The Reanimators, part two

The Reanimators, part twoEarlier this month I became a proto-reanimator, joining Loop Groop’s Build Your Own Bike workshop in Eden Terrace. It’s a learn-by-doing experience in assembling your own ride from the groopies’ piles of recycled bits. My donor bike was a mid-90’s Klein road machine abandoned in the basement of my apartment building. Here’s the second part of Revenge of the Klein: On our first Saturday I had stripped the bike down the frame, found a front wheel for it, and rebuilt the headset and wheel bearings. The next job was to replace the tired bearings from the bottom bracket. They were sealed bearings, not easily restored, so I bought new ones …
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The Reanimators: Revenge of the Klein

The Reanimators: Revenge of the KleinOur apartment building had a problem: abandoned bikes. Deep in the basement carpark there were loads of them, all flat tyres and thickly layered dust. The miserable things, long since forgotten by their owners, clogged up the bike racks and spilled into the access way. They had to go. But where? When we humans have nothing left to offer we retire or become an ACT Party MP. Bikes, well, it’s less obvious. The solution for a number of our unwanted bikes, the ones that needed only some air in their tyres, was adoption. They got new owners. Four more required more attention. For them, the future was Loop Groop. Loop …
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The Power and Beauty of Teamwork

The Power and Beauty of TeamworkOur house is full of a rare sound – crowds cheering at the All Black vs France rugby match. I’m a complete novice to rugby, but my hubbie is into popular culture. Even as a novice I can see it’s all about teamwork that makes spirits to soar and suspend.  To relieve the tension, please read my story of cycling teamwork happening here in Auckland! Yesterday I was enroute to South Auckland, Mangere, to deliver a couple of donated bikes to Mr Teau. He’s got kids cycling, fixing donated bikes and the world of fitness and fun that comes from being on a bike. While passing Bike Barn in Barry’s …
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Bike Grey Lynn – come to the inaugural meeting, 28 July

Bike Grey Lynn - come to the inaugural meeting, 28 JulyGreat news from Grey Lynn: the formation of a local group to promote a bike-friendlier suburb. With much to look forward to in the way of connections to the city, Grey Lynn is poised to benefit. Here’s the scoop: We’re setting up BIKE GREY LYNN to make our neighbourhood safer and easier for cyclists of all ages. If you’d like to find out more about Auckland Transport’s plans for the area, if you’ve got a genius idea for making our neighbourhood more bike-friendly, if you’d like to moan about local cycling black spots, or you just want to get involved, come along to the inaugural BIKE GREY LYNN meeting! Tuesday 28 …
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Cycle Action Waiheke, checking in

Cycle Action Waiheke, checking inWe love to hear what local bike groups are up to, and what they’re up against. Send us your news! Here’s a recent update on the view from “overseas” by the fabulous Tanya Batt from Cycle Action Waiheke. On Sunday April 12, ’Sola’ the orange electric bike and I headed across the sea to take part in Auckland’s ‘Open Streets’ event on Quay Street. From 10 – 4pm part of Quay Street was closed to car traffic and pedal and foot traffic took to the streets. There were bike powered smoothies to be drunk, cycle repair centres, performers of all flavours, building with boxes, community cycle groups and lots more. My personal favourite was the …
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Bike Breakfasts in the Burbs

Bike Breakfasts in the BurbsThe monthly Bike Breakfasts in the city (organised by Cycle Action’s Kirsten Shouler) are an immensely valuable part of our network. Relaxed but regular, they’re an opportunity to get together and shoot the breeze, for those with an interest in how bikes fit into the city. We know not everyone can make it into town first thing in the morning, so there’s been some talk lately of how to spread the love, and whether the bike breakfast could be a moveable feast. For now, we’ll definitely keep the city meetings going on a monthly basis – you’d be surprised by how quickly a month rolls around! – but we’re keen to encourage everyone out there to set …
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Bike to Soccer – the warm-up that frees up the streets!

Bike to Soccer - the warm-up that frees up the streets!When you stumble across an idea whose time has come, you don’t have to talk anybody into it, it just makes instant sense. That’s how Bike to Soccer came to be: a brilliant initiative by the North Shore United Football Club and Bike Devonport, with the help of Auckland Transport, Bike Barn Takapuna, and a bunch of lovely sponsors. Bike Devonport member Chris Werry had the initial brainwave. “I started biking to soccer a few years ago because I hated the car park chaos so much, and it’s a nice way to start the day and warm up a bit for the game. Once I started biking to soccer, I realised it just …
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