Stories from New Zealand

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Image for story Best gift ever

Best gift ever

I always complained that I wasn’t getting any exercise and I said to my husband, I wish I could ride a bike again like when I was a teenager 😂 I actually had not ridden a bike since then. Anyway to... read more

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Image for story Hard yards

Hard yards

I don’t particularly like biking - it’s always too hard ! as I seem to always push myself too hard! And I’ve made many excuses in the past. But this is a great challenge for me - I am trying no... read more

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CITY THAT I LOVE AND ADORE ... LOOKING YONDER ...

A favourite route .... I miss ...

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Sharing the Love

My wife and I LOVE riding our vintage bikes from a bygone era, they hark from a time when every month was "Bike Month"... Indeed, we love it so much, back in 2016 we organised our first Tweed and... read more

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Encouraging hubby to ride

Hubby has a Hip injury I'm supporting him to get out n ride with me in Teanau he did 6.5 along the lake we stopped n got pics and enjoyed the scenery

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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

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Image for story My romance with cycling thanks to my ebike...

My romance with cycling thanks to my ebike...

I have always been interested in riding a bike. Growing up (in Malaysia), or family could hardly afford a bike and I always watched with envy our neighbours having their bikes. It was until years l... read more

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In love with my bicycle

My romance with my bicycle started when I was just 4 Years old and increased ever since. I just love my bike, love being outdoors, love nature, love to be fit and healthy, love to save petrol and ... read more

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I want my bicycle

Fell in love with biking since 8 years old. With well used tricycle, nothing like riding and cornering till one back wheel comes up. Since then had few bikes, Dad's old Morrison and Raleighs bi... read more

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Riding into the sunset

When I first met my now husband I knew that he loved mountain bike riding, yet I had not been on a bike since I out grew my childhood bike. Yet (with my permission) he purchased me a cross countr... read more

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Image for story Three Crashes & Love

Three Crashes & Love

Hubby and I met June 2015 and he was aware I loved to exercise alot, so we naturally went on a ride for one of our first dates. I over estimated his biking fitness and he got cramp and was very ... read more

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Biking with the ONE I LOVE

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

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Image for story Baby on board

Baby on board

My husband and I met on a Friday night at after-work drinks - which we’d both quite naturally biked to. Many of our subsequent dates, leisure and general life together involved biking. I wasn’t z... read more

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A hot evening in Canterbury

Friday was a warm one in Canterbury so my wife and I decided to meet for dinner and a drink - so at 5:00pm she left the Christchurch city centre from work and headed home, while I left home in Waik... read more

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Image for story A quick appreciation to my bike.

A quick appreciation to my bike.

I bought a brand new bike in July 2022, which is extremely rare for me to buy anything brand new. This bike has been an absolute dream. This bike has encouraged me to lose weight and get fit. Since... read more

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Image for story Big Red

Big Red

Taking a minute to express my love for my Surly. Bridgeclub. One of those really solid, reliable mates. Me and big red came together as a result of some more unfortunate circumstances. Having b... read more

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Encouraging hubby to ride

Hubby has a Hip injury I'm supporting him to get out n ride with me in Teanau he did 6.5 along the lake we stopped n got pics and enjoyed the scenery

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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

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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!

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Image for story From 0 cycling, to travelling for months by bicycle

From 0 cycling, to travelling for months by bicycle

Growing up, I was lost confidence in cycling. In the few times I dared to get on a bicycle I was nearly hit by cars and was car-doored in undergrad in Ōtepoti Dunedin. It was terrifying for me, and... read more

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Proud to be carrying on with a family tradition.

I have to be honest I prefer bikes to cars and love looking at other peoples bikes. My grandparents owned a bike shop which was famous in the Eastleigh UK area. The shop had a very distinct smell,... read more

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The bike proposal

My partner and I love to bike, and when camping at my favourite family spot, he took me on a bike ride to Mystery Lake - about a three hour climb! Half way the the wind was howling and I was pretty... read more

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Took my husband for a bike ride

Well, took my husband for a bike ride and he tells me I’m biking with no power as I have the middle of my foot over the pedal. Now I’m biking (when I remember) with the ball of my foot on the pedal... read more

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How I met my wife and later proposed

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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Bicycle built for two

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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Stories from around the world

Happy Cycling

Imagine the open road ahead of you, the wind in your hair, and the gentle whir of your bicycle's wheels. There's a certain freedom that comes with passonly riding a bicycle. It's just you, your bik... read more

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Image for story Le bonheur!

Le bonheur!

1822 km entre le 5 mai 2023 et le 15 septembre 2023, merci à mon ortho qui m'a remplacé la hanche droite il y a presqu'un an et qui m'a redonné le bonheur de reprendre mon vélo.

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I love my E Bike

I have recently purchased an Electric bike after using the free E bike loan via cycle UK. I have not looked back and bought my E-Bike via the Cycle to Work scheme. Even though I am 53, I feel l... read more

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Reciprocity

I love my bicycle. We are in love.

