• Book Review: The Bike and Beyond

    Book Review: The Bike and Beyond1

    • 11 January 2017

    The Bike and Beyond: Life on Two Wheels in Aotearoa New Zealand by Laura Williamson (104pp., Bridget Williams Books, Wellington, RRP $14.99 e-book $4.99) I recently waded my way through David Byrne’s intriguing but dense travelogue Bicycle Diaries – it took me about six months to get through it; it just felt like hard work

  • Book Review: Short Easy Bike Rides

    Book Review: Short Easy Bike Rides1

    • 19 January 2016

    by Jonathan Kennett (131pp., Kennett Brothers Ltd, Wellington, RRP $24.90) The Kennett Brothers have built up a well-earned reputation for cycling books in New Zealand, including guides to the best mountain-bike haunts, NZ cycling history, and touring on the NZ Cycle Trails. The latest offering from them sees them targeting some rides a bit closer

  • Journey magazine – Inspiring Riding

    Journey magazine – Inspiring Riding0

    • 2 March 2013

    If you need something to help inspire you for your next ride, whether it’s a commute to work or a big cross-country tour, then a new local magazine might be just the thing. The first issue of Journey, by a Wellington/Nelson-based trio of cycle-mad entrepreneurs who go by the name Inspiring Riding, is about to

  • Book Review: Easy Rider – A Kiwi’s Guide to Cycling

    Book Review: Easy Rider – A Kiwi’s Guide to Cycling0

    • 29 December 2012

    by Jon Bridges (203pp., Penguin Books, Auckland, RRP $40) If you have Xmas book vouchers burning a hole in your pocket, here is one new book that you might like to get a hold of. Jon Bridges has been a feature of NZ media and comedy, from his days back on Away Laughing and Ice

  • Book Review: Everyday Cycling in Aotearoa New Zealand

    Book Review: Everyday Cycling in Aotearoa New Zealand0

    • 13 December 2012

    by Alastair Smith (185pp., Awa Press, Wellington, RRP $35) Here’s something that might be handy as a Xmas stocking-filler! Over the years I have collected a variety of books on cycling for transport and urban cycle commuting. Invariably they have been written for overseas audiences; the only “NZ Edition” biking book I ever got was

  • Xmas: What to get the Biking-Nut in your Life

    Xmas: What to get the Biking-Nut in your Life3

    • 1 December 2012

    Shock horror, there are now fewer than 25 shopping days until Christmas! Unless you’re one of those really annoying organised people who gets all their gift shopping done by August, you might be starting to think about what to get your loved ones this year. So what to get the cycling afficionado who has it

  • The AA does Cycling

    The AA does Cycling3

    • 28 October 2012

    You heard it right: the NZ Automobile Association, the champion of motorists in this country, has just released the latest issue of its Directions magazine, with a bumper crop of articles on cycling. And it’s rather nice… The issue includes a range of articles (many readable online) including: The advantages to everyone of getting more

  • Cycling Missing in the Neighbourhoods

    Cycling Missing in the Neighbourhoods0

    • 24 July 2012

    “Suburban Nation – The Rise of Sprawl and the Decline of the American Dream” Andres Duany, Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk, and Jeff Speck 10th Anniversary Edition North Point Press 2010 Suburban Nation is three architects’ vision for how our burgeoning population can be housed more efficiently, humanely and sustainably. Much of what they have to offer is



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