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Image for story Sunday ride

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

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Image for story I believe the children are our future...

I believe the children are our future...

I think that my eight year old son sums it up with this quote which he put on a poster which he made for his classroom recently.

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Image for story Getting riding doesn't have cost much.

Getting riding doesn't have cost much.

Since living in Hamilton riding with the kids has been a big part or our spare time. One thing I love about cycling is how cheap it can be, especially compared with motorized transport. I bought a ... read more

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Starting small

I have become really unfit and sedentary over the last few years, but I bought a simple bike and have started biking to work - it's less than a kilometre, but walking has been a challenge due to pl... read more

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Image for story 100km and over the Maungatapu to see my daughter.

100km and over the Maungatapu to see my daughter.

I found coming back to work in 2021 really hard. So, at the end of week two I decided it was all too much - I took a few days off to go and see my daughter in Nelson. I bought a ferry ticket for th... read more

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Image for story Bouncing back to health

Bouncing back to health

2020 was the year I discovered cancer in my body and the treatments commenced. Six months of aggressive treatments before returning to full time work in November. Then I needed a challenge to get m... read more

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Another convert

The second person I lent my ebike out to for the commute from Massey to the city has also bought an ebike. Two fewer cars on the road; two happier people.

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Another convert

A friend was getting frustrated with his car commute from Massey to the City and the $12 per day parking costs. He was quizzing me on ebikes, so I lent him mine to see if it was a goer for him befo... read more

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Northern Corridor cycleway is awesome

I took advantage of Saturday afternoons open day for the new Christchurch Northern Corridor. Headed from Edgeware Rd, joined at the Cranford St roundabout, then all the way north up the cycleway, a... read more

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Image for story Riding tandem with Telzey

Riding tandem with Telzey

The thing is, I live and work in a small town,so I don't really need a car. The main reason I have one is to get my cat to the vet. What to do? Find a bike-compatible, cat-friendly pet carrier of c... read more

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Image for story Another office picnic ride in Hagley Park

Another office picnic ride in Hagley Park

For the second year, GHD Christchurch arranged a lunchtime picnic ride to encourage staff to ride a bike. Today we had a beautiful day warm day to go for the relaxed 3.5km ride off road. We had ano... read more

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Image for story Boffa Miskell Early Risers Breakfast

Boffa Miskell Early Risers Breakfast

A nice early morning jaunt wiht my colleagues to the Williams Cafe in the Wynyard Quarter before work.

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Image for story Bringing the family together

Bringing the family together

This weekend we spend a couple of days on the Hauraki rail trail....cycling has become a great way to spend time together away from screens creating new and varied experiences. There was laughter a... read more

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Image for story Reasons to ride!

Reasons to ride!

Hey hey, It's almost the end of #MoveitMonday week 2 My story is about sharing that I now find that I am excited about biking to or from work as part of this challenge as I am not really very co... read more

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Image for story Car Replacement

Car Replacement

I absolutely love my cargobike. Although we've been car free since 2010, the cargobike is a much more recent acquisition. Whilst I like to walk, and use public transport, having the cargobike jus... read more

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Image for story Annual Team Picnic at Ngamotu Beach

Annual Team Picnic at Ngamotu Beach

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

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Image for story Turning 60 & aiming to get an age group podium

Turning 60 & aiming to get an age group podium

Mountain Biking/ Cross country Event in this coming years events T42 Maybe the Dual -Rangitoto/Motutapu? Any other suggestions welcome

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Image for story Whats the fastest way to get to work in Auckland city?

Whats the fastest way to get to work in Auckland city?

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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Beats Traffic

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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Image for story Breakfast ride motivation

Breakfast ride motivation

This is my first year as the office champion for the bike challenge. Over the month we have met up for a total of three cycle breakfasts before work. They are by far the easiest way of getting me o... read more

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Image for story Nostalgia Bike Gang

Nostalgia Bike Gang

It's getting to be quite the institution, the annual "Bike gang" ride from various parts of Christchurch to the Nostalgia Festival at Ferrymead. Today was my first time going to the festival and of... read more

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Did You Know?

Did you know that using a bike is up to five times more efficient than walking? As a matter of fact, an unaided human does pretty well in terms of efficiency as a function of body weight, but s... read more

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Image for story You’re doing really well

You’re doing really well

So after a big crash on my bike, I was getting back on the proverbial horse. Cardrona on Saturday, Skyline Gondola Sunday and Glendhu Bay on Sunday. At Cardrona, I rode a track that I refused to ri... read more

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Tri-It!

