• A funny thing happened on the way home…

    A funny thing happened on the way home…0

    • 22 August 2012

    I was out and about on my 3 wheeler ‘tadpole’ having delivered a couple of huge CRT TV’s for recycling, then a couple of dozen wheels and tyres, preparing for the next round of fixing up old bikes for ICECycles, when I noticed that tragedy had struck! The rubber bulb on my hooter had fallen

  • Is cycling a part of the new Central City Plan?

    Is cycling a part of the new Central City Plan?1

    • 4 August 2012

    Last Monday, CERA’s Central City Development Unit (CCDU) released their Central City Recovery Plan, promising a more compact central area, bounded by a green “frame” and home to a number of designated precincts for different activities. Having had a few days to digest its implications and see some feedback from others, what are the likely

  • Cycling in the News

    Cycling in the News0

    • 22 July 2012

    There have been a flurry of cycling-related articles in the local news lately; looking at the online versions, they have also attracted a fair amount of discussion (and rant, vitriol, …): Christchurch City councillor Aaron Keown waded into the helmet debate by saying that it was “ugly helmets” that were deterring people from cycling in

  • CBD Red Zone Visit: Traffic-Free Afternoon

    CBD Red Zone Visit: Traffic-Free Afternoon0

    • 13 July 2012

    Gloucester St has been reopened to traffic through the CBD for some time now. CERA have announced that this Sunday afternoon (15th July 1-5pm), Gloucester St between Durham and Manchester will be closed to traffic to allow pedestrians to get in and have a good look at what is happening in downtown. The cordon fencing

  • Winter Solstice Ride – Thursday 21st June

    Winter Solstice Ride – Thursday 21st June1

    • 14 June 2012

    In Portland, Oregon, each February they have a Worst Day of the Year Ride, where they “celebrate” the depths of winter with a ride around town. Here in Christchurch, we want to mark the shortest day with something a bit more optimistic! WHEN: Thursday 21st June, meet at the Armagh St gates to Hagley Park

  • Snow chains cope well with ice on the roads

    Snow chains cope well with ice on the roads2

    • 6 June 2012

    Yes the snow did freeze overnight which means a lot of treacherous ice on the roads. Previously I’ve used my mountain bike and stuck to the busy roads where cars have worn the ice down a bit, but that means sharing a narrow strip of road in the dark with cars that may or may

  • Snow chains on bikes

    Snow chains on bikes2

    • 5 June 2012

    the snow is certainly coming down thickly. At this rate I will need to get my bike snow chains out. They work really well for ice, though for slushy stuff a normal knobbly tyre is usually adequate. the nz herald video from last year is still available with me & the 3 wheeler which has

  • Keeping gear dry in sleet

    Keeping gear dry in sleet2

    • 5 June 2012

    It was sleeting this morning as I biked to work in significant amounts. I have two boxes of old books to drop off to a 2nd hand book shop and 30kg of nuts and bolts to pick up on the way home. I could leave it for a dryer day, or I could just pop

  • Starting with a Solid Base

    Starting with a Solid Base0

    • 5 June 2012

    For anyone who has spent the past 20-odd months living in Christchurch, the importance of a solid foundation is pretty obvious. Otherwise sturdy homes and other buildings were no match for ground conditions that turned into quicksand when the big shakes came along. People will be paying a lot more attention to things like geotechnical

  • How to Ride a Bike: A Guide for Fat Cyclists

    How to Ride a Bike: A Guide for Fat Cyclists0

    • 29 May 2012

    Here is a neat link that a friend sent me. Another perspective of how fattist we as a society is (and yes, my day job is health promotion to combat obesity!) http://www.charlottecooper.net/docs/fat/rideabike.htm Even though we were active cyclists as kids, for many of our adult years my girlfriend and I believed that we were physically

  • As easy as riding a bicycle?

    As easy as riding a bicycle?2

    • 23 May 2012

    Not! I have a new neighbour at work who comes from Fiji. She told me that over there girls do not ride bikes- and especially not women. Its just not in their culture. That was in March this year. Well, today she just randomly told me that she has set a new challenge for herself-



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