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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

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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

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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

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Image for story biking while kids are at basketball practise.

biking while kids are at basketball practise.

I took my bike to the kids basketball practise on the weekend, I thought I would only bike a couple of kms. The basketball training was for 2 hrs in Cambridge, wow to my surprise the bikes paths we... read more

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Louise's first ride in quite some time!!!

Yay to Louise for her first ride in quite some time!!! Shout out to Louise for joining in the Taupo's office "Yay to Friday bike after work" event. Go Louise you Good Thing!!

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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

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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.

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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

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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!!!

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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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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

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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

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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

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This challenge

This challenge……. I have 4 bikes sitting in my shed catching dust. The only time these only ever got used was when i was training for Iron Maori, which was rarely ever tbh. Maybe a couple of rides ... read more

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Image for story Goosechase Bike Challenge in Wanaka, Queenstown, Cromwell & Te Anau

Goosechase Bike Challenge in Wanaka, Queenstown, Cromwell & Te Anau

Sport Central (& Sport Otago) along with Queenstown Lakes District Council and the Te Hau Toka group have started a Bike Challenge for February, March and April. Download the Goosechase app an... read more

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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