auckland Harbour Bridge?

Can we please get over The Auckland Harbour Bridge?

I have dreamt for the last 30 years that I could just leave my house in Northcote Point and take my bike over The Auckland Harbour Bridge to the CBD for my work. Now that I am retired I still canno... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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The sweet silence

Ahhh, casting my mind back to March 2020, I remember it was heaven for bikes. No wait at the lights, serenity on the streets, just me and nature. Kids also using the streets for biking and skateboa... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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The Pain before the Pleasure

'Change' is happening in Hamilton with major roadworks around the University area of the City so my regular commute route impassable and sometimes frustrating when following the detour route sugges... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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Back in the saddle

After a bit of a tough year in 2020 change in job, change in house a new commute ride to work is getting the head and body heading back in a good direction.

Topic: My commute by bike

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The joy

One night my wife and I were riding home from the Basement Theatre in Auckland. Coming up Grey Str going past the council flats a lone bike rider comes hurtling down the hill. He is a Polynesian ma... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

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Bike Ride for Fitness & Saves Time

Bike ride very useful for health maintenance. As long as the setting on the bike makes it comfortable and not strain the back and legs. Adjusting the height of the seat is useful. Carry air pump, t... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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Sunday ride

Sunday morning 28/02/21 and level 3 has kicked in. I'm feeling pumped, yeah! let's do this...no destination in mind I'm just going to ride so I head over toward Mangere Bridge underpass. I decid... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Image for story Recapturing my youth

Recapturing my youth

When I was 18 I traded in riding my pedal power bike for a 360 Honda and swore I would never ride a bike again. Why would I got beautiful wheels will travel. Many, many years go by..... Then in Fe... read more

Topic: My first time on a bike in years

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