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Love at First Ride

I recently bought this alluring used bike from a local lady. I have never owned a road bike but after doing Tri Santa Cruz with a mountain bike I was like, "No way! I am never dating a road race w... read more

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Fair weather cycling fail.

When I bought my bike in June last year I proudly proclaimed that I was a fair weather cyclist. I have to confess that I’ve really let myself down, I’ve cycled every day since 30th January, and ha... read more

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Image for story One last push

One last push

So almost there guys… hope you have all achieved your goals… but if not don’t be disappointed.. if you have been out in your bike only once this month it’s still an achievement.. My last push cy... read more

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Image for story Racing at the Bill Bone Tropical Triathlon

Racing at the Bill Bone Tropical Triathlon

One of my favorite pastimes is to ride the bike in RACES. Training for races and racing keeps me healthy, and encourages me to commute to work by bike!

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Image for story Prelude from 1980

Prelude from 1980

This old girl has been carrying me along the backroads of Auburn, Al since my days in class back in the late '70s. It still feels just as free as it always did. Happy for the growing bike paths.

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Image for story TEAM 🚴🚴‍♀️ Sue & Pat

TEAM 🚴🚴‍♀️ Sue & Pat

Suzanne et moi avons fait connaissance au Tour de l'île 2012 .. Suis arrivé au parc Jeanne Mance tôt le matin .. Il y avait tellement de cyclistes qui attendait le départ .. Donc .. J'ai aperçu une... read more

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Image for story I LOVE BIKES

I LOVE BIKES

I love bikes!

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health and cycling

Richard Hurst started cycling to get to work easier in the centre of town, where a car was not essential. Him and his family never looked back, and don’t need two cars anymore. Richard’s senior rol... read more

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Image for story '77 Schwinn LeTour II, part 2: Off to the races!

'77 Schwinn LeTour II, part 2: Off to the races!

So, I'd been riding in the Cheaha Challenge (on the Talladega Scenic Byway) most years since 2010. In 2019, they added a 20km time-trial the day before, to which I paid no attention. That's not h... read more

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Image for story A Cyclist

A Cyclist

A Cyclist Many ask, why a cyclist, We are the canniest, A non polluting escapist, Searching freedom, being an adventurist, With time on our side, life is at its finest, Our min... read more

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My journey on the Bike

I have had my BMX for 5 years and I have been on so many journeys. I try to go out on my bike as much as possible because when I'm on my bike I feel relaxed and calm. This is because you can do any... read more

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I love my bike

I moved to Cambridge over ten years ago. The thing I love about Cambridge is I can cycle everywhere. It's funny when I have to walk and it seems to take forever especially on the routes that I usua... read more

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Voyage des noces

1 soirée de contes 2 petits échanges 3 randonées en ville 4 saisons d'amour 5 secondes pour dire oui! 6 mois de preparatifs 700 km en vélo-camping 8 h de route tous les jours 9 semaines en... read more

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Image for story La chispa entre mi bicicleta y yo comienza de nuevo

La chispa entre mi bicicleta y yo comienza de nuevo

Siempre usé mi bicicleta cuando era muy pequeño, pero luego el miedo a las carreteras, los automóviles y la infraestructura de la ciudad me llevó a detenerme. Trabajar con una empresa que es muy ap... read more

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Image for story Wild & Windy

Wild & Windy

Too windy for these old birds to go out on bikes so we compromised & went for a walk instead Does that count!!!!!?

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Image for story Spin…swim….spin

Spin…swim….spin

Picked a cycle route & off I went… it was going well until I took the wrong turning & then spent half an hour to get my bearings again… quick stop off at Bicycle Workshop as I realised whil... read more

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Late Learner

Didn't learn to ride a bike until I was 21. Still not very good at it at 35, but i enjoy the hell out of it. My first bike was a Huffy I bought for $20 off Craigslist. Sketchy, I know, but I loved ... read more

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Image for story No worry biking!

No worry biking!

I love going out on my bike. I don't have to worry about saving energy to be able to ride it back home. I simply pick up my bike and voila! without any significant effort am able to go places and c... read more

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Image for story Our first ride

Our first ride

Can't believe I got him to ride with me. Same guy .. new hobbie

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Un pas a la fois

Depuis des années que je me bat contre la diabète. Il y a plusieurs années je me suis achete un vélo stationnaire pour éviter de prendre de la médication. Malheureusement depuis 5 ans le sport en ... read more

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Image for story '77 Schwinn LeTour II, part 1: I get a spare bike!

'77 Schwinn LeTour II, part 1: I get a spare bike!

So, by 2017 I'd broken two old steel bike frames. And considering the parts I'd removed to upgrade on my current ride at the time, I figured I had about two and a half bikes worth of components sta... read more

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