Honorary Hotties – a road ride with the gals

Honorary Hotties - a road ride with the galsWhat happens when two blokes join an all-female group ride? Ross Inglis explains: Next time you spot a roadie group, or you’re in one, do a quick count. How many of the riders are women? Chances are, very few. One in 10, if we had to guess. So we were intrigued when we ran into the Hotties, an all-women group riding out of Bike Auckland partner Hot Cycles in St Heliers. It’s the city’s only exclusively female road group we know of, it has its own team kit, and it’s growing fast. We asked if two blokes, myself and my riding buddy Dave, could join a Hotties ride to sample life …
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Never Too Old – taking a spin with the YMCA

Never Too Old - taking a spin with the YMCAOn a sunny Thursday in February, I took a spin around the city and out along Tamaki Drive with a group of senior Aucklanders on bikes, the first in a series of planned monthly rides. The convivial group has emerged from the city branch of the YMCA’s Never2Old fitness programme, under the guidance of Clare Lynch, with some helpful e-bike training along the way. The group has a ‘no rider left behind’ policy, and the rides are organized along safe routes at comfortable speeds, and culminate in an enjoyable lunch. I’d only intended to meet the group on Lightpath and say hello, but found myself zooming down Grafton Gully and then biking round the waterfront, hanging …
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This Spokes Ladies ride will bowl you over

This Spokes Ladies ride will bowl you overIt’s the beginning of the month again, and the Spokes Ladies are on a roll! Join them on Wednesday 1st March for a friendly, casual ride. It’s a super friendly bunch, and all bike types/ styles/ ages/ fitness levels and speeds are encouraged. The Spokes Ladies Rides, brought to you by Frocks on Bikes, have a ‘give it a go’ inclusive policy. It doesn’t matter whether you’re a newbie or hardcore, it’s just about getting women of all kinds on bikes together. 6pm Meet at the entrance to St Kevins Arcade (191 -197 Karangahape Road) Have photos of you and your bike taken by a lovely professional photographer. NB the photo shoot isn’t compulsory, but …
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Spokes Ladies: Dinner at the Razza + fun, fashion, alt-folk

Spokes Ladies: Dinner at the Razza + fun, fashion, alt-folkIt’s the first week of the month again, and you know what that means – time to bowl around town with the Spokes Ladies in pursuit of fine food, fashion, beverages, art, music, and fun. Here’s the event page; full details of this month’s fab ride below… The September Issue 6pm Meet at the entrance to St Kevin’s Arcade (191 -197 Karangahape Road) 6.10pm Group ride to Dalston to check out their Spring collection (481 Richmond Road, Grey Lynn) 7pm Head upstairs to the gloriously kitsch dining room at the Grey Lynn RSA (1 Francis Street, Grey Lynn) for dinner by ‘Jimmy the Cook‘ 7.45pm If we have time, we will have a …
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Speaking with the Spokes Ladies about everything…

Speaking with the Spokes Ladies about everything...Have you been sitting on the fence, thinking about joining the Spokes Ladies ride? Don’t be shy – there’s one coming up next week and you’re very welcome: Wednesday 3rd August, 6pm Meet at St Kevin’s Arcade on K Rd. Oh – you haven’t heard about a Spokes Ladies ride? Let us take you along on one… Brainchild of the fabulous Scarlett Lauren, this regular outing happens on the first Wednesday of every month and combines the best things in life. Style, art, music, fine food and beverages – and of course, as the name suggests, conversation and bicycles. Usually, the ride begins at St Kevins Arcade on Karangahape Road, but the July special was …
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Spokes Ladies July Ride – a little more conversation

Spokes Ladies July Ride - a little more conversationGet your bright front and back lights charged and pull out your winter coats/ fun furs/ vintage stoles/ gloves/ booties and berets – we are going out! The Spokes Ladies are wrapping their July CBD night ride around two great events – the 2WALKandCYCLE conference, and the Auckland Conversations event featuring the fabulous Gil Penalosa, the man behind Ciclovia/ Open Streets festivals and the idea of 8-80 cities. This guy: If your bicycle infrastructure is NOT safe for children and all abilities, then it's NOT SAFE. Make it SAFE for ALL pic.twitter.com/wK9gAIuNOE — Gil Penalosa (@Penalosa_G) June 14, 2015 The talk is free, but definitely register in advance to guarantee a space. And …
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The Hotties – so much more than a ‘Girl Group’

The Hotties - so much more than a 'Girl Group'The Hotties is a terrific name for a diverse group of women on road bikes. Of course, the name is more to do with the support the group receives from HOT Cycles in St Heliers (and its sibling shop Mt Eden Cycles) than a term of self-congratulation. But, as ride leader Emma Hadley explains below, congratulations are indeed in order… Started in September 2015, the Hotties are an amazing and inclusive group of women, from students to grandparents, whose numbers have gone from strength to strength. What I love about the Hotties is that we have become much more than just a biking group. Everyone has become great friends despite (or maybe because of) the …
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