Kia Ora whānau, This is my e-trike, Trinity. She's the reason why I am loving the Bike Challenge this year. She makes riding up (and down) the hills a real breeze. Prior to having her in my life, ... read more

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New job, new team and new challenges

I joined Landcare Trust late last year and have been inspired by my awesome colleagues all over the country to sign up our organisation to participate in the Aotearoa Bike Challenge. Most of us wor... read more

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Break free of gridlock with an ebike

I was getting tired of the parking lot otherwise known as the northwestern motorway - and because my working day is “bookended” by school dropoff and collection times I couldn’t change my hours to ... read more

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"It's Never Too Late To Make a Difference" (My Motto)

A keen sportsman in younger days, I was 50 yrs when I decided to get back to a fitter, healthier, Happier lifestyle. I joined a gym, tramped, and cycled. At 65 yrs I studied to the certificate leve... read more

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Image for story First pedal bike

First pedal bike

My 3 year old had so much fun riding on my bike during the ABC this year, for her 4th birthday last week she got her first pedal bike (thanks for the discount Torpedo7!). I've never seen her so exc... read more

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Image for story Riding the Waikato River Trail

Riding the Waikato River Trail

We had a lovely day out on Sunday with workmates and friends and even dragged my partner's son Matthew along, who at 21 years old had never rode a mountain bike, he loved it! We had a delicious lu... read more

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Image for story Mum's biking now too!

Mum's biking now too!

My mum mostly grew up in Christchurch and biked as a kid, but hasn't since she was in her twenties for a few different reasons. She saw how awesome I found riding around once I got my e-bike, and g... read more

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Image for story Why i ride

Why i ride

We started this adventure when our whanau of four kids left no time for me to exercise or do anything much for myself. As a survivor of an aggressive cancer that messed with my body as much as my h... read more

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discounted biking gear

just heads up that there is a bicycle clearance store on Lunn Ave , they have helmets from $20 and huge bins of assorted bike accessories including lights, gloves, saddles etc at very affordable pr... read more

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Image for story Lunchtime Gelato Ride from the office

Lunchtime Gelato Ride from the office

Today around 30 staff from our office went for a short lunchtime cruise to Rollicking Gelato in the beautiful New Regent street, a 3.5km round trip. I'm pleased to say drivers were really courteou... read more

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Good Luck

I will not be taking part in the Aotearoa Bike Challenge this year, and as I am the only one from my work place taking part, I withdraw from this event. I was made redundant from my job this mornin... read more

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Image for story Bikes as tools

Bikes as tools

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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Cycling in the 21st century - in praise of a little e-help

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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Image for story Timber Trail Epic Ride with Newbies

Timber Trail Epic Ride with Newbies

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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Image for story Grandpa on an E-bike

Grandpa on an E-bike

Got my dad out on my E-bike this weekend. He loved it. He couldn’t remember the last time he rode any kind of bicycle, so it was awesome that he was so eager to give it a try. Later in the afte... read more

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Stories from around the world

Image for story The Quiet Lanes of Suffolk...

The Quiet Lanes of Suffolk...

Quiet Lanes Suffolk is a small team of enthusiastic volunteers helping parish councils across Suffolk introduce a 500km network of Quiet Lanes into the County. Quiet Lanes are small rural lanes, ... read more

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Image for story ABC Quick Check-Quick Check

ABC Quick Check-Quick Check

Quick: Check your quick release skewers on your wheels. Make sure they are tight enough to keep your wheels on. Check: Take a quick ride to check if derailleurs and brakes are working properly. In... read more

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Image for story BMX track in the dark

BMX track in the dark

With the Autumn nights quickly drawing in our ladies only BMXercise session at Tiverton track means we have to curtail riding on the track. Not quite ready to stop riding our bikes meant we practis... read more

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#oneinamillion

The #OneInAMillion campaign is all about empowering every woman to start cycling – and explore her own motivations to keep pedalling. Whether it’s for fun or fitness, transport or competition, we a... read more

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Back to School

It was great to get back to cycling to school this morning with my 7, 6 and 4 year olds. We navigated the hoards of families getting through the school gates and it was so great to see the 6 year ... read more

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Price of 'Peloton' bike reduced

Not for me but if it floats your boat down to £1350 now. Wonder if it is anything to do with the recent profits down 24%? Like to make clear that I have absolutely no connection to the aforementi... read more

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Image for story Cycle For All

Cycle For All

Cycle For All 🚲 What a great day cycling last Friday at Peak District National Park exploring the Tissington Trail. The variety of inclusive bikes Parsley Hay bike hire had was incredible. The ... read more

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Image for story ABC Quick Check-Chain

ABC Quick Check-Chain

“C” = Chain : Always check that the chain is clean and lubricated. A rusty chain drags, changes gear poorly and may even snap. While you’re down there, spin your pedals and check that the cranks do... read more

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Image for story GREENBEIN

GREENBEIN

I wanted to write a bike "book" for a long time. I just had a hard time putting the fun part with the how to and what you need, so this story became a psychedelic art experience composite of many ... read more

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Image for story Tour de Manc

Tour de Manc

On Sunday I participated in Tour de Manc raising funds for HaTS charity to help Cancer patients. I initially planned to do a mad manc route which is 200km via difficult terrain. Unfortunately, aft... read more

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Image for story When feeling down - get out!!

When feeling down - get out!!

Yesterday, I had a lonely feeling day, but I knew getting out would be good for me. I came to my 'senses' and decide to experience a ride with all my senses. There is something about riding, ever... read more

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Image for story What are you up to this weekend?

What are you up to this weekend?

Are you going to the Annual Bike Ride Fundraiser Saturday 9/4 by Black Leaders Detroit? It's from 7AM to 1PM at 11000 Freud St. Otherwise, do you have any cycling plans this weekend?

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