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Love to Ride 2023

It's the first week of the Love to Ride 2023 challenge and I am so proud of all my coworkers that have signed up and are fully embracing it. The weather hasn't been on our side so far, but that has... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Image for story A family ride from Cape Reinga to Hamilton

A family ride from Cape Reinga to Hamilton

Kids can do anything! Our family just completed a summer tour riding from Cape Reinga to Hamilton along the Tour Aotearoa route. 756 km over 17 days with 2 adults and 4 kids (ages 7 to 12). The ki... read more

Topic: Ride with kids

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

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

Topic: My Bicycle Romance

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

Topic: A happy riding memory

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Image for story Disadvantaged? Never.

Disadvantaged? Never.

Im a 45 yr old non driver. I realised early on driving wasnt for me and that the world was a far safer place with me not behind the wheel of a vehicle. So i cycle and run n walk. Ive never felt d... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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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

Topic: A happy riding memory

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Image for story Too easy

Too easy

I haven't biked in 4 years due to my push-bike being stolen. Now that this challenge is on, I decided to purchase a cheap and used push-bike (for $80! 😉) just to tackle this challenge. I'm very com... read more

Topic: My first time on a bike in years

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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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Rainy in summer

We had to bike in the rain because it's not sunny at all, even though it is supposed to be summer. So sad.

Topic: Other

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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

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Image for story ESSENTIAL ITEM FOR SUSTAINABLE LIVING

ESSENTIAL ITEM FOR SUSTAINABLE LIVING

LOVE.

Topic: Other

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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

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Image for story Sharing the Love

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

Topic: My Bicycle Romance

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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!!

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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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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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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Stories from around the world

Image for story WORK BESTIES DOING THE MAHI AND GETTING THE TREATS

WORK BESTIES DOING THE MAHI AND GETTING THE TREATS

Here is a photo of my pal Jo!

Topic: A happy riding memory

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Image for story My new patches

My new patches

I completed a couple of challenges last year on the ride spot app and I love the patches I received 💖 Time to complete some new challenges 🚴🏽‍♀️😀 @ride_spot @peopleforbikes

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

Image for story Pine Harbour and beyond!

Pine Harbour and beyond!

As of the end of January, AT is now running the Pine Harbour ferry at weekends. You know what this means? Trips out to Ōmana Regional Park by bike from downtown… ⛴🚲🏞

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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Heatwave

It's been around 33 degrees here in ChCh but I'm still getting out on the bike. This bike challenge has been a fantastic motivator to get me on my bike more regularly and for longer distances. I've... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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Image for story No more 🌧️

No more 🌧️

Summer ride after rainy week 🚴🏼‍♀️ Drowned sidewalk

Topic: My commute by bike

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Image for story New old aches

New old aches

Last time I was on a bike was 18 years ago. I sold it after a scare with traffic and relocating from the South to the North Island. I have borrowed a bike to compete in this challenge. The improvem... read more

Topic: My first time on a bike in years

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Cycling to school

I go to school in Napier, which is more than ~25kms away from where I live in Havelock. Each day I bring my bike to school on the bus, before spending 40 minutes riding back home in the afternoon. ... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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cutting down my commute time

On day 1 of the challenge my Boss sent me a link to his location. We raced to work, me from Edgeware and him from Parklands. He caught me at Hagley Park for a quick chat before he was off again. ... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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Image for story Ara Te Pūkenga Growing Interest!

Ara Te Pūkenga Growing Interest!

Ara Te Pūkenga are growing the interest of all who visit. Ken the Groundsman is a big supporter and has etched out a daily reminder for the month of this Challenge on our Madras Campus north green.... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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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

Topic: My Bicycle Romance

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Getting a new bike tomorrow

I have two bikes, but I'm getting another - my oldest bike is 20 this year and getting a bite rickety. Both my current bikes have done Lands End to John O'Groats with me, once in 2004 then in 2018.... read more

Topic: Other

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Porirua ride of interest

My wife and i often ride the Pauatahanui Inlet loop ride and I get questioned often about the ride around the Whitby side. We do not ride SH58 (or Paremata Road) as yes, it is too narrow and too da... read more

Topic: My favourite place/route to ride

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Image for story Hello Old Friend

Hello Old Friend

I'm happy to say that my trusty (and slightly dusty) bike has once again seen the light of day. With work only a 30-minute walk away, I found myself putting off getting on my bike. In part, beca... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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Lack of bicycle infrastructure around Eastlink Trail

Roads such as Springvale Road, Ferntree Gully Road, Jells Road, and Waverley Road lack on road cycling infrastructure, even though they go to past a popular cycling park Jells Park, and train stati... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Image for story Hayman park upgrades in motion

Hayman park upgrades in motion

Pump track in manukau in progress south side repsent

Topic: Other

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Image for story Becoming a British Cycling Guided Ride Leader/Route Planner.

