Ride the jewels with the Spokes Ladies

Ride the jewels with the Spokes LadiesIt’s the beginning of the month again, which means it’s time for a Wednesday night ride with the Spokes Ladies, this time with a special sparkling theme and a pink-carpet bike shop party to cap off the evening… Wednesday 2nd November 2016 – RIDE THE JEWELS 6pm Meet at entrance to St Kevins Arcade (191 -197 Karangahape Road) 6.10pm Group ride along Karangahape road to Objectspace (8 Ponsonby Road) for a very special private viewing of incredible work by Master Australian jeweller Julie Blyfield & also playable digital artworks by Johnson Witehira. 6.45 pm Loop along Ponsonby Road to Herne Bay and back – and if we ride fast enough, …
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Warm up with a westie winter bicycle adventure

Warm up with a westie winter bicycle adventureThe best way to celebrate new shared path connections is to go for a ride! And winter can be the nicest time to do it. On a beautiful crisp sunny Saturday in July, me and a couple of gal pals decided to make the most of it and head for a bit of an explore on some newly joined up off-road paths. We met up at the opening ceremony for the newly refurbished Pt Chevalier Square, which was absolutely delightful. The new park benches rotate and slide to create a delightful activation for the community. They also allow you to make the most of catching the summer sun (or shade) so I recommend you grab a …
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February is Bike Month – join the Auckland Bike Challenge!

February is Bike Month – join the Auckland Bike Challenge!Every February, National Bike to Work Day rolls around (this year, that day is Wednesday 10 February). You know – the one day in Feb when the weather inevitably refuses to play along, which makes us all the more grateful for the welcome tent with the free coffee and muffins. We can be heroes, just for one day! But wait! Now we get the whole month. That’s right – all of February is about adding bike fun and convenience to your daily life, thanks to the Auckland Bike Challenge, brought to you by Love to Ride. Last year, their inaugural bike-to-work challenge got things rolling by encouraging workplace teams to rack up as many miles as they could. The fabulously named …
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Details of the ‘Sunday Best’ Ride – a splendid spring sortie!

Details of the 'Sunday Best' Ride - a splendid spring sortie!I say, Auckland: mark your diaries for Sunday October 4th, and join a variety of vivacious velocipede enthusiasts on the inaugural Sunday Best Ride. In the spirit of the great London Tweed Run and under the auspices of the Auckland Heritage Festival, this all-ages event harks back to the golden age of cycling. The route is a leisurely affair, a 15km loop from the Domain to the Rose Gardens, via Ponsonby and along the waterfront, with stops for refreshments and photos. Friendly marshals will keep us spit-spot along the way. A small fee of $5 ensures you a place on the ride, and refreshments will be shared at start and end – sign up here to guarantee …
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The Waiheke Winter Warm-up – an island adventure, close to home

The Waiheke Winter Warm-up - an island adventure, close to homeOn a sunny Saturday, the Ladygang & Frocks on Bikes took a bunch of new gals for a gallivant around Waiheke. Jessica Rose reports: Jess and Sophie’s ‘Waiheke Winter Warm-up’ ride was a fantastic success this weekend, despite threats to the contrary from Auckland weather all week. The day dawned sunny, but with light showers… which did prompt some calls to postpone the ride for fairer weather. But the ladies, some thirty (!) brave and beautiful women, took a gamble (and a raincoat) and agreed to meet at the Downtown ferry terminal at midday. This turned out to be a brilliant decision. Assembled at the wharf we found a diverse crowd, some who hadn’t ridden with a …
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Great new options for Bike the Bridge 2015 – let’s do it!

Great new options for Bike the Bridge 2015 - let's do it!Exciting news from Bike the Bridge and Auckland Transport about this year’s event: it’s been made even friendlier for every kind of rider, with options aplenty for all. Take part at your own pace, at your own level, and enjoy the thrill of sailing high over our beautiful harbour under your own power… for a taste of what Skypath will eventually give us every day. “Bike the Bridge is the ideal launch into a summer of cycling,” says organiser Callum McNair. The event takes place on Sunday 15 November. Not only is it a great day out, it’s for a great cause, with participants raising money to combat MS. The full ride, 22km out …
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A Waiheke wine tour, for the gals – Saturday 8 August

A Waiheke wine tour, for the gals - Saturday 8 AugustHere’s one for the ladies, especially those who are new to the idea of bike touring and are looking for something friendly, not too hard, and a little glamorous… A jaunt around our favourite bikeable island, brought to you by the LadyGang and Frocks on Bikes. You can BYO bike on the ferry, or pick up one in Oneroa (where our friends at eCycles are offering special one-day electric bike rentals, just for this ride, for $45). Dress for comfort AND style – the nice thing about a Frocks on Bikes ride is you don’t have to choose. Your hosts and guides are lady bike advocate Jess and Soph, a Waiheke gal who’s …
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