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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

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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

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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

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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

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Lake Dunstan trail

There is so many lovely bike trails in and around Cromwell to enjoy - such a scenic place and some great coffee and wineries stops around. Especially enjoyed riding Lake Dunstan Bannockburn to Cly... read more

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Children

On my daily rides I often see children in the back of cars. They often stare at me or my bike. I hope it is my bike. I wished their parents would take them out on bikes. They look like they want to.

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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

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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

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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

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Image for story Wee man goes to dirt

Wee man goes to dirt

So my boy just turned 3 the other day and he loves riding bikes no matter if its with me on the Mac Ride, one of his bikes (he has quite a few) rain or sun. This month I did my first 100km ride in ... read more

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Image for story Biking the twin coast cycle trail

Biking the twin coast cycle trail

We took advantage of the beautiful weather over summer and biked the twin coast cycle trail after Christmas. It is beautifully scenic, I particularly love the ride from Kawakawa to Opua. I love exp... read more

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Image for story Our first e-bike ride

Our first e-bike ride

In November we went for a short break to Stewart Island. On the last day we had a few hours to fill in and hired a couple of e-bikes. We had not ridden them before, and in fact it had been some con... read more

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Image for story Enjoying a ride in the evening and revealed a super secret..

Enjoying a ride in the evening and revealed a super secret..

I went for a bike ride around the area I live in - a short evening ride - it turned out to be a 45 min ride along some parks and places I would have not noticed otherwise. When you are on your cycl... read more

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No time pressure.

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

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Cycling with the family

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

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Cycling with the family

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

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The last time I ride with my brother

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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Image for story Biking makes me happy

Biking makes me happy

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

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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

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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

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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

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First Ever Hill Ride

I had always believed I could never and would never bike up a hill. It was partly fear of falling backwards, partly belief that my legs weren't tough enough, and partly fear of riding back downhill... read more

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Holiday bike trips

This time last year my partner and I did a road cycle trip from Christchurch down to Wanaka, over Haast Pass then up the West Coast to Greymouth then over Arthur's Pass back to Christchurch. All ... read more

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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!

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Rainbow

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

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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

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Image for story Creating Memories

Creating Memories

Here we all are, ready to make some memories on a recent family trip to Hanmer.

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Image for story Worklife BBQ Long Bay + Browns Bay + Friend catchup

Worklife BBQ Long Bay + Browns Bay + Friend catchup

I decided that despite leaving later than planned to arrive at a BBQ on time (can you really be late to a BBQ?), I would cycle on my recently repaired (glassed tyre puncture) bike rather than drive... read more

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Image for story Auckland Anniversary

Auckland Anniversary

Hubby and I, loving our E-biking adventures, first time on the pink path, was a tad shorter than we imagined, and cycled for ages trying to find it? Happy times!

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Image for story Clutha Gold Bike Trail

Clutha Gold Bike Trail

We set out from home nine and early and arrived in Roxburgh where our friend lives who offered to help us with transport. Got to the Roxburgh Dam and loaded up my bike with all the food, drink, ... read more

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All by myself

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

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Sore bum!

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

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Cycling with the family

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

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Family business

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

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Team Christmas Ride

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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Stories from around the world

Magpie

A long time ago I was riding and my father got swooped by a magpie so I got jealous that he got swooped and I didn't so I went back and got swooped. Now; whenever I see a magpie I go back and get s... read more

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The New Cyclist

When an grown adult asks for your help to learn to ride, who had never tried to cycle. Doing, two feet push off After a few trial and errors, in balance, up came the feet 3 ft, 3.5 -5 ft. Then til... read more

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Image for story Aberdeen to Pitlochry at sunset

Aberdeen to Pitlochry at sunset

Almost a year ago I cycled from Aberdeen to Pitlochry. The Deeside is a beautiful area to ride: I followed the main road until Braemar where I had some fish and chips. Then sunset came while cyclin... read more

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Image for story Monsal Trail

Monsal Trail

Me and my Daughter completed the Monsal Trail while doing the cycle September with work , This is a place I love walking so doing it on a bike was Great fun , We started at Monsal Head went to B... read more

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Image for story Aberdeen to Inverness by night

Aberdeen to Inverness by night

A friend of mine and me, we set a challenge: to reach Inverness starting at 2pm from Aberdeen, with a rainy forecast and good chances to ride at night. Well the rain hit us just after 1 hour and co... read more

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Image for story Centennial trail bike ride

Centennial trail bike ride

It was honestly so beautiful to see everything especially next to the canal and going over bridges and being able to see everything

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Pidgins

I like riding through groups of pidgins and watching fly always. It’s the best. I really hope I don’t accidentally run one over one day.

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Image for story Exploring Sacramento Murals by Bike

Exploring Sacramento Murals by Bike

Today we took our bikes on the Capital Corridor train to Sacramento and biked around looking at murals. It was a fun adventure, with beautiful, thoughtful, and silly art throughout. The perfect Sun... read more

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Image for story Ballarat Tweed Ride

Ballarat Tweed Ride

Each year I organise the annual Ballarat Tweed Ride. Last May was our 10th ever ride. We had fantastic weather, rosettes for the best dressed, a driven road escort, 130 riders, live music, a Tweed ... read more

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Riding My Bike in Key West

Riding a bike in cities where parking is limited or difficult to find most of the time can be the best solution to still enjoy the outdoors while getting good exercise. I brought my bike to Key Wes... read more

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Stillness

Sometimes the early morning rides are the best. Being early to work and being able to sit and watch the world go past. People's stories from walking their dog to going to work. The still atmosphe... read more

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Image for story Today was my first trip to Huntley Gravity Park.

Today was my first trip to Huntley Gravity Park.

This is my biggest drop yet! I had TOO much fun sessioning it with my husband. Today was a good riding day. ❤

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HAPPY MEMORY

Hi All, I'm KUMARASINGHE ARACHCHILAGE DON SAJEERA SHENON PEIRIS,Sri Lankan. Long time ago my young age I start biking in my home town Katunayaka to near the cities and far. During the Budd... read more

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Riding at dusk

I've found a place to bike where the hills aren't too steep and there aren't too many people driving around. It is pure bliss. I look forward to coming home and waiting for when 8pm rolls around. I... read more

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Beau début de saison

Le 29 mai 2022, première sortie vélo de la saison. C'était peut-être la journée la plus parfaite : 25 degrés Celcius, petits nuages, petite brise. Sherbrooke-North Hatley aller-retour en passant pa... read more

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