Tour of Northland: One women’s view
Apr23

Tour of Northland: One women’s view

Riding a four day event at a cracking pace is something that will either inspire you or give you a sense of the chills. No matter which camp you fall into, you can’t help but respect someone who completes a ride such as the four day Tour of Northland. One Auckland based rider, Danielle, took up the challenge and finished very credibly. However, she openly admits that the event tested her mental and physical strength beyond what she...

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Cycle training indoor for maximum benefit
Apr20

Cycle training indoor for maximum benefit

The nights are cooler, the weather is packing in and the hibernation season starts to feel attractive. How can improvements be made on fitness when it is bleak and dreary outside and the thought of cycling is somewhat akin to a trip to the dentist? Perhaps it is time to start cycle training indoor for maximum benefit while staying warm and dry. This is where V-Bike in Auckland’s Westhaven come in. V-Bike is a purpose built cycle...

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Free community bike share program
Apr16

Free community bike share program

Upon a recent trip to Wellington I went in search of the Wunderbike, a free community bike share program that was being run out of the Aro Valley Community Centre. The idea was to provide free share bikes for people who were registered to ride around town on but unfortunately there bikes are no longer available during the day from the Aro Community Centre. This idea is fabulous and you can continue to get a bike after hours from just...

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Cycling saves the health service
Apr13

Cycling saves the health service

In New Zealand health professionals are grappling with the burgeoning waistline of the average man, women and child. As a society we are already ahead of Australia, the UK and Canada which begs the question is there anything that can be done? Given this is a cycling focussed site, you might suspect that the answer is yes. A news report released recently says cycling helps the health service with massive savings. In the UK Cyclescheme...

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Electronic vs mechanical shifters
Apr09

Electronic vs mechanical shifters

I have ridden a few bikes of late that have the electronic Shimano Ultegra Di2 system fitted and a few people have commented wanting to know more about electronic vs mechanical shifters. The shifting on the electronic Di2 system is so smooth and it has some nice features but does it really justify the extra 1000 dollars on the buy price? Short answer is it depends I am not convinced that I would automatically opt for a bike that has...

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Cateye lights brighten your path
Apr07

Cateye lights brighten your path

Lighting your way or flashing down the road so that cars can see you is the subject of today’s post. I recently took a look at three Cateye lights. The lights are the Cateye Nano Shot Plus, and the Rapid X2 front and rear lights. Nano Shot Plus The Nano Shot Plus is a massive beast that when on your handlebar will provide ample power to fully light your way home. It is seriously bright with a full power of 600 lumens. To put this into...

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