Becoming a British Cycling Guided Ride Leader/Route Planner.

Hi folks, I trust you are in good health. Bit of a remarkable story here for you all, it is a story some may be able to recognize. Way back in 2009, my health deteriorated, I actually lost sight... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Image for story 12 months straight of at least two days riding

12 months straight of at least two days riding

For the first time in many years, I can say I commuted to work for at least two days ea month for the past 12 months. Winter is obviously tough to ride on streets clogged with storm debris, gravel ... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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Image for story A Breakfast for Commuters

A Breakfast for Commuters

Having breakfast with our Cycle Commuters at Ara Te Pūkenga, starting the day Right!

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Image for story Adventures in Parenting

Adventures in Parenting

Getting out for exercise with small kids requires a different approach than just simply hitting the trail. These days we have to factor in nap time for the little one, and pack an abundance of snac... read more

Topic: Ride with kids

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What's up with traffic lights not sensing my bike haiku

Stopped on the daimonds I patiently wait my turn The bike light stays red

Topic: Other

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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

Topic: My Bicycle Romance

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Image for story Kāpiti Cafe Tour

Kāpiti Cafe Tour

Need some extra motivation to get you on your bike this February? We've partnered with 12 cafes from Paekākāriki to Ōtaki to create the first Kāpiti District Cycle Tour. Simply collect a coffee... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Riding to work +

My work is only 4.5 km from home so it's an easy bike ride. Are there days when I drive instead of bike? Of course! Most of them are valid, like the kids need dropping off somewhere that's conven... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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Trying to get on my hog more

Have started riding my bike not only to work but to the gym. This means getting up grabbing one bag biking to the gym. Head home and grab anther before heading to work lol

Topic: My commute by bike

Encouragement from the street

One day a couple of years ago, I happened to be riding in the rain. A car was stopped next to me at a traffic light, rolled down his window, and said that he respected me for braving the conditions... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

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Whanganui Shared Cycle Way

We've been cycling along the river bank every day for the past six months. It's delightful. We ride past the estuary along to the harbor, then back up river to the railway bridge. Twenty km's all u... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Getting back

Steady ride after my Heart Attack + Inguinal hernia repair operation last year (2022). Could have gone a bit further but following the wife's instructions to take it steady. Cold wind into my face ... read more

Topic: Other

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The cycle around Aucklands waterfront is Spectacular

I live in Parnell, purchased an e bike last year, and just can’t get enough of riding round the waterfront ….Mission Bay for a coffee is a great short ride …todays adventure started there then down... read more

Topic: My favourite place/route to ride

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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

Topic: My Bicycle Romance

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Bicycling helped me with knee replacement surgery

I started being impacted by arthritis in one of my knees, and eventually the other one as well, in my 50s. The orthopedic surgeon said I was too young for knee replacement surgery, but he also sai... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Image for story Lighting hacks

Lighting hacks

Seen this on Pinterest gotta haVe it🔥👊😎

Topic: Other

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Image for story Pump track in manukau

Pump track in manukau

Was testing the pump track in progress

Topic: Other

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bike gone

the bike in my profile pick, was stolen last year trek series 5 Voltron green from manukau mall, last year?I was bummed cussing but in the end gotta keep wheels spin and love life ..so put bought ... read more

Topic: Other

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Image for story L'UOMO CHE VISSE DUE VOLTE (a cura di Fabio Coppi)

L'UOMO CHE VISSE DUE VOLTE (a cura di Fabio Coppi)

L'UOMO CHE VISSE DUE VOLTE (a cura di Fabio Coppi) PEDALANDO CON CUORE MATTO UN GIRO IN BICI CON UN CARO AMICO… Prima eravamo vicini di casa ora non più e a Milano, abitare in un altro quartiere... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride