• Hidden Treasures: Bottle Lake Forest Park

    Hidden Treasures: Bottle Lake Forest Park0

    • 20 April 2017

    Mountain-biking around Christchurch tends to divide into the hilly bits and the flat bits. The Port Hills give you plenty of the former (even with the Chch Adventure Park temporarily out of action), while the flatter stuff tends to be closer to the Waimakariri River (e.g. McLeans Forest). Another one in the latter category is

  • Are you a “one bike” or “multi bike” person?

    Are you a “one bike” or “multi bike” person?5

    • 25 February 2017

    I’ve been observing people riding to work on my daily commute and looking at what they’re riding on. Increasingly there are some pretty cool commuting bikes, including e-bikes and stylish “upright” city bikes. But it’s interesting how many still are riding to work on what seems to be a basic mountain-bike or road bike. I

  • First look: Chch Adventure Park

    First look: Chch Adventure Park1

    • 9 February 2017

    After all the anticipation, it was great to see the Christchurch Adventure Park open in mid-December. Since then, heaps of people have flocked to the park to try out the mountain bike trails and other facilities. Apparently the local bike shops have also been doing a roaring trade in new bikes, protective gear, and fixing

  • 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

  • Photo of the Day: Chch Adventure Park Progress

    Photo of the Day: Chch Adventure Park Progress0

    • 4 August 2016

    While we bemoan how long it takes to build things like a conference centre (or at least do something with the Cathedral…), it’s great to see that the exciting new mountain-bike adventure park in the Port Hills is continuing full steam ahead. Reports have been popping out about the project, as it tracks ahead of

  • Rotorua: Cycling Bubbling Up

    Rotorua: Cycling Bubbling Up2

    • 24 July 2016

    While I was in the North Island two weeks ago, I visited Rotorua to see what they have been up to lately. As guest blogger Robert observed last year, some interesting cycle facilities have been popping up there lately but he wasn’t sure whether it would be enough. For some time now, Rotorua has been

  • Where are your Favourite Places to Cycle?

    Where are your Favourite Places to Cycle?2

    • 5 January 2016

    It’s summer time and people are out enjoying the warmer weather in many ways (when the rain goes away…), including on their bikes. Maybe you’ve been able to try out some of the great places for cycling around Christchurch, or maybe you’ve headed away and tested out a few cycling routes elsewhere in the country?

  • Chch Mountainbike Park edges closer

    Chch Mountainbike Park edges closer1

    • 6 December 2015

    For those of us who like to play on our bikes as well as get from A to B, there was promising news this week from the developers of a planned mountain-bike adventure park in the Port Hills. As reported previously, this is a $20+ million development in the hills above Worsleys Rd valley near

  • Hidden Treasures: McLeans Forest

    Hidden Treasures: McLeans Forest4

    • 8 February 2015

    If you’re looking for a handy recreational riding getaway that doesn’t involve the climbs of the Port Hills and is do-able with the kids, then I suggest that you look at the McLeans Forest Park behind the airport (Bottle Lake Forest to the northeast would be the other recommendation). Part of Environment Canterbury’s Waimakariri Regional

  • Exciting Plans for New Mountain Bike Adventure Park

    Exciting Plans for New Mountain Bike Adventure Park6

    • 6 September 2014

    Some very interesting news recently with plans for a mountainbike adventure park right on our back-door in the Port Hills near Cashmere. Developers Select Evolution have submitted a resource consent for a 350 hectare park with a variety of outdoor activities in the hills off Worsleys Rd. The $22 million proposal is to establish and

  • 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



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